Understanding Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness and Physical Management: Strategies to Optimise Assessment and Ability
Accurate assessment and prognosis of a person in a disorder of consciousness (DoC) requires a collaborative team approach to observing and understanding signs of awareness, to make conclusions about current and predicted abilities
Physiotherapists and occupational therapists have an essential role to play in maximising an individual’s potential to demonstrate awareness and understand their capability for recovery, in addition to routine physical management.
We are inviting a small group of participants (maximum of eight therapists) to join us on this study day.
Through a range of interdisciplinary speakers, lectures, classroom based activities and practical sessions, this new one day course will support Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists with some experience working with people in DoC to
- update their knowledge of DoC definitions and diagnosis
- understand the relevance and importance of robust individualised assessment and understand how to flex assessment around the person
- interpret clinical signs of awareness and their significance to potential recovery in order to contribute to interdisciplinary assessments of awareness
- understand and influence the role of the PT/OT in optimising a person’s ability to demonstrate awareness through a 24 hour approach to rest, postural management, environmental stimulus and enrichment
- understand and influence the role of pharmacology on pain, spasticity and alertness
- understand the neurophysiological influences on alertness and how these can be influenced within PT/OT treatment sessions to enhance awareness and understand current or potential ability
This course has interdisciplinary speakers from the RHN and is run in collaboration with Helen Lindfield, Lead Clinician Heads Up Neuro-rehab, Consultant Physiotherapist and Bobath Tutor.
Teresa Clark, Professional Lead and Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist
Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability