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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 the most depressing and neglected subject of all Medicine “ This quote was used as an introduction to the day and again at the end of the afternoon, when once information had been shared the statement would hopefully not ring true.

In total 101 delegates attended this informative educational session. The audience ranged from Health Care Professionals and members of the local community who had sustained a spinal cord injury.

The itinerary was bumper filled and amazingly each speaker kept within their allocated time! Areas covered included Bladder and Bowel care. Pressure Area Care, Autonomic Dysreflexia but most importantly a patient’s perspective of a Spinal Cord Injury.

Personally for me it was the hard work and dedication of a locally formed Spinal Cord Injury Group which stole the show. This small team of approximately 50 members have tirelessly worked together with the Safeguarding team at Royal Cornwall Hospital to form pathways and introduce Hospital Passports for patients with a Spinal Cord Injury. This form identifies all care needs required during a hospital stay for the SCI patient, promoting a positive experience for the individual during admission. Ward staff present from the hospital believed this to be a positive implementation by the Trust and agreed this will improve current care provided.

As a Clinical Nurse for TCC I have the privilege of working with SCI clients and have an insight into the daily challenges they face. I found that the patient perspective session was greatly received by all delegates as it made them think and realise the impact an SCI has on each individual person and their family.

The day also reaffirmed to me that TCC are experts in their field and most importantly our client`s needs are at the centre of the care we deliver.

At a time when we constantly hear how our NHS is failing, it was refreshing to hear that in Cornwall the Hospital Trust is listening and working in close collaboration with SCI patients to improve services provided.

For further information re Hospital Passports which are also available for other impairment groups you can contact RCH Safeguarding team on 01872 2543551

Selina Gibbons – Clinical Nurse