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The Facial Therapy Specialists International Team

Welcome to the website for Facial Therapy Specialists International. Please find below, information about the members of our team as well as additional information regarding our team:

President:

Jonathan Cole

Chair:

Catriona Neville

Vice Chair:

Karen Young

Treasurer:

Sally Glover

General Secretary:

Helen Martin

Newsletter Editor:

Karen Young

Membership Secretary:

Suzi Allen

Webmaster:

Tamsin Gwynn

Public Relations Officer:

Mara Robinson

Diversity Officer:

Sarah Kilcoyne

Education Officer:

Jackie Diels

Research Officer:

Margaret Youatt

Twitter Moderator:

Sarah Kilcoyne

Instagram Officer:

Sarah Kilcoyne

Facebook Group Moderator:

Catriona Neville

President: Jonathan Cole

Chair: Catriona Neville

Vice Chair: Karen Young

Treasurer: Sally Glover

General Secretary: Helen Martin

Newsletter Editor: Karen Young

Membership Secretary: Suzi Allen

Webmaster: Tamsin Gwynn

Public Relations Officer: Mara Robinson

Diversity Officer: Sarah Kilcoyne

Education Officer: Jackie Diels

Research Officer: Margaret Youatt

Twitter Moderator: Sarah Kilcoyne

Instagram Moderator: Sarah Kilcoyne

Facebook Group Moderator: Catriona Neville

  • 11th International Facial Nerve Symposium in Rome, April 2009.
  • Special event led by inspirational world leaders in facial rehabilitation.
  • The event created an atmosphere of openness, learning and sharing of best practice.
  • Despite the conference being multidisciplinary and including surgeons, physicians, researchers and therapists there were no professional boundaries.
  • Integration between the professional groups led to a unique opportunity for sharing knowledge, enthusiasm and ideas with the common goal being a strive for excellence in the management of facial nerve disorders.
  • A group of enthusiastic and innovative therapists specialising in facial rehabilitation from UK NHS centres in Birmingham, East Grinstead and Southampton.
  • Included speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and psychotherapists.
  • Despite knowing of each others specialist centres this was the first opportunity we had to get together in what was an inspiring location to discuss facial matters.
  • Founding members:
    • Catriona Neville (ESP Physiotherapist at Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)
    • Lorraine Clapham (Superintendant Physiotherapist, Southampton General Hospital)
    • Vanessa Venables (Advanced Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, QVH NHSFT)
    • Sally Glover (Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, University Hospitals Birmingham NHSFT)
    • Dr Theresa Rose (Consultant Psychological Therapist, QVH NHSFT).
  • Through discussion we recognised the similarities and differences in our practice, the range of outcome measures we were using and the difficulties associated in undertaking quality research in this area.
  • We also had the opportunity to share patient experiences and innovative ideas for patient care.
  • We were all enthusiastic and recognised the need to progress the field of facial nerve rehabilitation in the UK.
  • Knowledge and expertise of facial nerve function and recovery
  • Ability to educate the patient
  • Ability to educate other professions
  • Functional rehabilitation of the face
  • Psychological support
  • Chemodenervation
  • SEMG assessment and biofeedback
  • Acupuncture
  • Social interaction skills training
  • Strategies to enhance facial appearance
  • Establishing best practice.
  • Setting standards for assessment, outcome measures and management.
  • Collaboration for research including peer support and opportunities for multi-centre trials.
  • Providing support network and training for all therapists involved in facial rehabilitation.
  • Improving access for patients to quality regional care following facial palsy.