Poster Presentation 

See which abstracts have been selected for poster presentation - the Mac Keith Poster Prize will be awarded to the best poster.


The ASM will be a hybrid conference. 

BACD Members benefit from discounted tickets and should log in to their user account to book at the reduced registration fees.

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Early Bird Registration closes 11.59pm, Sunday 2 June 2024

Venue and Accommodation

The Venue is the Royal Victoria Crown Plaza Hotel Sheffield

Accommodation is available on site - please contact the hotel directly for the best rates and book by telephone 01142526511 or email [email protected]

This year's BACD Annual Conference will take place on 19 June in Sheffield. The theme of the programme is 'Current evidence and management challenges in Cerebral Palsy’. The conference is aimed at all healthcare professionals working with disabled children and young people and their families. 


Paul Polani Lecture 2024: Straight talk - effective intervention for postural issues in cerebral palsy 
Professor Iona Novak, Cerebral Palsy Alliance Chair of Allied Health, The University of Sydney
Palliative care and tricky decisions 
Dr Michelle Hills, Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 

This will be an interactive case based discussion considering palliative care, ethical, and best interest decision making for children with disabilities. The session will help us think about what we feel is best, consider what others may feel is best, and consider what is, and is not, acceptable. 
Patient Perspective Interview 
Eleanor and family
Feeding in Severe Neurodisability, Complex Enteral Nutrition, and Gastrointestinal Dystonia 
Dr Andrew Barclay, Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist, and Michelle Brooks, Clinical Nurse Specialist, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde 

This will be an interactive talk and will discuss feeding in complex neurodisability. It will also Introduce the definition of gastrointestinal dystonia (GID). The current understanding and the multidisciplinary management of GID will be illustrating using interactive clinical scenarios.
Surgery for Spinal Deformity in Cerebral Palsy - an update
Mr Jonathan Lucas, Consultant Spinal Surgeon, Evelina London Children’s Hospital 

A review that will cover the incidence, predisposing factors  for the development of and consequences/progression of spinal deformity in children and young people with cerebral palsy. An over view of the management of spinal deformity both conservative and surgical. The indications for and contra indications for surgical correction, the types of surgery that are undertaken, specifically covering outcomes of surgery including risks of complications of the surgery. Also covered will be the relationships of spinal deformity to morbidity and life span, to hips subluxation/pathology and to pelvic position and how spinal surgery can beneficially influence these aspects in this patient group.
Bone health in children and young people with neurodisability – what can we do about it?  
Dr Paul Arundel, Paediatric Consultant in Metabolic Bone Disease, Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust

The anticipation and identification of skeletal problems, such as bone fragility, in children with neurodisability can be difficult. This talk aims to discuss the problems in this population for which a team specialising in bone disease is consulted. In this talk there will be a discussion of the approaches taken to prevention and to non-surgical management of bone-related problems with opportunity for questions and discussion.

Please note that there may be small changes to the programme between now and the event. These will only be made if unavoidable.

Full Programme ASM2024

Gala Dinner

Join us on the evening of Tuesday 18 June for the Conference Gala Dinner which will also be a celebration of BACD's 20th anniversary. We will also be celebrating the graduation of students from the Sheffield Paediatric Neurodisability Diploma. The Dinner will take place at the venue, the Royal Victoria Crown Plaza Hotel Sheffield.

The dinner will provide an excellent opportunity for catching up with friends and networking with colleagues. The ticket price includes a 3 course sit down dinner and glass of wine, followed by tea/coffee and dancing. 

All delegates are invited to attend the dinner. Those not attending the conference but who would like to come to the dinner, e.g. living locally, are also welcome!

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