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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 […]

Categories: Spinal Injuries

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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 […]

Categories: Neurological Injuries

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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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30 Nov

MASCIP Conference

MASCIP Conference The 20th MASCIP conference – Below the Belt: Issues of Bladder, bowel and sexual function took place on Thursday November 22nd at Loughborough University. As always TCC representation was high with Maureen, Sophia and Claudine all attending as delegates. Sophia and Claudine are pictured below! As a committee member I was tasked with […]

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20 Sep

Information for Cinema Fans!

Cinema Fans! If you enjoy a trip to the cinema but need assistance to attend this may interest you…The CEA card is a national card scheme developed by UK Cinema Association for UK Cinemas. The scheme was introduced in 2004 and is one of the ways for participating cinemas to ensure they provide a consistent, […]

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20 Sep

The Ability To Be You

Often at TCC we focus on the challenges of finding the right person to support our clients and quite rightly this can be a difficult process due to the nature of the role and the invasiveness of being or having people in your home. I would like to take a look at this issue from […]

Categories: Spinal Injuries

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19 Sep

Crafting as Therapy

In June you may recall Michelle posting an article online from Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research (SMSR). You were invited to join the Knit/Crochet/or Craft a Neuron challenge, this was in order for them to create a spectacular spinal cord to be unveiled at the NSIC at the end of the year. Neurons are the special […]

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04 Jul

The end of DoLs?

Earlier this week the government has taken the first steps to overhaul the controversial Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLs) with a revised scheme called the Liberty Protection Safeguards. Central to this is still the basic rights that individuals have including that of their liberty. The revised system intends to be simpler and cover all care […]

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19 Jun

Participants Required for UTI Research Study

TCC are proud sponsors of SMSR and we have closely followed their research projects. Ali Gibson who TCC co – sponsor has shared the information below (you can also find it yourself on SMSR Twitter feed @lifeafterpara The project on reducing frequency of and/or treating UTIs is of particular interest given the impact of UTI’s […]

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18 Jun

Continuing Health Care (CHC) Funding

For many of TCC’s clients Continuing Health Care (CHC) funding is a key component in paying for specialist services enabling them to live at home.  There is a worrying climate in which the NHS has set a target of a 25% reduction in CHC funding over the next three years.  In real terms that equates […]

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13 Jun

Joined up Thinking by Health and Social Care Bodies

As Trump and Jong – Un have some face to face dialogue after a period of many years I started to think; Wouldn’t it be great if the leaders of both health and social care bodies had positive talks also? So many individuals with complex needs, including clients of TCC, just want those needs met. […]

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08 Jun

Neuro Convention 2018

TCC exhibited alongside Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research at Neuro Convention 2018 this week at London Excel. The Show is Europe’s only Brain and Spine Trade Show, and features over 150 exhibitors alongside keynote speakers, seminars and live demonstrations. The show is split into four zones; Diagnostic Surgical Brain Stimulation Rehabilitation I took some time out from […]

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07 Jun

Rebuilding Lives Awards 2018

I was fortunate to attend the SIA rebuilding lives 2018 awards ceremony at the F1 Williams facility yesterday. TCC, being one of the mains sponsors for this event, saw Reg Perrins present the Volunteer of the Year Award to William Jones Well done to William and all of the winners – and also to all […]

Categories: Charity Work, Spinal Injuries

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05 Jun

It’s a Plastic World We Live In – Make a Difference

As today is #WorldEnvironmentDay, here is a reminder of Carole’s article that featured in the TCC Newsletter earlier this year. Hopefully you are not tired of reading, watching or hearing about the impact of our excessive use of plastic on the environment, whether it be bags, containers for food or microbeads in our toiletries, because […]

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22 May

Employee Referral Scheme Bonus Period – Earn £500!

Calling all current employees! We are increasing the employee referral payment to £500 per referral for a bonus period! (usually £200) Any referrals received between 22nd May and 31st July will qualify for the bonus payment amount. All you need to do is ask your friend/colleague to call or email the office to request an […]

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18 May

Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research Open Day

This video was filmed during the SMSR Open day yesterday, which was a great event. There is some fascinating research taking place already, with much more to come, which we heard a little about yesterday. The video gives just a small insight into some of it. The lab blew my mind! We’re very happy to […]

Categories: Charity Work, Spinal Injuries

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16 May

HATS FOR HEADWAY – LETS ADD SOME FUN!

HATS FOR HEADWAY – LETS ADD SOME FUN! Friday 18th May is #HatsforHeadway day This year there is the added theme of the royal wedding if a crown or top hat are more your item of choice! We are asking you to take your best and most inventive selfie involving hats (and any animals, children […]

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12 May

Nurses Day – 12th May

Happy Nurses Day to our fabulous TCC Nurses, thank you for all that you do 😊👏 And also a big shout out to all Nurses around the country and across the world, today we celebrate you all! #NursesDay

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20 Apr

Sarah’s Positive Self Empowerment Workshops

Hi everybody My name is Sarah Yeo, one of TCC’s clients,  and I am a local artist who paints by mouth, currently living with my partner Richard in Bodmin, Cornwall. I am paralysed from the neck down and because of my love of arts and crafts, I have learned to adapt with how I can […]

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10 Apr

Training Workshops

Hello Everyone As you may have seen in the latest TCC newsletter; I am piloting a new program, where I will be providing skills workshops once a month at the Training Suite in Kibworth. These workshops will cover a variety of skills that are utilised across care and would be a good chance to pick up […]

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29 Mar

Easter Based Recipes!

For those of you who have received and read March’s Total Update, you will already have seen these recipes.  However as we approach the Easter Weekend I thought I would share again so that you can pick an Easter Cocktail or slice of cake, or spoil yourself and have both! Mini Egg Martini –  Creamy Easter Cocktail […]

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28 Mar

Wear a Hat Day for Brain Tumour Research, 29th March 2018

Hi Everyone, Came across this and wanted to share it with you all. My canine friend has his hat on ready and waiting for tomorrow! Share yours with us too! https://www.braintumourresearch.org/fundraise/wear-a-hat-day Linda Farmer – Care Manager    

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26 Mar

Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness – 26th March 2018

Today is Purple day for epilepsy awareness – find out more via the link – along with other useful information about the helpline and advice/support Wear purple if you can 🙂 https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/purple   Michelle

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