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Hereward College and Neuromuscular Center (NMC) Midlands Partner up

  • Published: 2012-07-13 : Author: Hereward College
  • Synopsis: Agreement that the Midlands Center will be based at Hereward College and the intention is for the center to be operational from August 2012.

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The Neuromuscular Center (NMC) Midlands is a charity which aims to set up a center in the West Midlands area, where adults with neuromuscular conditions can access regular physiotherapy and support. There is an existing center in Cheshire, which is the inspiration behind this project, although the two centers will operate as separate organizations.

Hereward College - A national, residential and day college of further education welcoming all learners including those with disabilities and /or diverse and complex support requirements. Following an inspection in earlier this year Hereward College was successful in achieving the Investors in People Gold Award. The college was inspected by Ofsted in October 2010 and graded as Good with outstanding features.

The Midlands charity has been looking for a location for the center, from which they will develop the service and fund raise for equipment and resources. An agreement has been made that the Midlands Center will be based at Hereward College and that the intention is for the center to be operational from August 2012.

The center is particularly necessary in the West Midlands area, where millions of pounds are being wasted on emergency admissions for patients with muscle disease. These admissions cause huge distress to patients and their families and can be incredibly damaging to their health, at huge and unnecessary costs to the taxpayers.

The center will operate from a room near to the reception of the College and will work in partnership with Hereward's therapy team to deliver a range of therapies including physiotherapy, acupuncture, reflexology, and deep tissue massage amongst others, which will enhance the benefits achieved by on-going treatment and care. The Center's users will be able to access support and information on a wide range of subjects including benefits, equipment, wheelchairs, also advice on the practicalities of house adaptations, and suitable transport. The center will cover all of the West Midlands, however clients are expected to come from much further in order to access the facilities that will be on offer.

The center has the backing of a wide range of professionals, including health care consultants and has more long term aims of supporting the work of the center by creating work experience and training opportunities and social enterprises for some of its service users. College courses and training opportunities for people with muscle disease will be also be available through Hereward College, which has the necessary expertise, facilities and assistive technology required by people with muscle diseases.

The charity's next challenge is to get everything ready in time. At the moment, the NMC Midlands have managed to raise roughly £30,000, but these funds will be quickly swallowed up by the costs of building work, decorating, equipment for the physiotherapy area along with desks, chairs, filing cabinets, computers and general office equipment for our reception and office area as well as paying the rent. Volunteers are also needed to man the reception desk and act as guides.

Hereward College and the NMC are inviting local schools, clubs, organizations, businesses and individuals dealing with neuromuscular conditions, to become involved and be part of this new and exciting project in order to bring these much needed specialized services for people with neuromuscular conditions.

Jon Clugston, Director of Care and Enabling at Hereward College, had the following to say: "We have come such a long way and the NMC Midlands will soon be a reality! We urge people with muscle diseases to get involved and help us in any way they can, as this will be their Neuromuscular Center."

If you'd like to get involved please email getintouch@nmc-midlands.co.uk and we will get in touch as soon as possible.

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