Various events are organised by the UKRC throughout the year. Information about these events and those of external partners are publicised in this section.

Jun 17, 2011 - Jun 17, 2011

Medicine and Me: Stroke Conference (RSM)

The Royal Society of Medicine is hosting a combined conference with the Arni Trust and The Stroke Association entitled MEDICINE AND ME: STROKE for stroke survivors and their carers/trainers from 12.30pm to 5pm on 17th June 2011.

Jun 22, 2011 - Jun 22, 2011

ABI Biennial Conference 2011

Political and regulatory uncertainty and how the industry treats consumers are just two of the themes to be addressed at the ABI's flagship conference. The day will share expert insights and provide clearer understanding of the opportunities available as UK insurers get ready for a new European capital regime under Solvency II, a dramatically altered regulatory structure in the UK and Europe.

Jun 22, 2011 - Jun 22, 2011

VRA's 2011 Annual Conference

2011 promises to be a challenging year for VR practitioners with:

- A new approach to Welfare by a new government
– An economy which is struggling to create new jobs while increasing efficiency and returning to profitability
– A hardening of attitudes to those with a disability and those without a job
– An ageing working population as those in work are asked to work longer

Jun 27, 2011 - Jun 29, 2011

International Neurorehabilitation Symposium 2011

The INRS is intended to offer clinicians and scientists a valuable platform to discuss trends, to share expertise, to exchange ideas and to gain knowledge to assess and use new technologies and therapy concepts in their daily practice.

Jun 27, 2011 - Jun 29, 2011

International Neurorehabilitation Symposium 2011

What shapes therapeutic decisions in neurorehabilitation today? Are methods based on clinical evidence sufficient and also applicable to modern technologies of neurorehabilitation? How can these technologies successfully be integrated into a clinical setting and throughout the
clinical path?

Jun 30, 2011 - Jun 30, 2011

RSPH - Sport for Health Programme

Sport for Health is a two part programme specifically for people who work in sport, either in a professional or voluntary role. It is designed to help them increase the level of physical activity amongst people who do not normally take part in sport. It provides an understanding of how an active lifestyle promotes good health, and a practical approach to understanding the barriers people face and ways to overcome them.

Sep 01, 2011 - May 31, 2012

MSc Modules in Vocational Rehabilitation and Health Related Employability

Queen Margaret University is offering two MSc level modules in vocational rehabilitation and health related employability, entitled: Practice and Evaluation and Policy and Strategies. The modules can be taken as “stand alone” or as part of an MSc and will appeal to individuals who are interested in advancing their knowledge and understanding of vocational rehabilitation and health related employability.

Sep 08, 2011 - Sep 09, 2011

Public Health International Conference 2011

The journal Public Health is holding its second international conference in September 2011.

Taking as its theme health and wellbeing, the conference will explore the relationships between health, wellbeing and the factors which influence them in a global environment.


Nov 03, 2011 - Nov 04, 2011

CMSUK Annual Conference & AGM 2011

The theme of this year's Conference is Life Changed - Case Management Intervention, and will include many areas of interest to anyone accessing rehabilitation for personal injury clients. 

Mar 21, 2012 - Mar 25, 2012

International Brain Injury Association- Ninth World Congress on Brain Injury

The Congress will be relevant to professionals who work with people with acquired brain injury. It will provide a forum for education, formal and informal discussion and debate. As usual, the scientific program will include talks from internationally renowned experts in the field of brain injury, scientific poster and paper presentations, candlelight sessions with experts, as well as, pre- and post-conference symposia.   

Latest News

Jun 07, 2011 - DWP calls for Evidence on the Lofsted Review of Health and Safety Legislation

The Department for Work and Pensions’ Minister for Employment, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling, has asked Professor Löfstedt to chair an independent review of health and safety legislation. He is being supported by an advisory panel of cross-party politicians, employer representatives and employee representatives.

Jun 05, 2011 - CQC launches Consultation on New Excellence Award

In April 2012, a new excellence award scheme will launch for adult social care services in England. This new voluntary award will be delivered by third party organisations under licence to the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

May 23, 2011 - Working Health Services: Evaluation of Projects in Scotland

This work, funded by the Scottish Government, commenced in 2008 in NHS Tayside and was followed in June 2009 by NHS Borders. Subsequent work was undertaken in July 2009 by NHS Lothian. 

