Your comments: 16 September 2015

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Aaron Devlin

Last month brought some tragic news to the whole of our physiotherapy graduate class. We lost a very dear friend, and fellow physiotherapist to meningitis. Aaron Devlin and I graduated last year from the University of Ulster Jordanstown, and were both lucky enough to begin full-time posts in September. Aaron and I were both halfway through completing our master’s in sport and exercise medicine until he lost his battle to meningitis on 31 July.
Aaron was an active and healthy young man. He had been playing football on the evening he took unwell, and ended up in ICU the following day. After seven days the decision was made to switch off his ventilator and allow him to pass away. 
  • Dean McNally
  • An obituary on Aaron will appear in Frontline in the coming months. 

Love the buggy

Once a physio always a physio: which is why I spotted Cheryl one sunny morning as I was walking to catch my bus into York.
This young mum had a tiny baby in a sling and was pushing a manual wheelchair with a buggy attached out front where her two-year-old was sitting.
How truly inventive, I thought, and so very practical. It led me to think that perhaps others would be interested in what she had done, particularly other wheelchair user mums who would see this unique way of transporting two young children.
As a wheelchair user, Cheryl solved the transport needs of her two little girls by contacting the charity Demand. This small engineering charity provides one-off items when a consumer or commercial product does not exist. The company that produced her ‘buggy pod’ collaborated with Demand to produce a joining bracket to connect the wheelchair and buggy.
Lily, aged two, clearly loves riding in her buggy and is the most delightful and well-behaved toddler.
  • Judith Saunders
To contact Demand, tel 01484 666261or visit there website here

New recruit

I have been meaning to get in touch since our middle daughter Heidi, aged 10,saw the front cover of Frontline (15 July) featuring your article about physio with children with heart conditions [at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle uponTyne NHS Trust].
I think you may have set her on her career path! 
Despite having dyslexia, Heidi wanted to read the article and thought physio was ‘cool’ and wants to do physiotherapy. 
I’ve been telling her it’s the best profession for years!
  • Lorna Taylor 

You’ve added

  • Lesley Dawson responded to an online item titled ‘CSP council to agree response plan to potential changes in physio training’.  ‘It would seem a good way to go. I think this is what happens in many other countries and it seems to work.’
  • Lucy Smith commented on theStand and deliver’ column in the last edition of Frontline (2 September).  ‘The rota stand/turntable/ spinning wheel (I like that one!) is a manual handling aid not a training aid … I use a turntable as a manual handling aid and train sit to stand without the use of upper limbs during therapy sessions with a high surface to reduce the forces required.  ‘Upper limb use is brought in as a strategy if the person is unable to sit to stand without it.’
  • The column’s author, Louise Norman, responded, noting, among other points: ‘I am genuinely interested to know what other therapists think ... On our stroke unit we’ve now also got a “stedy”, which seems to be in near constant use.  ‘It’s a very popular piece of equipment and I wish I’d thought of it!’
Frontline and various

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