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Brain Injury Group hosts one-day Cerebral Palsy conference with Baby Lifeline

When: Monday, 6th July 2015
Where: Grange St Paul’s Hotel, London, EC4V 5AJ
Who For:
The conference is aimed at a wide range of professionals including:

  • members of the clinical team looking after pregnant women and their unborn and new born babies
  • health and social care professionals supporting children, young adults and older people with CP and their families
  • therapists, case managers and teachers
  • legal professionals and financial advisers
  • anyone who wants to learn more about CP, including student


Professor James Drife, Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Leeds and President of Baby Lifeline.

Key Note Speakers
Amanda Richardson, Chair of Action Cerebral Palsy which led the 2014 parliamentary inquiry into cerebral palsy
Francesca Martinez – actress, writer, comedian, and Patron of Baby Lifeline. As someone with CP, she takes a refreshingly different view on prejudice and disability.

Other eminent speakers include:

  • Professor James Walker, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust and President of Baby Lifeline Training
  • Denise Chaffer, Director of Safety, Learning & People, NHS Litigation Authority
  • Judith James, Head Teacher, Northern Counties School, Percy Hedley Foundation
  • Dr Vijay Palanivel, Consultant in Paediatric Neurodisability, The Children’s Trust
  • Gerard Martin QC of Exchange Chambers, specialist in brain injury cases


Speakers will cover a broad range of topics, including:

  • reducing the risk of cerebral palsy
  • enabling potential, human factors and working with families
  • MRI imaging in birth injury
  • financial, welfare and legal issues
  • skills and support for adults
  • evidence based interventions


More Information on Cerebral Palsy: a journey for life

The Brian Injury Group, a national network of dedicated brain injury lawyers and specialist services for people affected by brain injury, is hosting a one-day conference – Cerebral Palsy: a journey for life – on Monday July 6, 2015 at Grange St Paul’s Hotel, London, EC4V 5AJ. The conference is being delivered with Baby Lifeline, and aims to support a safe and healthy start to life for all babies to reduce the risk of cerebral palsy (CP) and help people affected by CP to achieve their full potential.

A neurological disorder affecting around 30,000 children in the UK, CP is caused by a non-progressive brain injury which affects body movement, muscle control, coordination and tone, reflex, posture and balance. It can impact fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning, intellectual, vision and hearing impairments are also common. The scale of impairment is vast, due to the type of injury and the timing of the injury to the developing brain: some people live with paralysis requiring full time care while others require little assistance.

The Cerebral Palsy: a journey for life conference will cover a wide variety of topics delivered by a highly respected panel of speakers. A range of plenary sessions will start and end the day and delegates will elect to follow one of two streams of break-out presentations during the day: Birth & babies or Children & adults.
A Word from The Brain Injury Group & Baby Lifeline

“From our work with a range of legal, healthcare and welfare experts to compensate and support individuals and families affected by CP we are aware of the wealth of knowledge and expertise in this complex field,” says Sally Dunscombe, director of the Brain Injury Group. “Our aim with this conference is to bring together a broad range of experts to help accelerate progress in the prevention and management of cerebral palsy. We also hope to raise funds to support Baby Lifeline’s ongoing training programme.”

“The Brain Injury Group has always supported Baby Lifeline and we’re delighted to be joining forces and bringing together an esteemed panel of maternity, other healthcare and cerebral palsy experts to share their knowledge and best practice,” says Judy Ledger, Founder of Baby Lifeline. “We hope the conference will encourage a greater understanding of the condition and further the excellent work already being done to help prevent CP. We also hope to raise awareness of the reality of living with CP and help those affected to lead fulfilled lives and achieve their potential.”



See the programme and booking form here.

To register for the conference: visit or call 0800 612 9660.

The standard cost is £250 + VAT with a reduced rate of £95 + VAT for public sector workers, health and social care professionals and charities.

Early bird discounts also apply for places booked before 8 May 2015.

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