What have the APCP Respiratory Committee been up to?

We have been busy! Here is a brief summary:

-We are in the process of updating our APCP suction guideline.

-We are supporting a research project looking at pulmonary function tests in complex needs children

-We are providing ongoing respiratory update training days for community physios – next one 16th November in Surrey (see APCP website for details)

-We are undertaking a project to develop an e-learning package for the APCP website.

-We are developing a consensus statement about respiratory training for non-qualified individuals in the community. See the article in this newsletter.

-We have developed a pathway for MI-E and HFCWC pathway. See other article in this newsletter.

APCP Respiratory Committee

Paediatric Respiratory Physiotherapy training for support workers, carers and family members in the community
Respiratory physiotherapy training for non-qualified individuals in the community is an area of practice that many physiotherapists have been seeking clarity on.

Practice varies across the country, in some areas lead nurses cascade training from inpatient physiotherapists to community staff and in other areas, services commission a community respiratory physiotherapist to undertake the increasing workload of managing complex children and young people’s respiratory physiotherapy needs, including training support workers, carers and family members.

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APCP Respiratory Committee

Mechanical In-Exsufflation and High Frequency Chest Wall Compressions Pathway

A Mechanical In-Exsufflation and High Frequency Chest Wall Compressions Pathway has been produced by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust and we have had permission to share it on the APCP website as an example for other trusts who might be thinking of developing their own. 
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What's Going On in the West Midlands?

  • On 22/11/18 at 5 - 6.45pm we are hosting an evening with Jean-Pierre Maes (MAES Therapy). He will be discussing his individual assessment and treatment approach for children with CP and other neurological conditions. This will be an opportunity to learn more about it and decide if you are interested in the 4-week course, which some paediatric physiotherapists have reported they found very enlightening. The cost is only £20 APCP members and £30 for non members and £10 for students, It is held at Moseley Hall Hospital, Alcester Rd., Birmingham B13 8JL
        Book quickly via the website to avoid disappointment.
  • In the spring we hope to arrange a full day Paediatric Pilates course with all the information and materials to enable you to run children's Pilates in your area or school. Watch the website for further details.

  • We are delighted to be hosting the APCP conference- lite in November 2019, at a venue in the West Midlands. The theme is to be "The Complex Child" and we hope to be able to include some practical workshops.  It will be a one day event,  as APCP are joining with IOPTP to hold a much larger event in Spring 2020 and we want to ensure good attendance at this prestigious premier event too.

    We are already working hard as your local committee in planning this event to make your local conference relevent to all of you. If any of you would like to join our committee and help organise this conference we have one or two vacancies. Come and speak to us at the MAES evening.

    We would especially welcome anyone from Coventry, Hereford or Oswestry as these areas are unrepresented on the committee at present.
    Sheila Clayton- APCP West Midlands Rep

Supporting a child after stroke- new resource for teachers

The Stroke Association has launched a toolkit for teachers and childcare professionals to help support children and young people.  The new resource is part of a range of resources and events offered through its Childhood Stroke Project, a collaboration with Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

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I am a private paediatric physio and have been trying to find ways of getting my clients to do more exercise in the community without having to come into physio. I was shocked to see how little there is for our children to do, with 84% of children unable to access regular leisure facilities. So I have started a social enterprise called Gympanzees. We aim to provide exercise, play and friendship to children and young people from 0-25 with any ability or disability. We plan to do this by building the countries first, fully inclusive leisure centre - the first will be in Bristol but with plans to open centres around the country.
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Paediatric Neurodisability Foundation Course 

The Studio Birmingham, 
15-16 March 2019
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Introduction to Paediatric Physiotherapy 2019

Jury's Inn Brighton

16-18 May 2019

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Why do the Introduction to Paediatric Physiotherapy?

I completed the APCP Introduction to paediatric physiotherapy course in June 2018 in Newcastle.  The content of the course was a mix of respiratory, neurology and musculoskeletal physiotherapy with a well-balanced amount of time spent on each area.
There were speakers from different clinical settings who were very passionate and knowledgeable, encouraging us to think for ourselves and always willing to answer any questions we had. I liked how there was variety to how we learned, including group work and regular interactive quizzes which really helped facilitate my learning.
After the course, we then completed a case study from a given scenario. It was a great way to reflect and bring everything I had learnt together. In addition to everything I learned, I found the course to be a good networking opportunity with other aspiring physiotherapists working within paediatrics.
Overall, it was a fantastic experience and I took so much from the course into clinical practice. I would highly recommend the course to anyone considering or have just begun working in paediatric physiotherapy!
Joe Finch

An Interesting Case Presentation

Why you should consider alternative diagnoses when an MRI doesn't fit suspected diagnosis.
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