The PMG2024 conference programme has been finalised, with the following confirmed:

Functional neurological disorder (FND) Dr Elizabeth Mallam, Consultant Neurologist, North Bristol NHS Trust

FND is a feminist issue Dr Caoimhe McLoughlin, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh   

Assessment and management of childhood dystonias  Dr Jean-Pierre Lin, Evelina London Children’s Hospital

Assistive  technologies, including splinting, for the management of contractures in Stroke patients - results of a systematic review  Rasheed Meeran, Head of Complex Home Care, CHD Living, and Venu Durairaj, Director, Beacon Neuro Physio

The use of eye gaze devices for driving  Jacob Eltherington, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Steering-by-Leaning: towards delightful, intuitive and more efficient movement in manual wheelchairsReto Togni, Reto Togni Design Portfolio

 Artificial intelligence (AI) and Assistive Robotics Praminda Caleb-Solly, Professor of Embodied Intelligence, University of Nottingham

Creation of Best Practice Guideline for Stability Testing  


Monday 15 July


TOPICS and facilitators

  • Bariatrics - how big a problem is it?  Peter Lane 
  • Technical innovation including AI and robotics Tim Adlam
  • Navigating NHS management systems  
  • Bring any problem ......  


Tuesday 16 July



Innovation processes for patient benefit - Laura Brown, West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre & Abigail Needham, Devices for Dignity


Igniting the Conversation Regarding Indoor Walking as a Determining Factor in Eligibility Criteria for NHS Wheelchair Provision - Michaela White, AJM Healthcare  


Creation of Best Practice Guideline for Stability Testing 



Quality in Design Development at WestMARC - Sara White, WestMarc


Bridging the Gap: From Standards to Reality in Headrest-Backrest Design - William Dauncey, PDR Design, Cardiff Met and Ben Aveyard, Swansea Bay UHB


Exhibition viewing



Are We Satisfied With Current Seating Technology Outcomes Or Should We Strive To Achieve More? - Bart Van Der Heyden & Filipe Correia, BES Healthcare



The Ethics of Getting Out of Bed - Jennifer Stanek, AJM Healthcare


The importance of giving it a go - Sabrina Robinson and Bicky Ho, Oxford University Hospitals



Go Kids Go will run their popular wheelchair skills sessions in the exhibition hall, and, following the success of the wheelchair tennis in 2023, we're hoping for a wheelchair sports activity again for 2024.  Watch this space!