About the TeleCIMT TIDE Group

These free resources have been developed by the TIDE (TeleCIMT International DEvelopment) Group of occupational therapists and physiotherapists to help participants and therapists prepare for and conduct a remote three-week TeleCIMT program. 

When the Covid-19 lockdown first hit the UK in March 2020, the TIDE group came together to develop resources to support the delivery of CIMT remotely. The aim was to enable the provision of intensive home-based arm therapy, despite worldwide social restrictions.

 

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, all TIDE Group members have worked voluntarily in their own time to develop these TeleCIMT resources. Each team member has made significant intellectual contributions to the design, revision and editing of all resources on this website. Collectively, they have shared a significant amount of clinical and educational CIMT resource materials and developed these for use in TeleCIMT.

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JESSAMY BOYDELL

Lead Resource Developer &

Specialist Neurological Occupational Therapist

Arm’s Reach Occupational Therapy, Bristol, United Kingdom

w: www.armsreach-ot.co.uk

e: info@armsreach-ot.co.uk

Jessamy Boydell is a private neurological occupational therapist (MSc OT 2008; MROT) and runs her own private practice, Arm’s Reach Occupational Therapy, Bristol, UK. 

After reaching out to other TIDE group members in March 2020, Jessamy conceptualised and led the TIDE project. She proposed the TeleCIMT program structure based on a home CIMT program design she set-up and ran locally in 2018-2020. Jessamy co-ordinated the TIDE group, led the planning and structuring of the resources and contributed to the development, revision and editing of clinical resources. This included sharing existing clinical resource materials and contributing to student feedback in the development of resources as part of a university project placement. 

Jessamy has presented on CIMT for the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology as well as local national health care services. She continues to provide CIMT, alongside other upper limb therapy interventions, in private practice.

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DR LAUREN CHRISTIE

PhD, Occupational Therapist and Senior Implementation Science Research Fellow - Allied Health

St Vincent's Health Network, Sydney, Australia 

e: lauren.christie@svha.org.au

Lauren Christie is an occupational therapist clinician researcher who was awarded her PhD by The University of Sydney, focused on the implementation and sustainability of constraint induced movement therapy (CIMT) programs in practice. She has over 15 years clinical experience in neurological rehabilitation and has held clinical leadership roles in Australia and the United Kingdom.

 

In 2016, she was awarded a NSW Health Translational Research Grant to conduct the Australian Constraint Therapy Implementation study of the Arm (ACTIveARM), a mixed methods implementation study that evaluated whether CIMT could be translated into routine practice across nine therapy teams at five hospitals in South Western Sydney, Australia. She has published in peer reviewed journals, presented at international and national conferences, provided training in CIMT implementation in Australia and has been awarded over $400,000AUD in research funding. She currently holds a research fellow position with St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney.

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Lauren contributed to the development, revision and editing of clinical resources including sharing existing clinical resource materials, developed and revised educational resources including sharing existing educational resource materials, and provided direct clinical supervision to students in the development of clinical and educational resources as part of a university project placement.

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ANNIE MEHARG

Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist

Bath, United Kingdom e: cimttraining@gmail.com

Annie Meharg (MSc MCSP) is a private neurological physiotherapist, mentor and trainer of therapists working in upper limb rehabilitation for Harrison Training. 

 

Annie co- developed the training course 'How to Do Constraint- Induced Movement Therapy' in 2010 with occupational therapist Jill Kings, and underwent training with David Morris from the American CI Therapy team. Annie and Jill went on to co- author the book, 'How to do CIMT - A practical guide'.

Annie contributed to the development, revision and editing of clinical resources including sharing existing clinical resource materials, developed and revised educational resources including sharing existing educational resource materials and contributed to student feedback in the development of resources as part of a university project placement.   

 

Annie has presented for the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology and lectures in CIMT on the MSc in Neurophysiotherapy at UCL. She continues to deliver CIMT programmes within her private practice.

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ANNA KILKENNY

Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist

Waikato Hospital, Hamilton,     

New Zealand 

e: anna.kilkenny@waikatodhb.health.nz

Anna Kilkenny is a neurological physiotherapist working at Waikato hospital in New Zealand. She has over 14 years clinical experience, 10 of these specialising in neurological rehabilitation. 

Anna graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2006.  She has worked in neurological rehabilitation in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and in Australia. 

Anna contributed to the development, revision and editing of all clinical resources, revised and edited all educational resources, contributed to student feedback in the development of resources as part of a university project placement. Anna created the website design, built and edited the website using Wix website builder.

Anna's main areas of clinical interest are in spasticity management, stroke and brain injury rehabilitation.