Make a Difference with MASCIP’s Paul Kennedy Bursary

In 2016, the spinal cord injury community were devastated by the unexpected and sudden passing of Professor Paul Kennedy. Paul was a leading clinical psychologist and researcher. He combined vision, knowledge and enthusiasm with his passion to promote and develop quality SCI management, and founded MASCIP in 1998 to support all professionals involved in the patients’ journey. He believed MASCIP could help provide a forum to contribute to ensuring optimal outcomes for the individual with SCI, whilst also producing professionals committed to best practice, team work and high levels of job satisfaction. This legacy remains and will continue with its aims and objectives remaining as important today as they were when MASCIP was founded

In recognition of Paul and to acknowledge the immense and significant contribution he made to the profile and development of the SCI multidisciplinary professional team, MASCIP has established 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 £1,000.

Applications need to be submitted via an application form, which can be downloaded here. The closing date is Friday 3rd May 2019.

Applications will be reviewed by the MASCIP committee and the successful applicant will be informed by 15th May 2019. Criteria for the award will be based on the outcomes that the award will achieve and chosen to have the most significant impact on the lives of individuals with a spinal cord injury through the intervention of the professional.

There will be an expectation from the successful applicant to provide a written report on their initiative, which will be published on the MASCIP website, along with attendance at the MASCIP conference and delivery of a 15-minute presentation to share the ‘Making a Difference’ experience.

This bursary is only available to MASCIP members.

For any queries please contact Dot Tussler, MASCIP Chair, on

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


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