Joint SRR and BSRM meeting - Warwick University 14th & 15th October 2019

14 Oct 2019

On 14th and 15th October 2019, the Society for Research in Rehabilitation (SRR) and the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine (BSRM) held their joint scientific meeting at the University of Warwick.

This was a very well attended meeting with representation from multiple disciplines within the rehabilitation community.

The meeting was a huge success with excellent feedback from the delegates. There were a number of special mentions to demonstrate the popularity of the fast forward poster sessions. Over 90% of delegates who provided feedback found the meeting very effective or effective for their professional development. This is a great accomplishment and indicated that our target of aiming the content for the audience of mixed rehabilitation professionals/researchers, was achieved.

The content across the sessions on both days largely related to two themes: 1) Complex rehabilitation problems and 2) Elderly are rehabilitation. In the first, sessions covered Sleep, Spasticity and Ethics. In the second, sessions covered Towards independent living, Amputee rehabilitation, Hip replacement and Neurological injury.

Further sessions included Cardiac rehabilitation and Goal setting in rehabilitation in addition to a number of free paper sessions with excellent individual research papers delivered by the presenters.

We were delighted to have an engaging presentation by Professor Derick Wade for the Bipin Bhakta memorial lecture, entitled 'Rehabilitation will only survive in the UK if politicians, the public, and other healthcare professionals know what it is. How should we fight for its survival?'

An additional key element to the success of the meeting was the inclusion of a pre-conference training day for medical students – an important move to promote the advancement of rehabilitation.

The SRR and BSRM are already well underway in the organisation of the 2020 joint scientific meeting. Watch our websites and twitter feeds for announcements on venue and dates for this great meeting.

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