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Annual Conference a huge success!

We held our first joint stroke and neurorehabilitation annual conference on the 20th March at the AJ Bell Stadium in Eccles. We also offered a live stream for those who could not attend in person.
You can view the slides and recordings of the talks, as well as all the posters from our competition here.

The event was attended by over 150 people and featured keynote speaker Professor Avril Drummond who delivered an engaging and thought provoking presentation on fatigue. Another highlight was a talk by our new PPI Co-ordinator Abi that featured a video of members of our newly merged Patient & Carer Group, with a workshop on the subject the most popular of the four options available.
The day also offered a wide variety of both charitable and commercial exhibitors and plenty of breaks giving attendees the chance to catch up with colleagues and learn more about services and products.
Our poster competition featured our largest ever number of entries, which necessitated having two judging teams per category! The winning poster in the pre-hospital and inpatient care category was Implementing Integrated Care Pathway (ICP) for Management of Hemiplegic Shoulder Pain (HSP) Following Stroke, to Improve Functional Outcomes and Reduce Prescription of Pain Analgesia from Stepping Hill Hospital Stroke Unit (pictured right with Tracy). The community and longer term support category was won by a poster entitled Working relationships and self-management in community stroke rehabilitation: the perspectives of healthcare professionals by staff at The University of Manchester.
The climax of the day was the presentation of the Tyrrell and Chadwick Awards for outstanding contribution to stroke and neurorehabilitation care respectively. The former was awarded to Dr Khalil Kawafi (pictured left with his wife Eva), stroke clinical lead at Fairfield General Hospital, former Strategic Clinical Director lead for stroke and passionate champion of the region’s stroke pathway. The Chadwick Award was presented to Harriet Allen, Trafford community team lead, who has supported a number of network initiatives over the years. We also presented a special achievement award to our Community Director Tracy Walker who is stepping down at the end of March after over 8 years in the role.