Welcome to the Bridges website
Bridges vision is to:
"enable people living with long-term neurological conditions to take control of their rehabilitation and daily lives".
We do this by providing training and consultancy to multidisciplinary health and social care teams in both hospital and community neuro-rehabilitation to understand and integrate self-management support into their practice and by conducting innovative research and development in the field of self-management.
Please click here to read more about our different self-management workshops for practitioners.
Why are self-management programmes needed for long-term neurological conditions?
10 million people in the UK are living with a long-term neurological condition (LTNC). LTNC’s have significant long-term physical and emotional consequences and there is strong evidence that long term needs are not being met. People with LTNC’s are a major driver of cost and activity in the NHS. Stroke patients alone occupy 20% of acute hospital beds and 25% of long-term beds. Furthermore, the prevalence of LTNC’s in the UK is likely to continue to increase as our population ages.
Self-management is the King’s Fund top priority for commissioners and a key focus of The Health Foundation’s person-centred care programme. Both suggest new ways of supporting and enabling people to actively self-manage once they are discharged from statutory services are required.
How does Bridges address these issues and what is the evidence base?
Bridges effectively addresses these issues by training health and social care teams to integrate self-management support into their practice and work in a different way which:
- Enables active patient self-management skills and transforms patient/clinician relationships into collaborative partnerships to support independence and living well with a long-term neurological condition.
- Facilitates new ways of working within health and social care teams which fosters active self-management and reduces the need for ongoing rehabilitation.
The programme is evidenced by an extensive staged research and evaluation programme which, since 2005, has included 10 separate clinical trials and involved over 200 patients. This is supplemented by feedback from 1,200 trained participants who have attended 70 workshops and close consultation with an advisory group containing patients, carers and professionals. Practitioner evaluations show 99% of workshop participants report a change in practice to more person-centred approaches which support self-management.
Bridges Self-Management was initially developed in the area of stroke by Dr Fiona Jones (Reader in Rehabilitation) at St George’s University of London and Kingston University. Following an innovative spin-out in 2013, Bridges remains located at, but is now separate to, The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at St. George’s University of London in Tooting. This allows Bridges to retain its close links with its University partners but also have the operational freedom to engage with other partners.
Interested in finding out more about Bridges?
- COMMISSIONERS and TRAINING MANAGERS please click here
- PATIENTS/CARERS click here
- RESEARCHERS/COLLABORATORS/GENERAL ENQUIRIES please register your interest here...
Or if you have any questions at all, please email the team - firstname.lastname@example.org call us on - 020 8725 2445