May 05, 2011 - UKRC & BSI 2011 Conference Presentations

The UKRC & BSI Conference held on 5 April 2011 covered a broad range of topical issues including the effect of the latest regulatory policy on rehabilitation service providers, purchasers and users, and best practices in purchasing and providing quality rehabilitation services.

View the programme and presentations delivered at the Conference by downloading the files below.

May 01, 2011 - UKRC calls for a review of rehabilitation services

The UK Rehabilitation Council (UKRC) recently sent letters to over 30 high profile people in government and other responsible positions calling for an urgent review of rehabilitation services. 

Feb 17, 2011 - DWP: Independent review of sickness absence in Great Britain

The Government has today called for a major review of the sickness absence system in Great Britain in order to help combat the staggering £100 billion that working age ill health costs the economy every year ...

Read the full DWP Press Release by downloading the file below.

Feb 16, 2011 - UKRC/BSI Conference Update: BOOKING & MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNT

The UKRC & BSI Conference will be held on 5 April 2011. The UKRC has an arrangement with BSI to allow UKRC members to register for the conference at the discounted price of £150.  If you wish to take advantage of this offer, there are a number of options to register and pay. 

Jan 20, 2011 - UKRC/BSI CONFERENCE: Improving quality, efficiency and rehabilitation outcomes

The UKRC/ BSI conference to be held on 5 April 2011 will provide you with insight into the latest regulatory policy and how it will affect rehabilitation service providers, purchasers and users. It will also demonstrate how the UKRC’s Rehabilitation Standards – Hallmarks of a good provider and PAS 150 Providing rehabilitation services Code of practice can help to improve quality and rehabilitation outcomes as well as examine how they relate to other existing standards.

Jan 18, 2011 - EU Convention on Disability Rights

The EU has become a party to an international human rights treaty - the United Nation's (UN) Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities - following formal ratification.
The Convention aims to ensure that people with disabilities can enjoy their rights on an equal basis with all other citizens and sets out minimum standards for protecting and safeguarding a full range of civil, political, social, and economic rights for people with disabilities.

Jan 12, 2011 - International Brain Injury Association- Ninth World Congress on Brain Injury

The Ninth World Congress on Brain Injury will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland from 21 March - 25 March 2012. The event will be relevant to professionals who work with people with acquired brain injury.

Dec 11, 2010 - HQIP workshop dates announced

The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) has announced a number of regional clinical audit workshops to be held across a number of cities in the UK in 2011. The workshops are designed to be practical, aiming to help clinicians review current practice, and to offer new tools and strategies. The focus in both sessions is on increasing the effectiveness of clinical audit in creating improvements in the quality of health care. 

Dec 10, 2010 - 2010 UKRC Election results

The UK Rehabilitation Council recently held its second election for Trustees to join the UKRC’s governing board.  The names of the successful categories in each of the five categories are: 

Dec 01, 2010 - UK Standards for Occupational Health Services - Accreditation

In January 2010, the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) announced the launch of standards of performance for occupational health services. These standards were developed by FOM in patnership with a multidisciplinary, multi-agency stakeholder group.

Nov 29, 2010 - Management of Sickness Absence

Under the auspices of the British Occupational Health Research Foundation (BOHRF), the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), and the Health and Safety Executive commissioned joint research from Loughborough University, Affinity Health at Work and Goldsmiths University of London to investigate the role of the line manager in supporting employees to return to work following long-term sickness absence.

Nov 23, 2010 - CSP 'Physiotherapy Works' briefings published

The CSP has recently published the first four 'Physiotherapy Works' briefings which highlight the clinical and cost effectiveness of physiotherapy intervention in four areas of patient/client care, namely:

*       Stroke
*       Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)
*       Musculoskeletal Disorders
*       Occupational Health

Nov 23, 2010 - Review of Work Capability Assessment published today

An independent review of the Work Capability Assessment by Professor Malcolm Harrington makes recommendations for changes to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to make it fairer and more effective.  The Work Capability Assessment (WCA) was introduced in October 2008 to assess entitlement to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). The WCA Review and the Government's response can be viewed here.

