May 2018 Newsletter


Want to keep yourself up to date?

Check the recently added items on the MASCIP website:


Plan ahead and book your place on the
20th Annual MASCIP conference

22nd November 2018
Burleigh Court, Loughborough


Cauda Equina UK

Cauda Equina UK charity has relaunched!

Cauda Equina UK has a new and improved website after months of work behind the scenes from trustees and staff. The new website will offer the same highly valued forum facilities as well as regular updates on new medical research into CES.

Would you like to support the re-launch of an extremely worthwhile charity?

Cauda Equina UK are looking for new trustees to join its board and work alongside staff to promote the charity and educate the public about the ramifications of the condition, and the symptoms everyone should be aware of.


Kathy Coultry-Keane
In memory of Kathy Coultry-Keane
Matron at Royal National OrthopaedicRead more about Kathy’s life and career here.


ISCos logo

ISCoS Members are asked to review

1) The International SCI Lower Urinary Tract Function Basic Data Set (version 2.0)
2) The International SCI Urodynamic Basic Data Set (Version 2.0)

If you  have comments or suggestions please let the Chair of the committee Fin Biering-Sørensen know within the next month

Disability and Rehabilitation

Levels of physical activity after SCI

Were you aware that there are now SCI specific exercise guidelines? Read here

New research looks into the impact of different roles and beliefs that therapists take towards physical activity promotion amongst people with SCI
Read here

NHS improvement

Improving Bowel Management in the community

Neurogenic bowel dysfunction has the most significant impact on all aspects of an individual’s life following spinal cord injury (SCI), particularly if not well managed. Increasingly we hear of instances where healthcare professionals offer substandard care provision regarding intimate bowel care interventions putting those with SCI at risk of harm.
The Spinal Injuries Association have engaged in discussions with the Royal College of Nursing and NHS Improvement in an attempt to address this issue and make a real difference to the lives of individuals with SCI.
To read more about this or how you can report your concerns regarding substandard bowel care click here


Assessment of Meaning and Burnout in Work for SCI Clinicians

It would be greatly appreciated if you could complete this survey regarding the issue of burnout in clinicians who work in the field of SCI. Results will be published later in Spinal Cord Series and Cases and will be used to determine future needs for education in this area.



Get it into your diary!

Have you booked your study leave for the next Spinal Cord Injury course?
To see all the options
click here


Mascip Conference 2017

MASCIP Conference 2017

If you couldn’t make it to the 2017 Annual MASCIP Conference, here’s a summary of the day you missed, to help you get you up to date.

Don’t miss out again! Put next year’s conference in your diary now! Details here


56th ISCos annual scientific meeting

Read a summary of the highly successful 2017 ISCOS conference here


Access Adventures

Access Adventures

Fancy taking part in an adventure this year?
As either a participant or an assistant why not get involved with Access Adventures in 2018?
For a full list of adaptive adrenaline options click here


National Rehabilitation Hospital

Update from Ireland

The Spinal Cord System of Care Programme at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH), Dublin  had its very 1st in-house education day for health-care professionals on 22ndSeptember 2017
click here to hear how it went…

Paul Kennedy Bursary 2018

Don’t miss the opportunity to make a difference! Apply to the Paul Kennedy bursary by 25th May to fund 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, project or anything that can be objectively seen to ‘make a difference’. The award will be a single amount of £1000. Apply here.


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