Over the last 3 months I have taught several ‘Introduction to the Bobath
Concept’ modular courses, all within NHS hospital environments. Running these
courses is always extra work for the course organisers bringing challenges such
as identifying extra rooms and space for the teaching and finding appropriate
patients for the course.
The majority of course participants have worked all week in busy environments, with the focus on patient flow and discharge from their service. Some course participants have even been called out on the night prior to the course. With this in mind it is very much in the fore-front of my thinking about the importance of how I can make the course apply to their current caseload and work pressures.
From the beginning of each course what is apparent is the level of enthusiasm and engagement within the room. Starting with a lecture, first thing in the morning, can be intense with a lot of information provided. I feel that contextualisation is the key; the “so what?!” is the important bit….
For example it's great knowing that unstable firing of the alpha motor neuron causes clonus but “so what?!”...
Linking this to a patients’ foot which can’t settle on a foot plate due to clonus, and how recruiting soleus first, to get active lengthening, is a useful and direct link to an everyday issue and is meaningful to the real world environment that these therapists work in.
The practical sessions are well received. Movement analysis, clinical reasoning and handling skills are all developed. However, what is almost if not more valuable is being able to have the time to think, clinically reason and discuss with colleagues. This often leads to conversations about similar patient presentations and what interventions could be used on Monday morning.
The other component is the ‘Patient Workshops’, which reinforce the link between the theoretical components and the real world of rehabilitation. The post-workshop discussions often highlight the challenges faced by therapists in the clinical environment, but also how the Bobath Concept can support clinicians in their decision making.
Yes, the weekends do involve considerable planning and yes they are busy and full, but the overall feedback is immensely positive. Therapists leave the course feeling more equipped to help their patients, and to me as a tutor it constantly reminds me of how the Bobath Concept is as relevant as ever in providing therapists with a framework to deliver effective and efficient care in 2017.
Joining these practical and informative ‘Introduction to the Bobath Concept’ courses is an exciting step in your CPD and links directly to your patient caseload. Look at the BBTA website under ‘courses’ and see what is happening in an area near to you!
If you would like to organise a course in your area then get in touch with the BBTA office by email and start to plan the arrangements with the tutors. We are always happy to help!