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eTalk #3 - ‘All about the small steps’: the direction of travel in self-management research and what it means for physiotherapy practice

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This webinar is designed to provide an overview and in-depth meander through some of the key questions relating to self-management and self-efficacy. It is suitable for physiotherapists at all grades working across different specialities. Fiona will draw on her work developing Bridges self-management for stroke survivors but include reference to recent research and service improvement projects which have extended the work to brain injury and other complex long term conditions.


Fiona will start with an overview of self-efficacy and how it relates to self-management referring to examples of how self-management support can be successfully integrated into rehabilitation. As new innovations in self-management emerge we now know more about what makes programmes fail or succeed. Fiona will share some of the innovations developed through the Bridges approach and examples of rehabilitation teams that have managed to make self-management support part of everything they do. This can lead to a positive behaviour change for all; patients, their families and healthcare professionals!


The potential of self-management programmes is an enticing area with relevance across the physiotherapy profession. But the mechanisms of impact, fidelity of programmes and understanding who the real beneficiaries are is still work in progress. As thr title of this webinar suggests ‘its all about the small steps’.



Fiona Jones is Professor of Rehabilitation Research at St George’s University of London and Kingston University, and the founder of ‘Bridges self-management’. She was previously the Chief Investigator for SESAME- a cluster feasibility trial to test Bridges within stroke teams in London. Since developing the Bridges programme she has also carried out studies to explore self-management support for people with acquired brain injury as well as exploring professional attitudes and factors influencing sustainability of using programmes within health care. Fiona has published articles on self-management and self-efficacy, currently supervises six doctoral students who are carrying out research related to self-management. Fiona is also the Chief investigator for a new NIHR funded study, ‘CREATE’ which started in January 2016 and uses Experience–Based Co-Design to explore ways to increase therapeutic activity in stroke units . In 2009 Fiona received the life after stroke award for excellence from the UK Stroke Association and in 2011 she was made a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. Fiona is currently the President of the UK Association of Physiotherapists in Neurology.





CPD hours: 1

This webinar was recorded in 2017