I have been very touched by the show of concern for my welfare by many of our clients and thought it would be helpful to update you on my progress. I now have a planned date in August for a procedure on my spine, which hopefully will give me some relief from pain. Whether I will be able to return to routine outpatient consulting afterwards remains to be seen but as you can probably imagine I have nontheless been busy in the intervening period.
Firstly, in relation to Sportswise. The demand for our services continues to grow and consequently we have restructured the working week for all practitioners. This will allow us to make more consultations available across all disciplines. To help with the demand for Consultant appointments I’m very pleased to welcome a new member of staff to expand the services – Dr Siva Mani-Babu. Siva is a specialist in sport and exercise medicine but, like Polly Baker and myself, has worked at Headley Court, the Defence Services Medical Rehabilitation Unit.
As for me personally – many of you will know I had the privilege in February to be elected as chair of the British Paralympic Association and this has also been taking up much of my time! I have just returned from the European Paralympic Committee’s meeting in Poland and will be hosting a reception at the London World Para Athletics Championships for Sir Philip Craven, who is the outgoing president of the IPC in September this year at the IPC general assembly meeting in Abu Dhabi. Additionally I’ve been helping to organise the medical services for the UK Invictus team for the 2017 games in Toronto.
My research work at the University of Brighton continues with various projects including the ongoing injury and illness surveys carried out at the Paralympic games and I look forward to meeting with my colleagues from the IPC medical committee in Bonn next week to discuss this further.
Rest assured that Sportswise remains an important and significant part of my everyday life, even if I’m not always present in person. I am very fortunate to have a great team of colleagues both in the clinical team and the administrative staff and we shall continue helping people for many years to come.