Monday 14 October 2019 to Friday 31 January 2020

What is it?

Post Registration Training Course in Neuro-Developmental Treatment of Cerebral Palsy and Allied Neurological Conditions.

Who is it for?

The Basic Bobath Foundation Course is available to doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists or speech and language therapists who are  involved in the treatment of children with cerebral palsy and have at least two years full-time/ equivalent postgraduate experience in the treatment of children with cerebral palsy.

To maintain high standards of training it is essential for therapists to be working with children before and immediately after the course. The Bobath Centre reserves the right to postpone the offer of a place on the course if the therapist has ceased work with children or does not intend to work with them immediately following the completion of the course.


The course is designed to:

  • Give an overview of the current theoretical background to the Bobath approach to the treatment of the child with cerebral palsy, through the study of neurosciences, syndrome classification, principles of assessment and treatment.
  • Provide initial practical and clinical experience in the handling, assessment and management of children with cerebral palsy.
  • Develop awareness of factors involved in problem solving and communication in all aspects of the treatment context, including the child, the parents, the therapists, the health and education teams.


To enable therapists to:

  • Discuss current knowledge of neuro-anatomy, neurophysiology and neuropathology and relate this to children with cerebral palsy (CP).
  • Apply the principles of normal and abnormal development to the management of children with CP.
  • Apply an understanding of sensori-motor development and normal movement to the treatment of children with CP.
  • Identify features of different types of CP and classify children with CP.
  • Develop skills in assessment and analysis of problems of children with CP.
  • Develop skills in effective application of handling techniques.
  • Plan rational and integrated programmes of management and develop skills of analytical clinical decision making.
  • Design home programmes, educate and instruct carers.

Lectures and demonstrations of treatment are all given by members of the Centre’s professional staff and the opportunity given to treat patients under supervision.

Course Hours and Attendance

THIS IS A SPLIT COURSE, RUNNING IN TWO BLOCKS - WEEKS 1-5 FROM 14.10.19 TO 15.11.19 AND WEEKS 6-8 FROM 13.01.19 TO 31.01.20.

The two months of lectures and demonstrations take place from Monday to Friday each week between the hours of 09.00/09.30am to 5.00pm each day. During the course participants will be assessed on their written work, practical work and verbal presentations. There will be occasions when home study is required over evenings and weekends. Full-time attendance is required to attain the standard.

Participants from Overseas

It is essential to have a thorough knowledge of English language, especially the technical terms appropriate to the subject. The Bobath Centre reserve the right to refuse certification where it is felt that the participant has failed to reach the required standard. No allowances can be made for poor knowledge of English.
Further information relating to English language proficiency


£3995 from April 2019


The courses are not residential and participants attending from outside London must make their own arrangements with regard to living accommodation. A list of local addresses where other therapists have stayed will be supplied when places are confirmed.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund or transfer will be made if written notice is received at least 12 weeks prior to the start of a course. If less than 12 weeks written notice is received, a 50% refund will be given and a full refund or transfer will be considered at the discretion of the Centre if the place can be filled. If less than 8 weeks written notice is received prior to the start of a course, refunds or transfers will not be issued. Refunds and transfers incur a £60 administrative fee. We are unable to offer refunds or transfers on cancellations arising from events beyond our control, this includes participant illness, or inability to attend at short notice, adverse weather conditions, transport difficulties or terrorist alert. 

The Bobath Centre reserves the right to cancel the course if there are insufficient enrolments and in this circumstance, will refund fees in full.  We therefore advise that travel and accommodation are not booked until this course is fully confirmed (minimum 6 weeks prior to the start date).  The Bobath Centre will not reimburse expenses for participants' travel or accommodation should the course be cancelled.

Professional Liability Cover

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are insured to treat and handle children whilst on the course. The Bobath course is a practical course with hands on participation with patients and the Bobath Centre is not responsible for any claims of negligence or malpractice which may arise as a result of treatment/handling that you may give during the course. Your application will not be considered unless you enclose with it a copy of your certificate of qualification, and a copy of the policy document provided by your professional organisation or employers, showing that you are insured to treat/handle children in the United Kingdom. Please note, your insurance cover is not a copy of your state registration. It is usually a membership card from the CSP or BAOT or a letter from your national organisation or place of work. Please include a photocopy of your cover/membership card with your registration form.

Professional Liability Cover for Overseas Students

This can be arranged by the Centre and costs £135 for the duration of the course, the cover is available for therapists or doctors. If would like to arrange cover through the Centre, please indicate this on your application.

Moving and Handling Statement

It is essential to have an awareness of the current safety issues relating to ‘moving and handling’, and where possible a working knowledge of the current legislation. This course includes treatment and practical handling sessions in which you are expected to participate. If you have a medical condition which will affect your ability to ‘move & handle’ children and adults (practical sessions), it is your responsibility to assess the risk and inform the tutor/course leader accordingly.

Suitable for: 
Occupational therapists
Speech and language therapists

The Bobath Centre - Watford

The Bobath Centre
Regal Way
WD24 4YE

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