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06 Dec




National Conference Centre
Coventry Rd,
B92 0EJ

BABICM Members



Standard Rate

Early bird by 5.10.23



Standard Rate

Timings (Final timings tbc)






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This conference will explore best practices for facilitating clients’ employability and return to work following severe injury, with the intention of promoting the knowledge of case managers and other professionals about vocational rehabilitation.

The speakers will cover topics that provide information on how to assist clients in practice, who to commission to plan and support an effective and realistic return to work, and how to help clients build skills and confidence for getting and keeping a fulfilling work role. It is well documented that COVID-19 has had a significant effect on working practices for the whole population and this will be explored in relation to how some of the changes may have expanded opportunities for those with complex needs and also the impact it has had on inclusivity. Balancing work with the requirement to attend health appointments and manage fatigue (cognitive, physical, and psychological) will also be considered. The solicitors giving presentations will provide information and guidance on relevant legal frameworks in place to protect clients from discrimination when in work, for example reasonable adjustments, terms and conditions, benefits, performance reviews, handling absences, and training and development.

The conference aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the various aspects to consider when assisting someone with a health condition into work, and it promises to raise questions or issues, introduce new ideas, and be a thought-provoking event…………..we look forward to seeing you there!

Programme Timings (Please note these are approximate and may change)

08:00 – 9:15 Registration, Refreshments & Networking

09:15 – 9:30 Welcome & Introductions by the Chair – Mark Duffell – Head of Partnerships, Marketing and Communications at CFG Law

09:30 – 10:15 Helen Valls-Russell, OT & VR Specialist at Ergocom Vocational Rehabilitation Services

10:20 – 11:05 Dr David Lee, Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist – Clinical Director at Sleep Unlimited

11:05 – 11:35 Refreshment Break, Exhibition & Networking (30 mins)

11:35 – 11:40 Reconvening Remarks by the Chair (5 mins)

11:40 – 12:25 Tim Gofton, Senior Associate in Employment & HR team & Adrian Henderson, Associate at RWK Goodman

12:30 – 13:15 Suzanne Dottin-Payne, (Parent) with Jaden Payne (Son) supported by Catherine Watkins, Case Manager at AKA Case Management

13:15 – 14:15 Lunch Break Exhibition & Networking (1hr)

14:20 – 15:05 Dr Paula Holland Senior Lecturer at University of Lancaster

15:10 – 15:55 Cathy Leech, Litigation Solicitor & Sarah Khatoon, Deputy at JMW Solicitors

15:55 – 16:10 End of Day Closing Remarks by the Chair

Lunch is provided

Event Chair

Mark Duffell – Head of Partnerships, Marketing and Communications at CFG Law


Dr Paula Holland, Senior Lecturer at University of Lancaster

  • Research on remote and hybrid working for disabled people

Tim Gofton, Senior Associate in Employment & HR team & Adrian Henderson, Associate both at RWK Goodman

  • Disability discrimination


Dr David Lee – Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist – Clinical Director at Sleep Unlimited


Helen Valls-Russell,  OT & VR Specialist at Ergocom Vocational Rehabilitation Services 

Process (assessment and treatment) of Occupational Therapy & Vocational Rehabilitation in helping clients with a health condition recover their work ability and prepare to get back to work and remain in work.

  • Benefits that flow from clients being involved in work and a work community
  • Impact of COVID-19 and work opportunities for clients

Cathy Leech, (Litigation Solictor)Partner & Sarah Khatoon, (Deputy) Senior Associate at JMW Solicitors 

Considering costs for facilitating and supporting those in work following an injury with:

  • Managing their earnings
  • Reviewing contracts
  • Access to work
  • Private funding for insurance, equipment etc.



Jaden Payne, Brain Injury Survivor with Suzanne Dottin-Payne, Parent. Supported by Catherine Watkins, Case Manager at AKA Case Management.

In this talk, you will hear from Jaden a University student who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2017, supported by his parent Suzanne and Case Manager Catherine to explore:

  • Challenges of University life.
  • What the Uni has done to accommodate Jaden’s needs and support provided..
  • Work placements and how this opened up conversations about what is realistic.
  • The next steps thinking about further study/GAP year/work

Confirmed Exhibitors

  • CFG Law
  • Calvert Reconnections
  • Maia Rehabiliation
  • Irwin Mitchell
  • Superior Healthcare
  • RWK Goodman
  • Next Steps Physiotherapy
  • Sherwood Therapy Services
  • Prestige Nursing & Care
  • Innova Care Concepts
  • Think Therapy 1st
  • Harmony Health Care
  • Lewis Reed (WAV)
  • Cavalry Healthcare

Marketing Opportunities

We are proud of the continued success and added value offered to sponsors and exhibitors of our training and events programme. For this event, we are offering:

(All prices quoted are plus VAT)

Headline Sponsor SOLD

The package includes:

  • Opportunity to Chair the event
  • Exhibition Stand with 2 delegates
  • Programme Advert in delegate pack, Full Colour ½ page
  • Opportunity to provide personalised pads, pens and folders with your name on
  • Company logo as sponsors on all advertising material and link to your website on digital marketing.

Exhibition Stands – Sold

Programme Advert

Programme Advert in delegate pack, Full Colour A4 page £100 SOLD OUT

Programme Advert in delegate pack, Full Colour ½ page £75 SOLD OUT



The National Conference Centre is centrally situated at J6 on the M42 with excellent transport links to Birmingham International Airport and train station which is just a 5 minute drive away. Central Birmingham is 25 minutes drive, and we are equally accessible for the North and South with both Manchester and London a 2 hour drive.

By Car : The NCC is on J6 of the M42, follow signs to The National Motorcycle Museum from all approach roads.
Postcode B92 0EJ

By Train :  The closest train station is Birmingham International which is just a 5 minute taxi drive

Other stations:

Birmingham New Street – 25 minutes drive
Birmingham Snow Hill – 20 minutes drive
Solihull – 10 minutes drive


The NCC has over 1000 FREE parking spaces on site. Charge points for electric vehicles and disabled parking is also available.

There are no height restrictions entering or leaving the site.


There is plenty of accommodation in the vicinity.  Details can be found by clicking here.

Please note attendees are responsible for booking their own accommodation.

Contact Us

For further information on this event, please contact the BABICM office.


In the event of any changes to government guidance or local measures which prevent events taking place at the time, all delegates will be entitled to a full refund as per our usual terms and conditions.

For events that need to reschedule, all tickets will be automatically transferred to the new date; with refunds available for any delegates who cannot make the rescheduled date.


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