December newsletter

Your MASCIP committee needs you!
Recruiting now…

Particularly if you work in Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow, Rookwood, Salisbury, Middlesbrough or Wakefield spinal centres, we’d like to hear from you.

Committee meetings can sometimes be joined by teleconference facility if needed.

See the committee member role description here for more details and contact Dot Tussler for a chat about the role or to express interest.

 The Person Centered Care team

The Person Centered Care team is currently asking health professionals for their views on ‘Patients with long term conditions taking an active role in their own health and care’.

For more information about the survey and to assist the project by sharing your views please follow this link:

This short survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous.

 SIA’s ‘Rebuilding Lives’ Awards 2015

SIA’s ‘Rebuilding Lives’ Awards 2015 is now open for nominations. Check out the new nomination categories and get nominating….

The 2nd wheelchair summit

The 2nd wheelchair summit meeting took place on 27.11.14 and was attended by wheelchair users, families, charities,wheelchair services, commissioners and other relevant stakeholders such as MASCIP.

Work will now focus on the establishment of the Wheelchair Leadership Alliance and developing a Wheelchair Charter. The chairperson will be Baronees Tanni Grey-Thompson.

The new campaign, Right Chair Right Time Right Now, will be launched in early 2015.

We hope that any MASCIP members involved in any aspect of wheelchair provision within SCI management will find out more, join and actively support the campaign.


Full summit details:

Seeking interest from any MASCIP member

The Specialist Spinal Cord Injuries Clinical Reference Quality sub-group is seeking interest from any MASCIP member who would like to contribute to the development of specific Standards for the Older Adult with a SCI.

This will build on work currently being completed on:

– Standards for Children and Young People (

– Standards of SCI for those individuals with mental health difficulties

If you are interested in getting involved in this work please contact

 International Network of SCI Nurses website

Have you visited the International Network of SCI Nurses website recently? They have exciting news!

Through a Clinical Study Grant, Wellspect HealthCare wants to encourage research and evidence based practice related to SCI and the therapeutic area of bladder catheterization.

A great opportunity for you to do that piece of research you were always planning! Deadline 1 March 2015


Hello, my name is Michael Saba. I am a third year psychology student at Portsmouth University and am currently doing my dissertation. I was greatly inspired after volunteering as a buddy on a Back Up course this year and have decided to focus my study on post-traumatic growth in people with spinal cord injury.

I would really appreciate it if you could take the time to fill out this survey. It will take approximately 20 minutes.
Thank you so much, yours sincerely, Michael Saba



A new MASCIP initiative in collaboration with ICCM is to take place in Kettering.

This event aims to provide the opportunity for SCI professionals to share current projects they have been working on in a series of 20 minute presentations with discussion.

If you have something you wish to share with your colleagues please can you contact the MASCIP Chair via
Places are limited to 20 so early enquiry is needed.

Bowel management

Are you or your colleagues experiencing difficulties in care provision relating to bowel management; either in planning discharge from initial rehabilitation or once living within the community, or in managing a bowel management for those re-admitted into a general hospital?

If you are experiencing these issues please can you provide us with examples, evidence and information for us to take to the Specialist Spinal Cord Injuries Clinical Reference Group

Please send your information to

Thank you

Thank you to those that completed the ‘Have Your Say’ survey at this year’s conference.

Your feedback is invaluable in helping up improve what MASCIP can do for its members.

Thank you.


You told us:

  • the new newsletter is clearer and easier to read
  • it is good to hear about development of new guidelines
  • there is a need for MASCIP to support more collaborative information sharing between the SCI Centres

You asked us whether:

  • MASCIP can provide more information and updates on guidelines
  • MASCIP can help SCI professionals improve the standard of SCI care within the community and within general hospitals?
  • MASCIP can do more to improve bowel management for individuals with SCI when admitted to general hospitals?

If you want to get involved in any of the suggested activities above or have further ideas and comments that you wish to share with the committee then please let us know via mascipsecretary​

Seasons’s Greetings to all our members. Thank you very sincerely for all your amazing work this year and your input to help us to develop MASCIP’s work on your behalf. We look forward to working with you in 2015 – Happy New Year to all!


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