- Access to health and social care needed by older people
In January this year, the British Geriatrics Society published a statement about the rights of older people to health and social care. BASRaT supported this statement – our members see the impact of the crisis in health and social care on older people every day.
This statement was published with the hope that this winter things would be different. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Not enough has changed over the last year and we are worried that this winter will be just as bad as the last for older people and the healthcare professionals caring for them.
The British Geriatrics Society have refreshed their call for action and the steps that must be taken, and we again lend our support. We cannot continue like this. View the BGS Statement here.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation workforce planning
Over the past year, BASRaT has been working with NHS England on Pulmonary Rehabilitation workforce planning for the NHS. These outputs are now being published on the Future NHS Collaboration platform and should be in the public domain soon.
One of the outputs includes information for the wider healthcare team and commissioners about BASRaT registered Sport Rehabilitators, providing guidance and context surrounding the education, knowledge, and skills that we can bring to understaffed areas like pulmonary rehabilitation to help make a real difference to patients. A large part of this work obviously included discussions detailing our registration and regulatory processes, which are incredibly important as we continue to work more extensively with the wider multi-disciplinary team.
Sport Rehabilitators have a distinct knowledge and skill set that can make a hugely positive difference to a wide variety of patient populations, especially in areas like pulmonary rehabilitation.
Simon O Brien recently supported athletes at his 5th Championships
Simon O'Brien recently supported athletes at the World Athletic championships, we asked Simon to give us the inside scoop on how it went.
“THE most incredible 2 weeks working with athletes for the @worldathletics championships in Budapest! To be trusted by world class athletes from various countries in the preparation and recovery from their races is an honour and something I have worked incredibly hard to maintain. I worked with a number of sprinters who compete in the 100, 200 and 400m events and I specialised in the preparation, maintenance and recovery of these athletes through the rounds.
Timings can be tight! World Silver Medal winner @tebogo_letsile take part in semi-finals at 16:35; we then had less than 3 hours to prepare him for the final. One hour before his race we did activations to ensure he was suitably prepared, (see video) I’m pleased to be a small part of this runner’s journey.
My day to day work involves injury assessment if required; activation of key musculature pre-race; administering manual therapy after the post event and athletes load monitoring to shape treatment and recovery strategies in between rounds.”
Simon supports a number of athletes throughout the season to ensure their performance is optimal, this will include travelling around Europe to Screen for injury risk, implement injury prevention strategies and conduct sports science testing to monitor performance. Simon completes this work alongside his lecturing role at the University of Bolton.
Alongside the buzz of being at the Championships, Simon also got to celebrate success with his athlete - Letsile Tebogo won Silver in the 100m and Bronze in the 200m and Muzala Samukonga is the current 400m Commonwealth Champion.
Simon’s advice – “my best advice for anyone... “be comfortable being uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone... because when you do... opportunities arise that may help pave a new path”
Fresh out for Summer 2023
We have just launched our new kit, BASRaT Registrants can order items from this brand-new clothing range.
Our Performance clothing is stylishly chic and visible whether you are pitch-side, working within a clinic environment or teaching.
Order a t-shirt, polo or tracksuit top from the Performance collection and finish the look with a jumper, shorts or tracksuit bottoms from the Casual range.
BASRaT Reg Clothing - Represent your profession and stand out as a Sport Rehabilitator in our BASRaT branded kit. Simply order with your BASRaT registration number.
Input requested from healthcare professionals on how to tack suffering
A call for evidence has been launched on how best to prevent, early diagnose, treat and manage the 6 major groups of conditions which drive-ill health in England. The six major health conditions – include musculoskeletal disorders; cancer; cardiovascular diseases including stroke and diabetes; chronic respiratory diseases; dementia and mental ill-health.
Those suffering from one or more of these conditions are urged to provide insight into experiences of managing their health needs. Contributions are also encouraged from healthcare professionals on how to tackle suffering. Visit