We proudly welcome the following speakers to the ESCIF Congress 2022
My name is Lucy Robinson, I am 34 years old and I have had C6 spinal cord injury for 15 years. I have been delivering a range of spinal cord injury services for over 12 years both in the UK and abroad, including peer led training courses which have been running in Bangladesh since 2012. I have led a structured peer led education service team at NHS Stoke Mandeville Hospital encouraging patients to actively engage in rehabilitation and learn the skills they need to live fulfilled lives whilst managing their health.I currently run a vocation service for the non-profit organisation Back Up. This includes early intervention rehabilitation pathways and practical support for helping service users into employment roles and confidence building course is to start people on their journey to meaningful employment. I have spoken regularly at national and international conferences about the use of peer support within rehabilitation and peer led community integration initiatives.
Since two years I work for the Swiss Paraplegics Association in Nottwil, Switzerland and I am responsible for the departement of life-guidance. I am also member of the management. I am a social worker and before joining die SPA I have been working in the first rehabilitation for 11 years in the Swiss Paraplegic Center in Nottwil.
Theo te Winkel
After the diving accident resulting into a Spinal Cord Injury C6 with his brother, when the latter was 24 and as student leading a summer camp, Theo started another study in medicine and hospital sciences. Before Médecins sans Frontières existed, he worked several years in areas where a civil war was going on (Biafra, Southern Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Libanon and other). Main issue: the best specialists with good equipment on the right moment on the required spot. Because this was not a safe environment for his family, he changed after 12 years to become employed in The Netherlands and Belgium as a director of medical affairs or wider patient care if not general director. Mainly in circumstances to merge smaller hospitals to larger and more specialised ones. Because he often assisted his brother, who started with the idea of European collaboration of SCI-associations, Theo became involved in ESCIF from the very beginning. Unfortunately his brother Dick, the first honorary (board-)member of DON (Dutch SCI-association) passed away three years ago, but Theo continued and presents now in a short speech the goal of how we can continue learning from each other how to improve life with an SCI in Europe with more and more mutual contacts.