Postural Care Conference Press Release

Life-saving techniques for body posture to be highlighted at first UK international postural care conference

Leading experts to stress the vital importance of good postural care for people with disabilities at Bristol-based conference in April

Date: Hilton hotel, Bristol, 23/24 April 2014

conferenceThe UK’s first dedicated international conference on improving postural care is set to take place this April in Bristol.

Two non-profit organisations, Postural Care, and Elijah’s Hope, have teamed up to organise the two-day event, "Elijah's First International Postural Care Conference," attracting some of the world leaders in the field. The conference aims to bring together creative, compassionate people from around the world to share their postural care experiences, challenges and successes. The two organisations want to showcase the success of Postural Care from an international perspective.

While many may think ‘good posture’ is just about standing up straight, it is a vitally important part of patient care. The benefits of careful postural care for people with long-term conditions can be both life-enhancing and can also prevent premature death. As well as raising awareness of the issues faced by children, young people and adults with disability, the event will enable families to meet other families, meet professionals, and hear from speakers who are travelling from all over the world to update attendees on postural care developments.

Sarah Clayton, of Postural Care CIC said, “Within the current financial climate healthcare practitioners and families are working tirelessly to do more with less. Postural Care is a simple, effective and preventative way of enabling people with movement problems to remain healthy.

Health and social care services are facing extreme pressure to provide postural care in a person-centred and effective way - this conference brings together passionate and committed individuals who have extensive knowledge of both the clinical and systemic challenges in order that we continue to work towards the eradication of preventative body shape distortion.

Elijah's Hope CIC, run by Kaddy Thomas, helps families affected by disabilities, and in particular aims to help people with the rare genetic condition, Apert syndrome. Her son Elijah, for whom the non-profit is named, has significant postural difficulties that require expert input.

Kaddy said, "Elijah's muscles cannot support his frame and without input from experts in postural care and special assistive equipment, he would be in a lot of pain, his breathing would be difficult and his internal organs would be damaged. I can’t stress enough how important this conference is to help share knowledge and to bring the professional and family communities from across the globe together."

The conference takes place on the 23rd and 24th April 2015 at the Hilton hotel in Bristol. There are discounted tickets for families and sponsorship is being sought to facilitate this.

Speakers include NHS Consultant in trauma and orthopaedics, Nirmal Tulwa and Dr Pauline Heslop, who led the Confidential Inquiry into the deaths of people with learning disabilities, funded by the Department of Health.

The inquiry recommended that NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups must ensure that they are commissioning sufficient, and sufficiently expert, preventative services for people with learning disabilities regarding their high risk of respiratory illness. This should include expert, proactive postural care support.

Dr Heslop's presentation will look at the links between postural care and later outcomes & why effective postural care from an early age is important.

The conference also includes participatory workshops and is fully accessible.

Editor's Notes:

  1. For interviews with Kaddy Thomas, please email kaddy@elijahs-hope.org or call 0757 7451931
  2. For interviews with Sarah Clayton, please email sarah@posturalcareskills.com or call 07729 552626
  3. Press wanting to attend the event are welcome by prior arrangement. Please get in touch to let us know you'd like to attend.
  4. The event takes place on 23rd & 24th April at the Hilton hotel, Woodlands Lane, Bradley Stoke, Bristol, BS32 4JF, UK
  5. For more information and to download a brochure and agenda, please visit http://www.elijahshopeforapert.org/postural-care-conference/
  6. Postural Care CIC are a world-leading not-for-profit training provider in the use of therapeutic positioning or Postural Care. Since 2004 they have developed and delivered a series of nationally recognised training units for healthcare practitioners, personal assistants and family carers.
  7. Elijah's Hope is a non-profit Community Interest Company founded by Kaddy Thomas, to help families who have physical disabilities in particular the rare condition, Apert syndrome.

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