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15 May

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day

I was an extremely busy teacher for many years, and had an active social life, including going to the gym, dancing, seeing friends, and completely taking my life for granted. In the blink of an eye my life changed forever in March 2008! My husband and I had been travelling back from Cornwall , after […]

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24 Apr

Levels of Spinal Cord Injury

The physical impact of a spinal cord injury depends largely on the area of the spine where the damage occurs. As the spinal cord progresses from the brain down the backbone, pairs of nerves extend between each vertebra to different areas of the body. This means that the nerve signals at and below the area […]

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26 Mar

What is Anterior Cord Syndrome?

Anterior cord syndrome is a condition affecting the spinal cord. ‘Anterior’ refers to the part of the cord affected; in this case, the aspect of the cord facing the front of the body. It is an ischaemic condition, meaning it is caused by lack of blood flow ‘feeding’ oxygen and nutrients to the spinal cord, […]

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10 Mar

What are the Specialist Measures for Providing Home Care for our Ventilator Clients?

Going home from hospital with new care needs can be daunting for everyone involved. The intervention that we hear the most questions about is one of the most complex: home ventilation. This is a naturally emotive issue as breathing difficulties can be some of the most frightening, both to the person having the problem and […]

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28 Feb

Corona Virus – COVID-19

There is quite rightly a national and indeed global concern relating to the potential impact of Corona Virus.  The situation is fast changing but I thought it might be useful to make the governmental advice as of 27th February. Inevitably there has been a great deal of misinformation. The most frequent question I have received […]

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17 Feb

Long Term Care for Clients with Brain Injury

The key to getting home and staying home after a brain injury is effective rehabilitation, good planning, and a bespoke team of carers and professionals to meet your ongoing care needs. The brain is incredibly complex, and the results of any injury to the brain can range from mild changes to catastrophic, life-changing events. Brain […]

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02 Jan

Sarah’s New Year Blog

Happy New Year everybody! So I am getting married this May (sounds scary saying that)! So I thought I would write a bit about my experience with relationships and how I felt about relationships, being paralysed since I was 18 months old, my struggles, and how I feel now. Growing up paralysed from the neck […]

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31 Dec

Funding for Spinal Injury and Neurological Care and Support

What are the different types of funding available for spinal injury and neurological care, and what’s the best way to get funding? Spinal injury, neurological rehab and ongoing care and support are extremely specialist, complex and multi-faceted. No two people are the same, and everyone has their own priorities and their own ways of living […]

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09 Dec

What is a C6 spinal cord injury?

Spinal cord injuries describe a wide variety of damage to the spinal column and cord. They have profoundly different effects depending on where in the spine the damage has occurred, and whether the nerve impulses are completely or only partially damaged at the point of the injury. As there is such variety in problems caused […]

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22 Nov

MASCIP 2019

On the 28th November, I and fellow colleagues will be attending MASCIP 2019 in Loughborough. MASCIP stands for Multidisciplinary Association for Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, this will be my first year attending and I am very much looking forward to it. The Associations prime objective is to provide a national professional forum to promote standards […]

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18 Nov

Moving and Handling Update

Maureen Harriott, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and I attended a moving and handling update last week. The day gave us opportunities to meet other attendees from differing work areas, gain an update/review of legislation, and share experiences of challenges for our clients, patients or service users. In addition, relooking at cost saving in relation to equipment […]

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10 Nov

Back up Ball 2019

On Saturday 9th November Reg Perrins, Commercial Director, Natasha Hole, Care Manager and I attended the Back Up Trust Ball fundraising event. The Ball is an opportunity for everyone to recognise the great work achieved to support people affected by spinal cord injury this year. We shared our table with representatives from both William Martin […]

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01 Nov

Happy Birthday TCC!

Today marks our 13th Birthday! 🎉🎂 We would like to say a big thank you to all who have contributed to TCC over the past 13 years, and we hope you will continue to be part of the TCC story. Happy Birthday Everyone! Chris, Reg and Debbie – TCC Directors

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15 Oct

Hello from Sarah!

