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Rehabilitation blogs

This section of the site houses rehabilitation blog posts, the posts from Rehabilitation Matters. The posts have been grouped into various categories, which may change from time to time. A post may be included in more than one category. Each post also has some tags (at the bottom of a post) to find other posts on the same topic. The posts are shown in the pages in their categories, with the most recent six shown separately at the end of this page – here. There is also an archive of all posts published on one page. You may register to be notified about new posts as they are published – see the sidebar on the right. Posts can be searched (not separately) using the search on the right. This introductory page introduces the overall goals of the posts and then discusses each category. You can move directly to a category using the menu or from the descriptions below.

Purpose, objectives, values

The main purpose of these blogs is to develop and instil among clinicians involved in or interested in rehabilitation a positive identification with rehabilitation that is equal to any identification with a particular profession. I hope that others who may visit this site – patients and families, people paying for rehabilitation, politicians and people who are just curious – will also appreciate that rehabilitation is an activity greater than any single profession’s activities, and that rehabilitation is a collaborative, team-based endeavour.

The direct objectives of the blogs are to:

  • develop stronger links between the many different professions and services currently delivering rehabilitation in practice;
  • to increase links within professions, such as medicine, where many different groups of clinicians deliver rehabilitation but do not have any formal link with the rehabilitation community;
  • to increase awareness of rehabilitation as a specialisation within healthcare, over and above specific professional expertise, so that professions other than medicine can gain eventually formal recognition of the rehabilitation expertise;
  • to disseminate information and evidence that could improve the standard of rehabilitation services;

There are other, less focused and indirect objectives. They are to:

  • broaden the interest of all professions outside their profession, and outside health, to increase awareness of, interest in, and concern about social, political (with no party allegiance), economic and artistic matters, all of which are of great importance to our patients, more important to them than our rehabilitation;
  • stimulate readers to question any received wisdom they may rely on, to reconsider what they do any why;
  • to encourage all professions to participate in discussions and debates about any and all aspects of rehabilitation.

Posts will adhere to the following values:

  • respect for others, however much you disagree with the opinions given or the interpretation of evidence;
  • unbiassed presentation and use of evidence whenever it is available, including disclosure of known evidence contrary to a point of view;
  • equity and justice, having due regard to and acknowledging the interests of others who might be affected by a proposal;
  • honesty, disclosing any material facts that could be considered by others to influence statements made or conclusions drawn;
  • not be discriminatory against any group, including but not restricted to those listed in legal Acts of parliament.

The categories

There are many posts. They are grouped into different categories, and they are also tagged. To make life easier, each category has been given a separate section below.

From the journals

This blog complements my Twitter feed @ClinicalRehab where, since March 2018, I have posted tweets drawing attention to articles that are, or should be, of interest to anyone working in rehabilitation. I tweet something new most days; blogs with not be as frequent! Generally they will contain something stimulated by the article, which will not always be a new publication. You may look at a list of tweets from @ClinRehab here. To look at the posts, click here.

Rehabilitation Matters

This blog includes anything relating to rehabilitation that is not covered by specific blogs. It will include comments on general policies from any source (e.g Department of Health and Social Services, National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) relating to rehabilitation. It may cover matters relating to organisations and professional bodies interested in rehabilitation. It is an eclectic mixture of posts To view them, click here.

Models of illness

These posts relate to the interface between models of illness, specifically the biomedical model and the biopsychosocial model of illness, and how they may influence the process of rehabilitation and also the design of rehabilitation services. They continue the theme running through this site, that good quality rehabilitation can only occur if the clinical practice, the organisation of services, and the commissioning of services is based around the correct model. Post will often discuss how failure to use the correct model is harmful. To see the posts, click here.

Education and training

The posts in this category relate, as you would expect, to education and training. Although much of the material arises from my interest in developing training for doctors (I led the work on a new curriculum and syllabus), I have become increasingly interested in improving the training available to other professions. The posts, I hope, expand upon that. The section of this site on capabilities (here) also expands on it. The posts can be accessed here.

Rehabilitation services

This category of posts concerns the organisation of services – or, to be more brutal and honest, the lack of any coherent organisation. It also includes posts suggesting how services can be improved, including by you. It is a part of raising your political interest. Decisions abut the resourcing of rehabilitation and the organisation of services are all intensely political, and we need to recognise that and act accordingly. Posts can be read here.


The posts in this category relate to the process of research, to methodology and other similar matters. They are not specifically concerned with the output or results. They can be seen here.

BSRM matters

The posts in this category concern anything related to the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine, one of two specific rehabilitation societies in the UK. The other is the older of the two, being founded about eight years earlier – it is the Society for Research in Rehabilitation. The posts can be accessed here.

BSPRM matters

In April 2022, the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine officially changed its name to the British Society of Physical and Rehabilitation (BSPRM). From then on, any posts concerning the Society will be filed into this category. They focus on matters that concern the BSPRM though I hope many will have a broader interest.

What do professions add

The primary purpose of this category is to persuade people from different professions to put their head above the parapet and specify what unique expertise they bring to the multi-professional team. The only one so far is on a doctor’s contribution. The posts also include some considering profession-specific research, investigating what a profession add. To see them, click here.

All blogs (Archive)

If you simply wish to look through all blogs from all categories, click here.

Six most recent posts.

Wisdom in rehabilitation
In May 2021, Dr Sabena Yasmin Jameel published her University of Birmingham PhD thesis on Enacting …
2021 Rehabilitation Curriculum
The new, significantly changed, and improved 2021 Rehabilitation Curriculum for training doctors in rehabilitation became active …
Rehabilitation thinking
“Rehabilitation is a way of thinking, not a way of doing.” I have written two editorials …
Convalescence, recovery, and rehabilitation
In 2007 Peter Halligan and I asked, “Is it time to rehabilitate convalescence?”. No one answered …
Community Rehabilitation
In 1980 I started a three-year project, a large (n = 700+) controlled clinical trial investigating …
Frailty and rehabilitation
Is frailty a helpful concept within the rehabilitation context? I asked myself this question after seeing …
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