Nov 16, 2010 - Report on IFDM Conference 2010

Hosted on September 20-22 in Los Angeles, the International Forum on Disability Management (IFDM) 2010 provided a unique opportunity for the health, safety, workers’ compensation and disability management communities to advance knowledge and share insight. Over 500 delegates attended from around the world to share experiences on how to create, implement, and evaluate comprehensive disability management initiatives. 

Nov 09, 2010 - Care Quality Commission (CQC) - Adult Social Care

Adult social care services have improved significantly since 2008 but further growth in the market is required to meet future needs, according to a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report published today.

The national analysis of the adult social care market examines capacity, quality and commissioning and has been developed using technical data and discussions with leaders within the sector. To read the full reports, download the files below.

Nov 07, 2010 - New UKRC document - 'Hallmarks of an Effective Employer'

Hallmarks of an Effective Employer has been produced by the UKRC following a meeting with Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions. The meeting, held on 18 October, covered a range of topics including embedding rehabilitation standards into work commissioned by the DWP and managing employee sickness absence in the workplace. 

Oct 25, 2010 - Voting begins in the 2010 UKRC Council Board election

Voting in the 2010 UKRC Council Board election begins today and will close on 12 November.  The Council received 5 nominations from individuals already registered with the UKRC, with each nominee standing for election in one of five sector categories. 

Oct 15, 2010 - Lord Young's Health and Safety Review published

Former Cabinet minister Lord Young was recented appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron to undertake a review of the operation of health and safety and the growth of the 'compensation culture'. Lord Young's report Common Sense, Common Safety has been published today, and can be viewed by downloading the file below.

Oct 10, 2010 - Organisations’ responses to the Disability Discrimination Act (2009)

Findings from a study exploring how organisations are responding to the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 and 2005 have recently been published by the Department for Work and Pensions.  The research builds on similar studies carried out in 2003 and 2006 and looks more fully at the changes introduced by the 2005 Act. Click here to read the Findings.

Sep 12, 2010 - UKRC 2010 Council Board Election: Notice of Election

(Trading as UK Rehabilitation Council)

The UK Rehabilitation Council is a registered charity and is governed by a Board of Trustees.  The UKRC is inviting nominations from individuals wishing to become a Trustee and join the Council Board.

Aug 26, 2010 - UKRC’s PAS 150 Special Interest Group (SIG) launched

The UK Rehabilitation Council (UKRC) has launched a Special Interest Group (SIG) to support organisations wishing to pilot the recently published Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 150 Providing Rehabilitation Services Code of Practice. 

Aug 13, 2010 - 9th European Regional Conference on Rehabilitation to be held in November

The 9th European Regional and 3rd Danish Conference on Rehabilitation will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark on 9 - 10 November 2010. Rehabilitation is a multi-disciplinary process involving a variety of stakeholders; therefore the conference is geared towards Government, disabled persons, employers, insurers, rehabilitation-professionals as well as medical practitioners.

Aug 11, 2010 - Stroke and the Workplace

Employment is a key determinant of one’s role in society, and because younger adults have responsibilities for generating an income and supporting family members, return to work is a key goal in recovery from disabling illnesses such as stroke.

Aug 11, 2010 - The Work Capability Assessment - A Call for Evidence

The Department for Work and Pensions has commissioned Professor Malcolm Harrington to undertake an independent review of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA). This is an important part of the Employment and Support Allowance claim process, designed to determine which claimants are capable of undertaking work, or work-related activity.

Aug 03, 2010 - Scottish Backs website launched

The new Scottish Backs website has been launched by Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's Cabinet Minster for Health and Wellbeing. Scottish Backs is an online resource for people with low back pain, and the site is intended to assist people with back pain to prevent it taking over aspects of their work and day to day life. Find out more here.

Jul 21, 2010 - Sainsbury Centre becomes Centre for Mental Health

As from today, the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health will be known as the Centre for Mental Health. Despite the change of name, the work, values and approach of the Centre will remain the same. The new website address is http://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk

Jul 12, 2010 - UKRC submission on Health and Safety and the 'compensation culture'

Former Cabinet minister Lord Young has been appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron to undertake a review of the operation of health and safety and the growth of the 'compensation culture'. Lord Young's report to the Prime Minister is expected in summer, and will investigate concerns over the application and perception of health and safety legislation.

Jul 11, 2010 - Lessons from the US: using technology and homecare to improve chronic disease management

A major new report has been published by Healthcare at Home Ltd that explores which technologies and models used in the US for chronic disease management could successfully be adopted here in the UK. 

