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  President's e-Bulletin December 2020  

Dear Colleague

A few summarised pieces of information for you this month which you can study further if you wish:



2020 Annual Meeting - our first on-line event!

Although it is no substitute for face to face contact many of us enjoyed the remote lectures and panel discussions in November.  I am grateful to all those who prepared posters and presentations. They are available to view again for registered delegates by logging in again via the website here until the end of January 2021.  t is also possible to buy a ticket and view from the conference archive via the website.  Eight CPD points for attendance can be obtained -your CPD certificate can be generated once your personal feedback on the conference has been received. Please login to give your feedback.

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New Rehabilitation Medicine Curriculum

The new Rehabilitation Medicine curriculum has been successfully submitted to the GMC and the finished Rough Guide is now being considered by the same.  A Training Advisory Group is now working to develop a detailed syllabus to help trainers and trainees identify areas of knowledge, specific skills, and areas of competence that will help the trainee achieve ‘Entrustability’ in the 14 Capabilities in Practice.  The ‘Rough Guide’ refers to the guide that you may have used to reach your intended destinations on holiday. It seems to be an appropriate term. The syllabus should be ready for discussion at the next Specialist Advisory Committee meeting in May 2021 and will help design the new ePortfolio. 

Anyone due to gain their CCT after August 2022 will be assessed on the new curriculum but the concept of Capabilities in Practice means that competencies and experiences can be considered as a whole, without having to link each piece of evidence individually.

Improving access to national training

Elizabeth Stoppard, Education Subcommittee Chair, and the Trainee representatives, Anna Brain and Vinay Parambil, are working on ways in which access to teaching events and recorded material can be made available nationally to trainees. As almost all the available training places will be filled in January we must use the technology now at our disposal to help trainees gain the knowledge base they need. The members only section of the BSRM website which is due to open shortly will be a useful repository for training material.

Eleven UK trainees have applied to sit the European Board exam which, because of restrictions, will now be sat on Friday 18 June 2021.

Annual General Meeting

The membership of the new Executive Committee can be found here.

I hope that you know one or more of these colleagues who would be able to represent your views at this important time for the Society.

It was heartening to hear of the innovative work of Professor Anne Chamberlain at the AGM. For those who missed the citation for Honorary Life Membership of the Society it is reproduced here.

Michael Eshiett

We stand on the shoulders of giants even though we do not always recognise them.  One such was Dr Michael Eshiett, a previous BSRM Regional Coordinator in the North West, who died of a COVID related condition whilst I think still working in Neurology and Neurorehabilitation. His extraordinary life is recounted in this radio interview unearthed by a colleague.

Inspired by these people we look forward to the future flourishing of Rehabilitation Medicine in the UK and I congratulate those who have been recently elected to the Society’s committees to take this work forward.

I wish you a very Happy Christmas!


John Burn


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