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‘Activity’ thread

The neurology theme at Congress 2010 will interest those within and outside the area, says Graham Clews

Beyond the specialism


The neurology strand at Congress 2010 seeks to tackle subjects missed by other, more neurology-specific conferences, while at the same time covering the whole spectrum of areas of interest to neurological physios. So says Chris Manning, course director of the foundation degree in long-term conditions at the school of rehabilitation sciences, St George’s University of London, who helped develop this part of the programme.

‘You could say that the sessions at Congress this year will stretch from the architecture of the brain at one end through to general communication skills and interest in the whole person at the other end,’ he says.

These include Dr Charlotte Stagg, postdoctoral research assistant at the Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain at Oxford University, speaking during Congress’s closing session on the basic mechanisms of direct current brain stimulation, and Dr Ruth Parry, senior research fellow at the school of nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy at the University of Nottingham, delivering a lecture called ‘The difference that words make  communication skills for physiotherapy’.

One lively session is likely to be a debate entitled ‘Bobath or Not? Should we follow the Dutch example?’ to be held on the Friday afternoon.

It follows Frontline’s article on Bobath which generated a lot of reaction (6 January 2010), and the decision by Dutch physiotherapists to abandon Bobath in favour of a new evidence-based guideline approach. 

Dr Fiona Jones, senior lecturer in physiotherapy at St George’s University of London, and a speaker from the British Bobath Tutors Association will debate, before speakers are welcomed from the floor.

If there is a thread running through the neurology theme, Chris Manning says, it echoes the CSP’s Move for Health campaign by focusing on activity. Among the sessions looking at movement will be Janice Eng, health research coordinator at the office of the vice president Research International at the University of British Columbia, opening Congress’s neurology theme with a keynote speech on the multi-system benefits of exercise in stroke, and Dr Sheila Lennon, discussing the use of circuit training for people with multiple sclerosis. fl


Congress takes place in Liverpool on 15 to 16 October


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Graham Clews

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5 May 2010

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