November newsletter

Paul Kennedy

I think we were all devastated and shocked by the sudden loss of Paul Kennedy. It certainly hit me hard as both a colleague and friend.for over 25 years. He was an inspirational and visionary professional who saw what was needed, how it could be achieved and then went on to ensure it was delivered. He provided evidence to back his mission, ensured our engagement along the way, motivated us when our enthusiasm faded, kept us smiling with his jokes and anecdotes and ensured the focus remained on improving the management and lives of those living with spinal injuries. He made a difference!

MASCIP was one of his visions. Now as we approach the 18th MASCIP Conference, it is acknowledged as an established organisation for all SCI professionals. We owe its existence to Paul and its perpetuity was ensured through the strong foundations he established in its objectives and focus.

It seems appropriate to share a copy of the 2009 Newsletter which was compiled on the occasion of Paul’s resignation as MASCIP chair. It gives a synopsis of the achievements of MASCIP up to that point and serves as a testimony to Paul.

MASCIP would like to acknowledge the enormous contribution of Paul Kennedy and establish an ongoing legacy to his vision. The Paul Kennedy bursary will be launched at this year’s MASCIP Conference. A bursary of £1000 will be awarded annually to a MASCIP member to allow an individual to attend a conference or participate in a project that will ‘Make a Difference’ in some way.

The passing of Paul leaves a giant void that cannot be replaced. He was a unique personality and presence; fun to work with, an incredible researcher, expert clinician, wonderful colleague and prolific storyteller. The loss to the spinal cord injured community is enormous but nothing can compare to the personal gap he leaves in the lives of his close friends and family, thinking especially of the Psychology team at the NSIC. Our thoughts are with his wife Oonagh and children, Julia and Dermott.

– Dot Tussler, Chair of MASCIP

ISCOS 2016 update on behalf of SCI Read here.

conferenceHave you booked your place yet?
16th November 2016
MASCIP’s 18th Annual Conference
Title: Contending with Complexity: managing increasing

IMAGO centre, Loughborough University


Sponsorship Opportunity

MASCIP are launching new vocational rehabilitation guidelines for spinal cord injury in 2017: would your organisation be interested in sponsoring the guidelines? please contact by 1st December for an informal discussion.

newsDischarge to Access

“Imagine leaving your home abruptly and never returning to it again”

“Imagine being told that you are moving house tomorrow and you have no control over where you are moving to and how much it will cost”

NHS England, the Department of Health and the Directors of Adult Social Services, have published a quick guide Discharge to Assess, for CCGs with resources to reduce the time people spend in hospital once their acute care has ended.

Support for Wheelchair Services

NHS England aims to support CCGs in improving wheelchair services through four specific pieces of work:


SCI Massive Open Online Course

The International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) ran a 5-week online training course in May 2016 for physiotherapy students and physiotherapists on the management of SCI. The course was a great success with 10,000 participants registered from over 150 countries. The countries with the most registered participants were from India (1,819), Australia (974), USA (930), Egypt (901), Pakistan (512), and UK (556). The complete report on the SCI MOOC can be read here.


NHS national patient safety agency

Did you know…
…that NPSA published a ‘patient safety’ guide on bowel management in SCI in 2004?

Click here to read the alert


Journal of Patient Experience

Giving voice to our patients and our providers, the Journal of Patient Experience (JPE) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal published by the Association for Patient Experience.

Journal of Patient Experience (JPE) is dedicated to presenting advances and applications that impact the patient experience. It also serves as a forum to share ideas from industry leaders, caregivers, patients and family members. The blending of research, practical findings, innovation and interdisciplinary perspectives makes Journal of Patient Experience a valuable resource across the healthcare spectrum.

Resource for Community health teams

The London Spinal Cord Injury Centre has launched a web based resource with information on the medical management of patients with a spinal cord injury.

This has been designed to help inform doctors and other healthcare professionals on how spinal cord injured patients can best be managed in the community, outside of the specialist centre.  It includes:
– ‘Managing SCIs – FAQs for GPs’
– Key term definitions
– Traumatic v non-traumatic definitions
– ASIA examination and classification
– Quick checklist of SCI health maintenance

Read ‘SCI medical management advice’ in full here.

Wellspect grantCongratulations…

…to Bridget Stroebel, winner of the Wellspect HealthCare Research/ Study Grant.
This grant is intended to encourage research and evidence based practice in the therapeutic area of bladder catheterization in SCI care. Through properly conducted research, meaningful data will benefit both catheter users and healthcare professionals in the field.

researchHospital Acquired Infections
The Montecatone Rehabilitation Institute would like to invite you to participate in a International Survey on the Infection Risk in Rehabilitation Centers. The purpose is to achieve a better understanding of the current world situation. The results will be essential to plan and undertake new training and enhancement programs.


facebookHave you visited MASCIP’s facebook page?

Have a look. to discover lots of key SCI related articles and information and to connect with other professionals working in SCI.


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