Jul 06, 2010 - CMSUK Case Manager of the Year Award 2010

CMSUK Case Manager of the Year Award 2010 has been launched, and nominations are being invited. The nomination criterion for this year’s award is 'Good Outcome from Good Practice'.

Jun 22, 2010 - 'Impact on Depression' workplace training programme launched

Impact on Depression, the workplace mental health programme, has recently been launched by the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health. Based on Australia's highly-successful beyondblue National Workplace Programme, Impact on Depression raises awareness of anxiety and depression at work.

Jun 17, 2010 - Workplace Well-being Tool

Investing in the health and well-being of your workforce directly contributes to increased productivity and minimises financial risk. Maintaining good health means less absence through illness and a more positive workplace. The Workplace Well-being Tool is a free resource designed to help you understand the specific issues within your organisation.

Jun 10, 2010 - RSPH Training Courses in July

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) will be holding a series of one day courses in July focusing on Innovation and Outcomes in Health and Social Care.  

Jun 09, 2010 - RCGP Health and Work Training Workshops

The Royal College of General Practitioners has attracted over 2,000 GPs to the National Education Programme Health and Work in General Practice. The workshops are Chaired by a local leader and delivered by a RCGP trained GP and specialist Occupational Health Physician.

May 07, 2010 - Student Bursaries on offer for VRA 2010 Conference

The Vocational Rehabilitation Association is offering ten student bursaries, each worth over £250, for students looking for a career in vocational/ occupational rehabilitation. The bursary will provide support for them to attend the VRA 2010 conference, which will be held from 30 June - 1 July at the University of Nottingham.  

May 07, 2010 - PAS 150 Code of Practice - now available for purchase

PAS 150 (Publicly Available Specification) is a landmark new code of practice for the delivery of rehabilitation services for all disabilities and health conditions.  This code of practice, drawn up by BSI and the UKRC, is primarily for providers of rehabilitation services but may also interest and benefit purchasers and anyone using these services.  

May 06, 2010 - PRESS: New UK Government to Face Rehab Lobby over Lack of Plan

"The UK Rehabilitation Council has pledged to lobby whichever party wins today's election about the absence of any Rehabilitation Strategy for England, after it emerged Scotland is leading the way on this front and Wales has a multi-million pound initiative underway, funded by Europe..."

May 05, 2010 - UKRC Stakeholder Event 2009 DVD now available

The DVD of the UKRC Stakeholder Event held in July 2009 is now available. Sessions at this event covered a wide range of topics including the origin of the UKRC, its role and activities, UKRC membership and Council Board structure.


The UKRC recently invited the main political parties to send us their policies to promote vocational and clinical rehabilitation. Read their responses below.

Apr 30, 2010 - PAS 150 - Groundbreaking specification for rehabilitation service providers is launched

BSI, UK Rehabilitation Council, and Department for Business Innovation and Skills launch a groundbreaking new specification for the provision of rehabilitation services.

Launching today, PAS 150 (Publicly Available Specification) is a landmark new code of practice for the delivery of rehabilitation services for all disabilities and health conditions, with both short- and long-term needs.

Apr 28, 2010 - Roll-out of NAPT 2010 Audit

The roll-out of the 2010 National Audit of Psychological Therapies for people suffering from anxiety and depression in England and Wales begins in May. The audit aims to promote Access, Appropriateness, Acceptability and positive treatment Outcomes. All services are invited to participate. Read more about the Audit here.

Apr 21, 2010 - Nominations sought for Rehabilitation First Awards

The 6th Rehabilitation First Awards ceremony will be held in London on 25 June. Nominations from individuals and companies for this year's Awards are sought - the deadline for entries is Friday 14 May. Find out more here.

Apr 20, 2010 - BICMA elects new president

BICMA, the Bodily Injury Claims Management Association, announced today that after fifteen years at the helm Norman Cottington was standing down from his position as president. In his place BICMA had unanimously elected Bob Rabbitts. Read the full press release below.

Apr 12, 2010 - UKRC invites main political parties to outline their plans to improve rehabilitation

The UKRC has invited the three main political parties, including Plaid Cymru and SNP, to outline their plans for improving rehabilitation.  The UKRC intends to post responses on this website on 21 April without comment so that readers and members can decide. 


