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Welcome to our 2018 Conference – Quality Private Physiotherapy: making an impact

We have a very exciting line up of speakers for you at our Physio First 2018 Conference, packed full of clinical applications, the latest research interpreted by expert researchers and clinicians in a wide range of subjects and conditions that we see every day in our clinics.

“Lots of ‘use on Monday’ knowledge”

We are pleased to announce that international speakers Dean Watson, whose specialist areas are cervicogenic headache and migraine; and Michael Shacklock, who will share his years of expertise in neurodynamics will be joining us from Australia. Many of us will have Michael’s best-selling textbook Clinical Neurodynamics on our bookshelf!

Closer to home we look forward to listening to Professor Annina Schmid who researches the pathophysiology and management of entrapment neuropathies; Dr Lorenzo Masci - Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine and lead Sports Physician for London Wasps Rugby will share his expertise on managing difficult tendinopathy. Anju Jaggi, Consultant Physiotherapist specialising in shoulder dysfunction and pain, Dr Ruth Jones on pelvic floor function, Chris Mercer Consultant Physiotherapist and past chair of the MACP on spinal masqueraders and last but definitely not least the University of Brighton update on Data for Impact.

In each of their specialist areas our 2018 speakers are making an impact on physiotherapy research and practice. In the healthcare market place we as Physio First members need effective clinical and business skills to make an impact too with Quality Private Physiotherapy.

Once again we will be offering an extensive trade exhibition where you can meet the exhibitors at our Friday night buffet and take part in the great competitions on offer. We will also be holding our Saturday night buffet event a little differently this year so don’t forget to book your tickets.

Come join us and make an impact at Physio First Conference 2018!

Speaker line-up

LECTURES TAKING PLACE OVER OUR CONFERENCE WEEKEND...

"I think 2016 was the best conference I have EVER been to!"

Our 2018 conference is set to be our biggest and best yet with topics ranging from entrapment neuropathies to pelvic floor pain and sports injuries to shoulder pain. Click the panels below to find out more about our speaker's specialised lectures... 

Founder of the Watson Headache Approach

Dean Watson

Dean Watson’s vision is that a skilled examination of the upper neck is genuinely accepted as a legitimate, routine practice when investigating headache and migraine conditions.

Dean is the Founder of the Watson Headache Approach, which is now recognised internationally for its unparalleled diagnostic accuracy and uncomplicated innovative clinical reasoning.

He has presented and taught internationally since 1995, and because of his unique experience with over 8,000 headache and migraine sufferers, continues to be sought after as Clinical Consultant at the Watson Headache Clinic as well as Educator and Professional Mentor for the Watson Headache Institute. In the little time that is left in a day, you’ll find Dean designing logos and book covers, enjoying a glass of pinot noir whilst preparing the evening meal, or ‘extending’ his cardio vascular system in his daily gym sessions!

Dean is currently finishing his PhD research program at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia, which has, according to some, resulted in the most significant cervical manual therapy headache research in decades. Find out more about Dean and his approach here

Neurodynamic Solutions Director/Instructor

Michael Shacklock

Michael received his graduate qualification at the Auckland School of Physiotherapy, New Zealand, in 1980.  

He worked in public hospitals in the medical, surgical, paediatrics, orthopaedics, geriatrics, intensive care and burns areas around New Zealand before being employed in private practices, treating spinal and sports injuries in Nelson with Michael Monaghan and Auckland with Margaret Franklin.  

iN 1985 he moved to Adelaide, Australia, working at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and private practices around Adelaide.  He completed a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Manipulative Therapy in 1989 and converted this to a Masters degree at the University of South Australia in 1993.  He was awarded a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists for his monograph and international best seller text book, Clinical Neurodynamics, Elsevier, Oxford, 2005.  In addition to his neurodynamics book, he has published two other books, Moving in on Pain (Elsevier) and Biomechanics of the Nervous System: Breig Revisited.  He also authored, co-authored and mentored numerous research studies, editorials, commentaries and clinical papers in international peer reviewed journals articles which have garnered many international awards, including Visiting Professor of the Faculty of Medicine, Barcelo University, Buenos Aires (see academic activities on ResearchGate).  

He is a reviewer for, and is on the International Advisory Board of, Manual Therapy journal, United Kingdom and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, USA.  His special interests are neurodynamics, measurement of mechanical function of the nervous system, pain and musculoskeletal function. 


Michael is an active clinician, has 35 years of experience in treating patients and is recognised as an international leader in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders with a neural aspect.

Consultant Physiotherapist

Anju Jaggi

Anju qualified from the University of East London in 1992 with a honours degree in Physiotherapy.

