Conference 2018 will see BAPO return to the Lancashire County Cricket Club for next years’ national clinical Conference.

Friday’s new generic and technical programme will see the introduction of a new format with seminars and practical workshops running concurrently throughout the day.

As part of a national campaign to raise awareness in spotting the signs of Sepsis, we will hear from Find Your Feet founder Corinne Hutton,  a Sepsis survivor and quad amputee. This session will teach us how to spot the signs of symptoms of Sepsis and Post Sepsis survival and what this means for the individual.

Ian Talbot will present along-side Vicky Balch to discuss life post amputation following the Alton Towers Smiler Ride accident. This will be followed by Howard Woolley presenting on the effects of social media, positive and negative, following a traumatic event such as Vicky’s.

Friday Evening will see the return of the Open Forum, your chance to raise questions directly with the Executive Committee. This will be followed by the AGM and the opening of the Exhibition.

Saturday Prosthetic Programme

The Prosthetic programme will hear from Sebastian Amsuss on advanced prosthetic control and pattern recognition, closely followed by Melissa Jacobs an upper limb OT to discuss rehab for the upper limb amputee. Dr Fiona Davie-Smith will then join us to discuss vascular patients and challenges faced during treatment.

Malte Bellmann will discuss MPK joints and the evidence which helps us understand the difference in function and performance.

The Ossur Keynote to be announced in the coming weeks.

Saturday Orthotic Programme

The Saturday Orthotic Programme will hear from the team who have developed the new Spinal Trauma Guidelines on behalf of BAPO. Simon Dickinson and the MSK team will provide us with an update to the popular MSK short course. Diana Currie will provide us with an insight to challenging hernia prescriptions and problem solving tips.

The OETT keynote speaker Dr David Armstrong will be joining us via Live Webinar from Los Angles to discuss diabetic foot assessment, including emerging technologies, diagnosis – including pre-ulcerative treatment diagnostic techniques, and treatment – from conservative methods to the most invasive surgical reconstructions.

Saturday will be brought to a close by our invited guest Alex Brooker, the presenter and journalist best known for his appearances on Channel 4’s The Last Leg and coverage of the Paralympics. Alex will be talking about his experiences growing up with prosthetic limbs and congenital limb loss and his emerging celebrity status and how this has helped to diversify disability in the media.

Sunday Workshop will be announced over the coming weeks.

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