Rehabilitation Matters

All about rehabilitation. About all rehabilitation
Whatever you want to know, whoever you are:
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Welcome to the site, which is unashamedly evangelical about rehabilitation, its importance to patients and their families, its never-ending fascination, and its intellectual and emotional challenges. It is a personal website, expressing a personal view of rehabilitation. The view is based on over 40 years of experience, research, writing and, most of all, thinking. It is, I hope, based on evidence; it is, I hope, not afraid to challenge orthodox beliefs where they need challenging; and it is, I hope, informative.

Site content

The accordion headings below open when clicked on, to give a brief introduction to each part the site. The menu above allows navigation. There is a ‘breadcrumb’ trail to help you go back. The Search box should also find what you want. A red arrow bottom right returns you to the top of a page.

About this site

This site focuses upon rehabilitation as a body of professional expertise, separate from and additional to other professional expertise. The site is relevant to all healthcare (and other) professions that engage in rehabilitation. It is also relevant to one non-professional group – the patient, their family, and their friends. Its goal is to promote the formation of a body or organisation that represents rehabilitation as an area of expertise. More information, including about governance and values, can be found here.

Clinical content – what is rehabilitation?

These pages answer the question, what is rehabilitation? They describe the process of rehabilitation in some detail, (here) but they also describe the context in which this process occurs – the biopsychosocial model of illness. (here). At present, there is little about specific treatments such as retraining walking in people after stroke or amputation of a leg.

Academic content – education, training, research

There is a major focus on training in rehabilitation. It discusses matters such as what specific rehabilitation knowledge and skills are needed by someone from any profession who wishes to gain expertise in rehabilitation. Much of the content draws on my experience in developing a curriculum and syllabus for doctors training in rehabilitation, and there is a specific part devoted to medical training (here). This focus reflects the current situation; only doctors have specific training in rehabilitation. The content introduces concepts such as entrustability, competence, and capabilities in practice also covered in blog posts. There is a small part on research, including a feed from the Clinical Rehabilitation Twitter account which highlights 4-6 new papers a week. (here)

Blog posts – eight categories, broad scope

There are many blog posts on the site, and they cover anything that I am interested in or that I think others should know about. The six most recent blogs are shown at the bottom of this page. you can also go to a page which gives more details here. You can subscribe to the blogs at the right of the page.

Patient and public

I hope that mmost content can be understood by anyone, but I am sure that not everything is well explained without using jargon. There is, therefore, also a section specifically covering what patients and members of the public might wish to know. This includes a totally different explanation of, what is rehabilitation? (here) It covers patient experience too. (here)

Information – a compendium

The last general category of pages relates to information. This site can never hope to include all information! It will, slowly, accumulate links to other useful site, and a compendium of terms that need explanation. It is, and always will be work in progress! the compendium can be seen here.

Recent changes made

This site was born on November 9th, 2020, and today (October 5th, 2021) it has 92 pages and 57 blog posts). It will continue to grow and change as I learn how to set up and design a site (slowly). It changed its theme on July 30th, 2021.

October 5th, 2021
A long gap. Been busy on other (rehabilitation) matters! I have now finished the seven generic and seven rehabilitation-specific capabilities that could be a basis for defining someone as a rehabilitation expert in their profession. I am checking them over. The outline of generic capabilities is here, and for rehabilitation capabilities, it is here. I am working on a blog post that gives an overview. The second “What do we add?” blog post has been published. Written by a brave person (Harriet Peel) it covers the unique roles of speech and language therapists in a rehabilitation team. (here) I hope that other professions and, maybe, other speech and language therapists will now feel brave enough to commit to writing what they add. I am also trying to foster and host a debate about the name of the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine. (here)

September 4th 2021
Relatively little over the last two weeks. Mainly catching up with other work after a holiday! Have published the fifth generic capability (here) and have started editing some earlier pages which were really not that good. There are more additions in the pipeline, including I hope a second ‘What do we add?’ which will consider what Speech and Language Therapists add to the a rehabilitation team.

Six recent blog posts

Why are research papers rejected?
Clinical Rehabilitation, the journal I have edited from 1994 to 2021, rejects about 88% of …
Rehabilitation expertise
Rehabilitation is not therapy, and therapy is not rehabilitation. Rehabilitation expertise is the second area …
What do we add?
Contrary to the header above, this post is not written by Derick Wade. It has …
Retain name of BSRM
Written by Derick Wade, a founder member of the BSRM.The British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine …
Change the name to BSPRM
This post contains material that advocates changing the name of the British Society of Rehabilitation …
Using the MCA in health services
The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is a well designed, useful piece of legislation that governs …

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