She started at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore in 1996 and developed an interest & passion for shoulder dysfunction. For the last 15 years she has been working closely with Senior Orthopaedic Consultants specialising in the Shoulder & Elbow. Anju has a particular interest in shoulder instability with published work and is currently leading on a multi-centred randomized placebo controlled trial (Does Surgery have any added value in atraumatic shoulder instability vs physio alone) as well as sitting on the British Shoulder & Elbow Society (BESS) sub-committee looking at National guidelines for management of shoulder instability. She presents both nationally & internationally as well as running her own shoulder courses.

Anju will be presenting a lecture on shoulder instability: interlligent rehabilitation as part of our 2018 conference where delegates will understand the current evidence base for exercise therapy in the shoulder, and the multi-dimensional elements to movement control.

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Annina Schmid

Dr Annina Schmid is a Physiotherapist and a researcher at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at Oxford University in the UK.

She obtained her Physiotherapy undergraduate training in Switzerland in 2001, worked full time as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist for several years and completed a Master of Manipulative Therapy at Curtin University of Technology in Perth in 2005. That is where her interest in pain physiology and entrapment neuropathies sparked.

In 2008, she returned to Australia to focus on research by doing a PhD in Neuroscience at The University of Queensland. Her project entitled "Implications of mild nerve compression beyond the lesion site-Mechanisms and Interventions" consisted of a unique combination of human studies and experiments using an animal model of mild nerve compression.

Since the completion of her PhD in 2011, Dr Schmid is continuing her research into the pathomechanisms of entrapment neuropathies as a postdoctoral fellow with the aim to ultimately improve management of these patients. She has published widely and has won several competitive fellowships including the prestigious Neil Hamilton Fairley Fellowship to pursue her career at Oxford University under the supervision of Dr David Bennett and Prof Irene Tracey.

In addition to her research activity, Dr Schmid maintains a small weekly caseload of patients, teaches postgraduate courses internationally and holds a guest lecturing position with Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland. Further information on Dr Schmid can be found at www.neuro-research.ch.

You can also find out more about Annina here

Consultant Musculoskeletal physiotherapist

Chris Mercer

Having chaired the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy back pain guideline group and was a member of the Whiplash Associated Disorder guideline group, Chris has a number of roles under his belt.

He is also currently a member of the Royal College of Physicians Occupational Health national back pain audit group, the CSP Professional Practice and Service Delivery Committee and the national research funding stream, and the Research for Patient Benefit Programme.

He is an active member of the MACP and was part of the organising committee delivering the IFOMPT confernce in Glasgow in 2016.

Consultant in sports and exercise medicine

Lorenzo Masci

Dr Lorenzo Masci has undertaken extensive and vigorous specialist training. After completing orthopaedic residency in Australia, he completed a four-year full time specialist Sports Medicine training program with the Australasian College of Sports Physicians. He then moved to London in 2007 to work as a consultant in the elite and private setting.


Dr Lorenzo Masci works as a specialist consultant in various elite sporting environments. He is currently the lead Sports Physician for London Wasps Rugby. He was a consultant for Australian Open Tennis Tournament from 2001 to 2007. He was the lead Sports Physician for the Melbourne Storm Rugby League from 2005 to 2007. He was also part of the Sports Physician team at Fulham Football Club from 2008 to 2010. He has also worked in elite Australian football, weightlifting, judo and swimming.
Clinical interests include overuse tendon disease and iliotibial band friction syndrome; hip and groin disease; diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound-guided injections including cortisone, Platelet-rich plasma and hyaluronic acid and non-surgical treatment of osteoarthritis. Dr Lorenzo Masci is actively involved in research in Sports Medicine. He completed Masters in Sports Medicine (Research) at the University of Melbourne on low back pain in young active individuals achieving a high distinction. He is currently involved in Achilles and Patella tendon research and has published scientific papers with Professor Hakan Alfredson, who is an eminent world expert in tendinopathy. He is one of only a handful of doctors to use UTC (Ultrasound Tissue Characterisation) as part of the management of tendon disease and tendinopathy.

Principal Lecturer

George Olivier - University of Brighton

George will be joining us from the University of Brighton to discuss his data research on one of our big five member benefits, our Data for Impact scheme. Data for Impact reports provide feedback on patient outcomes to use to target your CPD training and will ultimately enable our members to reach their Quality Assured Practitioner title. This lecture will be relevant to sole practitioners and those with clinics.

George is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Brighton, lecturing mostly on medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry and has an interest in quality issues surrounding the use of plants when used as medicines. He is a pharmacist by training and, for more than 20 years, has been using electronic methods for learning, teaching and assessment involving the online gathering and interpretation of data. George has worked on the DfI projects and its predecessors since 2005.

Liz Bryant has also been working since 2005 on DfI related projects as a Research Fellow in the Centre for Health Research at the University of Brighton. She is also Research Lead/Senior Research Fellow at Chailey Heritage Clinical Services, part of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.

Shemane Murtagh is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Health Research at the University of Brighton. Following completion of her PhD in 2012, she began working on the DfI project. Shemane brings a wealth of experience working with large datasets and data analysis and has a very active role within the DfI project and the QAP scheme.

