Physiotherapy with JLinks

JLinks are specialist physiotherapists employed by ICARE; established in 2016 between Jayne Steadman and Joanna Ward. The Partners are both extremely skilled and experienced clinical physiotherapist in the public and private sector. Jayne Steadman worked as a Consultant Physiotherapist in Neurology for many years within the NHS in the Bromley area. Both Jayne and Jo have completed a post graduate MSc both including Stroke and rehabilitation as part of these studies.

Since 2016, JLinks Physiotherapy has grown and is now a strong clinical team of Physiotherapist with a breadth of skills and knowledge across a wide clinical area of specialisms. Many of us specialise in neurology and Stroke. We all have a passion to offer clinical case management beyond just looking at Physiotherapy needs.

Over the last 2 years JLinks Physiotherapy have been the resident Physiotherapists at Icare. We were delighted to be asked to work in partnership with the Charity. This allows us to fulfil our passion and extend Stroke Rehabilitation to be part of life and not something which stops at a given time. Icare have the benefit of a variety of our team members completing sessions throughout the week.

The Physiotherapy which we provide at Icare is generally in a group. However we are mindful of being a resource to people attending Icare and where needed we will always strive to find the time to work with an individual. This might be looking at a new splint, helping to signpost to another service, assessing pain, working on a new skill or working with the Icare team to assist people to move in the best and safest way.

Our aims at Icare are to engage as many people in activity and exercise. Everyone should participate in exercise throughout life. Participating in regular exercise as part of life after having a stroke can be challenging. This is where we want to help Stroke Survivors by making rehabilitation and exercise participation life long.

Further information about JLinks services are available on their website

Speech and Language Therapy

Angela Hinchcliffe, a qualified speech and language therapist is employed by the Day Centre and attends twice a week, working with our clients one-to-one to assess, diagnose and treat communication and swallowing difficulties after stroke and other neurological problems./span>

Angela is able to identify the particular problems specific to each individual and guide and support them on the road to recovery. This help is crucial to maximise the communicative potential of each person and to guide them through the process of recovery.

This can significantly improve quality of life for both the stroke survivor and their family.

Advice and training is also provided to staff and volunteers. Following assessment of a client, advice can be given on how to help and support that client whilst they are at ICARE.

Angela is also able to look out for any swallowing difficulties which may arise for individuals. Direct work on swallowing skills is rarely undertaken at ICARE but she is able to liaise with hospital therapists to ensure safety of swallowing and continuity of care. Speech and language therapists have become increasingly involved with swallowing disorders because the same musculature is involved in swallowing as in talking. Treatment may involve giving exercises to improve swallowing, modifying diet to aid swallowing and advising on alternative, non-oral means of nutrition.

Clients and carers are always welcome to contact the speech and language therapist to discuss individual needs at