Last week I was training therapy staff (mainly OTs and Physios) who work in the acute setting in London hospitals.
Some interesting issues were raised about the demand to discharge patients but also the importance of setting goals that are meaningful to patients. We talked a lot about helping patients to set their own goals and agreed that without this, patients will not understand what the point of their therapy is but with their input, patients will be more motivated and therapy will be more successful. One therapist commented “Talking Mats is a nice tool to help identify meaningful goals and nice way to structure the patient’s thinking as well as my own”.
I’m in the office on my own today as it’s Karen’s day off and Becca is on holiday so I am fielding the phones and emails as well as trying to write a proposal (Also procrastinating by writing a short blog!)
Lois is running a 2 day course on the Adult Support and Protection Act which has had an overwhelming response.
Next week I am running a 2 day course at St Mary’s Hospital in London … so things are never dull at Talking Mats!
We are very pleased to announce the launch of our new website which brings together all our work – training, packages, consultancy and research into one site. We are very grateful to our web-designer, Joe Cape, who has helped us to add several new features and hope you will find it both informative and easy to use. Please let us know if you have any comments about it.
We are all really looking forward to the Talking Mats Seminar on the 18th June 2012. This seminar is open to anyone who has attended the Talking Mats training and is using Talking Mats regularly. The seminar will include an update on Talking Mats developments for example:
- where we are with the iPad/high tech version
- on- line training
- using Talking Mats to compare views
- using Talking Mats to work people who are vulnerable
We are really looking forward to seeing you all.