Christmas 2018 Newsletter

MASCIP’s 21st Annual Conference

MASCIP’s 21st annual conference will take place on Thursday 28th November 2019 at Loughborough University.

Further details to follow.

22nd-24th May 2019
Third International Congress on NeuroRehabilitation and Neural Repair


A Fond Farewell to Angela Gall

Dr Angela Gall, Clinical Lead and Rehabilitation Consultant at the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre and former Chair of MASCIP (2008-2012) is returning to her home town of Aberdeen to take up the position of consultant in trauma and neurological rehabilitation.

Having started work in the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre in April 2002, she has led local and national service improvements across the field of SCI and championed quality provision for both patients and staff alike.

She is highly valued and respected by her own SCIC and across the national clinical field and will be greatly missed for her energy, innovative thinking and get on attitude. Her deep care and commitment to advancing treatment for those with spinal cord injury is the common thread through all her interactions.

MASCIP would like to wish her every success in her future career and sincerely hope she will remain in contact with the SCI community.

Welcome to New Committee Members

MASCIP are delighted to welcome two new members to the committee:

Benita Hexter, lead physiotherapist from the London Spinal Injury Centre, Stanmore
Clare Guy, lead physiotherapist from the Welsh Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Centre, Rookwood


Making a Difference with the Paul Kennedy Bursary

In recognition of the late clinical psychologist and researcher, Professor Paul Kennedy, and to acknowledge the immense contribution he made to the profile and development of the SCI multidisciplinary professional team, MASCIP is establishing an ongoing bursary in his memory.

The Paul Kennedy ‘Making a Difference’ Bursary will be awarded annually to a MASCIP member to use for an initiative that will make an identified difference to the lives of individuals living with a SCI. The initiative could be attending a conference or training event, undertaking a qualification, completing an audit or project, or anything else that can be objectively seen to ‘make a difference’. The award will be a single amount of £1000.

For further details and to download the application form, please click here.

Read about how previous recipient, Dr Jasmine Hearn, benefitted from the award here.



Brunel’s 24-hour Rugby Rehabilitation Design Challenge is a Winner

An interdisciplinary 24-hour design challenge, run by Brunel University London, with the goal of developing practical solutions for injured rugby players living with catastrophic injury, has been hailed a great success.

Read more about the day here.


Focus on Farmers

This inaugural event was held in the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Dublin on 10th November 2017 to enable those working in the agricultural sector to come to together.

Read more about Eimear’s experience of the event here.

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Cyclists Ride from London to Paris
in Memory of Danny

This summer, a team of cyclists embarked on a sweltering bike ride all the way from London to Paris to raise money in memory of Danny Turnbull. Their challenge involved successfully getting six handcyclists, along with 30+ others, to the final destination in just three days.

Team ‘Ride for Danny’ made an incredible £120,000 (of a target of £100,000) for his chosen charity, the Back Up Trust, who provide support to people with spinal cord injuries.

To see a video of the event, click here.

LSCIC Scale The Welsh 3000s for Horatio’s Garden

On the 6th and 7th October 2018, seven intrepid members of the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre (LSCIC) PT team, both past and present, attempted to reach the summit of the 14 peaks in Wales which exceed 3000 metres, known as ‘The Welsh 3000s’.

Ably supported by three LSCIC staff members in the valley and experienced climbers on the mountain, they have so far raised more than £5,000 for Horatio’s Garden, a charity that creates and lovingly cares for beautiful accessible gardens in NHS spinal cord injury centres.

Read more about the team’s adventure here.

Prizes for Dublin Poster Designers

There were two poster winners from Dublin at the Nurses Conference in Berlin.

‘Retrospective study on suprapubic catheter insertion under local anaesthetic in spinal cord injured patients’ (above) won the Special Prize by the jury for its educational content.

‘Self-management after spinal cord injury’ (above) was the winner of the Best Poster award, as voted by all other members who attended the conference.

TalkFEST Autumn 2018
Research Update

The International FES Society (IFESS) held its annual conference in Notwil, Switzerland at the end of the summer. The conference presented on a wide selection of exciting FES research from around the world with an emphasis on new clinical applications. Here are a few of the highlights which you may be interested in:
  • New clinical patient group indicated in research using the ODFS® Pace for walking
  • Workshop on FES for Paediatrics: The science is strong, the clinical practice not yet
  • Multi-channel FES for the Upper Limb
  • Novel use of the ODFS® Pace for improving bladder function
  • Abdominal Functional Electrical Stimulation for Constipation using the Microstim
  • Neuroplasticity of FES
All of the abstracts presented and further details are available under the following link: – click on ‘download program in PDF’ to view. 

The September edition of Headlines, the ACPIN newsletter, is now available. Click here to view.


A server error caused the website to go down in early October and we apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. It is now back online.
The following items have recently been added:
– Excellence in Continence Care document
– November 2018 MASCIP conference itinerary
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