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Matthew Limb introduces some of the cutting-edge speakers at Congress 2010.

Occupational health consultant and Royal Mail Group chief medical adviser Steve Boorman led the NHS workforce health and well-being review. His final report, published in November 2009, set out recommendations to make the NHS lead by example as an employer in occupational health issues. So, it is particularly relevant that Dr Boorman will be one of a range of experts who will be delivering keynote speeches at this year’s Congress. His presentation on leadership and education will consider lessons from the review, including the need for early intervention strategies and improved staff access to care for common musculoskeletal and mental health concerns.

Innovative interventions

The keynote musculoskeletal lecture will be given by Jeremy Lewis, a consultant physiotherapist at St George’s hospital, London, and research lead for the therapy department at Chelsea and Westminster hospital. His special research interest is rotator cuff tendinopathy and shoulder pain and he is on the data monitoring committee for a UK-wide rotator cuff trial. Dr Lewis will review current literature on the existence of subacromial impingement syndrome.

Neurology keynote speaker Janice Eng is a professor at the department of physical therapy, University of British Columbia, and a scientist at the GF Strong rehab centre in Vancouver, Canada. A physical and occupational therapist by training, she has developed innovative rehabilitation exercise interventions and run randomised controlled trials to demonstrate their effectiveness in improving mobility, fitness, bone health, cognition, upper extremity function and quality of life in people with neurological conditions. She will present on the multi-system benefits of exercise in stroke and translating knowledge and beyond in spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

John Buckley will give the cardiorespiratory keynote lecture, looking at exercise and therapy practitioners working together for the common good of the patient. Dr Buckley is president of the British Association for Cardiac Rehabilitation and his areas of expertise include exercise and cardiovascular disease, and exercise testing and prescription. He is programme leader/senior lecturer and a British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences accredited exercise physiologist at the University of Chester’s centre for exercise and nutrition science.

Mike Farrar was appointed chief executive of NHS North West strategic health authority in May 2006. A former head of primary care at the Department of Health, he was responsible for establishing primary care groups, primary care trusts and personal medical services. Keynote speaker for the health, work and well-being theme, he is also a board member of Sport England. fl

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Matthew Limb

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16 June 2010

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