News and Events
Keep up with the latest news and events from the NSIC.
We welcome contributions from you to tell us about your news, so feel free to contact us
SCI Relatives Morning
Relatives Morning takes place every 3 months
Virtually via Microsoft Teams with National Spinal Injury Centre
Next dates in 2021:
Monday 7th June
Monday 13th Sept
Monday 6th December
Please sign up for the next Relatives morning by contacting Klaudia using her phone or email details below.
The aim of the day is to help relatives and friends of NSIC patients to understand spinal cord injury and how best to cope with it, both at home and in the community.
The morning will include meeting and talking with discharged patients and their relatives online – a great opportunity to ask them anything you need to know and receive practical advice on living with spinal cord injury.
I would be grateful if you could let me know of your attendance as soon as possible, so that we know you want to take part. Please mention your name, patient’s name, your relationship and their level of injury. We will unfortunately need to cancel the session if we don’t have enough attendees.
SCI Relatives Morning – (sample agenda)
09:15 Family Counselling – Time for you
09:30 Presentation from charities on how they can support people with SCI and their families
10:00 Living with Spinal Cord Injury – The experience of former patients
11:00 Group Discussions with friends and family
12:00 Estimated finish time
Videos for Virtual SCI Relatives Morning
There are a number of videos we recommend you should view before you attend the NSIC Relatives’ Day.
Please make a note of any questions or comments you have, and these can be covered during the morning.
If you would like to attend, please let me know as soon as possible:
We will unfortunately need to cancel if we don’t have enough attendees.
Are you looking for a new career?
Are you looking for a new career or want to find out more about what we do?
Then come along to our Open Day on:
Thursday 14th September 2017 4pm – 7pm
Spinal Foyer, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury
The National Spinal Injuries Centre have been serving patients since 1944, offering inpatient and outpatient care to adults and children with spinal cord injuries who undergo intensive rehabilitation to help rebuild their lives.
We have led the way in the treatment and care of those with spinal cord injuries and are proud to have established an international reputation for our quality services and to have received a coveted CARF international accreditation. The NSIC strives to be at the forefront of research & development in all matters relating to spinal cord injury, incorporating links with universities and other spinal centres.
The Staff in NSIC are made up of a large multi disciplinary team including dedicated nurses, healthcare assistants, clinical psychologists, case managers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, doctors and administrators. We have a range of careers on offer in which you can support our vital work and we welcome candidates from a variety of backgrounds.
Download the pdf here which includes further information:
Open Day – 14 September 2017 4pm – 7pm
Don’t Quit, Do It – Inspiring Journeys of Rehabilitation
Irwin Mitchell (a national law firm) has launched a new campaign highlighting the benefits of sport in helping people recover from serious injuries and other major traumas in their lives is being launched today.
There are 9.4m people with disabilities in the UK but only one in six takes part in sport regularly, and Irwin Mitchell hopes that the campaign will also encourage more people to get involved.
Sport is often a good way to not only help with physical aspects of rehabilitation but can also help motivate and inspire people who find themselves coping with disabilities to get involved in new activities and learn to come to terms with their new situation.
The ‘Don’t Quit, Do It’ campaign features a series of inspiring client films where sport has been used to help overcome injuries including wheelchair badminton, amputee cycling, rowing and horse-riding.
Irwin Mitchell is also working with double world champion wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft, MBE, as she seeks to qualify for the Rio Paralympics. She won two Gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and will be competing at the 2015 IPC World Athletics Championships in Doha in October.
“Partnering with Irwin Mitchell is more than just sponsorship though as the firm is really committed to working with people who are fighting to overcome their disabilities and I hope I can play a role in helping inspire others.”
Hannah Cockroft, MBE
Take a look at the Irwin Mitchell website to find out more.
Posted 13 August 2015
Come Fly with Me
Taking place on the 30th July 2015 – Come Fly with Me is hosted by Bard Limited and Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited. A 1 day event for consumers and healthcare professionals with an interest in spinal cord injury and travel. This interactive day will focus on bladder and bowel care when flying, offering practical advice and support.
Virgin Atlantic Ltd, Fleming Way, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 9LX
Tracey Geddis – Deputy Sister, Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Senior Lecturer, New Bucks University
Geraldine Lundy – Passenger Accessibility Manager, Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited
10:30 – 11:00 Arrival and Coffee
11:00 – 11:10 Welcome and Introduction
11:10 – 13:00 Session 1 – Bladder and bowel care when flying (Tracey Geddis)
13:00 – 13:45 Lunch
13:45 – 15:15 Session 2 – Considerations when flying and tour of aeroplanes (Geraldine Lundy)
15:15 – 15:30 Close
Posted 20 July 2015
How Skinstamatic Identifies Skin Photos
The Skinstamatic iOS app is a simple way to get information about the skin. Find it here: www.itunes.apple.com/app/skinstam
Create a free account and upload photos of skin. You will get the top two names of what the majority of our board of certified skin professionals collectively believes best identifies the skin photos
Posted 06 March 2015
Take a look at this website www.euansguide.com if you are interested in getting “out and about” and read the reviews before you go
Euan’s Guide features disabled access reviews from disabled people and their friends and families.
“The aim of Euan’s Guide is to empower disabled people by providing information that will give confidence and choices for getting out and about. Euan’s Guide is an alternative to hours of web searching and phone calls and, most importantly, removes the ‘fear of the unknown’ when visiting a venue for the first time.” Euan MacDonald, Founder of Euan’s Guide
Posted 05 March 2015
New law on driving having taken certain drugs
- A new law on driving after taking certain drugs is coming into force in March 2015
- This law states that it is an offence to drive with certain drugs above specified levels in the body, whether your driving is impaired or not
- If you are taking these medicines as directed and your driving is not impaired, then you are not breaking the law
- Keep taking your medicines as prescribed
- Check the leaflet that comes with your medicines for information on how your medicines may affect your driving ability
- Do not drive after taking your medicines until you know how they affect you
- Do not drive if you feel drowsy, dizzy, unable to concentrate or make decisions, or if you have blurred or double vision
- If your driving is impaired then you are guilty of breaking the law
Please click this link to view the PDF with further details about the new drug driving law – Click here
Posted 05 March 2015
The St Francis team was happy to accept second place in the “team award” for
2014 from Sian Lloyd.
The presentation was at the Waterside theatre in Aylesbury as part of Buckinghamshire healthcare trust annual wards.
Posted 05 December 2014
Henry Fraser is an ex-NSIC patient. You can hear how he is progressing and hear his latest achievements by watching this YouTube video with him talking to the Saracens rugby team.
Posted 19 November 2014
NSIC patients were introduced to the techniques of making mosaic art by professional mosaic artist, Deborah Brett. A workshop was organised as part of the Arts Rehabilitation Programme which runs a diverse range of creative activities to suit all patients.
As mosaics were new to almost everyone, patients started off getting a feel for the mosaic tiles and looking at how colours worked well together. They then produced a small mosaic coaster from their own design. Having gained confidence in using this technique, and under Deborah’s guidance, the group progressed to working on much more ambitious projects. Some patients paired up to produce a stunning, large scale ‘phoenix rising’ and a complex underwater scene, both using glass ‘jewels’ and beads to offset the mosaic tiles. Eddie Coombes can be seen here with the phoenix in progress.
Patient feedback at the end of the project was very positive and included the following comments:
“have learned you can do different things you’ve never done before”
“These are most worthwhile undertakings which stimulate and provide pleasure”
“enjoyed the camaraderie, the team work and joining in”
“I’ve learned how to space out the mosaics and how to use my fingers a bit more – very good”