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PDOC explored in upcoming case management event

BABICM session looks at role of case managers, families, clinicians and Court of Protection in rehabilitation



Supporting rehabilitation in cases of disorders of consciousness will be explored in an upcoming event aimed at case managers. 

The session will explore the early management, ongoing treatment, assessment, rehabilitation and ongoing ethical issues that touch the lives of clients with prolonged disorders of consciousness (PDOC). 

The event – Optimising Outcomes: Managing the Rehabilitation Pathway for Treatment of Disorders of Consciousness – brings together experts from across the field of PDOC. 

Organised by the British Association of Brain Injury and Complex Case Management (BABICM), the day-long event will explore the role of clinicians, families, case managers and the Court of Protection. 

It will be held in London on July 6. 

This event will cover topics including:

  • Early management and SMART assessment
  • Managing a team as a case manager and direction of therapy
  • Management of posture and tone
  • Swallow and nutrition 
  • Ethical issues and consent
  • The role of the family and family support
  • Legal aspects of best interests and Court of Protection
  • When to engage case management

Confirmed speakers are:

  • Dr Stephen Ashford, senior clinical lecturer and consultant physiotherapist
  • Dr Sal Connolly – consultant clinical neuropsychologist
  • Mathieu Culverhouse – partner at Irwin Mitchell
  • Dr Chris Danbury – consultant intensive care physician
  • Dr Karen Elliott – specialist in disorders of consciousness
  • Helen Gill-Thwaite – specialist in disorders of consciousness
  • Dr Andrew Hanrahan – consultant in neuro-rehabilitation
  • Amy Pundole – clinical lead speech and language therapist

The event has been assessed by BABICM to cover competencies one to five – communication, strategy, coordination and management, monitoring and duty of care – and has also identified a number of learning outcomes. 

  • have an understanding of standardised, evidence-based assessment of levels of disorders of consciousness
  • be able to explore the implementation of the Royal College of Physicians’ PDOC guidelines
  • enhance knowledge in respect to monitoring and assessment of emergence
  • be aware of ways to optimise clinical management of the patient in disorder of consciousness
  • be able to undertake goal setting appropriately in the context of facilitating change and risk management
  • develop further understanding of advocacy, including facilitation of implementing legal frameworks around consent, mental capacity and best interests
  • develop further understanding of the theory and practice behind managing physical deterioration to prevent future complications
  • be aware of navigation of key ethical issues
  • deepen knowledge on collaboration with professionals and families caring for the PDOC patient.

The event takes place at Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9SN, from 9am to 4.30pm on July 6. 

Tickets cost £125 for BABICM members or standard tickets are £160. Visit here to book