February Newsletter

The nomination period for SIA’s 2016 Rebuilding Lives Awards is closing soon!

Make your nominations here

Nomination period is open until 29th February

MASCIP membership and conference supports NMC Revalidation:

From April 2016 all nurses and midwives will have to revalidate to maintain their registration with the NMC, this will encourage nurses to reflect on their practice and demonstrate that they are undertaking the standards set out in the new NMC Code. Nurses will be able to use their learning outcomes from attending the MASCIP conference as part of their supporting evidence in the form of continuing professional development. Furthermore by becoming a committee member you will have additional opportunities to demonstrate your ongoing professional development.

For more information about Revalidation and the new NMC Code please follow the links below:


ISCoS has just released a document titled – “Recommended Knowledge and Skills Framework for Spinal Cord Medicine”. This document brings together the broad skills and competencies that a medical trainee would need to develop to work as a medical practitioner looking after people with spinal cord impairment. The document outlines knowledge, skills and competencies, and procedural skills.

New Psychosocial Guidelines for Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation:

Oon behalf of the Asian Spinal Cord Injury Network (ASCON) new SCI Psychosocial guidelines have been developed. These guidelines serve as standards of care for psychosocial providers with the aim of improving psychosocial outcomes across various treatment settings. The guidelines were completed prior to the Nepal ASCoN meeting in December 2015 and were officially launched in the opening ceremonies by the President of Nepal, Bidhya Dev Bhandan.


1) Nursing module. New lessons and activities have been added along with photos and interviews with nurses around the world to make this module more interactive and engaging.
Please check it out and encourage your nursing colleagues to take a look.

2) Massive Open Online Course for SCI PhysiotherapistsThis will run again early this year. ISCOS have been developing their own website to house this course and once completed will have the ability to run similar courses for all professions.

3) Translation into Spanish and Portuguese. Most of the modules are now available in Spanish and Portuguese.

The first joint ACPIN and INPA Conference:

“Evidence into Practice” on 17&18th March 2016 

at QE2 centre, London

Early bird discount ends 31st December 2015
Closing date for abstract submissions (free paper & poster) 7th December 2015
Decision date for abstracts is w/c: 4th January 2016

MASCIP events

The first MASCIP ‘shared practice event’ took place on 4th Feb 2016 at the Milton Keynes Conference Centre.  It was kindly sponsored by ICCM.
The topic being shared was ‘patient education’ and attendance was fantastic.  All but 2 of the spinal units were represented as were most of the spinal cord injury charities.
The session was very positive with everyone openly sharing their experiences and challenges.
Common issues emerged and different strategies and options for different spinal units could then be discussed.
Conclusions focused on the need to evaluate outcomes of SCI education to better guide where improvements were needed and the production of a single SCI patient education website to reduce the duplication of efforts and resources amongst spinal units.  The importance all staff on the spinal units having a high level of specialist knowledge themselves was identified as being key for patient education to be continued and consolidated during day to day care on the ward or in therapy.  Different learning styles, languages and cultures were also identified as difficult aspects of patient education to be considered and accommodated.
The setting up of a working party with representation from each of the spinal units was proposed.

Multi-lingual SCI education resources are now available:

– Physiotherapy exercises are now available in French
– eLearnSCI is now available in both Spanish and Portugese

Do you speak: Portuguese, Spanish, German, Russian, French or Chinese?
Could you help SCIPT translate eLearnSCI into these languages as well?
If so get in contact!

Thank you!

For your feedback on the 2015 MASCIP conference. You can read what attendees had to say here

Did you know…

…that the new MASCIP website has:
A calendar of SCI related events/ courses/ conferences and study days
– Links to the MASCIP best practice guidelines
– Links to other best practice guidelines and publications
– Key SCI resources for professionals
– Key resources and links for those with SCI

NHS England is currently undertaking a review of the Spinal Cord Injury Centre service. A key component of this review will be the experiences of SCI people, both in terms of their treatment in SCI Centres and in long term life satisfaction.Are you aware of any papers or have you conducted any studies looking into this subject? Please contact Dan Burden with anything which you think may be of interest to the review.


Loughborough University


MASCIP members are invited to submit abstracts for a 10 minute oral presentations on one of the following themes:

Mental Health
Challenging Behaviour
Physical Complexity
Ethical Challenges

Talks can include case studies, research or other elelemnts of clinical practice.

Deadline for abstracts: 31.7.16
Send to:

Aspire has launched a new accessible house in partnership with the Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG).
The Aspire Housing Programme offers an alternative; a temporary, accessible place to live whilst a permanent solution is organised.  It might be that someone’s own property is being adapted, or that they are waiting on their local authority to find them something suitable.  Meanwhile, by staying in an Aspire House they can be back amongst their friends and family, free to get on with their lives.


The team at the National Rehabilitation Hospital were delighted to welcome the BackupTrust to Dublin on 28th January 2016. Pete Donnelly, Ste Unsworth & Richard Spencer led 3 wheelchair skills sessions for in-patients with varying levels of ability. This was the first time that the Dublin SCIC had an opportunity to participate in a skills class performed by wheelchair users and there was great enthusiasm from patients, to participate and from staff, to come along to watch the demonstrations given by the guys in the sports hall. The peer support provided by Pete, Ste & Richard was invaluable. Many thanks to all at the Backup Trust for making this visit to Dublin possible!


Are you an Allied Health Professional working with people with neurological conditions?

Are you involved in the assessment for, and provision of, assistive devices for mobility and/or daily living?

We would value your contribution to our research entitled
‘A survey exploring the current practice in the assessment and provision of assistive devices for people with neurological disability by health care professionals in United Kingdom’
Ethical approval granted by FMH Research Ethics Committee ref: 20152016-1

The online survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. If you would like to participate please follow the link below; 

Many thanks,
Dr Lisa Tedesco Triccas

Research from France where fat grafting has successfully been carried out for individuals with a chronic spinal cord injury and a history of pressure sores demonstrates positive and cost effective treatment in the prevention of same.
Read more about this exciting research






Multidisciplinary Association of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals

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