Can I bring my own food and drink to conference?

Tea, coffee, break-time refreshments and a hot lunch will be served at the venue during conference and is included in the price of your booking. You will find your Friday meal ticket in the pouch of your name badge that you receive upon registering.

Please give these to the catering staff when collecting your meals. Food will be served in the main exhibition area and the atrium/main concourse. If you have made a special request regarding food/dietary requirements this will have been passed to the venue and you should inform the catering staff of this when collecting your meal. Alternatively, our Physio First team will be on hand to assist with any queries. If you have a special requirement and have not yet informed our team, please call 01604 684 968 to make the appropriate arrangements.

Seating will be available in the main exhibition area, however additional seating areas will be provided in the conference suites just outside of the hall.

Please note that the venue does not permit delegates to bring their own refreshments onsite.

For more information about our conference, please go to Annual conference

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Can students attend conference?

Yes! If you are a student or graduate, our full conference is priced at £179. You can also attend conference for either the Saturday or Sunday at a cost of £95.

If you would like more information or to book your place, please call our conference team on 01604 684 968. Please note that you will be requested to provide information about your undergraduate degree at the time of booking.

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How can I find out more about the 2019 conference programme?

Our conference programme is now confirmed and is available online. While we aim to keep our conference programme consistent for our members, this is subject to change.

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How do I book on to Physio First's conference if I am a member?

Choose login from the blue top navigation bar. Add your membership number and password, next navigate to events.

  1. Find our conference listed on 'Events' within 'Education Courses' or select 'Book your place' within 'Annual conference'
  2. Select 'book your place', or if you are logged out, 'log in to book'
  3. You will need to tick the ‘Online Course Fee’ box, then click ‘Book Event’
  4. The next page will detail our cancellation policy –tick to confirm you have read and understood the Cancellation and Refund policy
  5. Once ticked, select ‘Confirm Event Booking’
  6. Next you will be required to answer a few simple questions relation to how you heard about our event and dietary requirements also
  7. You will then need to click ‘Continue to Payments Screen.’
  8. You will be required to pay for the event you have chosen to attend using WorldPay to process your payment – select ‘Event payment using WorldPay

Please be aware that you will need to have your payment details to hand to prevent the webpage from timing out during this process. If an error appears stating that you have been provisionally booked on to our event, you will be required to contact our education team in order to make payment.

Once you have entered your payment details, you should expect to receive confirmation of your booking via email, with your sales receipt also. Please contact our Physio First Office if you do not receive these within 1 day of booking.

If you experience any problems in booking your place online, please call our education team on 01604 684965.

Payment details are not saved on our system.

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How do I book on to Physio First's conference if I am not a member?

In order to log in to our Physio First website as a non-member, you will be required to register as a ‘CSP visitor’, join here. Being a CSP visitor is a way for our non-members to gain limited access to our full education course list, articles and other important information.

By logging in as a CSP visitor, you will receive your own Physio First membership number and password which will allow you to log in to our website as a non-member.

To register as a CSP Visitor:

  • You will need to complete an application form (see here) for your details to be recorded on our database so we can record your booking
  • You will be required to enter your full contact details, HCPC and CSP number
    Please note that if you have not entered your HCPC or CSP numbers your application will be declined
  • Once you have submitted your application to be a CSP visitor, our Office team will review the details within your application and will process this ensuring that you will receive your CSP visitor log in number and password in due course

 

To book a Physio First course as a CSP visitor:

  1. You will need to go to our Physio First home page (http://www.physiofirst.org.uk/)
  2. Click ‘Log in’ located top right hand corner with your CSP visitor details 
  3. Log in using your Physio First membership number and password which has been emailed to you
  4. Hover over 'Events' in the toolbar
  5. Select the location you wish to go
  6. Search for the course of your choice – all events are in date order
  7. Click on the course title – the event details page will load
  8. Select 'Book your place'
  9. Then click 'Continue'
  10. The next page will detail our cancellation policy –tick to confirm you have read and understood the Cancellation and Refund policy
  11. Once ticked, select ‘Confirm Event Booking’
  12. Next you will be required to answer a few simple questions relating to how you heard about our event and dietary requirements also. 
  13. You will then need to click ‘Continue to Payments Screen.’
  14. You will be required to pay for the event you have chosen to attend using WorldPay to process your payment – select ‘Event payment using WorldPay’.
  15. Once you have entered your payment details, you should expect to receive confirmation of your booking via email, with your sales receipt also. Please contact our Physio First Office if you do not receive these within 1 day of booking

If you experience any problems in booking your place online, please call our Physio First Education Team on 01604 684965.

