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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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24 Nov

Mascip 2017

Thank you to everyone who hosted and presented at Mascip today. Here is a reluctant picture of us in attendance! We each have picked our own highlights from the day; Chris – Presentation of Spinal Cord Injury Exercise Guidelines was interesting Maureen – enjoyed the personal stories which formed a number of the presentations and […]

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10 Sep

Geekfest 3.0 Cornwall July.

  Geekfest is an annual celebration of science fiction/fantasy films, TV and comics. The idea started in America in the sixties. Now it’s big business. The major film studios use these events to promote their latest ‘genre’ offerings. Comicon is the most famous. Actors, technicians, authors etc. attend to sign books and photos and to […]

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23 Jun

Maureen’s Race for Life Success!

I did the race for life on the 3rd of June, as a member of the three degrees team. Alas we were one degree under due to illness. It was a glorious sunny day, thank goodness! The view a sea of pink against the backdrop of Windsor racecourse., including the pooches The usual motivational warm […]

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08 May

Cycle Challenge Update!

The annual SIA Bike Ride has approached quicker than some (ahem…. the participants) may have imagined! Chris and Reg will be setting off for Romania at the end of this week. The challenge will see them complete over 200 miles across 3 days. If you would like to donate, and are in a position to […]

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31 Mar

Calvert Trust Review

Calvert Trust Review When I was asked to write a review on my recent trip to The Calvert Trust, I didn’t even have to think twice. I had the most incredible adventure weekend – and I am more than happy to share my story and recommend this awesome place. The Calvert Trust is a charity-driven […]

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29 Mar

Sharing Some Sad News

I am writing this post with great sadness. I introduced Martin Payne earlier this month and shared his first blog post with you all. (which incidentally had the most interaction on the Facebook page to date, a topic that he and I joked about together, and I know he was pleased at the welcome he received […]

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17 Mar

Welcome to Martin –

    Hi my name is Martin Payne. Before telling you a bit about myself, I would like to introduce myself as associate blogger working alongside Michelle. A bit about myself I grew up in quiet a big family. I have two sisters, I was the middle child always up to no good they used to […]

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16 Mar

Cycle Challenge 2017

Following their fantastic success last year our cycling trio — Reg, Julie T and Chris — have signed up to participate in this year’s Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) cycle challenge in May. This year’s challenge is a “ride through the mythical land of Dracula” where the riders will discover the real Transylvania; a medieval landscape […]

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22 Dec

Thoughts of 2016

Thoughts of 2016 It has been another busy and eventful year for TCC. We continue to grow and develop, and enter 2017 excited that our services will reach an increasing number of people. This obviously brings challenges as we have always considered ourselves to be a “family” based organisation, but we are confident that we […]

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22 Dec

CQC Inspection

Care Quality Commission At the time of the last newsletter TCC had just undergone a CQC (Care Quality Commission) inspection. You may recall that all health and social care delivered in England is inspected and regulated  based on the following key areas; Is the service; Safe Effective Well Led Responsive Caring Each area is measured […]

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01 Nov

10th Birthday!

Ten years ago today – 1st November 2006 – we formed Total Community Care. Our very first employee was Debbie Mason as our Office Manager! In truth she was always more than that, and has been a vital part of our growth and development over the years.  Debbie has progressed to be Operational Director which […]

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13 Oct

A Football Day

Nick has been a staunch supporter of West Ham United since the age of three, but it wasn’t until this year he decided to purchase a season ticket to enjoy watching ‘Hammers’ play live at their new home – the London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, originally built for London Olympic Games 2012. The […]

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14 Sep

Air Ambulance

Following a visit to the TCC office from representatives of the East Northants Air Ambulance, I would like to share that they very kindly agreed for me to take my client (pictured below) and his Wife to visit East Midlands Airport where the crew and Helicopter are based. We visited on the 2nd September. On […]

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01 Sep

Welcome to the website!

Well, by the time you are reading this the hard work will be done; welcome to our brand new shiny website! Back in December 2015 we began the project of redesigning the TCC website, something that had become a long overdue task due to the development of technology within the six years since the previous […]

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29 Aug

10th Anniversary of a Different Kind

Meeting Nick is probably one of the best things that has ever happened to me and knowing him has shaped my life quite significantly. Ten years ago, in June 2006, Nick was looking for new support staff and I was lucky enough to be accepted on his team. I was 26 years old, had just […]

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