UK Rehabilitation Council Newsletter

Posted 9th February 2009

Catherine McLoughlin, Chair of UKRC, has kindly provided us with their second newsletter, so that CMSUK members can be kept abreast of progress they are making

The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health

134-138 Borough High Street

London SE1 1LB

29 August 2008 

Dear Colleague

This is my second newsletter since becoming chair of the UK Rehabilitation Council (UKRC). Judging by the response to the first one, and to informal discussions with others in our community, there is a real desire for UKRC to keep people informed. More than that, there is a desire for engagement, so that people feel genuine ownership of what we are doing.

There have been two main developments since the last newsletter. Firstly, we have met to discuss our Rehabilitation Standards. Secondly, UKRC held an away day to consider future strategy. Among the outcomes, we are committed to moving towards a democratic structure with UKRC governed by an elected board.

Rehabilitation Standards

As you probably know, UKRC has engaged Morag Heighway to produce our rehabilitation standards. This work is supported and funded by the DWP and the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives and has the backing of many other organisations. Although voluntary, we believe our standards will become a widely recognised benchmark. They should complement existing standards, being mainly intended to help the user/purchaser of rehabilitation rather than the provider.

On August 18 we held a meeting of stakeholders where Morag presented a very early version of the standards. Sixteen people attended, some of whom were representing more than one organisation. Inevitably there was a lot of discussion and suggestions for improvement but, overall, the reaction was very upbeat.

If your organisation was not invited, please continue to bear with us. We shall be making public the proposed standards in September. Feedback and suggestions will be positively encouraged and all responses taken very seriously.

Future direction of UKRC

At our away day in August we agreed vision and mission statements for UKRC, which appear as appendices to this newsletter. Much of it will be familiar, but I would draw your attention to the following words from the mission statement: "To bring together and be run by its stakeholders."

In keeping with this aspiration, we are committed to holding elections for our governing body at the earliest sensible moment. Before we can have an election, though, we need a wider membership, an issue that we shall be addressing during the autumn. Vitally important as our work on standards is, we realise that there needs to be much more to UKRC; we are taking one step at a time. The minutes of our August meeting can, incidentally, be downloaded from

I have kept this newsletter to one page - a good habit unless there is a lot to say. Do please get in touch, though, if you have any comment or require more information by contacting Brenda Williams,

Kind regards,

Catherine McLoughlin, Chair, UK Rehabilitation Council


Vision 2008

The current vision of the UKRC is:

Access to quality health and vocational rehabilitation (‘rehabilitation') in the UK stands comparison with the best internationally

  • An effective working relationship exists between the many different agencies that provide rehabilitation or related services in the private, not-for-profit and public sectors that ensures a smooth client journey through the system
  • There are agreed, enforceable standards for those who provide these services
  • Rehabilitation is fully integrated into health, social, legal and employment cultures
  • The UK Rehabilitation Council provides a widely recognised voice for the Rehabilitation Community; acts as an effective advocate for best practice, and has the confidence of government, the professions and users of rehabilitation services.

Mission Statement 2008

The UK Rehabilitation Council's mission is:

To become the overarching voice for rehabilitation and lead organisation in the field of health and vocational rehabilitation across the UK

  • To bring together and be run by its stakeholders. These will include
  • Government agencies and departments
  • Purchasers
  • Commissioners
  • Providers and
  • Customers of rehabilitation services

To ensure joint working and sharing of agendas and priorities, thus providing a cohesive approach to drive quality rehabilitation services, recognised across the industry and those that use it

  • To become an authoritative source of information on rehabilitation
  • To become an authoritative source of standards for the industry that are universally accepted and ultimately enforceable
  • To become a proposer and endorser of best practice, education and training requirements to universities and other educational establishments
  • To encourage research, development, production and distribution of rehabilitation information and knowledge and thereby to
  • Increase understanding of the benefits of rehabilitation in the UK at large

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