Ruth Woodham

14 Dec 2023 0 comments Topic:

Ruth was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 13 and, in her early 20s, required multiple joint replacements. Following her recovery, she was inspired by the excellent care she received from the NHS, leading her to retrain as a Speech and Language Therapist. This career shift was suggested by her supportive rheumatology consultant, exemplifying true partnership working.

Having worked for the NHS for over 10 years, Ruth has held various roles including in community neurology, acute stroke, and in-patient mental health for older adults. In her current position, she works on a stroke rehabilitation ward, having specialized in stroke for several years. She also leads a communication group for stroke survivors, with former group members volunteering to support others. Ruth’s participation in the Bridges workshops resonated deeply with her clinical practice and personal beliefs, solidifying her role as an advocate for the Bridges approach within the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) and the broader Speech and Language Therapy community. This led her to become a Clinical Associate.

Living with a long-term condition, working as an NHS clinician, and being the primary carer for a child with complex needs, Ruth strongly believes in the Bridges approach and its core principles. She finds incorporating Bridges into her practice not only powerful for those she works with but also fosters true collaborative working. Ruth is passionate about working alongside her clients, firmly believing in self-management and centering the person in all aspects of her work.

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