Apr 06, 2010 - Benefit changes from 6 April 2010

April sees the introduction of some major changes to benefits, which will affect not only service users but also social care staff as employees. Read more here.

Apr 01, 2010 - RCP Priorities outlined for next Government

In its Four-Step Manifesto, the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) asserts that the General Election campaign is an important opportunity for parliamentary candidates to champion mental health and for political parties to commit to taking action when in Government. Read more here.

Mar 20, 2010 - Nursing and Midwifery Council - Nursing Standards Consultation

NMC, which sets the standards for the education of UK nurses, is seeking your views on the new standards for pre-registration nursing education programmes. These standards set out what skills student nurses must demonstrate before they can graduate and practice as nurses. Read more here.

Mar 15, 2010 - UKRC News Alert 1 - March 2010


UKRC Survey:  More than a third of our members responded to our online survey last month. Your top priorities for UKRC are: Championing Rehabilitation (79% of respondents strongly agreed), Influencing/informing government and the civil service (74%) and ... To read the full document, click here.

Mar 11, 2010 - BrowseAloud enabled on UKRC website

As part of the UKRC's ongoing commitment to reducing accessibility barriers, we have enabled BrowseAloud on our website. BrowseAloud helps people with literacy difficulties, dyslexia, mild visual impairments or where English is spoken as a second language. Read more here.

Mar 06, 2010 - Fit Note to replace Sick Note

The new Fit Note will be introduced in the UK on 6 April 2010.  Commenting on the Fit note, Dr. Bill Gunnyeon, Chief Medical Adviser to the DWP, said: "the new form will enable doctors to advise a patient whether they can return to work if supported by their employer. The change is driven by evidence that work is therapeutic and helps promote recovery and rehabilitation ..." For more read here.

Jan 22, 2010 - UKRC Newsletter January 2010

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you in this, my first newsletter since the UK Rehabilitation Council became a fully constituted member organisation. Thank you for the support you have shown by joining...  I am contacting you now as we have just held our first strategy day. To read the full document click here.

Nov 30, 2009 - 2009 UKRC Election results

With the first election for board members to the UK Rehabilitation Council board now completed, the UKRC is pleased to announce the names of the five new Council members.

Jul 10, 2009 - UKRC Stakeholder Meeting - Vision of the UKRC

Vision of the UKRC and key functions

Jul 10, 2009 - UKRC Stakeholder Meeting - Role and Activities of the UKRC

Role of the UKRC and its activities

Jul 10, 2009 - Programme of UKRC Stakeholder meeting

Jul 10, 2009 - UKRC Stakeholder Meeting - Membership, Elections and Board Structure

Information on UKRC Membership, Council Board structure and Council elections

Jul 10, 2009 - UKRC Stakeholder Meeting - Origins of the UKRC

Background to the UKRC

Jun 15, 2009 - UKRC - Strategic Alliance proposal

The need for a strategic alliance of rehabilitation organisations and a proposal for the UKRC as the lead body

May 19, 2009 - Rehabilitation Standards for the UK launched

Rehabilitation standards, designed to protect the quality of care provided to people who require clinical and vocational rehabilitation, were launched in Westminster today by the work minister Lord McKenzie of Luton.

May 19, 2009 - UK Rehabilitation Council to hold Elections in Autumn

The UK Rehabilitation Council (UKRC), the umbrella body for people with a stake in clinical and vocational rehabilitation, is seeking wide participation from the rehabilitation community and will be holding elections to its governing body in the autumn.

Apr 03, 2009 - UKRC Funding award announcement

The UK Rehabilitation Council (UKRC) is delighted to announce that it has been successful in gaining 3-year funding from the Department of Health’s Third Sector Investment Programme Grants under the Excellence, Innovation and Service Delivery programme.

Jan 14, 2009 - “Working together for a healthier tomorrow” – joint statement by the UK Rehabilitation Council (UKRC) and Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)

UKRC and VRA welcome the recent government paper “Working together for a healthier tomorrow, a review by Dame Carol Black”, and especially its commitment to vocational rehabilitation. Whilst we strongly support the document’s overall aims, we would like to clear up confusion about the respective roles of the UKRC and VRA that appears in the government response. In particular the Vocation Rehabilitation Council (referred to on page 109 of response below) does not exist.

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