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Thursday, 2 July 2020

Virtual education sessions on spinal cord injury from Spinal Injuries Association

This week Karen Mikalsen from the Spinal Injuries Association shares some information on their work and events for healthcare professionals.

Spinal Injuries Association is the expert voice and leading source of information and advice for people with spinal cord injury (SCI) and for over 40 years we’ve been supporting SCI people and representing the wider SCI community to government and other decision makers. Key to this is the clinical education and support provided by our expert team of SCI Nurse Specialists, who work with colleagues in the NHS and other non-specialist healthcare settings to provide specialist education, advice and guidance on all aspects of SCI care.

Through the SIA Academy, and in addition to their clinical commitments, our nurses offer a popular programme of specialist education. The last few months have been a challenging time for all of us, but at SIA we have been using this time to develop ways to still provide much-needed support even though we can’t see anyone face to face. The SIA Academy, of course, is no exception, and we have developed virtual education modules for Trusts and other non-specialist settings to purchase for their staff to attend, which are facilitated live over Zoom by members of the nurse team at a time and date convenient to the requestor.

Managing Spinal Cord Injury: A session tailored to the needs of an individual requestor, so you can include the topics most relevant to you and your patients. A basic session includes an Introduction to Spinal Cord Injury presentation, plus one other topic of the requestor’s choice from the list available on our website, which includes autonomic dysreflexia, neurogenic bowel management and care of the skin. A basic session (approx 2 hours) costs £160 +vat for up to 3 delegates. More topics and delegates can be added for an additional cost.

Managing the Neurogenic Bowel Following Spinal Cord Injury (theory only).
This module comprises the education element of our popular Managing the Neurogenic Bowel Following SCI skills and knowledge training day. Anyone attending this session will be asked to provide the details of a Registered Nurse who has agreed to assess and supervise their practical skills involved in this area. After the presentations, they will undertake an online evaluation of learning, and should they reach the required pass mark they will receive a certificate that they can then present to their supervising Registered Nurse. The session cost is £300 +vat for up to 3 delegates. Up to 3 further delegates can be added for £100 +vat each.

We appreciate that people are extremely busy and may not have the opportunity to book onto scheduled sessions at the moment, so we are currently only holding sessions on request, with date and timings agreed with the requesting Trust. However, we are actively looking at scheduling sessions that individuals can book onto, should there be demand for this, so do get in touch if this would be your preferred option.

Our education is CPD accredited, and an electronic pack of materials to support the sessions will be sent to all attendees. We will also, where possible, include a session by one of our Support Network Officers on the support they can provide to you, your colleagues and patients.

For more information on these or other SIA Academy activities, or if you have any queries, please contact Karen Mikalsen, Education and Training Co-ordinator () or of course you can visit our website www.spinal.co.uk/virtual_education

If you would like more information on how our SCI Nurse Specialist service and the wider SIA team can support you and your patients during this time please call us on 0800 980 0501 or see our website https://www.spinal.co.uk/coronavirus/