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A Rehabilitiation Roadmap

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We’re delighted to invite you to our upcoming conference.

On Thursday 16 March Switalskis group we will be welcoming guests and colleagues to our very first A Rehabilitation Roadmap conference  – a day that we think you will find interesting, insightful and enjoyable.

The conference is aimed at those who work with or help patients who have suffered serious and life changing injuries. It will also be a great opportunity to take a day out of your busy schedule to learn from the very best minds in the sector and of course, network with your peers.

Tickets are £50 per person, however we are offering a reduced rate for NHS employees and Local Authorities, and charity employees are able to attend free of charge.

To book your place, please email RehabConference@switalskis.com to receive the relevant discount code, then click the button below to make your booking.

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Conference Agenda

08:30 – 09:30
Registration & Refreshments

Morning:

09:30 – 09:45
John McQuater, Partner and Head of Litigation, Atherton Godfrey
Welcome address by Compère

09:45 – 10:35
Cathy Johnson, Expert Witness and Brain Injury Consultant, Rehab without Walls
Cross over between NHS/statutory and private services, and how to maximise and mix both

10:35 – 11:25
Vicki Gilman, Managing Director, Social Return Case Management Ltd
Painting the Picture with Light, Shade and Depth: Gathering and presenting meaningful evidence across the MDT

11:25 – 11:40
Comfort break

11:40 – 12:30
Dr Ruth Kent, Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Neurological Rehabilitation at Mid Yorks NHS trust and University of Leeds & Joseph O’Brien, Head of Court of Protection, St John’s Buildings Barristers’ Chambers
Understanding the lives of patients in a minimally conscious state and considering a return to a home setting

12:30 – 13:00
Nigel Limb
Blind Bloke Racer

13:00 – 14:00
Lunch

Afternoon:

14:00 – 14:30
Will Waldron QC, Exchange Chambers
The role of interim payments during rehabilitation and how evidence from case managers and therapists can help 

14:30 – 15:10
Dr David Todd, Registered Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist, Reconnect Psychology
Supporting the family and vicarious trauma in family members, carers and other professionals

15:10 – 15:35
Closing address

15:35 - 16:00
Networking

Speakers Biographies

John McQuater

John McQuater, Partner and Head of Litigation, Atherton Godfrey

John is a highly regarded solicitor specialising in clinical negligence, fatalities, and brain injury cases, and is accredited by APIL in each of the fields. He is one of only 11 practitioners to hold accredited status with APIL as Senior Fellow and serves as APIL President.  John is an accomplished author and provides extensive training for personal injury lawyers in all UK jurisdictions.

His caseload consists of substantial multi-track cases, with all the complexities these involve, and which require the application of his extensive knowledge of procedure and the law and his skills as a solicitor-advocate. John is well known for his willingness to take on the more challenging cases, often where causation or liability is in issue and works tirelessly to secure the client the best possible outcome.

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Cathy Johnson, Expert Witness and Brain Injury Consultant, Rehab without Walls

Cathy qualified in social work in 1975 and worked with people with mental health problems and learning disabilities. From 1984 she ran the Social Work Department  in the Institute of Neurological Sciences in Glasgow, became Secretary of Headway (West of Scotland), and elected to the National Management Committee. Cathy helped found HITS ( Head Injuries Trust for Scotland), and managed social workers in the Scottish Epilepsy Association and the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.

In 1990 Cathy developed the ScotCare Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit in Lanarkshire. She became Unit Director of the Kemsley Unit at St Andrews Hospital, Northampton in 1992.

In November 1995, Cathy set up Rehab Without Walls. She is a founder member, fellow and former chair of the British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (2007 – 2010).

Vicki Gilman

Vicki Gilman, Managing Director, Social Return Case Management Ltd

BABICM Advanced Case Manager
MSc in Neurorehabilitation
BABICM Chair

Vicki qualified in 1988 as a physiotherapist. Her early career was shaped by working in a military hospital, which sparked a long-term interest in brain injury and clinical complexity, effective team working and creative approaches to rehabilitation. She set up 3 community rehabilitation teams in the NHS and independent sector and was an expert witness in catastrophic injury cases for over 20 years.

Vicki now leads Social Return Case Management where she seeks to recruit and develop outstanding people to build a collaborative team where 2-way knowledge sharing is firmly embedded with effective and meaningful services, a well-developed attention to detail and sustainability of outcomes for clients.

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Joseph O’Brien, Head of Court of Protection, St John’s Buildings Barristers’ Chambers

For many years Joseph has been recognised as a leader in the field of adult social care and Court of Protection proceedings. He is regularly instructed by local authorities, hospitals, CCGs and other health care providers. Joseph is also instructed by the Official Solicitor and family members.

Since the onset of the argument about what is ‘deprivation of liberty’, Joseph has been at the cutting edge of this jurisprudence. He has appeared in a number of the leading cases and lead in the Supreme Court in the case of P v Cheshire West and Chester Council [2014] UKSC 19.

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Nigel Limb

57 year old Nigel suffered a major brain injury seven years ago, following a motorbike accident. After waking from a coma, Nigel was diagnosed with Bilateral Purtscher's Retinopathy, as well as other lasting symptoms caused by his brain injuries. Despite his disabilities, Nigel undertakes various 2 and 4 wheel motor racing challenges.

In 2021, riding his Triumph Bonneville, he set the UK speed record for ‘Unassisted Partially Blind Rider’, from a standing start over a 1/8 th mile dragstrip. In 2022, he set another record for ‘Unassisted Partially Blind Rider’, from a standing start over a 1/8 the mile, this time on an electric bike.

Will Waldron

Will Waldron QC, Exchange Chambers

Will handles catastrophic injury claims of complexity. He has particular expertise in brain, spine and amputee cases. With a comprehensive mastery of his practice areas, Will is calm and measured and considered extremely “client friendly”.

A nationally recognised speaker on all aspects of catastrophic injury claims and a regular contributor to legal journals, he is a Recorder of the Crown and County Courts and, until 2021, a Judge of the Mental Health Tribunal Restricted Panel.

Recent cases have involved recovery of the equivalent of £7.1 million (brain injury with severe physical disability) and £14 million (tetraplegia and brain injury).’

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Dr David Todd, Registered Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist, Reconnect Psychology

Dr David Todd is a Clinical Neuropsychologist working with people after acquired brain injury, supporting rehabilitation in post-acute, community and residential settings. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Lancaster University in 2008, and has worked within the NHS and third sectors, before joining Reconnect Psychology in 2012.

He has received a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology from Glasgow University. Dave contributed a chapter on ‘Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) after Brain Injury’ (2020) and edited ‘Narrative approaches to brain injury’ published by Karnac Books in 2014. He teaches on the Doctorate programme in Clinical Psychology at Leeds University.

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The venue

The Principal York is situated just steps away from the train station. There is also onsite parking available, at a charge.

For more information, please go to visit the Principal York website.