Providing bespoke care nationwide for clients with spinal injuries and neurological conditions
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 ensuring the exhibitors were looked after which meant I missed some of the lectures delivered throughout the day. Amongst the exhibitors there were some products that would definitely be of interest to some of our clients including a lateral transfer board which also weighs people and an alternating pressure mattress that is fluid based!
Feedback from delegates was positive throughout but the user perspectives were given the most positive reviews. Inevitably someone sharing their experiences of living with a Spinal Cord Injury , both good and bad, is always going to be more powerful and interesting than a health care professional.
That being said some of the research and innovative practice in the spinal units and beyond was very reassuring to hear and we all left the conference feeling positive and energised that whilst there are many challenges, funding and staffing being key themes, there are good people doing amazing things.
The theme for next year’s conference has yet to be decided so if there are any suggestions I would be grateful to receive them
Chris Freestone—Clinical Director