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  • Friday 6 September 2019
  • The Royal Society of Medicine, London
  • Early bird tickets available until 14 April 2019 at £175
  • £199 thereafter

Building the Future of Childhood Brain Injury conference

06 September 2019
  • We are pleased to announce our national paediatric brain injury conference for 2019, Building the future of childhood brain injury: where do we go from here?. Delivered in partnership with Irwin Mitchell, this year’s conference takes a visionary look at paediatric acquired brain injury and explore what the future may hold. Bringing together the industry’s leading clinical professionals, delegates can listen to and network with experts including consultants, doctors, surgeons, nurses, and therapists, alongside case managers and medico legal individuals. Utilising and reporting on the latest evidence-based research, the conference is a must for healthcare and associated professionals working in this field. Speakers include Professor Vicki Anderson, Clinical Sciences Research, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Australia; Dr Stacy Suskauer, Research Scientist and Co-director of the Center for Brain Injury Recovery, Kennedy Krieger Institute, USA; and Dr Suzanna Watson, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Lead for Paediatric Neuropsychology Services, Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. Additional exciting speakers to be announced shortly. Programme and speakers subject to change

    Special offer – use promo code 'SPRING' and save 20% on your 2019 conference ticket

    Book your 2019 conference ticket using the special code 'SPRING' and enjoy a 20% saving. Offer valid for a limited time only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Tickets - £199 standard rate.
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  • We are pleased to be joined at this year's event by some of the industry's leading experts in childhood brain injury and are excited to share our programme with you.
    08:45 – 09:30 Registration and networking
    09:30 – 09:35 Sponsor’s welcome, Sarah Griggs, Partner, Irwin Mitchell
    09:35 – 09:45 Welcome and introductions   
    09:45 – 09:50   Conference chair and host, Charlie Fairhurst, Consultant Paediatric Neurodisability and Head of Children's Neurosciences, Evelina London Children’s Hospital
    09:50 – 10:20 Time for Change, a report on Acquired Brain Injury and Neurorehabilitation, Chris Byrant MP, Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group for Acquired Brain Injury
    10:20 – 10:50 #Anythingispossible – life after brain injury, Charlie Fogarty
    10:50 – 11:20    Comfort break, networking, and exhibition stands
    11:20 – 12:00 Dr Suzanna Watson, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Lead for Paediatric Neuropsychology Services, Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust 
    12:00 – 12:40 SMART Developments (Sensory Modality Assessment and Rehabilitation Technique), Helen Gill – Thwaites MBE, Specialist in Neurodisability, The Royal Hospital for Neurodisability, and Dr Karen Elliott, SMART Master
    12:40 – 12:45 Chair round up
    12:45 – 13:35 Comfort break, networking, and exhibition stands
    13:35  Chair welcome back
    13:35 – 14:35 Social outcomes in children following acquired brain injury, Professor Vicki Anderson, Clinical Sciences Research, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Australia
    14:35 – 15:10 Speaker to be announced
    15:10 – 15:40 Comfort break, networking, exhibition stands and posters
    15:40 – 16:25 Paediatric Disorders of Consciousness – a path forward, Dr Stacy Suskauer, Research Scientist and Co-director of the Center for Brain Injury Recovery, Kennedy Krieger Institute, USA
    16:30  Close, Dalton Leong, Chief Executive, The Children’s Trust
    16:30 – 18:00  Post conference drinks reception
    This programme is subject to change.

    Special offer – use promo code 'SPRING' and save 20% on your 2019 conference ticket

    Book your 2019 conference ticket using the special code 'SPRING' and enjoy a 20% saving. Offer valid for a limited time only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Tickets - £199 standard rate.
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  • Professor Vicki Anderson

    BA (Hons), MA (Clin Neuropsych), PhD, FAPS, FASSA, FAAHMS, FASSBI
    Professor Vicki Anderson
    Dr Anderson is Director, Clinical Sciences Research, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute; Head, Psychology, The RCH; Professorial Fellow, Paediatrics & Psychology, UoM; and a NHMRC Senior Practitioner Fellow. Dr Anderson has 450+ peer reviewed publications and $35M in competitive grant funding. She is an Associate Editor for Neuropsychology (APA) and the J Neuropsychology (BPS, UK). She has been a member of the NIH Common Data Elements Working groups for concussion and child TBI, the NIH National Children’s Study, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and the International Consensus on Concussion in Sports. Her research and clinical interests are in disorders of childhood that impact on the brain, including both developmental and acquired disorders. Her recent work has focused on translating her early career findings into clinical practice to optimize child outcomes from brain injury. She is an author of the Test of Everyday Attention for Children and is currently working on low burden, e-health approaches to parent-focused psychosocial treatments as a means of maximizing child outcomes and improving family function.

