This meeting is targeted towards Consultants, Associate specialists, and trainees with special interest in Community Paediatrics or Paediatric Neurodisability, Children’s Community Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Paediatric Dieticians, Speech and Language Therapists and Specialist Health visitors.

This is a regional study day but open to any professionals elsewhere who may wish to attend. It is a free study day but you must register in advance. Parking is available on site at a charge. 

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Introduction, Housekeeping and Welcome 

Dr Madhuri Dasarathi, BACD Northern Regional Representative


Outcomes of therapy for children with dysarthria and cerebral palsy: more than a change in intelligibilityDr Lindsay Pennington (Reader in communication disorders, Newcastle University) and Karen Docherty (Specialist SALT, Sunderland)
9.45Developmental language disorders – an overview, clinical implications, service provision in Sunderland Julie Bell, Children’s SALT, Sunderland
10.45Continued care funding and PHBs, Parent experience Dr Helen Leonard, Consultant Paediatrician, GNCH, ‘NHSE Strategic Coproduction Group’

Upper limb management in cerebral palsy (UL surgical pathway, UL MDT clinic at GNCH, UK upper limb rehab network and recent developments, possibly CPIP aspects)

24hr postural management, OT input in seating, communication, pain and feeding

Dr Yasmin de Alwis, Consultant Paediatrician Neurodisability

Debra Gardiner, OT, GNCH

12.30Awareness on rare diseasesGarry Walker, Disease awareness specialist, North, Kyowa Kirin Int PLC
13.45What looks like CP and isn’t! Dr Anne Kelly, Consultant Paediatric, CDDFT
14.30Assessment and management of Non Cleft Velopharyngeal insufficiencyCaroline Williams, Specialist SALT, The Regional Cleft Lip and Palate Service
15.00Case histories with Mitochondrial disorders particularly with regards to prognosis and parental counsellingDr Albert Lim and Prof Robert Mcfarland, Mitochondrial Service Centre for Life

Learning Objectives: This is an educational meeting for Health professionals with an interest in Paediatric Neurodisability in the Northeast region which will be used for the following:

  1. To share good practice and disseminate information in the domain of Paediatric Neurodisability via talks by Regional and external speakers
  2. For Regional updates on Pathways for complex Neurodisability conditions and availability of services
  3. To plan future similar meetings

Venue: Education Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead Course

Categories: BACD Events
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