The aim of Ataxia Training Days is to increase awareness of the ataxias among healthcare professionals. These events are open to a variety of different healthcare professionals, from neurologists to physiotherapists, with a typical training day attracting over 70 attendees from various backgrounds. A wide range of topics are presented by medical professionals with different areas of expertise in subjects such as genetic counselling, diagnosis, management and physiotherapy

Latest Ataxia Training Day

Our latest Ataxia Training Day took place in Exeter as part of Ataxia UK's Exeter Awareness Campaign that ran throughout June. The feedback from delegates from across a range of fields was incredibly positive, which you can read below. You can find the flyer with venue details here and you can see the programme here.

Ataxia UK Trustee and South West Branch member Philip Griffiths released a report of the day, which will indicate the typical contents of an Ataxia Training Day. 

For this event, Ataxia UK collaborated with ACPIN (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists with Interest in Neurology)

You can find below some presentations from that day:

Rehabilitation_and_physiotherapy_approaches_in_ataxia_by_Prof_Jon_Marsden_-_Exeter_2017.pdf

Hearing_difficulties_in_ataxia_-_results_of_recent_research_with_FM_hearing_aids_by_Dr_Kai_Uus_-_Exeter_2017.pdf

Research_updates_by_Dr_Julie_Vallortigara_-_Exeter_2017.pdf

Medical_guidelines_by_Dr_Julie_Vallortigara_-_Exeter_2017.pdf

Previous Ataxia Training Days

Another Ataxia training Day was on Friday 17 February 2017 in Belfast. This event was organised jointly by Ataxia UK and the Northern Ireland Rare Disease Partnership. You can find the flyer here, and the full programme hereThis event was approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 5 category 1 (external) CPD credits.
 


Feedback on past events

Exeter, 2017

Our latest Ataxia Training Day was held in July 2017, and had a mixed group of specialist healthcare professionals from across the South West were in attendance. As the chart below demonstrates, the day had a great impact on localised healthcare awareness, treatment and care of the ataxias.

"a really informative and interesting day with knowledgeable e informed presenters. I really valued the mix of patient and clinical presentations."

"excellent course which increased awareness of the evidence base but also rich emotive talks from Sam and Anthony [Members of the South West Branch] were very inspirational."

Belfast, 2017

Another training day we held this year took place in Belfast, and was very well received. The feedback collected from the delegates was positive, with 92% of respondents saying the seminar will have an impact on the treatment of their ataxia patients. When asked about the beneficial aspects of the training day, one delegate said that it had:

"...increased my awareness and understanding of the different forms of ataxia. I now have reference points to help in my assessment and management of patients referred with the condition."

Manchester, 2011

One of our Ataxia Training Days, ‘Care of Ataxia Patients’ Study Day, was held in Manchester and was aimed at healthcare professionals caring for people with ataxia. Feedback on the event from those who attended was very positive, with 100% of attendees stating that it was either useful or very useful.

"I found all the speakers and their content to be extremely useful. I particularly felt the event gave a well-balanced and up to date conference which will have a positive impact on future practice."



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