The sun was out and carousel spinning along Brighton's waterfront on the 6th September, when over 150 delegates along with staff and two trustees, descended upon The Jury's Inn Hotel for the biennial congress of the European Bobath Tutors Association (EBTA).
Inbetween the lively meet and greets, stories were swiftly being shared from the last congress in Porto 2016, and even some were able to reminisce 20 years previous from the last UK appearance in Cambridge 1996.
Professionals from over 20 countries were present this year, from as far afield as New Zealand and Brazil, which definitely added an international flair to the much enjoyed Ceilidh dancing as the event finale.
The congress was enthusiastically opened by EBTA Vice President, Christine Barber (Director of The Bobath Centre), who addressed clinical reasoning through Ages & Stages, dovetailed by Dr Charlie Fairhurst's keynote speech on how the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines will support provision of care for people with cerebral palsy across the ages.
Friday evening witnessed many a worthy award at the entertaining Gala Dinner. Helen Foale, Bobath Physiotherapist won a prize from the Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology Journal/Mac Keith Press for 'Best Poster' on outcome measures in Early Intervention. Helen was presented with a certificate by Professor Giovanni Cioni of Child Neurology and Psychiatry, University of Pisa and Scientific Director IRCCS Fondazione Stella Maris.
Professor Giovanni Cioni was soon back in the hot spot to collect a lovely wall plaque and pen, when he was awarded the well-deserved Karel and Berta Bobath Award for his outstanding lifetime contribution to improving the lives of children who have cerebral palsy.
Congratulations and thanks were addressed to teachers of the Early Intervention courses, Dr Betty Hutchon and Gillian Kennedy, and also Dr Sally Jary who was involved in the Early Intervention programme at the Bobath Children's Therapy Centre in Wales.
A few days prior to congress, 27 tutors from 12 countries were already immersing themselves with 2 days of pre-congress workshops at The Bobath Centre. Christine Barber, Josse de Cat and Sabine Van Daele put together a full programme of facilitation in practice and treated 9 children in lively and fun family sessions.
Special thanks to the EBTA Committee and all those in helping to make this engaging event happen. See you all in 2020!