Academic Rehabilitation.

Academic rehabilitation encompasses education, training, research, and continuing professional development. This section covers all these aspects, and some matters that are not easily fitted in elsewhere such as advice on writing papers (here). Many of the blog posts also cover academic matters, especially ‘from the journals’ (here) and ‘rehabilitation matters (here).

At present, in the UK at least, doctors are the only profession with a validated, nationally recognised training programme in rehabilitation. Much of the content refers to medical training, or draws on it. I am chair of the Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist Advisory Committee. In that role I led the development and writing of the new, 2021 curriculum and its associated syllabus.

However my interest is not simply in training doctors in rehabilitation; I hope that all other professions will one day be able to acquire recognised expertise in rehabilitation in addition to their professionak training. So a significant proportion of this section concerns training in rehabilitation for all.

Indeed, many courses, conferences and other educational activities undertaken by other professions already cover rehabilitation, albeit with a focus on the aspects of rehabilitation that particularly interest the professional group. One of the best rehabilitation conferences I have attended was an international meeting organised by ACPIN, the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology.

Moreover, and very importantly, the only specifically academic, national, rehabilitation research group in the UK is a truly multi-professional society, the Society for Research in Rehabilitation. This society runs meetings that include an explicitly multi-professional educational component. It also has a very broad scope both in terms of research covered, and in terms of membership. It is not expensive to join.

This section has two main parts, education and training, and research matters:

Education and training

This part covers medical training in some detail, but it also covers, I hope to an increasing amount over time, the education and training in rehabilitation that all team members need. I hope that the content of this section will make up for the current the absence of any specific qualification that identifies someone as having specialist rehabilitation expertise. Read more. There is also an education and training blog.


This section covers two aspects of research: doing it, including advice on writing and getting published; and reading research including particular information about new ideas.

Philosophy: theories and frameworks.

Rehabilitation is nothing if it is not an intellectual activity. Without careful thought and analysis it is easy to start down the wrong treatment pathway. Rehabilitation is much easier if one develops systems to help. This section covers this, drawing both on evidence and my own experience.


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