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National Spinal Injuries Centre celebrates 70 years of ground breaking work

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The National Spinal Injuries Centre. (Archive picture)

The National Spinal Injuries Centre is to celebrate 70 years of ground breaking work by holding an open day on Thursday 14th June 2018.

During 2018 Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust is celebrating the 70th birthday of the NHS and the many advances that have taken place in healthcare since 1948.

This includes significant strides in the treatment of spinal cord injury and as part of the celebrations the Trust is holding an open day on Thursday 14th June from 4.00pn to 7.00pm at world-renowned National Spinal Injuries Centre (NSIC) at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital near Aylesbury.

The 70th landmark year also coincides with the 70th anniversary of the first Stoke Mandeville Games, recognised as the moment the Paralympic movement was born.

From its foundation in the 1940s when Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann pioneered the use of sports rehabilitation, to more recently being the first in the UK to use ground breaking technology to enable children and young people to safely and more independently practice movements, the NSIC has always strived to be at the forefront of research and development in matters relating to spinal cord injury.

The open day is for people who want to be a part of the life changing work the centre does or who simply want to find out more about the NSIC.

The NSIC is staffed by a large multi-disciplinary team including dedicated nurses, healthcare assistants, clinical psychologists, case managers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, doctors and administrators. There are a range of careers on offer in which you can support the centre’s vital work and candidates will be welcomed from a variety of backgrounds.

Hannah Proctor, Allied Health Professional and Outreach Lead at the NSIC said: ‘This open evening provides an exciting opportunity for health professionals and the public to come and visit, talk to staff and see examples of the amazing work that we do with patients at the National Spinal Injuries Centre.

We have staff in a wide range of disciplines and there will be an opportunity to discuss the job vacancies that we have on offer in the unit, as well learn more about the roles of the specialist disciplines working in spinal injury care.

The NSIC has 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.

It has led the way in the treatment and care of those with spinal cord injuries and is proud to have established an international reputation for our quality services and to have received a coveted CARF international accreditation.

Can you help us to change lives at the National Spinal Injuries Centre?

For more information about the NSIC and the forthcoming open day please contact Hannah Proctor, AHP & Outreach Lead NSIC via email [email protected] or by calling 01296 316307.

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