NoSCoS newsletter early 2018

Dear friends in NoSCoS!

It may be slightly too late to call this a “New Year’s Letter” – but maybe “Early-2018-letter” would still be o.k. 😉 There are a couple of activities going on in NoSCoS, and I would like to provide you with an update.

An invitation for the first Nordic Resident Training Course to be held in Linköping, May 14-18 2018, in Linköping, Sweden, was recently sent out. This is the first time we are running a course for physicians in specialist training on a Nordic level. Previously, this course has been held two times, but has only been open to Swedish participants. Hopefully, there will even be courses for other professions in the not-so-far future.

What we do know, for sure, is that there will be an interprofessional course: NARSK (Nordisk Avancerad Ryggmärgsskadekurs), or Nordic Advanced Course in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, will start up in October this year. The course will address teams from all SCI-centers in the Nordic countries. It will be held under the auspice of both NoSCoS, ”Ryggmärgsskadecentrum i Göteborg” and Göteborgs universitet. This collaborartion will also ensure 7.5 ECTS credit points for the course and we expect that this will make it possible to include the course in a master or specialist programme. The course will begin with a kick-off in Göteborg October 24-26, 2018 and finish in March 2019. An official invitation will be sent out soon.

While we have the ISCOS meeting in Dublin still in mind, the abstract deadline for ISCOS 2018, (Sydney, Australia, 13-15 September) is approaching: 23rd February 2018. More information can be found at https://iscosmeetings2018.org/index.php

And speaking of ISCOS: Quite a few of you who attended NoSCoS 2017 in Linköping paid for ISCOS membership as part of your participation fee – but have not yet claimed ISCOS membership and online access to “Spinal Cord”. If you want to claim your membership, please go to http://www.iscos.org.uk/apply-for-membership-online and state “NoSCoS president” as your sponsor and “NoSCoS” as your affiliated society. Please get in touch with me if you are unsure whether you have payed for ISCOS membership or not.

The next NoSCoS-meeting (11-13 September 2019), may still seem far away, but time flies and you might already want to take a look at the conference’s homepage at http://noscos2019.org.

Finally, it is a great pleasure to announce that the joint Nordic quality registry for spinal cord injury rehabilitation, NordicSCIR, is now up and running! Below, you can find a short summary describing NordicSCIR’s background and current state provided by Annette Halvorsen and Ann Louise Pettersen.

Winter greetings from Linköping

Wolfram Antepohl, NoSCoS president 2017-2019

Nordic spinal cord injury registry (NordicSCIR)

Spinal cord injuries can give life-long and serious consequences, often with large and complex function loss. The annual number of new patients with spinal cord injury is small compared to other groups of diagnosis. The Nordic council of ministers initiated a project for a Nordic cooperation on highly specialized treatments in 2013.

The Norwegian SCI Registry (NorSCIR) was requested to initiate a pilot project, to establish a Nordic SCI quality registry (NordicSCIR). The establishment of NordicSCIR provides an increased number of patients, giving the opportunity to collect structured and quality assured Nordic data about medical treatment, examination and rehabilitation of patients with SCI. This will be used in clinical quality improvement and clinical research.

Participating SCI units from 1.1.2018 are:

  • Denmark
    • Spinal Cord Injury Center of Western Denmark, Department of Neurology, Regional Hospital of Viborg, Denmark.
    • Clinic for Spinal Cord Injuries, NeuroScience Centre, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Iceland
    • Landspítali University Hospital, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Grensas, Álmgerdi, Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • Sweden
    • Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University Hospital, Linköping, Sweden
  • Norway
    • Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital, Nesodden, Norway
    • Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway
    • St. Olavs University Hospital, Trondheim, Norway

The first annual report from NordicSCIR will be presented at the end of 2018.

For further information, please watch our introduction film: NordicSCIR