Education and Training

Posts in this category concern education and training of professionals specialising in rehabilitation. There is a focus on medical training of doctors, because it is the only profession with training leading to official recognition of expertise.


Competency as a concept used within training and education was introduced in 1973. It is now used in many spheres, not simply health. A recent review (here) has investigated its use. As one might expect, there are quite wide variations in meaning, which they illustrate. The review extracts main features and recommends a uniform terminology. …

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Rehabilitation syllabus

I am currently involved in writing a syllabus for doctors training in Rehabilitation Medicine in the UK. This has involved considerable discussion within the group involved, which has meant considering, what is a syllabus? The Oxford English dictionary states it originated in the mid 17th century meaning ‘a concise table of headings of a discourse’, …

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A surfeit of guidelines?

I am writing a syllabus for doctors training in Rehabilitation Medicine. The syllabus will cover, among other things, the knowledge people need. The working party developing the syllabus suggested that, for each competency or topic, we should recommend a guideline the trainee should be familiar with. Sounds sensible? It must be sensible. The General Medical …

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National UK training

For many years there has been a grumbling level of dissatisfaction with training in Rehabilitation Medicine within the UK. Having just finished my fifth or sixth meeting about training in the UK within the last four weeks, I recognise that the coincidence of a new curriculum being introduced in August 2021 and the major effect …

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