    Dr Stacy J. Suskauer

    Dr Stacy Suskauer
    Dr. Suskauer earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from Duke University. She completed a combined residency in Pediatrics and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati.  Dr. Suskauer then completed a Pediatric Rehabilitation Brain Injury Research fellowship at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  She subsequently joined the faculty of those institutions and is currently an Associate Professor in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pediatrics.  As Co-Director of the Center for Brain Injury Recovery at Kennedy Krieger, Dr. Suskauer oversees clinical services and provides direct care to children with acquired brain injury of all severities. Under her leadership, the Institute’s Rehabilitation Continuum of Care has expanded to include thriving programs for children with concussions and those with disorders of consciousness.  As Director of the Brain Injury Clinical Research Center at Kennedy Krieger, Dr. Suskauer is the principal investigator on a number of studies.  Her research focus is to better understand and improve outcomes after childhood brain injury. She is currently working towards identifying neuroimaging and behavioral biomarkers to assess and understand recovery and long-term outcome.  This work will set the stage for trialing interventions to improve outcome after pediatric brain injury. 

    Chris Bryant MP

    Chris Bryant MP
    Chris is a British Labour Party Politician who has been Member of Parliament for the Rhondda since 2001. He was Minister for Europe in the last Labour Government and has served in the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. He is currently Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Spain, Russia, and Acquired Brain Injury, and Chair of the Finance Committee in the Commons. Before entering parliament Chris was a priest in the Church of England. He has written a number of books including biographies of Sir Stafford Cripps and Glenda Jackson as well as, most recently, his two-volume Parliament: a Biography.  His latest book Entitled explores the extraordinary social and political dominance enjoyed by the British aristocracy over the centuries and seeks to explain how a tiny number of noble families rose to such a position in the first place and the often nefarious means they have employed to stay there. Chris has been part of a number of political victories in Parliament and most recently guided his Private Members Bill in law. The new law creates for the first time a crime of assaulting an emergency worker, and introduces tougher sentences for those who assault, sexually assault or otherwise abuse doctors, nurses, firefighters, police and others. He is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Acquired Brain Injury whose most recent report ‘Time to Change’ has recently received a formal response from the government and is prompting a range of changes to policy and practice to ensure people with brain injuries get the support and treatment they need.

    Charlie Fogarty MBE

    Charlie Fogarty
    Charlie Fogarty suffered a severe brain injury after being hit by an overtaking car whilst crossing the road. Following the accident, Charlie was rushed to Birmingham Children’s hospital, placed in an induced coma and spent 11 uncertain days in intensive care, before being transferred on to a neuro-ward where he spent the next four months in the early stages of recovery. Charlie completed a six-month rehabilitation programme here at The Children’s Trust where he learned to eat, walk and talk again before finally returning home in early 2013.  Shortly before the accident Charlie had finished a four-year contract at Birmingham City FC’s Academy and was trialling for Milton Keynes Dons. Previously a bright boy at school, tests taken after the accident showed that Charlie’s educational memory in Maths and English were between level one and two. Charlie returned to his previous school in Solihull with one-to-one support and has now completed a degree in Sports Science. Charlie started playing football for the West Midlands Centre of Excellence Cerebral Palsy team in July 2013 and was selected for the Northern Ireland CP team in January 2015. Charlie has since travelled to Denmark to play in the Intercontinental CP Championships, has played in the CP European Championships in Holland and has also played in two CP World Cups, in England and Argentina. Charlie’s determination in his battle back to fitness and to inspire others earned him an MBE in the recent Honours List (New Years Honours 2018).

    Dr Suzanna Watson

    Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Lead for Paediatric Neuropsychology Services, Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust 

    Helen Gill - Thwaite

    Specialist in Neurodisability, Royal Hospital for Neurodisability

    Dr Karen Elliott

    SMART Master, Institute of Neuropalliative Rehabilitation

    Dr Charlie Fairhurst, Conference Chair

    Consultant Paediatric Neurodisability and Head of Children's Neurosciences, Evelina London Children’s Hospital


    Special offer – use promo code 'SPRING' and save 20% on your 2019 conference ticket

    Book your 2019 conference ticket using the special code 'SPRING' and enjoy a 20% saving. Offer valid for a limited time only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Tickets - £199 standard rate.
    Book now
  • With over 250 industry professionals expected to join us for this year’s conference, we are pleased to once again be partnering with Irwin Mitchell as our headline conference sponsor. Exhibitor opportunities The 2019 conference is set to lead the way in paediatric conferencing in the complex field of childhood brain injury, providing the perfect platform for promoting your organisation. We are pleased to offer a limited number of exhibitor packages for organisations working in a related field.
    • Networking stand located in the prime networking area for refreshments, lunch and break-outs at the event
    • Two delegate passes to the conference (alongside the opportunity to purchase additional delegate tickets at a discounted rate of £120 pp, usually £199)
    • Refreshments throughout the day including lunch for the representative/s manning your stand
    • Opportunity for representative/s to attend the post-conference drinks reception
    • Quarter page advert in the conference programme, printed in full colour and distributed to all conference delegates
    • Inclusion in exhibitors’ directory within the conference programme
    • Insertion of a piece of literature and/or merchandise item into the delegate information packs (maximum literature size is A4 single sheet, merchandise insertion subject to availability)
    • Logo and link from conference webpage, hosted at, alongside short description (maximum 200 words)
    • Promotion via The Children’s Trust social media channels (Twitter and LinkedIn) to over 115,000 followers

    Interested in exhibiting? For further information, please email the conference team - or call 01737 365 000

  • The Royal Society of Medicine, London

    The Royal Society of Medicine is one of the country's major providers of postgraduate medical education. Independent and apolitical, the Society promotes an exchange of information and ideas on the science, practice and organisation of medicine 1 Wimpole Street, home of The RSM since 1912, is one of London’s premier conference and event venues. A landmark Edwardian building, located in the heart of London’s medical district, 1 Wimpole Street has evolved with the changing times without compromising its unique character.  With excellent transport links, located just five minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus and Bond Street underground stations, 1 Wimpole Street is easily reached and convenient for delegates whether travelling from inside London or further afield. Hotels For delegates wishing to stay locally, a special rate has been secured for bookings at The Royal Society of Medicine's sister hotel, Chandos House. To make a reservation, please contact @telephone (020 7290 3820) or visit

    Early bird tickets – available until Monday 15 April 2019

    Book your 2019 conference ticket before Monday 15 April 2019 and enjoy our early bird ticket offer. Early bird tickets are available at £175, £199 thereafter.
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  • Join us for what’s set to be the highlight of paediatric acquired brain injury conferencing in 2019.

    Ticket prices

    Standard rate: £199 - use code 'SPRING' to secure a 20% discount, offer valid for a limited time only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Pending RCPCH and APIL accreditation.

    How to book

    Book online

    The quickest and easiest way to book your 2019 conference tickets is online. Book your tickets now. Bookings can be made online for individual delegates or groups of up to 10 and payment can be made by credit/debit card. Confirmation of your booking will follow alongside a receipt.

    Invoice me

    If you’d prefer to receive an invoice for your ticket/s, please complete a booking form available by emailing Organisations will be invoiced upon receipt of this booking form and full payment will be required five working days in advance of the conference.

    Payment enclosed

    If you’d prefer to send us a cheque, please complete a booking form available by emailing and return with payment for your delegate/s to: The Children’s Trust, FAO: Business Development Team, Tadworth Court, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 5RU. Confirmation of your booking will follow alongside a receipt.

    Terms and conditions

    The Children’s Trust reserves the right to alter the conference programme at any time without prior notice. By completing a booking online, returning a booking form or requesting an invoice, you agree to book a space/spaces and accept these terms and conditions. Cancellations can be sent in writing to be received no later than four weeks prior to the conference. A refund will be offered, minus an administration charge of £25 inc VAT per delegate. Cancellations will not be accepted within four weeks of the conference, including those booked within the four weeks leading into the conference. Delegates can be substituted at any time without any additional costs. All changes must be informed to the conference organiser in writing within five days of the event. In the unfortunate event that the conference is cancelled, a full refund will be issued, however delegates will be responsible for any costs they may incur for travel, accommodation, any other related goods or service or other compensation. Monies raised from this event will go towards its delivery, including fees related to venue hire, food and beverages, marketing and speaker expenses. Any profit will go towards supporting children and young people with brain injury.

