Allow me to empower you: the wisdom of self-care

What started as an intervention has become a way of being for Fiona Jones and her colleagues. Fiona started with her clinical training as a physical therapist, which meant doing things “to” patient-persons. When she moved from hospital settings to home settings, she began to appreciate the variety of PT practices people had come up with on their own. She began to wonder, “what if we combined forces?”

Fiona shares her insights with Paul into the language and practices that help people navigate the continuum of support for self-care


Fiona Jones

Professor, Rehabilitation Research, St George’s University of London and Kingston University. Founder and CEO, Bridges Self-Management Limited

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