Site development

This page records the site’s development as a timeline of major changes in the website. The items are copied from the home page, which only has the two most recent developments. They are here in reverse date order (most recent at the top).

July 30th 2021.
A major change over last 3 days. I have changed the WordPress theme from 2015 (its name) to Astra which, I hope, will be a more flexible theme and allow a better website. Regular visitors will notice the different font (Garamond), the change in menu (now up top), possibly faster loading of pages (for people who think in microseconds), and I hope a better visual impact. I have also corrected a mess around the assessment section of ‘what is rehabilitation?’ where a page was missing and the menu was incorrect. It needs a bit more work as it repeats a bit. I have added what I think is an important blog post on whether patients who are unconscious after brain damage can feel pain (I conclude that they do no). I have added two generic capabilities.

July 22nd 2021
Another busy few weeks, but nonetheless some changes. Three popular blogs (see below), the one on goal attainment scaling seeming to have sparked great interest. Thank you Barbara Wilson for the invitation to join the debate. I have made a start on rehabilitation-specific generic capabilities here, and hope to finish them in about four weeks. So far, just an introduction and one capability. The News page has been slow, but re-activated this week.

July 3rd 2021
Been busy last month so relatively few changes. I have published the page on the UKROC database here, within the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine section, and added three posts on ‘do no harm’, relating to delayed best interests decision-making (here), the potential for Advanced Clinical Practitioners to gain officially recognised rehabilitation expertise (here), and the idea of entrustability as a way of assessing progress in learning (here). The number of News Items has been quite low, but if any reader knows of news that needs dissemination, let me know. I am planning a section on Generic Capabilities in Practice next, then perhaps goal-setting, and I hope to add more to the patient-public section.

June 5th 2021
Quite a few developments, though new content limited. I have added a page to the Compendium, listing many but not all of the MindMaps and drawings on the site, so that you can finding them quickly. (here) I have also added a section on Rehabilitation in the UK. (here) This now incorporates the BSRM webpages, which have been pruned, and will include (soon, I hope) information on documents for download from the BSRM website, and a whole section of the achievements of the UK Rehabilitation Outcome Collaborative (UKROC) which many rehabilitation teams have contributed to. It also draws attention to the Community Rehabilitation Alliance, a new organisation promoting community rehabilitation. (here)

May 26th 2021
Several changes since I last wrote. The last Capability in Practice, number 7, has been published here. I would appreciate feedback on any or all of them. (button available at the bottom of each page). They are not perfect, but I hope that they are useful and your comments could improve them (or change them). I have also reorganised and brought up-to-date the pages concerning medical training in Rehabilitation Medicine (here), with a new page covering the new, 2021 curriculum and all the guidance documents – which can be accessed on this site. (here) I have started to archive news pages, but they can still be seen here. Last, I posted a new post on Social Care and research into Social Care today. It points you towards useful resources if you are beginning or considering research in rehabilitation. (here)

May 15th 2021
I have re-organised my blogs so that there are now six categories, and all the blogs in a category can be seen on a page for that category. It means you can find one easily (I hope) and find others that relate to it. I have been exploring passwords and membership options (on behalf of the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine; my site is and will remain free without membership), but occasionally I have made mistakes, and some people may have had difficulty. I apologise. You can visit the revised blogs by going here. I continue to add news items.

May 9th 2021
Several major changes. Added the sixth and penultimate Capability in Practice, called ‘supporting team treatments’ but perhaps better phrased as ‘creating a rehabilitation environment around the patient’. You can see the reasoning and the capability here. There is also a new section, covering British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine (BSRM) matters. This includes BSRM news. (here) The section is only just developing and some people may have noticed difficulties accessing the site as I learned about passwords and protecting parts of the site. I am hoping that people interested in the BSRM website will answer a survey here. I am also trying to make posts more easily seen and found. I have added several categories. News items are updated several times each week. Blogs are published.

May 1st 2021
Added the fifth page in Capabilities in Practice Series. Available here. Doing background work to improve site’s value. If you have suggestions, use the page feedback form at the bottom. I have also published a blog on Humanities in Rehabilitation. (here) It argues for the importance of improving empathy in staff. Third, I have added a page in ‘Education and Training’ which has a feed from the Clinical Rehabilitation twitter account of all 1225 tweets since March 2018. More importantly it shows the most recent ones first. They almost all link to an article published that is directly relevant to rehabilitation. (here)

April 25th 2021
Added the fourth page in the Capabilities in Practice Series (will be seven in total). Available here. I have started a News page. News is what is new to me, and it relates directly or indirectly to rehabilitation. Visit it here to see what is covered. I recently added added a blog on the rehabilitation curriculum’s progress; it is nearly finished; see here.

April 15th 2021
Added the third page in the series of Capabilities in Practice, as they apply to professionals wishing to develop expertise in rehabilitation. Available here. added a few more categories to the blogs, and a blog for a survey on the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine’s website (see blogs below). Also started a news page. See menu, or click here.

April 4th 2021
Added second page in the series of Capabilities in Practice, as they apply to being expert in rehabilitation. Available here. Also added a long blog, again considering how to improve rehabilitation services in the UK, utilising the (justified) priority being given to problems arising after Covid-19. (See immediately below) Changing the bottom of each page to include two comment buttons. Had my first comment in the last week. No-one has yet identified the specific contribution of their profession – please do. (Here)

March 28th 2021
Added the first page of a series (more to come soon) on Capabilities in Practice that could be used to define any professional as have rehabilitation expertise. (here. it is an update of a much earlier version.) Also joined Twitter. Name is RehabilitationMatters but twitter handle is @rehabil11484543 (not easily remembered!)

March 21st 2021
Updated the page on Training in Rehabilitation Medicine (here), with several additional new attached documents outlining the training programme and syllabus. Also added a subsidiary page that says why I think rehabilitation is such a long-term satisfying career and speciality for a doctor. (here)

March 16th 2021
Added a page on undertaking planning in rehabilitation here. Also started a new category of blog about what unique contributions to the rehabilitation team different professions make. There is one on doctors here. And there is one about how you can send me something to say what your profession’s strengths within the multi-professional team are, here.

March 6th 2021
Revised and expanded section on the process from patent presentation to rehabilitation planning, including completely new page on formulation. Also the compendium of terms is growing.

February 26th 2021
Completely revised section on what rehabilitation is, adding a page discussing historical development of rehabilitation and how it explains current situation. Also improved layout and content.

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