An occupational therapist from a Northamptonshire care home has been chosen to present to an elite group of scientists at The Hague in The Netherlands this month.
Kirsty Page from the Badby Park care home in Daventry is the only occupational therapist from the UK attending the European Huntington´s Disease Network, a prestigious international conference which will be held at the World Forum Convention Center from September 16-18.
Paul Hill, CEO of Badby Park, said: “When clinicians and therapists work together, sharing knowledge and best practice there are great benefits for the patient and this approach is hugely important to us at Badby Park.
“Kirsty and her specialist treatment knowledge is a fantastic asset to our team. We are very proud of Kirsty and would like to wish her all the best for the presentation.”
As founder of the UK’s Occupational Therapist Specialist Interest Group for Huntington’s Disease, Kirsty will be presenting a poster of ‘clinical tips’ to improve knowledge of what it is like to live with the disease and how interventions can reduce suffering for patients.
Kirsty said: “The poster covers clinical tips that have been developed, such as self care, domestic skills and social activities. It gives an example of eating and drinking and provides an introduction to how a functional activity can be impacted by changes in physical skills, cognitive or behaviour due to Huntington’s Disease. The tips give suggestions on how to assist with the activity, equipment suggestions and interventions.
“When there is a better understanding of what it is like to live with the disease we can provide more personalised care and help alleviate some of the suffering that patients experience.
“If we can make someone more comfortable and lessen the challenges they face we can reduce stress, which not only helps them but also their family and loved ones.”
Badby Park neurological centre provides rehabilitation, long term care, respite and palliative care for people with neurological illnesses, acquired brain injuries and spinal injuries.
This May the centre was rated Good by the CQC following an unannounced inspection.
The facility was praised by inspectors who said staff were caring, kind and compassionate towards residents.