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Welcome to the latest UK edition of NR Times, the digital magazine for all brain and spinal professionals.

As ever we’re delighted to share with you the latest opinions, insights and ideas from experts working across the NR field.

Our cover story this issue focuses on a hugely exciting – and much-needed - development in UK rehab.

Data suggests that in some parts of the UK, only 40% of major trauma patients who need specialist rehab are able to access it.

Contributors to this gap include stretched public services, skills shortages and gradually improving survival rates driven by health tech’s advance.

A shining light amid challenging conditions is the planned National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC); a £105m partnership between Nottingham University Hospitals, the University of Nottingham and Loughborough University. which is set for completion by spring 2025.

In our interview with programme director Miriam Duffy, discover how NRC’s plans are taking shape – including its prospective role in deepening the rehab talent pool.

(Incidentally, if you are interested in further insights on the skills challenges in NR, watch out for our January webinar on the topic of ‘the recruitment crisis – meeting the workforce gap’).

Other focus areas this issue include the importance of data in NR, calls to make CTE an industrial disease and the impact of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

You’ll also find updates on the latest rehab tech, case management developments and legal / HR considerations, as well as profiles of some of our most innovative private providers.

We hope you enjoy this edition and find something useful that can be applied to your own work and inspire you into the New Year.

And don’t forget, if you haven’t already, you can sign up to access exclusive insights and expert opinion from leading neuro-rehab thinkers every day by subscribing to NR Times online for just £2.99 per month or £24.99 for the year. See here for more, we’d love to have you on board.

Wishing you a happy end to the year and a prosperous 2024!

Andrew Mernin, editorial director, NR Times