Bobath Scotland training more specialist therapists

Bobath Scotland is delivering a course to train more specialist therapists across Scotland in the treatment of children with cerebral palsy.

Bobath training course

Starting this week (11 March), eighteen NHS physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists are attending the Bobath Scotland centre in Glasgow to undertake the Basic Bobath Foundation Course. The course is being fully funded by Bobath Scotland with support from Baillie Gifford. 

The six month-long modular course gives participants the theoretical background to the Bobath therapy approach, and provides practical and clinical experience in the handling, assessment and management of children with cerebral palsy. 

On completion of the course, the therapists will be able to use these skills to support children with cerebral palsy and their families in communities across Scotland. Course participants work in eight different health board areas, including Fife, Grampian, Glasgow, the Highlands, Lothian and Lanarkshire. 

The course is led by Christine Barber MSc MCSP DSA(CSP), a consultant physiotherapist and Director of Therapy Services at The Bobath Centre, London, with support from Bobath Scotland. 

Commenting on the training course, Stephanie Fraser, CEO of Bobath Scotland, said: 

“We are really delighted to be hosting this course in Glasgow and to be training and supporting a new cohort of Scotland-based Bobath therapists. This is something we have been working to achieve for some time and we would like to thank Baillie Gifford for helping us finally achieve our goal. 

“Bobath Scotland provides specialist therapy to anyone with cerebral palsy from our centre in Glasgow, and across Scotland through our outreach programme. But we know that people with cerebral palsy and their families need access to more support in their own communities, and therefore it is important to us that we should invest in developing specialist knowledge of the management of cerebral palsy throughout Scotland. 

“We are funding this course for NHS professionals because we are committed to ensuring that people with cerebral palsy benefit from the expertise of specialist Bobath therapists, whether that be through Bobath Scotland, or through NHS teams working in the community.”

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