Chartered Physiotherapist, clinician and researcher

Dr Ruth Jones

Dr Ruth Jones is a Chartered Physiotherapist, clinician, researcher, lecturer and writer with over 30 years experience. She works clinically and consults to elite sports bodies and athletes including the Football Association and professional teams. Ruth is also a speaker at national and international conferences and workshops related to movement, pelvic floor function and pain.

Along with co-editor Leon Chaitow, Ruth has produced the book Chronic Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction: Practical Physical Medicine, published by Elsevier in 2012.

 

Venue and accommodation

The East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, NG7 2RJ

For the 13th consecutive year, Physio First's annual conference will take place in Nottingham - a central location for all major motorways, train links and the East Midlands Airport/Birmingham International Airport are both within easy reach.


New for 2018

To make your conference booking process even easier, you can now book your accommodation through Physio First! Our unique discounted rates are once again available for all delegates however once they're gone, they're gone! So remember to book soon.

Accommodation costs

Orchard Hotel discounted rates
Standard single occupancy £66 inc VAT
Standard double occupancy £75 inc VAT
Executive single occupancy £86 inc VAT
Executive double occupancy £95 inc VAT

 

The above prices are for bed and breakfast rates only. To speak with the hotel about alternative rates or if you have any requirements for your accommodation, please contact the hotel directly on 0115 876 0900. To find more information about the EMCC, please visit our venue page

 

Ticket prices/discounts

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Member prices

Conference

Members

early bird 1 (until 27 Oct)

Members

early bird 2 (until 05 Jan)

Members

standard (until 30 Mar)

Full conference (Sat and Sun)

£290

£310

£340

Saturday only

£175

£195

£225

Sunday only

£175

£195

£225

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-member prices

Conference

Members

early bird 1 (until 27 Oct)

Members

early bird 2 (until 05 Jan)

Full conference (Sat and Sun)

£375

£395

Saturday only

£260

£280

Sunday only

£260

£280

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book today to receive the best rate on your ticket - prices will increase on Friday 27 October.

Programme

Conference programme

 

Friday 27 April 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                

08:45 – 09:00hrs  Education day registration begins

16:00 – 20:00hrs Conference registration opens                        

16:30 – 20:00hrs Conference and trade exhibition launch begins

Saturday 28 April 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                          

08:00     Registration and trade exhibition – delegates to be seated by 08:40hrs

08:45     Introduction by Education Chair, Amanda Marsh

08:50     Introduction to the PPEF

09:00    The PPEF Lecture

09:50     Lecture

10:40     Refreshment break in the trade exhibition hall

11:10     Lecture 3 Olive Sands Memorial Lecture

11:55     Questions to the panel

12:25     Lunch and trade exhibition

13:00    PPEF AGM (open to all PPEF and Physio First members)

14:00     Lecture 4

14:50    Lecture 5

15:35    Questions to the panel

16:00     Tea & coffee break in the trade exhibition area

16:05     Physio First AGM & Physio First revealed

 

 

Sunday 29 April 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                              

08:00    Registration and trade exhibition – delegates to be seated by 08:50hrs

08:55     Introduction by Education Chair, Amanda Marsh

09:00     Lecture 1                                        

09:50     Lecture 2

10:35     Coffee break and trade exhibition         

11:10     University of Brighton lecture

11:45     Questions to the panel

12:15     Lunch and trade exhibition

13:30     Trade prize announcements

13:45    Lecture

14:35    Lecture

15:25     Questions to the panel

15.55    Coffee break. Conference closes

 

Please note that our programme may be subject to change without prior notice.

All lectures will take place within the main lecture theatre.

 

Event Timetable

28-04-2018
Time Topic
08:00 - 08:40 Registration and exhibition
08:45 - 10:35 Lectures to start in conference theatre
10:35 - 11:15 Refreshments in exhiition hall
11:10 - 11:55 Lectures in conference theatre
11:55 - 12:25 Questions to the Panel
12:25 - 14:00 Lunch in exhibition hall
14:00 - 15:35 Lectures resume in conference theatre
15:35 - 16:00 Questions to the Panel
16:00 - 16:30 Refreshments in exhibition hall
16:05 - 16:30 Physio First AGM
29-04-2018
Time Topic
08:00 - 08:50 Registration and exhibition
08:55 - 10:35 Lectures to start in conference theatre
10:35 - 11:10 Refreshments in exhibition hall
11:10 - 11:40 Lectures resume in conference theatre
11:40 - 12:15 Quetions to the panel
12:15 - 13:30 Lunch in exhibition hall
13:45 - 15:25 Lectures resume in conference theatre
15:25 - 15:55 Questions to the Panel
15:55 - 16:00 Refreshments in exhibition hall

Venue Information

East Midlands Conference Centre

EMCC, University Park, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG7 2RJ