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How do I find out about the Private Physiotherapy Educational Foundation (PPEF)

Visit their website for information of the Foundation and the grants available.

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How do I get to the EMCC?

It takes approximately 15 minutes, depending on traffic conditions at the time of travel to get from Nottingham City Centre to The EMCC/Orchard Hotel as this is located just outside of the city.

Alternatively there are regular train services from Nottingham Train Station to London Kings Cross and Edinburgh.

Domestic and international flights can be taken from nearby airports, East Midlands Airport (approximately 30 minutes away by car) and Birmingham International Airport (approximately 60 minutes away by car).

If travelling to East Midlands Airport from the EMCC, The Skylink Express buses connect this station with the airport every 30 minutes, seven days a week with a journey time of around 30 minutes, stopping right outside the station.  Alternatively the Nottingham Skylink operates up to every 20 minutes, seven days a week, with a journey time of around 55 minutes departing from Broadmarsh Bus Station, just 5 minutes walk from Nottingham Train Station.

If travelling to Birmingham Airport from the EMCC, Nottingham Train Station offers routes to Birmingham New Street, where you would need to change and pick up the train to the Birmingham Airport Train Station, approximately 15 minutes from the City Centre. Alternatively the airport is within easy reach via taxi for approximately £30.

If travelling by car, the best route for the EMCC is via junction 25 of the M1 if travelling from the south. Continue along the A52 in a easterly direction until you see signs for the University of Nottingham. Take the A6464 and turn left at the first roundabout.

Please note we no longer run the mini bus service to Nottingham City Centre. If you need transport to and from the EMCC to the city centre (approx. £10 per journey) there are a number of taxi companies you can contact:

Trent Cars Ltd: 0115 950 5050

Central Cars: 011 9762222

Cabline Taxis: 0115 9225226

For more information about our how to reach the venue, please visit our venue page.

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Does the EMCC have disabled access?

There are automatic doors into the EMCC and a ramp into the onsite Orchard Hotel which has a number of adapted rooms with walk-in showers on the ground floor.

The lecture theatre itself has tiered seating however the front row will be reserved for those unable to access the steps, of which there is ample seating above.

Our team will be on hand to assist with any queries on the day, however if you are attending conference and have any requirements our team should know about in advance, please contact 01604 684 965 so that the appropriate arrangements can be made to assist you.

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Can I attend select lectures?

There will be five lectures taking place throughout both Friday and Saturday - your conference ticket will give you entry to all lectures and you can attend all lectures (as they do not cross over) or alternatively, just the ones you are most interested in.

If you choose not to attend a lecture, you can use this time to visit the large exhibition onsite, grab a coffee or discuss any queries with our team in the atrium who will be on hand throughout the weekend should you need anything.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer a reduced conference ticket for an individual lecture, however one day tickets are available for either Friday or Saturday with prices starting from only £165. Click here for more information on our programme or tickets.

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How do I receive the 10% discount?

Physio First will be introducing a multiple person discount to both members and non-members for booking full conference (Friday and Saturday).

In order to receive this discount you will need to call 01604 684 965 or alternatively complete an online form and send this to education@physiofirst.org.uk.

What if there is more than three of us?

The discount is applicable to three people booking together only. The three people within the discount do not need to be colleagues of the same practice.


I am a member and want to book three associates who are not members, can I still have the discount?

Yes, Physio First will honour the online discounted rate for the member and the non-member bookings will be processed collectively with a 10% discount. The same applies for a non-member booking three members. All of those on the booking will either need to be all members or all non-members as unfortunately this cannot be a mixed discount.


Prices are as follows:

3 members x standard rate (£290) = £870

With 10% discount total price is £783

Price per person = £261.00 - a saving of nearly £30 per person


3 non-members x standard rate (£375) = £1,125

10% reduction = £1,012.50

Price per person = £337.50 - a saving of nearly £38 per person!

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What are the past Olive Sands lectures at conference?

2010

Nottingham

A Global Approach to Cervical Spine Rehabilitation

Joanne Elphinston

2011

Nottingham

The Shoulder: Evidence Based Practice or Reinventing the Wheel

Jo Gibson

2012

Nottingham

Managing Lower Limb Tendinopathy

Dr Nicola Phillips

2013

Nottingham

Solutions for Managing Movement – Targeting the Impairment

Sarah Mottram

2014

Nottingham

Cervical Spine Pre-treatment Screening for Arterial Dysfunction

Professor Roger Kerry

2015

Nottingham

Electro Physical Agents and Tissue Repair: Can we really make a Difference?

