Posted 14th January 2009
Catherine McLoughlin has kindly sent us the second newsletter as chair of UKRC.
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29 August 2008
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.
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 http://www.rehabcouncil.org.uk/.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Catherine McLoughlin, Chair, UK Rehabilitation Council
The current vision of the UKRC is:
Mission Statement 2008
The UK Rehabilitation Council's mission is: