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The 35th Annual Guttmann Conference

Guttmann Conference 2018 with Aspire Law

On the 5th and 6th of July 2018, Aspire Law met with leading spinal injury rehabilitation experts and hundreds of delegates at the annual Guttmann Conference. This event is one of the biggest and most important in the spinal cord injury calendar, bringing together a wealth of professional experience and expertise.

We were absolutely thrilled to be the headline sponsor of the 2018 Guttmann Conference; an opportunity to underline unique service and illustrate our corporate social responsibility. It was also hugely helpful to hear from those in the profession about their ambitions for the future and how Aspire Law might be able to help.

Brian Carlin (CEO of the Aspire Charity) took to the stage to introduce the event - which was full of research, results and hope for the future.

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Expert Talks, Breakthrough Research

Speakers from the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre, the Midlands Centre for Spinal Injuries, Sheffield SCIC, the National Spinal Injury Centre and leading universities all presented their knowledge in the field of spinal injury.

Dr Julian Taylor of Stoke Mandeville Research Centre presented findings on the use of soft robotics in home rehabilitation. The initial findings are positive - meaning that more rehab could soon be carried out at home rather than in a hospital setting.

Senior Physiotherapist at Sheffield SCIC, Sarah Leighton, presented a case study on restoring grasp using the alphabet procedure.

Professor Elizabeth Bradbury of @BradburyLab at King’s College delivered a fascinating keynote talk, suggesting a new workflow for scientists and clinicians: by combining regenerative therapy, rehabilitation and cortical stimulation, specialists can optimise the restoration of upper limb function post cervical SCI.

And there was a much needed conversation around intimacy, sexual health and sexual rehabilitation post spinal cord injury - a topic we covered in detail recently. Mehdi Belbahi of the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre presented an award winning poster, covering emotional closeness and sex after SCI.

But unfortunately, not everything had progressed positively since the previous conference. Now more than ever, health services are facing challenges. Increased demand has been met with cuts to key areas of the NHS. Mental health services are increasingly under pressure, at a time when mental health is at its poorest nationally.

These challenges were raised at the event, to coincide with a major milestone in the history of the NHS.

Celebrating 70 Years of the NHS

A happy coincidence meant that the conference fell on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS - and the love for the service could be felt throughout.

Sir Andrew Cash OBE, Chief Executive of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, took to the stage, delivering a passionate and thought provoking speech looking back over seven decades of the NHS.

There were even special balloons up to mark the occasion, set out on tables during the special gala dinner held to open Guttmann 2018 on July 5th. All in all, it was a fantastic conference, full of hope for the future, amazing insights and brimming with love for the National Health Service on its 70th birthday. Here’s to next year and a bright future for SCI rehabilitation and treatment.

Supporting People Affected by Spinal Cord Injury

Aspire Law are a specialist law firm from the spinal cord injury charity Aspire. We have a specialist team of spinal injury lawyers, who only work for people with spinal cord injuries.

We’re dedicated to supporting those affected by SCI - and to raising awareness of the causes, risks and changes it makes to everyday life.

If you want to talk about the law around SCI and see if you could make a claim, give us a call on 0800 030 20 40.