Professor Tim Watson

2016

Nottingham

Exercise progression from a clinical environment to a sporting

venue

Lynn Booth

2017

Nottingham

Athletic Low Back Pain: key considerations to ensure effective outcomes

Dr Philip Glasgow

2018 Nottingham

The Private Detective: A Closer Look at the Pelvic Floor in Athletes

Dr Ruth Jones

What are the past Kenneth Balfour lectures at conference?

2010

Nottingham

Sensorimotor Control Disturbances in Cervical Disorders

Differential Diagnosis of Cervicogenic Dizziness

Dr. Julia Treleaven

2011

Nottingham

Knowledge, Science and Clinical Practice – What do we need to know, how do we know what we know, and what can and can’t science tell us about how to treat our Patients?

Linda-Joy Lee

2012

Nottingham

Ankle Sprains – Neurologically impaired for Life? Central Movement Control Implications for Rehabilitation following Lateral Ankle Injury

Preparing Shoulders to fail: Limitations to Traditional Rehab and How to Lift our Game

Asst Professor Craig Allingham

2013

Nottingham

From Protons to Progression of Exercise – How can Conventional and Advanced MRI Applications Guide Exercise Prescription for Neck Pain?

Dr. James Elliot

2014

Nottingham

Diagnosis, Classification and Predication of Recovery following Whiplash Injury

Professor Michelle Sterling

2014

Nottingham

Unravelling the Complexities of Whiplash: A Pragmatic Approach to Clinical Assessment and Management.

Professor Michelle Sterling

2015

Nottingham

How do Tendons respond to load: Directing Rehabilitation by Evidence?   

Professor Jill Cook 

2015

Nottingham

Funky Treatments for Tendons: Where is the Evidence?

Professor Jill Cook

2016

Nottingham

Evidence informed approach to manage Chronic Tennis Elbow: injections, physiotherapy or wait it out?

Professor Bill Vicenzino

2016

Nottingham

Slipping the boot into Patellofemoral Pain: an evidence informed pragmatic approach

Professor Bill Vicenzino

2017

Nottingham

Unravelling the deep hip muscles: it’s not the size that counts but how you use them

Dr Tania Pizzari

2017

Nottingham

Principle-based approach to managing rotator cuff tendinopathy

Dr Tania Pizzari

2018 Nottingham Advances in Neurodynamic Mechanisms Michael Shacklock
2018 Nottingham Clinical application of neurodynamic mechanisms Michael Shacklock

What are the past PPEF sponsored conference lectures?

2010

Nottingham

Diagnosis, Classification and Prediction of Recovery Following Whiplash Injury.

Unravelling the Complexities of Whiplash: A pragmatic Approach to Clinical Assessment and Management

Asst. Professor Michelle Stirling

2011

Nottingham

Pain, the Brain and Motor Control

Incontinence, Back Pain and Breathing Disorders: An Inseparable Triad?

Professor Paul Hodges

2012

Nottingham

Selective Functional Movement Assessment: An Algorithmic Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment

Golf Fitness Screen: Preventing Injury and Improving Performance

Dr. Michael Voight

2014

Nottingham

What Underlies Persistent Low Back Pain?

Professor Peter O’Sullivan

2014

Nottingham

A Cognitive Functional Approach to Management of Persistent Low Back Pain?

Professor Peter O’Sullivan

2015

Nottingham

Multidirectional instability of the shoulder? What is it? Does PhysiotherapyWork?

Lyn Watson

2015

Nottingham

Principles of Rehabilitation – An Evidence and Pathological based approach

to selection of Exercises for Shoulder Rehabilitation.          

Lyn Watson

2016

Nottingham

Mechanotherapy: how it underpins every musculoskeletal physiotherapy treatment

Karim Khan

2017 Nottingham Low back pain: matching the treatment to the patient Professor Paul Hodges
2017 Nottingham Men's health: a new bastion of physiotherapy Professor Paul Hodges
2018 Nottingham 'Cervicogenic Headache’: useful… or an ‘intellectual straitjacket’? Dean Watson
2018 Nottingham Alternating headache: C2-3 Disc... innocent or guilty? Dean Watson

Has Physio First considered alternative conference venues?

Yes.

During our education sub committee’s annual post-conference meeting in June 2018, we reviewed the findings of the project ‘to investigate and consider options for the Physio First conference for the future to include alternative venues and if considered cogent to produce a Project Plan to implement these changes to our 2020 conference.’

