UKSSB Quarterly eBulletin
September 2015




Alistair Stirling (UKSSB Chair)


This is a time of unparalleled change on many fronts not least in Spinal Services. In an attempt to inform and thereby empower the spinal services community, this is the first of a continuing series of quarterly eBulletins designed to:

·       Provide an immediate overview of the several workstreams which currently, or in the near future, will directly affect spinal services both within and without the NHS; and which organisations and individuals are contributing to these.
·       Share knowledge of the different societies’ news and developments that may be of relevance without those societies themselves. (It is not intended to replace or duplicate the content of individual society newsletters).
·       Provide a précis of the continuing work of advisory bodies which bear on our subject (NICE, Acute Oncology Measures, etc)
·       Provide a notice board for :
a. Spinal and other relevant society events
b. Non-clinical posts of professional interest (RCS, JCST, BOA Board of Examiners, NICE, GMC, etc)
·       In future it may include invited articles and debate relevant to professional, rather than clinical practice which is already well covered elsewhere.


It is acknowledged that whilst some of the changes now current will be welcomed by some, others may find these at least challenging and some potentially threatening. It is hoped that through being aware, many will choose to engage and influence this evolving process both nationally and locally. As Ashley Cole makes clear in his article, the spinal surgical community is being offered a unique opportunity to engage with this with DH investment to assist in spinal service improvement.


It is not intended that this eBulletin will be exhaustive, rather a rapid digest to inform and point to more detailed resources (as elinks, where available, or to relevant websites). The UKSSB website now has a reference document section to which additions will be made as they evolve.


Please recognise that some initial teething problems are inevitable with this, the first edition, and hopefully will be overcome shortly. Suggestions for improvement would be welcome


The front page lists the contents of this eBulletin and each section will open when clicked on.


This is also an opportunity to extend a very warm welcome to the newly appointed Chair of our Patient Liaison Group, Linda Pollard (please see Nick Birch’s brief biopic).


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