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CPotential continue to expand support for families



A charity which has supported young people with movement disorders for over 60 years is continuing to innovate with the introduction of new cutting-edge services. 

CPotential has worked with babies, children and teenagers who live with conditions including Cerebral Palsy, acquired brain injury or global developmental delay since 1963, supporting them with life-changing interventions.

From its dedicated centre in Muswell Hill, north London, the charity attracts families from across the UK to access its wide range of integrated therapies, including Conductive Education.

Each year, CPotential works with around 260 children, with their multidisciplinary team delivering 4,550 therapy sessions.

Continuing to up the ante on the support it provides, CPotential has added the use of a UK-first exoskeleton and an emerging therapy to its portfolio, increasing its national appeal further still.

The centre is the first in the country to offer the Atlas 2030 paediatric exoskeleton, through a joint venture with its creator Marsi-Bionics, with young people already showing strong improvement in their movement only a matter of weeks after its introduction.

CPotential is also one of the few centres nationally to offer Dynamic Movement Intervention (DMI), a technique devised in Canada which stimulates neuroplasticity and improves postural responses and motor skills.

Johanna Vigilante, Director of Partnerships and Communications at CPotential, says the charity is committed to ongoing development to ensure children are given every opportunity to thrive.

“We have been supporting families for over 60 years, but we will never stand still, innovation is very important to us,” she says.

“We are very outward-facing and are always thinking about what more we can offer to make life simpler for families, and ensure we meet their child’s needs. Families come to see us from across the country, and sometimes even internationally – so we want to be at the forefront of what is new in the rehab market.

“The exoskeleton and DMI show how we are always on the lookout for new and exciting innovations.

“The Atlas 2030 has only been here for a short time, but already we are seeing a difference.

“It’s wonderful that we’re able to venture into the world of robotics, which really complements the range of therapies we offer at the centre.

“The absolute priority for us is to offer what families need, and what will help young people to reach their potential.”

CPotential is supported by Slater and Gordon, with the law firm assisting in a range of ways, from advising families of their legal rights through to part-funding the “invaluable” role of Family Support Manager at the charity.

“We’re so grateful for such invaluable support, and the creation of this role has been pivotal to what we can offer.

Slater and Gordon have been, and continue to be, a fantastic supporter of the work we do,” adds Johanna.

Emma Doughty, head of clinical negligence at Slater and Gordon, says: “For decades, CPotential has given invaluable, life-changing support to children and young people, which has enabled them to thrive and overcome so many of the challenges they may otherwise have faced in their lives.

“The fact they continue to innovate, invest and develop in what they offer is fantastic, and shows their unrelenting passion and dedication to the families they support. We are delighted to work alongside the CPotential team in delivering this.”