Muscular Dystrophy UK has launched a new online course for OTs working with people with muscle-wasting conditions. The aim is for people with muscle-wasting conditions to have access to the best care and support possible, by increasing knowledge of muscle-wasting conditions among healthcare professionals.

Kirstie Spencer, occupational therapist and Muscular Dystrophy Care Advisor in Nottingham, helped to develop the module. She explains why all OTs working with people with muscle-wasting conditions should take this course:

“I’ve been delighted to work with Muscular Dystrophy UK on this new short course for OTs working with people with muscle-wasting conditions.

“A key role for us as OTs is to support the people we work with to manage activities of daily living and to carry out assessments for equipment and housing adaptations. However, if we do not have the specialist knowledge required to work with people with muscle-wasting conditions there is a risk that patients might not get the care they need. This is why this e-learning course is so important.

“By taking the module, you will get the information you need to carry out safe and effective assessments. This includes what should be considered when assessing someone with a wheelchair to ensure they are as comfortable as possible, and to reduce the risk of skeletal change.

“The course will also improve awareness of the specialist equipment, which can make it easier for people with muscle-wasting conditions to carry out day-to-day tasks. For example, muscle weakness can lead to a reduced range of movement, which can cause difficulty with eating, drinking, and preparing food. Washing, dressing, and going to the toilet can also become increasingly challenging. That is why it is essential that OTs are aware of the interventions that can help. Adapted cutlery can reduce the effort for eating and drinking, and specialist and non-specialist equipment such as urine bottles and electric riser toilet seats, can make going to the toilet much easier.

“This eLearning module can play a vital role in helping to improve care across the UK and I urge all OTs working with people with muscle-wasting conditions to sign up now.”

Sign up for the free course here. To find out more about the work of Muscular Dystrophy UK, visit www.musculardystrophyuk.org or call David Stephenson on 020 7803 4826.

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