September 2017 Newsletter

Think you can help MASCIP and our members?

Why not join the MASCIP Committee?

MASCIP is seeking new committee members from SCI Centres. There is currently under representation from SCI Centres, which needs to be addressed to meet the constitutional requirements. New committee membership helps drive MASCIP towards its objectives and aids ongoing development of the organisation. The job description for committee members and specified roles are available on the MASCIP website, 

If you are interested in joining the committee please send a brief biography to

Applications need to be received by 31.10.17

Dates for your diary!

A comprehensive guide to home adaptations

A new world record!

Combines 4 Charity have set a new world record for the number of self-propelled forage harvesters working simultaneously in one field!

On Saturday 6th May 2017, 104 self-propelled harvesters descended onto a 100 acre field in Co.  Meath, Ireland for this world record event in aid of several charities, including the NRH Foundation (Spinal Cord Injury programme).


Personal Health Budgets

Do you work within the NHS or local authorities? Are you new to working with ‘personal health budgets’ or have little experience of working with them?

If so, you might be interested in attending NHS England’s new 3 hour training session covering:

  • The policy and mandate requirements around personal health budgets
  • An opportunity to explore some case studies and hear examples of good practice in delivering personal health budgets
  • The need for good support planning
  • The basics of setting budgets and managing money, particularly for those people eligible for Continuing Healthcare (CHC)
Dates offered monthly between now and March 2018.

Overseas development opportunity for SCI nurses

UK-Med is recruiting experienced nurses to join the UK Emergency Medical Team (UKEMT).  UKEMT has developed the world’s first dedicated 20 bed spinal injury unit for disaster response, in collaboration with ISCoS, and is now in particular need of nurses with the capability to deploy in both emergency and acute spinal injury roles.

Team members who deploy are financially compensated at their basic rate of pay, as well as reimbursed forany travel costs.

To read more about the position or make an application click this link UK- Med



2017 MASCIP CONFERENCE: Stages and Ages of Spinal Cord Injury

This year’s conference aims to cover the issues encountered across the lifespan following spinal cord injury.
Following the success and positive feedback of the format last year (click here for further details) we are inviting abstract submissions from the membership on this theme.The conference will include 3 sessions:

  • The child with a spinal cord injury
  • The working age adult with a spinal cord injury
  • The older person living with a spinal cord injury

Abstracts need to be submitted to the MASCIP chair by Friday 29th September.
Click here to submit your abstract.
Successful submissions will be notified by 6th October.
Each presentation will be of 10 minutes
Further details on the conference is available here.


MASCIP AGM Notice is given that the MASCIP AGM will take place at the 19th MASCIP Conference on 23rd November. If you have any items that you wish to raise please send deatils to

Will you be the winner of the 2017 Study Grant?

** A great opportunity for you to do that piece of research you were always planning! **
** Will look great on your CV **
** Fantastic opportunity for professional development **
Deadline: 1st September 2017.

World SCI Day, 5th September 2017

The ISCoS Prevention Committee is organizing a poster competition on the theme “Yes We Can”. 8 shortlisted posters will be displayed throughout the duration of forthcoming ISCoS ASM from 24th -26thOctober, 2017 and displayed on A cash prize of USD 250, 100 & 100 for the first 03 posters respectively as selected by a jury of experts have been declared by ISCoS.

Deadline 25th August.

Find out more on how to apply and specifications of the posters.

David Turnbull

MASCIP was amongst many other individuals and organisations who were sad to hear of the untimely passing of Danny Turnbull.
As an individual he was involved in so many aspects of SCI care and delivery, and a big supporter of MASCIP, whilst also serving as a role model to many.
A tribute was made to Danny on his Lifetime Achievement Award at the SIA Rebuilding Lives Awards this year.

The 3rd MASCIP Shared Practice Event

Promote Independent Living by Improving Patient Education
Date:Tuesday 17th October 2017
Sponsored by: ASPIRE
Time: 0930 – 1630
Venue:  Donnington Suite, Jury Inn Hotel, East Midland Airport, Derby, DE74 2SH
Tel: +44 161 774 2985

Travel: As it’s at the airport transport links are great so you should be able to travel to/ from the event the same day – whether by train or plane!

Accommodation: A room rate has been agreed at the Jury Hotel for £89.00 and Holiday Inn is round the corner.

Click here for the day’s agenda

Come and help us move patient education forward in a collaborative manner… a part of it!
Contact Christine Robinson at ASPIRE to apply for a place.

SCSC Reunion for Women with SCI

The 7th Annual Reunion for Women with SCI took place on 12th May at the National Rehabilitation Hospital Dublin.
Read all about the day, the successes and stories shared here

MASCIP shared practice event: Spinal Cord Injury Bowel Management

The 2nd MASCIP shared practice event took place on Monday 22nd May 2017 at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport.  It was kindly sponsored by Active Assistance. The topic being shared was ‘Spinal Cord Injury Bowel Management’
This event was open to any person currently working in one of the UK Spinal Cord Injury Centres and attendance was fantastic.

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Learn the outcome of the 4th Quarter of NHS England’s review on wheelchair services

Wheelchair services operational data set Jan – March 2017

Did you know?

…that on 12th July the DoH and CQC published a new Policy paper under ‘Health and Social Care Integration’:

Adult Social Care: Quality Matters

For further information about the Quality Matters initiative, which is aimed at improving adult social care, click here

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The ‘Model Service Specification for Wheelchair and Posture Services’ has been published!

Recent data shows 25% of children wait more than 18 weeks for their wheelchair.
NHS England has developed a model service specification, describing its ambition for excellent wheelchair services.
CCGs are encouraged to use this as a tool for reviewing and improving their services to support individuals, their families and carers to achieve greater independence and quality of life, through timely provision of the right wheelchair.


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