Hi Everyone My name is Sarah Yeo and I am 34 years old, currently living in Bodmin, Cornwall with my fiance Rich, our two dogs Marley and Darcey and cat Sunflower. When I was 18 months old I had an accident which left me paralysed from the neck down and reliant on a ventilator 24 […]

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25 Jul

Tracheostomy Course

Two day Tracheostomy Course at Northwick Park Hospital attended by Eileen Lynn and Claudine Needham, Trainers at TCC. We travelled to Northwick Park Hospital to take part in the MDT Tracheostomy study days, the first day covering the fundamentals of Tracheostomy care, and the second day Advanced Skills for Tracheostomy care. The course directors were […]

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24 Jul

A day at the seaside with Colin!

During a recent visit to see Colin I accompanied him, his wife (Margy) and team members Chrissy and Katie to Redcar. It was a beautiful day and a walk along the sea front was just what the doctor ordered. Colin chatted to passers-by and loved seeing the dogs on the beach, so much so that […]

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24 Jul

Outstanding Care Forum -10th July 2019 – Callywith College

On Wednesday 10th July myself and Julie Tailor (Operations Manager for the South) attended the Outstanding Care Forum event at Callywith College. Despite a few navigational issues on the way, we arrived in plenty of time to enjoy a coffee and biscuit in the café area, before being asked to go through to the lecture […]

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18 Jul

Jenny’s Journey

Thank you very much to Jenny, a TCC client, who came to our Planning Meeting on 17th July 2019 to tell us her journey. Jenny told her story right from 9 years ago when she had a life changing and devastating Road Traffic Accident which resulted in an ABI (Acquired Brain Injury), through to the […]

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01 Jul

Reflection on Tracheostomy Care Course

The two day Tracheostomy Care course was excellent! Maureen, Theresa, Paula and I have definitely learnt something new.   Leading on from Maureen’s introduction on what the course was about; it was very interesting and we had the opportunity to take part in scenario workshops and simulation and of course the wonderful lectures.   It was very […]

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21 Jun

Chronic Disease Study Day Reflections

The RCNi Chronic Disease Study Day that I attended on 19th June in Birmingham was very interesting. Here are some of the things that I have taken away with me from the day; Diabetes It is very scary to think that over 4.7 million people have diabetes and that there are over 1 million people […]

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20 Jun

Managing the Neurogenic Bowel: Skills and Competency Training

Last week I attended a one day training course, run by the Spinal Injuries Association, SCI Nurse Specialists Carol Adcock and Debbie Green, and hosted by Wolferstans Solicitors in Plymouth. The day was entitled Managing the neurogenic bowel: skills and competency training, for Registered Nurses. There were seven other delegates present, all from different nursing […]

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14 Jun

Reflection on The Spinal Cord Injury – A National and Local Picture Learning and Education Day

On Wednesday 12th June Team Cornwall; Alex and Gemma (Care Managers) with Carole and myself (Clinical Nurses) had the opportunity to attend the above conference. The event was facilitated at The Headland Hotel in Newquay so we knew we were going to have a good day! Sir Ludwig Guttmann (1899-1980) proclaimed “Spinal Cord Injury was […]

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07 Jun

Spinal Cord Injury Care – A National and Local Picture, Learning and Education Day

Spinal Cord Injury Care – A National and Local Picture, Learning and Education Day. Myself and Colleagues are attending a conference, on Wednesday 12th June at the Headland Hotel, Newquay. The day has been organised in order to share best practice in supporting and caring for patients with a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) in both […]

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07 Jun

Wolf Run – We did it!

