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  President's e-Bulletin - February 2021  

Dear Colleagues

I am aware that I am writing this at the height of the pandemic when many of us, and our teams, will have been deployed to acute services and will have experienced loss and anxiety. We acknowledge our gratitude as a Society to Professor Donal O’Donogue, Registrar of the Royal College of Physicians, who was an encouragement and support to our specialty but who died of a Covid- related illness last month. We also acknowledge the work of Dr Fred Middleton who has recently died. He was a founding member of the Society and Honorary Secretary from 1987-89.

This crisis will result in not only new ways of working but also in new beginnings. There is a sense of this in our specialty with 16 new SpRs appointed last year and 42 applying for 10-15 posts in this month’s national recruitment. The following paragraphs itemise areas where the Society aims to foster growth in numbers, expertise and influence. and which call for your participation.


BSRM Awards & Clinical Excellence Awards

We are pleased to announce the presentation of the BSRM Research Pump Priming Award to Dr Laura Edwards, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Nottingham. She will be using this to complete a feasibility study on the use of virtual reality amongst people with progressive Multiple Sclerosis. We hope that this will lead not only to novel treatment approaches but also to the further establishment of Derby as a centre of rehabilitation research. A provisional award has been made for the Innovation and Quality Improvement Prize and applications received for the Medical Student Essay Prize and The Memorial Travelling Scholarship.

The Society has a robust process in the adjudication of such prizes and the response to consultations, based on the relevant committees. This has relied on the generous help of a small number of experienced people. We will be considering how to include more of the membership in this.

Clinical Excellence Awards in England & Wales

The 2021 round for the Clinical Excellence Awards is open with a closing date of 18 March.  Members wishing to apply for support from the BSRM should do so by 18 February.  See invitation here ...

Facilitating sharing of regional and national training

A working group is exploring how regional and national training can be facilitated remotely through both live transmission and recorded content put onto the members' area of the website which is under development (login details for the member's area will be sent to every paid up member soon). Recorded content will focus on designated areas of the ‘syllabus’ which is being prepared and will be complementary to the curriculum, giving more specific detail. This is being developed right now and members wanting to contribute are encouraged to contact Dr Elizabeth Stoppard, Chair of the Education Sub-Committee, or Professor Derick Wade, SAC Chair. The aim is to describe specific areas of skill and expertise within the Capabilities in Practice detailed in the Curriculum that trainees can develop and be assessed on during their training.

2020 BSRM, SRR, ACPPLD Conference 'Rehabilitation research, practice and education in the era of Covid-19'

Sixty members have offered useful feedback on the November meeting which was universally positive but with some valuable suggestions. We are keen to receive further feedback via the website here ....  (using your original username and password) and following this you will receive certification of CPD points.

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BSRM Committees and their work

Guidance on the management of patients with CPE colonisation within rehabilitation programmes is now on the website. This is an example of work done within the Sub-committees of the Society. The current membership of these groups is available here..... I encourage members to consider joining the Special Interest Groups that inform this work. Meetings are conducted remotely and so are no longer as time consuming.

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Network Board

An Improvement programme is being pursued by NHS England with an invitation to Regions to bid for investment focused on improving local access to SCI rehabilitation using neurorehabilitation services within the Major Trauma Network, particularly for patients waiting for admission to an SCI centre.  The  Society is drawing up a position paper to explore this issue. In the meanwhile members are asked to ensure that SCI patients are included in the national database here ....  and encouraged to contact their Regional Specialist Commissioner with regard to this investment.
The general link is here .....


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ISPRM 2021

BSRM members enjoy reduced fees to ISPRM conferences. The next one will be hosted virtually in June.

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