What’s on in July 2021? Occupational therapy, brain injury and neurorehabilitation events

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What’s on in July 2021? Occupational therapy, brain injury and neurorehabilitation events

You will find all the links to these amazing events at the bottom of the page. 

RCOT conference

For the first time, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists’ (RCOT) main event, its annual conference from 30 June to 1 July, will be online.

Also new for 2021 are the four conference themes, chosen with members:


  • Equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Impact of occupational therapy.
  • New ways of working.
  • Rehabilitation and recovery.


The event’s prestigious plenary panel includes ‘Science of Happiness’ Professor Bruce Hood, Chair of Developmental Psychology in Society at the University of Bristol, and Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the Institute of Health Equity. [1]


Legal outlook

The not-for-profit Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) will be sharing brain injury updates at its virtual 2021 conference this month. [2]

Children’s brain injury charity, The Children’s Trust is the sponsor behind the one-day advanced brain injury event on 1 July, with topics including:


  • The latest traumatic brain injury (TBI) issues.
  • A 30-year major injury case study.
  • Rehabilitation collaboration.
  • Welfare, finance and procedural updates.


Sweet melody

Tune into an introduction to how music-based therapies [3] are supporting speech and language rehabilitation at The Children’s Trust.

The virtual event on July 1 will sound out melodic intonation therapy and the evidence of its use.

Specialist Speech and language therapists will be hosting the free webinar. [4]


Join Us!

At Krysalis, our service is growing, and throughout July, we are accepting applications from across the UK.

If you are an occupational therapist with experience in neurological rehabilitation, including brain injury and other neurological conditions, we would like to hear from you. 

We are seeking OT’s with experience of working with children, adolescents or adults throughout the UK. Experience of working in the community setting and vocational rehabilitation is desirable, although not essential.

We want to help you realise your own potential. #JoinKrysalis



Liberty to learn

A Brain Injury Group gathering aims to increase understanding of the deprivation of liberty law for adults this month.

The webinar on 5 July, presented by Rhys Hadden of Serjeants’ Inn law chambers, will also overview forthcoming changes to the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Along with catastrophic injury and clinical negligence lawyers, the webinar may also be of interest to case managers and therapists supporting personal injury cases. [5]


Research race

The International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) is launching its first-ever global Race for Research this month.

The virtual 5K race for all ages from 10 to 17 July aims to raise funds for research grants and increase participation in research by younger people. [6]

It comes as researchers globally face funding shortfalls since the pandemic triggered a shift in public donating towards covid-linked causes. [7]



   It’s been a tough year for charities which is why we want to raise as much money and awareness as possible for The Children’s Trust.   

Cristiana Ballarini, CSM Bakery


Donut forget!

Ditch the calorie-counting and get ready to chomp your way through the UK’s 30th National Doughnut Week to aid brain injury charity, The Children’s Trust.

Independent bakeries, schools and eateries up and down the country are backing the tasty campaign to raise vital cash for rehabilitation, education and community support for young brain injury survivors.

The event, from 10 – 18 July, was launched in 1992 and, since 2005, has raised over £469,000 through donut sales.

Cristiana Ballarini of sponsors, CSM Bakery Solutions, hopes that as many bakers as possible will throw their hats into the donut donor ring.

“It’s been a tough year for charities which is why we want to […] raise as much money and awareness as possible for The Children’s Trust, and we hope that even more bakers will take part this year,” she said.

Find out more about the week, where to buy doughnuts and how to pledge bakery support here: National Doughnut Week - The Children's Trust.


Eyes on AI

On 13 July, case managers are invited to learn more about how the latest assistive technology interventions are helping brain injury survivors.

In a free webinar, organized by BABICM (the British Association of Brain Injury and Complex Case Management), Mike Thrussell, Director of Access Technology, will share some positive client outcomes in this area of intervention giving advice. [8]


Trick of the tale

‘Tricky’ aspects revealed through case studies will be part of an overview this month of continuing care for children and young persons living with brain injury.

