Seminar Theatre 1

Wednesday 7th June

Thursday 8th June

11.00 - 11.30

Dr Tacson Fernandez

Spinal cord stimulation in complex pain patient groups

the talk explores evolution and management of chronic pain in select complex patient groups who gained significant benefit following implantation of spinal cord stimulators at our Neuromodulation centre. It provides insight into the complexity of these patients, the mechanisms of chronic pain and role of neuromodulation (spinal cord simulators). It also explores the role of evidence based medicine in these patients and its impact on treatment modalities in the future.

11.45 - 12.15

Tamsin Reed

Maximising outcomes using advanced technology in Neurological Rehabilitation.

This presentation will look at the existing evidence on the use of Technology in Neurological Rehabilitation and how this can be integrated into practice to maximise intensity and recovery outcomes. It will also use clinical examples and experience to illustrate how these devices can be integrated into the Rehabilitation Pathway. Examples will include various devices such as the Erigo, Lokomat, Armeo, Indego Exoskeleton and various upper and lower limb FES devices.


12.30 - 13.00

Priya Rogers

Brainbook: Neurosurgery for all

Welcome to Brainbook: the innovative global neurosurgical platform. We are amidst the recently dubbed ‘4th industrial revolution’ as healthcare and medical education accelerates through a rapid metamorphosis in light of technological advances. Brainbook has taken its place in this era as an innovative educational resource, using social media to demystify neurosurgery and to educate the public, junior doctors, allied healthcare professionals and medical students globally, by discussing real cases at the Royal London Hospital, Bart’s NHS Health Trust. Cases are brought to life using GoPro cameras to film procedures from the operating theatre, allowing Brainbook followers to see intricate anatomy of the brain and the delicate nature of brain surgery. This unique seminar gives insight into the use of social media and new technology to aid neurosurgical education, and to engage members of the public in this previously inaccessible specialty.


13.15 - 13.45

Dr Barend ter Haar

A Portable, Powered, Instrumented Exoskeleton for Hand Assessment and Therapy

Of the variety of clinical examinations and assessment procedures employed in current practice, evaluation of the range of motion (ROM) is considered the most informative and useful. Active ROM (AROM) and passive ROM (PROM) measurements are typically taken by therapists using goniometers. It is generally understood that improvements in these ranges are indicative of general and functional recoveries of the hand. A device (the ExoFlex) has been created with assessment features designed to map ROM in each joint of an affected hand. This automated measurement system creates trend data that can be further analysed over weeks and months and is complimentary to currently used physiological and functional assessment methods employed by therapists. Exoflex has been shown to record quantitatively the trajectory of health of a patient''s hand during the course of recovery. This technology has created new opportunities for a more standardised measurement of hand conditions to improve hand therapy.

14.00 - 14.30

David Macdonald

3 simple steps to ultimate financial freedom

International Speaker, leading financial planner David will show you how to achieve ultimate financial security steadily building wealth by harnessing your income and diverting some of it into tax-efficient savings structures. Taking 20 years of financial experience; David has simplified the financial planning process into 3 simple stages which he will share with you. This session is packed with useful information and practical takeaways that can be applied at any stage of your life’s journey


14.45 - 15.15

Franck Assaban

Virtual Reality in Rehabilitation

Virtual Reality offers amazing new possibilities in various therapeutic fields, especially neurological. This presentation will demonstrate how this new technology can help patients and therapists working in the fields of vestibular and balance rehabilitation, hemiplegia (mirror therapy), Pain management (Phantom limb, algodystrophy) and functional rehabilitation.

15.30 - 16.00

Gillian Bell

Creating appropriate environments to enable people with complex needs & behaviours to access treatment & healthcare.

Providing an appropriate and safe environment to provide treatment for someone with complex needs, brain injury, movement disorders or challenging behaviours, can be problematic. Gillian will talk about how to create customised, soft, safe, adaptable care environments, with particular reference to high sided beds and safe rooms. These spaces can be adapted to meet a range of needs, to provide a low or high stimulation environment for treatment, rehabilitation or therapeutic work. Gillian can explain how a soft space can be used for sensory integration work. The CIPOLD Report (2013) highlights the need to identify people with learning disabilities in healthcare settings, and to implement the provision of “reasonable adjustments so a person can effectively access delivery of care” to reduce health inequalities. Gillian will talk about how people with challenging behaviour, sensory processing difficulties, or lack of awareness of risk can be have their needs addressed by appropriate equipment.


16.15 - 16.45

Dr Derek Jones

Embodied Cognition – A role in rehabilitation

We have long recognised that the mind and body are linked and that one influences the other. However, we used to think that the mind - body link was a top down one. We now see that things are rather different. It is as if the mind acts as a “User interface” rather than an Operating System. The operating traffic goes two ways - from body to mind just as much as mind to body. Embodied cognition is a field of study, seen by some as a ‘silent revolution’ that explores the link between body and mind and this presentation reviews the relevance of this to rehabilitation.