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  President's e-Bulletin August 2021  

Dear Colleagues

I apologise that this is the first communication from me since May. We welcome new admin support soon, (more later), who will no doubt help me be more efficient!


We need to improve all aspects of communication within the society and improve our website. To that end a new Communications Sub-Committee is being set up which will initially involve members of the working party that I mentioned in my last bulletin. Formal elections on to it will take place at our AGM on November 9th but until then Professor Derick Wade has kindly agreed to convene it. Those with relevant expertise who might be able to play a part in this important work are invited to look at his proposal and put their name forward for election.

Want to help shape the future of the BSRM?

Really important roles need filling at the AGM.     The current chairs of the Education sub-committee and the Research & Clinical Standards sub-committee are standing down this year.  These committees are key to the work of the BSRM – could you help steer their future?  We need a Deputy Honorary Secretary and one Executive Committee Member. We will also be electing Chairs of SIGs and the new Communication sub-committee mentioned above. 

New Special Interest Group started

Ganesh Bavikatte is launching a revamped SIG in Assistive Technology in November and would welcome those interested to join him.

Regional visits

The society is keen to support the regional educational meetings that have become established remotely during the COVID epidemic. We hope that it will be possible to record presentations  and place them on the BSRM website as a support to training programmes around the country. With that in mind both Derick Wade, as Chair of the SAC, and myself plan to visit regions around the country this autumn. This will give an opportunity to review the implementation of the new curriculum, talk around the name change discussion document and receive suggestions as to how the society could better serve its members.


There are many good things to communicate to you in this Bulletin. Dr Fergus Jepson, (Preston) was awarded MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to amputee rehabilitation. New purpose-built rehabilitation units have been opened in Hull and Cardiff.  

Dr Manoj Sivan and colleagues have been awarded possibly the biggest NIHR grant in the history of our specialty. The LOCOMOTION study will use a variety of research methods to examine rehabilitation management of Long COVID. It will involve 8 Universities and 10 NHS sites and a collaborative consortium of GPs, Respiratory Physicians, AHPs, RM physicians, commissioners, and academics (28 investigators in total). The project aims at establishing a gold standard of care for Long Covid in clinics, homes, and GP surgeries.  I hope the society will be able to maximise the impact of this and other related studies on the treatment of this debilitating condition.


We are pleased to welcome 8 new members to BSRM since the last bulletin.  We look forward to your participation in the society's activities and to meeting you soon.


Twelve UK graduates passed the European Exam on June 18th which is no mean achievement given that it is set around a different curriculum that includes more Paediatrics and Orthopaedics.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ganesh Bavikatte (Liverpool) as the new UK National Manager for the UEMS. He will join Rajiv Singh and Manoj Sivan as our representatives in Europe and will be responsible for the annual European Board Examination.

Vocational and Community Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation is emerging as the new gap in post COVID rehabilitation and an important area of Rehabilitation Medicine practice. Please see this important official communication  - Health is everyone’s business: proposals to reduce ill health-related job loss - GOV.UK ( which will shortly be complemented by the BSRM guidance mentioned in my previous bulletin. We are also working on guidance for specialist community rehabilitation to complement campaigning work being done by the Community Rehabilitation Alliance of which we are a member.

Community Rehabilitation Alliance Survey - deadline Monday 23 August

To better understand the opportunities and challenges in terms of data for community rehabilitation services, the CRA have requested members fill in an online survey for the databases to which they contribute data. These may be at a local, regional or national level and may include entry via website, electronic system or paper.

The survey can be accessed here ....   

Please respond by Monday 23 August.

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BSRM/SRR/ACPPLD Conference 9 & 10 November

Abstract submission is open for the November conference here ...  This year’s conference will again be virtual, as will the AGM. In addition to research projects we welcome instructive case presentations, technical developments, Quality Improvement Projects and substantial audits. The conference will include an opportunity to give a narrative presentation of posters so that such presentations are afforded a higher profile than is usually the case in live conferences. Abstract submission closes on 27 August.

Name Change Ballot Resolution

You will have received notification of this ballot recently together with a discussion document. Plans for this ballot on the name of the society will be included amongst the resolutions to be put forward at our AGM on November 9th. Such resolutions have to be agreed eight weeks before so if you have any other matter which you wish to put forward please let me or another Executive Committee member know by the end of this month.

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I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Marlene Worrell as Executive Assistant to the society. She comes with a background of working for the Lord Mayor of London and will be a great asset. Sandy Weatherhead has kept us afloat pending this appointment and will continue to offer her help until the end of abstract submission. We are very grateful.

I hope you have good holidays and enjoy a refreshing August

John Burn, President



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