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University of Salford Conference on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Thursday 12th December 2019
University of Salford MediaCityUK campus
Conference Programme

The UK has one of the highest estimated rates of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in the world, but these conditions are commonly misunderstood, under-recognised and under-diagnosed.  

This one-day conference at the University of Salford’s Media City campus will provide delegates with an introduction and understanding of the issues and complexities in the topic of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). This will be beneficial to a range of academics and practitioners, especially those involved in health, social work and education. It will also be useful for families affected by FASD.

Delegates will hear from internationally renowned speakers on the history of FASD, diagnosis, issues around drinking in pregnancy, the presentation of FASD, the life experience of FASD or caring for a young person with FASD, prevalence, comorbidity with trauma or attachment issues, comorbidity with other disorders, issues around social care, national healthcare guidelines, and behaviour management of children with FASD.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has approved this activity for Continuing Professional Development in accordance with the current RCPCH CPD Guidelines.

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Limited Places

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Learning Outcomes

Following the conference, delegates will be able to:

  • Modify their practice to better accommodate the specific needs of people with FASD
  • Understand the needs and experiences of people with FASD and their families
  • Be able to access further information relevant to their practice
  • Inform colleagues of the likelihood of their service users having FASD and how to accommodate them
  • Correctly advise pregnant women and their families about alcohol use in pregnancy

The Venue

The conference will be held in the state of the art MediaCityUK Campus. The University of Salford at MediaCityUK is right at the heart of the UK’s media and digital industries.

  • Getting to MCUK
  • MCUK Campus

Getting to MediaCityUK

The MediaCityUK Campus is at the heart of six global BBC departments and a mass of independent creative, digital and media organisations. It is a short walk to the Lowry theatre and gallery, Imperial War Museum North and the Manchester United football ground. There are many shops, bars, and restaurants nearby.

By Metrolink tram

Metrolink trams are a quick and easy way to reach MediaCityUK and The Quays. The area is served by the dedicated MediaCityUK stop and Harbour City, Broadway and other stops on the Eccles line. You can connect from other Metrolink lines at Cornbrook.

Trams run every 12 minutes between Cornbrook and MediaCityUK stops from 7.15am to 8pm, Monday to Fridays, and 9.30am to 6pm on Saturdays. The Eccles line service also stops at Broadway and Harbour City during these times. Outside these times, the Eccles line trams call at the MediaCityUK stop, during normal tram operating times. When the shuttle is running, this means that there is a 6 minute service between Cornbrook and Harbour City.

By Bus

Bus services provide links to The Quays, either running near The Quays itself or Trafford Park, within easy reach via the new MediaCityUK footbridge across the Manchester Ship Canal. Switching between buses and Metrolink trams is easy in Manchester city centre at Piccadilly Gardens and Shudehill transport interchanges.

It’s easy to connect with buses to The Quays at Salford Shopping Centre and there are other convenient bus and tram interchanges at Bury, Altrincham and Eccles.

By train

If you travel to Manchester city centre by train it’s easy to connect with Metrolink trams at either Piccadilly or Victoria train stations. Both stations have Metrolink stops, so you won’t have to go outdoors when you make the connection.

Many trains also call at Salford Crescent station and it’s easy to connect to The Quays by bus from there.

Find out more about our MediaCityUK location by using our interactive campus map or downloading the University of Salford MediaCityUk Campus Map and Guide.

Overnight Accommodation

Conference delegates can book overnight accommodation at the Holiday Inn MediaCityUK (2 min walk from University of Salford MediaCityUK campus) at the negotiated rate of £99 bed and breakfast. 

This accommodation can be booked by e-mail ;or by telephoning Hannah on 0161 813 1046, please quote code SUG to obtain the special negotiated rate.