First university Bobath course gets underway
Developed in the 1940s, Bobath is one of a number of different approaches to neurological rehabilitation. It centres on the assessment and treatment of adults and children in order to help them achieve more efficient functional movement and activities.
The course at Leeds Met, which is running from 2 - 13 June and 8 - 12 September 2014, is being taught by two qualified Bobath tutors and attended by 20 qualified Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. It is being held in the £1million state-of-the-art clinical skills suite, based at the Portland Building of the University's city campus.
The clinical skills suite is used by students on courses including Nursing, Physiotherapy, and Occupational Therapy and consists of a high-tech simulation suite with critical care bed, high-tech human patient simulator, a film recording system and viewing room, a community living space with a ceiling hoist and adapted equipment as well as four teaching rooms equipped for the teaching and safe practice of a range of healthcare skills.
Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at Leeds Metropolitan, Liz Mackay, commented: "We are delighted to welcome tutors from the British Bobath Tutors Association and participants from all over the UK to our course. We were selected to host the training due to our fantastic clinical skills accommodation which is needed for such a complex course that also involves and relies on recruiting ten patients from our local community."
The course includes lectures, practicals, patient workshops and patient treatment sessions and this is the first time that the three week course has been held at a university rather than in a hospital environment.