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 (August 16th 2021) it has 87 pages and 54 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.

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.

August 16th 2021
Some further changes. Two much-read blogs on whether a person with a prolonged disorder of consciousness experiences pain (here) and, a few days ago, advice on how to incorporate the principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 into day-to-day clinical practice. (here) Thanks to a person who read my site, I have started a section on the experience of being in rehabilitation as seen by patients (and, I hope, families). It can be accessed through this page here. The first one is by David Wozny who has his own site (see his page here). I am continuing with generic rehabilitation Capabilities in Practice, having reached number four (out of seven). (here) I am reasonably pleased with the new look, though it can still be improved. I am also waiting for a brave soul to add to the ‘what do we add’ series (of one so far!) (here)

Six recent blog posts

Using the MCA in health services
The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is a well designed, useful piece of legislation that governs …
Pain in PDOC
PDOC stands for Prolonged Disorder of Consciousness; the term covers two previously defined states: the …
Rehabilitation research news
Today, 18th July 2021, the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), one of the …
An impossible decision
Doctors make decisions, and are particularly used to making difficult decisions which involve not simply …
Goal attainment scaling.
One Friday 2nd July 2021 (at 05.00 hrs) I took part in a debate organised …
Entrustability – what is it?
Mosr professions initially developed on the basis of trust. Examinations were rare. Doctors (and other …

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