13 February 2010

Skills for Health and Children's Workforce Development Council Project info

Dear all,

I’m updating people with regards to some national work that may be of interest to you, your members or the families you support. Although this project is for those working with children and young people we work with a number of adult services both in the UK and overseas.

Postural care / therapeutic positioning involves supporting individuals and their families to understand how and why the body changes shape – including the rotational changes seen in scoliosis. They are then taught how to apply corrective forces using sleep systems. This is a gentle, cost effective and common sense approach. Non-invasive and validated measurement of body symmetry (available since 1992) provides both families and clinicians with evidence for this therapeutic intervention and for their progress. Our reference list is attached and we have work detailing the patterns of body shape distortion due for publication within a peer reviewed Journal in April of this year. This project is with children who have additional disabilities but the principles apply to all.

The following has been released via a number of email networks such as the UK Health and Learning Disability Network, the PMLD Network and the Choice Forum. If you need any further information please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Postural care project is being piloted in 8 Primary Care Trusts across England

The project, a one year training programme for the workforce supporting the needs of children and young people with complex and continuing healthcare needs, commenced in January 2010.
Working in partnership with Postural Care Community Interest Company, the project, initiated by Skills for Health as part of a Children’s Workforce Development Council/Skills for Health work programme, is developing training for practitioners and families to protect body shape through the safe use of therapeutic positioning, including scoliosis.

The programme is being piloted across England with participating PCTs training one person to become a licensed postural care trainer who will cascade awareness session training to multi agency learners.
The learning from the project is to be reported and shared December 2010.

To find out more about the project contact Pam Truman Programme Manager Children at Skills for Health – email available on request

To find out more about postural care and how it can help children and young people with complex needs visit Postural Care CIC at www.posturalcareskills.com

We manage the UK Postural Care Network which is a free email based network open to anyone with an interest in the conservative protection of body shape. To join simply email your name, role and location to network@posturalcareskills.com

We are also part of a national steering group including representation from family leadership groups, the Department of Health, the National Patient Safety Agency and the Royal College of Nursing. Should you be interested in the work of this group or if you would like to find out about joining us please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Thanks for your time,
Kind regards,

Tesco Positive Mum of The Year 2009

Our one day courses are available for booking now. Day 1 Practical Positioning, Day 2 Measuring body Symmetry - book either or both (10% discount if both days are booked at the same time)
23rd and 24th March, 15th and 16th June, 31st August and 1st September, 9th and 10th November - Book early to avoid disappointment, strictly limited to 25 places per day

Postural Care CIC - Community Interest Company
Office: 01827 304 938
Mobile: 07729 552 626

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