Well we did it! 🏆🏅 Our team of 6 joined a larger group of runners raising monies for the big difference charity. A brief 10 minute warm up with a Mr Motivator and we were off. 10 km of ropes, slides, tunnels, climbs and of course oceans of mud.  Who knew that with perfect weather that […]

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22 May

Wolf Run – Raising Money for the Big Difference

Hi, So…. Yes… my colleague (was friend!) Natasha Hole has talked me and 3 others from TCC into the “Wolf Run”, as you will have seen from Reg’s previous posts. I hadn’t known anything about this “Wolf Run” until around a month ago (after I’d signed up for it!) when I was shown pictures and […]

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20 May

Rutland Sailability

I have had a lovely unexpected visit to Rutland Sailing Club, and am pictured here with Jenny.  Jenny  has been attending Sailability at Rutland Sailing Club for the last year; “I joined Rutland Sailability a year ago . I enjoy sailing twice a week on Thursdays and Saturdays! I’m getting to know all the aspects […]

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17 May

Presentation of Innovative Mattress System by Medstrom Healthcare

Thank you very much to Debbie Newcombe of Medstrom Healthcare who came to our management meeting today to talk about, and demonstrate, their innovative alternative to air mattress systems; Dolphin Therapy. We all really enjoyed the presentation (and watching volunteers trial it! ) Dolphin Therapy is a reactive therapy mattress system which provides optimum pressure relief with increased […]

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16 Apr

Wolf Run Training Has Commenced!

Training is underway for the Wolf Run. Having never done anything like this before I wanted a challenge and thanks to Natasha I was “volunteered” for a 10 K run in the mud with many obstacles to be climbed over or swum underneath. I could say that I have enjoyed every minute of the training, […]

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08 Apr

Spinal Injuries Association Cornflower Ball 2019

On Thursday 28th March Chris Freestone, Clinical Director, Reg Perrins, Commercial Director and I attended the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) 21st Cornflower Ball fundraising event.  Chris and Reg were guests of Irwin Mitchell whilst Sarah was a guest of SIA. The annual event is attended by people from across the Personal Injury world and sponsored by Slater […]

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11 Mar

Huntington’s Disease

TCC supports individuals with Huntington’s Disease and are developing relationships with the Huntington’s Disease Association (HAD) https://www.hda.org.uk/huntingtons-disease). An Overview of Huntington’s Disease It is estimated that some 8,000 individuals in the UK display the symptoms of the disease but a further 32,000 carry the faulty gene. Huntington’s disease is an illness caused by a faulty […]

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10 Mar

Our Pregnancy News!

Our Pregnancy News I’ve been living with a Spinal Cord Injury for almost 8 years. At the start of my journey I only had one soul focus and that was to keep fighting to achieve my goal of walking again. I had little knowledge of what a SCI entailed, it was only when I started […]

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28 Feb

Spinal Injuries Association Round Table Event Relating to CHC Funding

I attended a round table event at the Law Society on 27th February 2019. This was organised by Brian 0’Shea of the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and was focused on a discussion as to whether individuals with a complete Spinal Cord Injury above level C6 should automatically be presumed to meet the eligibility criteria for […]

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14 Feb

Information and Advice for Air Travel

Thank you very much to Tina, who moved on to pastures new last year, but sent this in for me to share with you all after seeing it on TV in January.  It could certainly be of interest to some of you, especially on the back of a lot of negative articles relating to air […]

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20 Dec

Introducing the #MDBloggersCrew

Muscular Dystrophy is a “hereditary condition marked by progressive weakening and wasting of the muscles.” The purpose of today’s article is to introduce you all to a group of individual disabled bloggers, who have teamed up in order to share their personal stories and promote a positive outlook on life. The “MD Bloggers Crew” aim […]

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20 Dec

My Personal Experience of Spinal Cord Injury

After working for TCC for over 6 years and being aware of our clients’ experiences; not in a hundred years did I think I would have experience in my own family of a spinal cord injury. Yet in March this year my youngest son (age 30) was travelling home from work at 9.15pm in the […]

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10 Dec

The Joy and Pain of Exercising

As I endeavour to improve my health and fitness I thought I would share my journey with you all, and on the way maybe encourage a few of you to join in on this new quest of mine to get healthy and live a better life. As a certain age approaches, an age that I […]

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