Nathalie Bailey-Fitter, manager of Nottingham-based charity Footprints CEC, is set to become one of the first people to complete the UK’s first Multidisciplinary Conductor course at the National Institute for Movement Disorders in Birmingham.
Footprints provides Conductive Education for babies and children with conditions that affect movement and mobility that may be caused by damage to the brain, or genetic conditions such as Down’s Syndrome. As the only Conductive Education centre in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, Footprints also works closely with families to encourage lifelong learning.
The UK is currently experiencing a shortage of newly-educated and qualified conductors. This new course has been created to protect the life-changing services that Conductive Education provides for children with disabilities and their families.
Nathalie has been working at Footprints for the last two years and is looking forward to adding this new qualification to her already impressive skill-set.
“I have qualifications in nursing, education, research and medical law and after working in a Conductive Education Centre for over two years, I am ready to develop my knowledge further.”
She continues “My passion for Conductive Education grows every day, so to be able to take part in this groundbreaking next step for the industry is a real honour.”
Footprints CEC is one of three Conductive Education centres taking part in this innovative programme in a bid to recruit and retain conductors in the UK. The city’s only Conductive Education Centre will stand alongside Sheffield-based Paces and Stick and Step, based in Wallasey.
The two year course requires all participants to have a relevant first degree and a willingness to learn more about Conductive Education. Post-graduates undertake four blocks of theoretical and practical study, with each block containing 200 hours of conductive practice. Upon completion, students are awarded the Multidisciplinary Conductor qualification by NICE Conductive College in Birmingham.
“I’m excited to complete the course and pass on the knowledge I have gained to my colleagues at Footprints, with the aim of continually improving the services we provide to both the families and children attending our sessions.”
For more information about Footprints CEC, please visit http://www.footprintscec.org.