The webinar for lawyers, case managers and therapists, is being run by the Brain Injury Group on 20 July. [9]


Positive push

This month, Australia’s 8th National Brain Injury Conference is, for the first time, offering pre-conference workshops on specialist topics.

Organised by Brain Injury Australia, the workshops will focus on concussions, positive behaviour support after brain injury, and links between domestic and family violence and brain injury.

Global experts will be sharing their knowledge at the event in Sydney from 20 to 22 July. [10]


Tadworth to Tokyo

Join a 25,200-mile virtual ‘dog walk’ to help get mascot Tadworth the hound dog to Tokyo - and raise funds for brain injury charity, The Children’s Trust on route!

The charity’s annual Step Forward challenge is to collectively clock up the miles using ‘virtual legs’ tracked by fitness apps, pedometers or smartwatches over six weeks.

The trust can give examples of virtual legs and will be cheering walkers on virtually along the way.

The minimum sponsorship target is £130, and the event runs from 23 July to 5 September, concurrent with this year’s Olympics and Paralympics. [11]


Gear up for Goodwood

The Children’s Trust Supercar spectacle is back this year at Goodwood Motor Circuit after the pandemic pulled the plug on last year’s show.

Marking its 15th year, the event on July 24 ordinarily raises up to £100,000 for children with brain injury.

And with covid precautions in place, the charity hopes for similar support when the Chichester race circuit opens its gates on July 24.

Visitors can look forward to lots of attractions for all ages, not least the world’s finest supercars and a chance to ride in some of them! [12]


Going global

Professionals in the fields of adult and child brain injury gather from across the globe this month for the 2021 World Congress on Brain Injury.

Improving outcomes and the latest research findings will be among the subjects under the spotlight, alongside keynote speakers including:


  • Dr Brian Edlow of Massachusetts General Hospital, USA, researches brain scanning techniques to improve traumatic brain injury (TBI) outcomes.
  • Dr Geoffrey Manley, Chief of Neurosurgery at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, USA, whose work ‘spans from the laboratory to the bedside’ to improve outcomes of mild to severe brain injuries.
  • Dr Christopher Giza of the Brain Injury Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA, on new approaches to concussion.
  • Professor Skye McDonald from the University of New South Wales, Australia, explores the loss of empathy [13] among survivors of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).
  • Dr Andreas Meyer-Heim of Swiss Children’s Rehab at the University Children’s Hospital in Zurich will be outlining novel technologies being used in sensory-motor rehabilitation for children.
  • Science writer Professor Ian Robertson of Trinity College, Dublin, and the Global Brain Health Institute, on the role of confidence in brain injury recovery.


The 2021 event has been coordinated by the International Brain Injury Association, ABI Ireland, the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society, the North American Brain Injury Society, and PINK Concussions. [14]


RCOT round-up

Here’s what’s on at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) this month to enhance or broaden your occupational therapy skills [15]:

1 July: Using co and mutual regulation as a school approach for wellbeing and behaviour.

1 July: Introduction to sensory processing difficulties.

2 July: Risk Assessment for Occupational Therapists.

2-3 July: Learn Sleep Course in CBTi (cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia).

6 July: Major adaptations - a two-day course for OTs new to this area of work.

7 July: Undertaking remote OT assessments.

7 July: Trauma-informed self-care and resilience for school-based OTs.

7 July: RCOT London Region Roadshow 2020/21 - new conversations about health inequalities.

July 8: LGBTQIA+ Big Conversation.

8-9 July: Balance rehabilitation – for people in the community or hospital settings.

12-13 July: Apraxia - Implementing the Evidence into Practice.

15 July: RCOT specialist section, mental health networking event - Trauma-Informed care.

19 July: Neurological upper limb – assessing posture in neurological cases.

21 July: occupational therapy and rehabilitation across the cancer continuum.

22 July: Expert assessments for Blue Badges.

23 July: Training to help OTs prescribe and issue walking aids.


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