This section is concerned with organisations and other matters that relate to rehabilitation in the UK. Specifically, it is not primarily concerned with internal professional matters, but if a professional matter also involves broader rehabilitation matters, then it will of of interest. At present, when it starts (6th June 2021) it will be concerned with the Society for Research in Rehabilitation (SRR), the Community Rehabilitation Alliance (even though it does not yet have any formal structure or organisation), and the British Society for Rehabilitation Medicine (BSRM). Some might question the last (BSRM) as the majority of its members are doctors, but the reason is explained on the first page in that part. The content of this section will be a mixture of discussion about change and development, and of informing about and discussing existing or new facts or policies. As time passes, not doubt it will alter!
One goal of this website is to increase awareness of rehabilitation as a specific professional activity within the UK. At present, while almost everyone (individually, politically, in professional organisations, in other organisations) professes support for rehabilitation, no-one actually commits to rehabilitation. In my 30 years as Clinical Director of rehabilitation within Oxfordshire, we regularly had working parties to develop rehabilitation, and hospitals, purchasers (commissioners, those who pay!), social services, community services and voluntary organisations all agreed that more and better services were needed, when decisions were made they supported their own non-rehabilitation proposals. It was always left to someone else. It is time for rehabilitation to have its own voice, not be a small part of someone else’s concern.
To increase awareness, this section will draw attention to anything that concerns rehabilitation, whether as part of a professional development with a broader concern, or directly. This will obviously require judgement, and will be a matter of my opinion.
At present it will relate to three organisations. Over time its area of interest will grow. The components within this section are outlined below.