    Special offer – use promo code 'SPRING' and save 20% on your 2019 conference ticket

    Book your 2019 conference ticket using the special code 'SPRING' and enjoy a 20% saving. Offer valid for a limited time only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Tickets - £199 standard rate.
    Book now
  • For further information on this year’s conference, please contact The Children’s Trust on 01737 365 890 or email Alternatively, please complete an enquiry form below and we will get back to you. We promise to always store your personal data securely. We’ll use it to provide the information you have requested and communicate with you in the way(s) that you have agreed to and only for a specific purpose. Your data may be used for internal analysis purposes to help us understand more about our supporters. We will only allow your information to be processed by suppliers working on our behalf. And we’ll only share your information if required to do so by law. You can change your mind at any time by contacting our conference team at or telephone us on 01737 365 890
  • Headline Sponsor:
    Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

    Irwin Mitchell Solicitors When it comes to a serious personal injury, every moment of a child’s recovery is important. Widely regarded as the number one personal injury law firm*, we help get the best financial settlement, medical care and rehabilitation so families can focus on what really matters to them and their child. (*Sources: The Legal 500 2015, Chambers and Partners 2016. Irwin Mitchell LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.)


    CCMS logo CCMS promotes rehabilitation and independence for those with catastrophic injuries or life-long disabilities, across the UK and internationally. Our professional Case Managers choose to work with CCMS because of the experience and expertise within our independent company. We work closely with the therapists and care teams to ensure our clients achieve measurable outcomes. These therapeutic activities help to enhance the quality of life for our clients in the home and the wider community. We go above and beyond to provide our clients with the opportunities to take part in the holidays and retreats to help them live life to the full. Recolo logo Our purpose is to provide expert, high quality and effective community neuropsychological rehabilitation to children, young people and their families. Through our evidenced-based practice, we aim to produce the best possible outcome for the child or young person with a brain injury and/or neurological disability, by working thoughtfully and creatively within their home, school, family and friendship group. As qualified clinical psychologists and educational psychologists working in paediatric neuropsychology we understand how a child’s brain works, how a brain injury impacts on them and influences behaviour, and how to make a positive difference to their everyday lives. SNAP Childcare logo Snap Care has offered a bespoke specialist recruitment service sourcing high calibre professionals to support children, young people and adults with additional needs or disabilities, since 2001. Started by Andrew Knight, father to Camilla who has cerebral palsy, and partner Sally Britton, Snap’s goal was to recruit candidates who provided than just the basic care needs, to maximise each child or client’s opportunity. We work with families with children of all ages (0 to adult), across the UK and Internationally. We have built not only a large database of candidates all wishing to work in this area, but have become known as the specialist care and healthcare agency. The dedicated candidates we recruit all specifically want to work in this area and have a range of experience and skills including: Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Behaviour Management, Makaton, Sign Language, PECs, AAC, rehabilitation and complex medical skills including tube-feeding, suctioning and oxygen administration. In addition to our fully-inclusive recruitment service, we also promote SEN vacancies to a targeted audience through our Job Advert and Shortlist options. So whether you want a little help sourcing candidates or for Snap to carry out the full recruitment, the choice is yours! Summit Medical and Scientific Summit Medical and Scientific are a UK supplier of innovative rehabilitation systems. Representing market leaders such as Hocoma and Motek, we supply the total solution for rehabilitation. We are pleased to offer a number of paediatric devices for functional movement therapy, including: the C-Mill virtual reality instrumented treadmill (with optional body weight support); the Lokomat robotic gait trainer; and the ArmeoSpring upper limb rehabilitation device. Our devices are suitable for patients undergoing treatment for brain injury, neurological conditions, spinal injury, cerebral palsy, orthopaedic disorders, amputees, movement disorders and more. We've worked with the Portland Hospital for Women and Children, the Brain and Spinal Injury Centre (BASIC), the Morrello Clinic, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, and Ascot Rehab, to name a few. Speak to us in the exhibition area to discuss how we can support you and your patients, and visit our website to find out more. Chiltern Music Chiltern Music Therapy is a dynamic and creative organisation impassioned to ensure that our award-winning, evidence-based Neuro and Medical Music Therapy service is accessible to all. Our therapists are highly qualified and adaptable in their approach to music therapy, where each client’s assessment and treatment programme is tailored to their individual needs and outcome goals. Our specialist Brain Injury and Neuro-disability service is offered to children and adults across the UK. We see clients at home and within the community as well as in-patient and rehabilitation settings. In addition to our assessments we also offer ongoing treatment and rehabilitation sessions for groups and individuals, as well as family sessions, for patients who have suffered a brain injury or been diagnosed with a neuro-disability. Our focused neurological work sees us work with a variety of clients including those who have an acquired, hypoxic or traumatic brain injury, are diagnosed with a neuro-disability, have cerebral palsy, have suffered injuries at birth or have life-limiting conditions. Neurologic Music Therapy can help support with speech and communication, motor skills, cognition and emotional health wellbeing.
Building the future of childhood brain injury: where do we go from here?
Pending RCPCH and APIL accreditation
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