Book your place now for our Conference 2017!


April 2017 is coming around quickly and soon it'll be time for the annual Physio First conference. Click below to find out more about when your favourite speakers will be talking on their speciality lectures. Please be aware that this may be subject to change without prior notice.

Friday 31 March - Education day


Registration opens


Conference registration opens


Conference and trade exhibition launch

Saturday 01 April


Registration and Trade Exhibition


Introduction by Conference Chair, Amanda Marsh


Introduction to the PPEF

09:00hrs – 09:45hrs

The PPEF Lecture

Low back pain: matching the treatment to the patient by Paul Hodges

09:50hrs – 10:35hrs

'Plymouth Rock landed on us' - a network of private practitioners' experience of Care Pathways by Rich Katz

10:35hrs - 11.15hrs

Tea and coffee break and trade exhibition

11:15hrs – 11:30hrs

Physio First revealed

11:30hrs – 12:15hrs

The Olive Sands Memorial Lecture, Athletic Low Back Pain: key considerations to ensure effective outcomes by Philip Glasgow

12:15hrs – 12:45hrs

Questions to the panel

12:45hrs - 13:00hrs


13:00hrs- 14:00hrs

PPEF AGM (open to all PPEF and Physio First members)

14:00hrs – 14:45hrs

The Kenneth Balfour Memorial Lecture, Unravelling the deep hip muscles: It’s not the size that counts but how you use them by Tania Pizzari

14:50hrs – 15:35hrs

The what and the how. A Mixed Methods Perspective on Pathways and  Knowledge Translation for Modern Physiotherapy by Dr Dylan Morrissey

15:35hrs – 16:00hrs

Questions to the panel


Tea and coffee break and trade exhibition


Physio First AGM

Sunday 02 April

08:00hrs – 08:50hrs

Registration and Trade Exhibition. Delegates to be seated by 08:50hrs


Introduction by Conference Chair, Amanda Marsh

09:00hrs – 09:45hrs

Will biomechanics guide us in the assessment and treatment of groin injury? by Igor Tak 

09:50hrs – 10:35hrs   

To be or not to be? Part of a self-employed private physio co-operative? by Celia Champion

10:35hrs - 11.15hrs

Tea/coffee break and trade exhibition

11:15hrs – 12:00hrs

The PPEF Lecture, Men’s health - a new bastion of physiotherapy by Paul Hodges

12:00hrs – 12:30hrs   

Questions to the panel


Trade prize presentations

14:15hrs – 15:00hrs  

The Kenneth Balfour Memorial Lecture, Principle-based Approach to Managing Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy by Tania Pizzari

15:05hrs – 15:50hrs

Exercise Rehabilitation; from initial injury to sport-specific training. concepts in reloading the injured athlete by Dr Ian Horsley

15:50hrs – 16:15hrs  

Questions to the panel

16:15hrs – 16:45hrs  

Tea and coffee break


Conference closes

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

Painless Practice business surgeries

Don’t miss out on an amazing COMPLIMENTARY conference opportunity! Book your free 30 minute business review now! Limited slots available and exclusive to conference attendees

Physio First and Painless Practice have joined together to provide delegates attending our conference a valuable chance, throughout the weekend, to book a complimentary half hour slot to speak with a Painless Practice business coach about their practice – their challenges, their opportunities, their concerns or frustrations. Book now to get some support from coaches who work with practitioners everyday on the non-clinical side of practices.

The primary aims of these half hour surgeries are to engage with delegates, to assist in evaluating their business and identify the key areas that need to be addressed to be ready for the Physio First’s Quality Assured Practitioner scheme, launching this November 2016.

These half hour surgeries are completely free of charge. As Painless Practice coaches are donating their time, we thought it would be a great gesture of goodwill if you could make a donation of your chosen amount to the Member’s Benevolent Fund. At conference, within your delegate bags you will find a small envelope for your donation. A box will be provided in the atrium to post your generous donation. 

To find out more and reserve your slot, please contact Painless Practice directly: