About Us

We are an organisation of tutors in the UK specialising in the assessment and treatment of adults with neurological impairment using the Bobath Concept. We are all qualified Chartered Physiotherapists.

All BBTA tutors are expert clinicians working in either the National Health Service or private practice. At BBTA our focus is on the teaching of the Bobath Concept to qualified physiotherapists and occupational therapists and training new tutors.

As a Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist you will be 'Bobath Trained' on completion of a three week Basic Bobath Course and a minimum of one Advanced Bobath Course.

BBTA comply with the bye-laws, rule and regulations of the International Bobath Instructor Training Association IBITA.

WHAT IS BOBATH

 

The Bobath Concept is a problem solving approach to the assessment and treatment of individuals with disturbances of function, movement and postural control due to a lesion of the central nervous system. This approach to the rehabilitation of adults with central nervous system pathology originated in the work of Berta and Karel Bobath and has evolved over more than half a century.

The rationale for current practice is based upon present day knowledge of motor control, motor learning and neural plasticity, as well as on knowledge of biomechanics.

THE PURPOSE OF BBTA 

  1. Optimise the activity and well being of adults with neurological impairment through improving therapeutic intervention using The Bobath Concept. By running structured modular courses at differing levels, including theoretical, practical and patient centred components aimed at developing the assessment and treatment skills of the participants.

  2. Maintain and improve the standards of BBTA recognised courses. Through continuous evaluation of all aspects of course content, teaching methodology and organisation and by implementing appropriate change where necessary.

  3. Facilitate personal and professional development of all members.Through organising regular meetings and educational programmes. Mechanisms in place include peer group review, personal development plans and mentorship.

  4. Promote the development of The Bobath Concept related to adults with neurological impairment. Through promoting clinical effectiveness and encouraging research and publications, so providing a resource for information relating to The Bobath Concept.

  5. Formulate and carry out a training programme for physiotherapists and occupational therapists to become future members of BBTA.

By providing training modules/workshops, assistantships on courses and peer group support to enable trainees to reach the level of qualification.

ARTICLES RELATING TO THE BOBATH CONCEPT

 

Brock K, Haase G, Rothacher G, Cotton S. (2011) Does physiotherapy based on the Bobath concept, in conjunction with a task practice achieve greater improvement in walking ability in people with stroke compared to physiotherapy focused on standard task practice alone: A pilot randomised controlled trial. Clinical Rehabilitation 25(10):903-912.

Gjelsvik B. (2007) The Bobath Concept in Adult Neurology. Thieme Medical Publishers, Incorporated ISBN-13: 9781588906212.

Graham JV, Eustace C, Brock K, Swain E and Irwin-Carruthers S. (2009) The Bobath Concept in contemporary clinical practice. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 16(1):57-68.

Graham JV, Cott C, Wright FV (2014) The Bobath (NDT) concept in adult neurological rehabilitation: what is the state of the knowledge? A scoping review. Part I: conceptual perspectives, Disability and Rehabilitation:An international, multidisciplinary journal:Early Online: 1–15

Graham JV, Cott C, Wright FV (2014) The Bobath (NDT) concept in adult neurological rehabilitation: what is the state of the knowledge? A scoping review. Part II: conceptual perspectives, Disability and Rehabilitation:An international, multidisciplinary journal:Early Online: 1–20

Levin MF, Panturin E (2011) Sensorimotor integration for functional recovery and the Bobath approach. Motor Control 15:285-301.

Mayston M. (2008) Editorial: Bobath Concept: Bobath@50: mid-life crisis — What of the future? Physiotherapy Research International 13:131–136.

O'Brien J, Bracewell M. (2010) A brief historical review of motor control theory. ACNR 10(3):22-24

Raine S, Meadows L, Lynch-Ellerington ME. (2009) Chapter 1 Bobath Concept: Theory and Clinical Practice in Neurological Rehabilitation. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Raine S. (2007) The current theoretical assumptions of the Bobath Concept as determined by the members of BBTA. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 23:3:137-152.

Raine S. (2006) Defining the Bobath Concept using the Delphi Technique. Physiotherapy Research International, 11(1):4-13.

INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS

There are a number of neurological approaches used in the management of a neurological deficit. The Bobath Concept is one of the most commonly used approaches.

There are three levels of Bobath training:

  • Introductory modules

  • A three week long Basic Course held in two sections with a three month gap to present an individual case study

  • A one week long advanced courses (which can only be taken after the basic course)

Only on completion of all these levels can a physiotherapist use the designated term 'Bobath Trained'.

FINDING A NEUROLOGICAL PHYSIOTHERAPIST

If you would like to see a neurological physiotherapist or occupational therapist you may be able to access one through the NHS or privately.

Searchable databases of physiotherapists:

Chartered Society of Physiotherapists - www.csp.org.uk

Click on the link and the town, the county or the postcode where you would like to find a neurological physiotherapist as well as choosing the 'Neurology/Neurosurgery' in the 'Special Area of Practice' category.

Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice - http://www.physiofirst.org.uk

Click on the link and then click on the 'Find a Physio' button, then enter the town, county or post code where you would like to find a physiotherapist as well as choosing 'Adult Neurology' in the 'Area of Practice' category.

The names of the Physiotherapists that come up will have different expertise and experience.

Searchable databases of occupational therapists:

Below are some questions that you might ask when deciding on the most suitable therapist:

  • Do you see neurological patients?

  • Have you had any Bobath training?

  • If so what level of training have you reached?

BBTA Tutors working in Private Practice

If you would like to contact a Bobath Tutor working in private practice, please CLICK HERE for a list and the area in which they work.

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