The group was originally set up as the Macmillan Lymphoedema Education Project with money donated to Macmillan Cancer Support by the Peacock family.The scheme was led by Dr Jacquelyne Todd, whose aim was nationally to standardise the teaching of the Casley Smith Method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Multi Layer Lymphoedema Bandagingacrossthe UK.Following the completion of the programme, the organisation became known as the MLA and has been running successfully for seven years under its new name, offering courses in Scotland, the North of England, the Midlands, Yorkshire, South Wales and Northern Ireland. The MLA provides standardised courses, both, accredited and non–accredited, throughout the UK. The accredited courses are delivered at level degree and masters level, giving students the opportunity to gain an academic qualification alongside specialist skills.
Over five hundred health care professionals have successfully completed one of the many courses offered.The courses are also open to fully qualified Vodder Therapists who wish to learn another school’s approach to Manual Lymphatic Drainage, following the principles of re-direction within a compromised lymphatic system, giving them more flexibility in their techniques when treating patients.
The teachers meet as a group every year for peer review of skills and course content to enhance the quality of the courses. MLA offers standardised, informative education, in specialist lymphoedema management,regularly updating teaching materials in response to research and developmentin the treatment of lymphoedema. The teachers’ update allows the group to consolidate, evaluate and develop their own skills and knowledge, making relevant changes or adaptations to ensure ongoing improvements to their courses and techniques. MLA are founding members Casley-Smith International, which will be holding another Master-class in May 2013 details on the Casley-Smith International website or click here.