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Archive for the ‘Spinal Injuries’ Category

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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23 Mar

Spinal Injuries Association Cornflower Ball – 22nd March 2018

A great night was had by all at last nights Cornflower Ball in Manchester. In honour of it being the 20th anniversary of the event, the theme was 1920’s and the costumes look fab! The night was a huge success and has raised a whopping £67,000 for the SIA and the work that they do. […]

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01 Dec

Rebuilding Lives Awards 2018 – Nomination Period is Open

TCC have a long term relationship with the Spinal Injuries Association and are proud to be corporate partners. Once a year there is a National Rebuilding Lives Awards Ceremony to celebrate the best of the SCI (Spinal Cord Injury) community. The nomination period for 2018’s awards has opened today. There are a number of categories […]

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