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Good mobility is key for positive wellbeing

15 May 2019

We are now on day three of Mental Health Awareness Week and with the theme circling around ‘body image’, there is no better time to look at a service within our Trust that looks into improving such notion, physically.

Meet the Community Independence Service (CIS). The team is largely compiled of physiotherapists and occupational therapists (some of whom are pictured above), offering two vital services; rehabilitation and reablement. They strive to ensure every adult across Hammersmith and Fulham (as well as the boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster) is moving again, helping boost their mobility and thus improve their mental and physical wellbeing.

The CIS has been under the Trust for nearly three years, but been going on for a lot longer before. Today, they assess around 150 new service users every week, the majority of whom come through GP referrals. They offer short term services (generally around six weeks) and long term solutions.

Today (Wednesday 15 May), they showed off their services at an annual Free Health Day event held at Bishop Creighton House in Fulham. They were side-by-side with the likes of Diabetes UK, Fulham Good Neighbours and the London Fire Brigade, who were also promoting their vital services.

The day also welcomed a surprise guest, Andy Slaughter MP. He took the time to talk to some of the CIS’s physiotherapists and occupational therapists about what they do. Mr Slaughter is no stranger to the Trust, having attended our Back on Track’s 10th birthday celebration back in February.

 Andy Slaughter (centre right), with members of CIS team