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  • One kind thing makes all the difference.


    16 Sep 2022
    I came across a jumper the other day. It was a picture on Instagram. There was nothing special about the jumper, it was white, no hood, no sparkle, no pockets – nothing extraordinary about it. Just a small black lettered slogan that was written across its chest, saying “In a world where you can be… View Article
  • “Can you hear me now?”: Bridging the digital gap between then and now


    27 Feb 2022
    The turning of a new year prompted a certain amount of reflection about how the past year had been and wow what a year 2021 was for me at Bridges.  For anybody that doesn’t know me, one of my roles at Bridges is to deliver a lived experience perspective in our workshops for healthcare staff…. View Article
  • High time to LISTEN: co-designing and evaluating self-management support with and for people living with long Covid


    22 Sep 2021
    It seems that not a day goes by without my twitter feed bringing up yet more worrying symptoms of long Covid, adding to the already considerable list. Only today, I chance upon a new study highlighting the extent of kidney damage wrought by the disease, shared in the midst of a flurry of anxious tweets… View Article
  • I like your hat. A window on virtual research in a pandemic.


    20 Jan 2021
    I like your hat, really suits you… (me) I like your jumper, lovely colour…(Neema) Thanks for joining and doing this interview…(me) I nearly didn’t. I don’t like new things, since my stroke I’m nervous of talking to people I don’t know. I am worried about getting things wrong (Neema) Neema was 22 years old and… View Article
  • COVID-19: a catalyst for bravery


    8 Sep 2020
    As the impact of another surge in COVID-19 looms, we have an opportunity to take stock of not only the challenges that COVID-19 has thus far presented but where this has brought us to in terms of unexpected or new opportunities, and creative ways of working to facilitate the ongoing delivery of person-centred, long-term support… View Article
  • Bridges principles up front and centre in NHS policy


    21 Aug 2020
    Is it just me or does it feel like the end of a decade does bring forth a certain shift and sense of forward movement? In the NHS it can feel that real change happens at a glacial pace, but actually glaciers exert huge forces and sculpt the landscape they leave behind so I think… View Article
  • A crucial time to put ‘People1st’


    1 Apr 2020
    As I write, we are in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, and a time of unprecedented pressure on our health and social care services. Our exemplary NHS professionals are rightly front and centre stage, both in their clinical environments and in the national psyche, fundamental in the struggle against a pernicious invader. So, I… View Article
  • Coaching questions with people with aphasia

    Lucy Maran

    21 Mar 2020
    Lucy Maran is a Speech and Language Therapist for the acute and community stroke teams at Royal London Hospital and an Associate Trainer with Bridges Self-Management.  Lucy was trained to deliver solution focused brief therapy for people with varying presentations of aphasia post stroke as part of the SOFIA project (SOlution Focused brief therapy In post-stroke Aphasia).  Here… View Article
  • Listening, learning and losing fears


    21 Mar 2020
    As stroke and neuro rehab staff, we aim to do the best for people with a long-term neuro condition who come to us for rehabilitation. We know that we do not have all the answers and sometimes it’s about listening and letting people talk. Listening is part of the journey for all of us.  However,… View Article
  • Person-centred care in an acute stroke in-patient setting: don’t give up hope!


    21 Mar 2020
    When working in an acute busy environment attempting to make even small changes to practice can seem challenging. Frequently the barriers seem relentless, unchanging and tiring. Having recently completed the Bridges Self-Management programme, the team jointly decided to focus on small changes that hoped to support communication and information sharing within the acute stroke unit. … View Article