On Friday 6th June 1997, a working party was set up with a brief to establish a professional association for all the disciplines working with and on behalf of people with spinal cord injures. The Multidisciplinary Association of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (MASCIP) was launched at the annual Guttmann Multidisciplinary Meeting on 12th June 1998.
MASCIP’s prime objective is to provide a national professional forum to promote standards in clinical practice, foster research and encourage the development of health and social care services for people with spinal cord injuries. MASCIP exists to enable all professions and grades of staff associated with the care and welfare of people with SCI, both within and outside spinal injury units, to articulate professional issues and concerns. On behalf of its membership, MASCIP will also lobby service commissioners, healthcare providers and the Department of Health on issues of significant professional concern.