Regional Rehabilitation Centre for People with Disabilities’: The Move Programme visits Russia
Recently, our Business Development and Marketing Executive for The Move Programme, Charlotte Peck, was invited to Russia to deliver a seminar in Moscow, and training sessions to the Regional Rehabilitation Centre for People with Disabilities in Yekaterinburg.
In the second of this series of blogs documenting her experiences in Russia, Charlotte gives us an insight into Senior Practitioner Training, and the challenges faced when delivering training in a different country.
“After the seminar in Moscow, we then took a 2 hour flight east to Yekaterinburg, a city on the border between Europe and Asia, to deliver Senior Practitioner training to the Regional Rehabilitation Centre over a period of 4 days.
“On arrival, we were shown around and were amazed by the facilities that the Centre had to offer, from a full health spa to an indoor gym with underfloor heating. The Centre seemed to have a high level of funding and staffing did not appear to be an issue as it so often is in organisations across the UK.
“Initially, the training proved a bit of a challenge as The Move Programme way of working is so different from the medical model that is currently embedded in the Centre. The training was attended by all heads of departments, some of whom it was clear had scepticisms about the effectiveness of the Programme at the beginning of the training.
“This coupled with the language barrier and the uncertainty that certain concepts of the programme had got ‘lost in translation’ made the first couple of days quite challenging and draining!
“Some elements were new concepts for the Centre that took a while to understand. In particular, The Move Programme emphasises collaborative working, providing opportunities for practising functional mobility across all elements of the individual’s day, not just in the physiotherapy sessions. It also ensures that the team places the client and their family at the centre of the process. It asks them to set their own goals, instead of being set goals by the professionals.
“However, after the third and fourth day of training, the concepts of Move seemed to sink in!
“The director and deputy directors of the Centre were very positive about the programme and spoke to the rest of the attendees about how they thought it was a beneficial addition to their way of working.
“After we had gone through the Six Steps of the Programme, we then did a day and a half of practical paperwork completion, working on the Six Steps with a man (Constantin) in a wheelchair whose goal was to be able to fly to Singapore and walk with a walking stick, and then with a young man (Mazuit) and his mother.
“Mazuit had profound and complex disabilities and during the assessment, his mother was very emotional and in floods of tears, saying that she had never received this amount of attention from such a large number of professionals. Mazuit was 22, and she told us that she had been refused treatment for him when he was just 7, because apparently “there was no point.” It was a very emotional part of the training that made it all worthwhile!”
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