January Newsletter

Happy New Year

A Happy New Year to all our members. We have a busy year coming up! Don’t forget we’re working on seating guidelines and weight management guidelines as well as reviewing pain management guidelines. Contact Dot Tussler if you would like to contribute to any of these. Work is starting shortly on vocational rehabilitation guidelines. There’s still time to contact Stef Cormack if you would like to contribute or suggest someone who should be involved.

 Mrs Linda Hall

Dear MASCIP colleagues: It is with great sadness and regret that I have to tell you that Mrs Linda Hall passed away suddenly on New Year’s Day after a short illness. Linda was the founding secretary of MASCIP and she was instrumental in the inception of our association. She was a great organiser and many of you will remember being helped by Linda at our conferences. She was always thoroughly professional and she was so committed to the work of the Department of Clinical Psychology at the National Spinal Injuries Centre. Her deep kindness and humanity came through in all that she did and she will be greatly missed.

A book of condolence is available in the Clinical Psychology Departmental Office at the National Spinal Injuries Centre from Monday 5th January and we would be happy to insert any message you wish to send if you are not able to sign the book in person, please send your messages to Kevin Jones. Our thoughts are with Linda’s husband Nigel, her children Carly and Ben and her little granddaughter Alice. With sadness, Dot Tussler, MASCIP Chair

 Paul Smith

MASCIP joins with other members of the SCI community in sharing the sadness following the loss of Paul Smith following a short illness. Paul became CEO of the SIA 12 years ago and achieved many milestones during his time. ​Paul was enthusiastic and motivated to achieve all that he believed was best for the SIA and those it served. He always managed to find balance to getting his message heard in situations where many other opinions were distracting the outcome. This he did with a mix of common sense, humour, knowledge of his topic and conviction in his purpose. As the chair of SCIUK Paul worked hard to combine the efforts of the various healthcare professionals with SIA to pull together, believing more could be achieved in unity. His participation in numerous working groups was enriched by his presence with his ability to negotiate and charm his point across.

Our thoughts go to Paul’s wife Christine and his family and all his colleagues at the SIA during this sad time, Dot Tussler, MASCIP Chair


Join us for the brand new MASCIP SHARED PRACTICE EVENT
Wed 11 Feb 2015, 9.30-3.30, ICCM offices in Kettering

This new MASCIP initiative in conjunction with ICCM is a forum to facilitate the presentation and discussion of current projects, research or clinical issues and share findings between colleagues. We hope this will facilitate dissemination and collaboration of current work and practice within all aspects of SCI.

The event will be free. Refreshments will be available. Limited to 20 places (first come first served). If you have a topic you wish to present (15-20 minute presentation, possibly more for a group) or are interested in attending, or for any other queries please contact Dot Tussler.

MASCIP Conference 2014

Staff Health and Well-being: Being Pulled in Different Directions
Thanks to all delegates who took the time to complete the evaluation. Delegate feedback rated most presentations as good or excellent and relevant to their work in SCI care. T he learning outcomes were considered to be at least partially completed by almost 80% of attendees. Over 80% of you found the course material very beneficial. Several comments praised the conference as a whole with good chance for networking. The opportunity to focus on the professional perspective was found to be interesting. Some ideas for future conferences were provided. Each conference theme is based on members’ suggestions, so please keep your ideas coming.

The 2015 MASCIP conference will tackle the tricky issue of Continuing Healthcare – SAVE THE DATE for Thursday 12 November. Please let your colleagues know.

 Cauda Equina Syndrome UK conference

Take a look at the programme for the Cauda Equina Syndrome UK conference on 20 May


Have you seen nsic-online, the National Spinal Injuries Centre’s patient education web resource? Click here to see what it’s all about

 SIA Rebuilding Lives Awards

Make your nominations for this year’s SIA Rebuilding Lives Awards
Nominations will close on the 28th Feb 2015. The categories have been altered to be more inclusive, so click here to find out who you can nominate this year.

 Delivering Happiness

Finally as we start a New Year and following on from 2014’s MASCIP conference theme, it might be useful to consider Tony Hsieh’s book ‘Delivering Happiness’, in which he suggests the four components of happiness are: Feeling CONNECTED to a group of close friends and colleagues. Having CONTROL over work and life. Making PROGRESS towards goals, whether they be career, knowledge or fitness. Having a clear sense of PURPOSE in life and work.


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