Join #dancersmatter to provide dance specific healthcare

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As of early June, the NHS dance injury clinic at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH), is no longer available to dancers. We need you, the dancers that rely on this service to add your voices to our #dancersmatter campaign by signing this petition and sharing on social media to highlight the importance of dance specialist healthcare and the lifeline this provides for professional and non-professional dancers.

The clinic at the RNOH has provided specialist healthcare for over 1300 professional and pre-professional dancers since 2012 and has ensured that dancers can access healthcare without cost and return to training and performing in a timely fashion. 

The RNOH chose to close the Sports and Exercise Medicine and clinic, and therein the dance specialist service without consultation with the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science or patients. The sudden closure of this clinic has displaced and delayed dancers already using, and intending to seek support for injuries. Many of these dancers rely on the NHS and have no other access to healthcare services. They will face time out of work and training and psychological distress as a result of the removal of this service.

As a matter of urgency, we have worked quickly to secure alternative dance specialist clinical services in London at Mile End Hospital (more information about accessing this service can be found here). However, this clinic will have to cope with a backlog of dancers in London who have been delayed by the RNOH clinic closure.

We invite anyone concerned to show their support for the work of NIDMS in campaigning for the provision of dance specific injury clinics and wider healthcare services.