On 17 January 2024, we excitedly arrived, very early, at the National Space Centre for our first in-person event of the year, our Cerebral Palsy Conference.
This event was the first of our events to feature an exhibition, and we were pleased to welcome France + Associates, who were our headline sponsors, Children’s Complex Care by Voyage Care who sponsored our delegate bags, as well as Ashtons Legal, Bush & Co, Chroma, ILS Case Management, PIC, Premex + and UKExpertMedical to our conference hall as exhibitors. Mention must also be made of Annicare who sponsored our notepads but were sadly unable to join us on the day.
An ‘Out of this World!’ venue
We chose the National Space Centre in Leicester as our conference venue for its central location, and stunning displays, and it didn’t disappoint. Social media from our delegates appeared throughout the day featuring the Thor Able and Blue Streak rockets, under which our refreshments were served, and exhibitors placed.
After registering over 130 people at the venue, Thor Able launched amid smoke, fire and countdown to lift off, announcing the start of our conference!
Thank you to all our Speakers, Chair, Delegates and Exhibitors
With Tim Jones of Enable Law in control as Chair, our first speaker, Professor Alexander Heazell from Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust spoke to delegates about breach of duty and causation during pregnancy and labour. He was followed by Kevin Ives from Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who also spoke about breach of duty and causation, but neonatal.
After our morning break, during which delegates mingled with our exhibitors collecting, among other things, pick-n-mix and plants, we returned to listen to Dr Gayatri Vadlamani from Nuffield Hospital, who spoke about epilepsy in Cerebral Palsy, and Natalie Raven Morris and Lucy Bates from The Feeding Trust who explored feeding difficulties.
Thor Able was caught on many cameras re-launching to announce our afternoon sessions which were delivered by Richard Baker KC from 7BR who provided a comprehensive legal update on Cerebral Palsy cases, Kate Sheehan from The OT Service who along with Jonathan France from France+Associates talked about accommodation and how to make a house a home, Laxmi Patel from Boyes Turner who covered education including EHCPs and finally Carole Chantler from Carole Chantler Ltd who looked at transitioning from child to adult services.
Feedback for the day was positive – with people finding all our speakers knowledgeable, engaging, approachable and friendly and of course, the venue, complete with Buzz Lightyear, was a huge hit!
Thank you to Julie!
Our Cerebral Palsy Conference was the result of 8 months hard work by our training and membership manager, Julie McCarthy, who singlehandedly organised this event, with a little guidance in the background on topics and speaker choices from our Chair, Tim Jones.
Thank you to everyone who attended, what was, an out of this world experience at the National Space Centre.