INTERNATIONAL BOBATH INSTRUCTORS TRAINING ASSOCIATION
An international association for adult neurological rehabilitation
Newsletter April 2020
Executive Committee News
The Executive Committee would like to express our sincere gratitude to all members for their responses to the recent 2020 AGM Special Notice – Covid-19 (LINK) and to the offers of support to the Nordic group and to the EC.
We send each of you our sincere thoughts through this challenging time. As always, we welcome any questions, comments or suggestions.
The Executive Committee would like to remind you of the following information – 2020 IBITA AGM
Our 2020 face to face IBITA AGM is cancelled.
An AGM Agenda with essential items will be generated for postal vote only.
Items will include:
o Ratification of 2019 AGM Minutes
o Acceptance of committee reports
o Budget, financial report and report from the verification committee
o Office bearer elections
o Essential motions only, all other items shall be deferred to 2021.
members meeting voting criteria will be granted postal vote eligibility. Postal votes will be submitted by Google survey
A Zoom Meeting open for ALL IBITA members shall be held 2pm – 4pm Sweden time on Saturday August 29th, 2020. This date remains within the initial Congress dates. The time zone of all members was considered. The Zoom meeting will not fulfil the purpose of the AGM outlined in our Byelaws but will provide a forum for member exchange.
The Nordic Group and the Education and Research Committees are collaborating to possibly offer educational opportunities.
For details regarding exemptions during these extraordinary times, please refer to the
IMPORTANT DATES – have been updated for 2020. Please check this page regularly – LINK
Please remember motions for the AGM Agenda need to be submitted by 31stMay 2020
Subscriptions 2020/2019 – These are due after 1st July and the link to the 2020/2021 invoice is available via https://ibita.org/important-dates/. LINK
Please note some countries have changed their category in the World Bank of Economies so please check if your subscription payment tier has changed.
Education Committee Survey Monkey re Basic Course Case Report Barriers and Facilitators
The core curriculum for the Basic Course explicitly includes a period of self-directed learning in the form of a written case report to be completed by all participants on all Basic Courses and evaluated by the Course Instructor(s). A clinical case report, which is not considered as research, facilitates the basic course participant to consolidate the clinical application of the Bobath concept allowing participants to confidently apply newly acquired knowledge and skills in their work place.
The report collects information about the clinical reasoning with respect to assessment and treatment of a patient. Within the core curriculum 2 hours are allocated to outline the case report structure / key requirements. It is suggested that the case report incorporates a statement that the patient’s consent was obtained; a presentation of the clinical case including the patient narrative, functional movement analysis and the use of skilled facilitation to identify the patients potential, a movement diagnosis [main problems and compensatory strategies utilised]; generation of a working hypothesis / hypotheses; use of relevant outcome measures; treatment; re- evaluation; discussion; key learning points; references. The case report should integrate the current evidence base taught on the Basic Course to underpin the clinical decision-making processes.
Course participants will not receive a course certificate with an IBITA stamp without successful submission of a written case report.
The Education and Peer Review committees surveyed the IBITA membership with respect to Basic Course Case Report barriers and facilitators. There were 54 responses, which have been summarised in a PowerPoint presentation (LINK). Both committees will collaborate to develop written guidelines and various case study templates.
IBITA has been contacted by Dr Sarah Tyson regarding engagement with her Blog. Dr Tyson has been very vocal on Twitter and on the ICSP in the UK about the lack of evidence for the use of the Bobath concept.
The Research Committee advises that if Dr Tyson wants academic debate on the Bobath concept then it would be better through peer review literature and her invitation has been declined. It is recommended that all IBITA members do not respond to her requests to participate in her blog.
This year there are very special circumstances and we are lucky that there will be a possibilities to come together electronically in our world wide IBITA community.
Elections for office bearers shall proceed this year via postal vote only.
The Nominating Committee wants to ask all of you for your support in recommending or informing about potential candidates for nomination. There are still some open posts and please have a look at the list of needed office bearers below. Don’t hesitate to ask for any information.
Thank you all, stay safe and take good care of yourself and your neighbour.
Best wishes from Cecilia, Koji, Heike
Number of vacant posts
Executive Committee -Vice Chairperson
Appeals & Grievance Committee
Peer Review Committee
Instructor Training Committee
Bobath Development Committee
Qualification Committee: Asia / Pacific
The Committee is looking to recruit members to serve on the Qualification Panel.
If you would like to be a Panel Member please read the Procedural Manual section 184.108.40.206 Qualification Panel – Person Specification for more information. The Expression of Interest form is available in Google Docs 220.127.116.11. Expression of Interest (EOI) form – Qualification Panel Member (LINK). The closing date for your EOI has been extended to 31st May 2020
Finally, if you have any information for the next newsletter, please send it to me by 15th May 2020.