Within this project plan we had incorporated the feedback and requirements of our members, including investigating the feasibility of new locations such as Manchester, London and Birmingham.

Below is a small extract of the research undertaken by our team to consider other venues and compare the  EMCC  with others of the same calibre.. After much investigation, including a review of the location, value for money, how well it met our criteria, and member feedback across multiple platforms, we concluded that the venue best suited for all of our requirements remained the East Midlands Conference Centre. For this reason, we will remain at the EMCC for 2019 and 2020 conference.

The EMCC enables us to deliver an annual conference with a quality onsite hotel, parking facilities (80% of 2018 conference delegates travelled to Nottingham by car), major travel links (motorways, nearby train station etc.), tiered theatre and exhibition space that has contributed to the success of our conferences for the last 14 years and we look forward to returning in 2019 with a new format.

Venue

Region

Onsite car parking

Tiered lecture theatre

Separate exhibition

Onsite / nearby accommodation

Good train links

Nearest major airport

Capacity

East Midlands Conference Centre

Trent

  •  
  •  
  •  

Adjacent Orchard Hotel

Nottingham Train Station

East Midlands Airport

500

Heart of England

Coventry

Midlands

  •  

x

Outdoor marquee

x

x

Birmingham International

650

University of Birmingham Conference Centre

Midlands

  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

New Street Station 15 minute drive

Birmingham International

419

Athena

Leicester

Converted Odeon cinema

Trent

120 cars only

Seating on different levels (partially tiered)

Potentially

Nearby Ramada

Leicester station 10 min walk

 

East Midlands Airport

950

Manchester Conference Centre

Mercia

x

  •  
  •  

Nearby hotel offers discount

Piccadilly Train Station 6 minute walk

Manchester

280

Leicester Conferences

Trent

  •  

x

  •  

Halls of residence

Leicester Station 10 min drive

East Midlands Airport

300

Hilton

Watford

London

  •  

x

  •  

200 onsite

Watford Junction

Luton Airport

375

Warwick Conferences

Midlands

  •  

x

 

Halls of Residence

Canley train station 6 min drive

Birmingham International

400

Vox Conference Centre

Part of the ‘Resorts World’ building near NEC

Midlands

  •  

x

  •  

Halls of residence

Birmingham International 5 minute walk

Birmingham International (literally next door)

900

Holywell Park Conference Centre

Loughborough

Trent

  •  
  •  
  •  

Burleigh Court hotel 10-minute walk

Loughborough train station 16 min drive

East Midlands Airport

200 in tiered theatre

280 in un-tiered theatre

Donington Park Race Circuit

East Midlands

Trent

  •  

x

x

x

x

East Midlands Airport (literally next door)

600

National Conference Centre (NCC)

outside Birmingham

Midlands

  •  

x

  •  

7-minute drive

Birmingham International 6 min drive

Birmingham International

1,400

Whittlebury Hall

Oxford

  •  

x

  •  

254 onsite

x

Birmingham International

500

Bolton Arena

Mercia

  •  

x

  •  

250 onsite

Horwich Parkway

Manchester Airport

9,000

Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport

Midlands

  •  

x

  •  

239 onsite

Birmingham International 6 min drive

Birmingham International

600

Hilton Deansgate

Manchester

Mercia

x

x

On separate floors

279 onsite

Deansgate / Piccadilly nearby

Manchester Airport

600

Midland Hotel

Manchester

Mercia

x

x

  •  

312 onsite

Deansgate / Piccadilly nearby

Manchester Airport

700

Crowne Plaza

Stratford Upon Avon

Midlands

  •  

x

  •  

259 onsite

Stratford Upon Avon station 7 min drive

Birmingham International

550

The Tower Hotel

London

London

x

x

  •  

801 onsite

Tower Hill Underground station

London City/Heathrow

550

Royal National Hotel

London

x

x

  •  

1,630

Euston Station

London City / Heathrow

717

Liverpool Convention Centre

Mercia

x

  •  
  •  

658 onsite

Liverpool James Street

Liverpool John Lennon

1,350

University of Preston

Mercia

x

  •  

20 exhibitors only

x

Preston

Blackpool / Manchester

450

 

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Will notes be provided as electronic or hard copies for 2019?

Our aim for 2019 conference is to provide both electronic and hard copy notes however at this stage, this is completely dependent on our speakers' preferences. Physio First will do everything possible to make the notes available in as easy a process as possible.

With the introduction of GDPR, we give our speakers the option as to whether they would like their notes printed for inclusion within our delegate programme, or if they would like these to be distributed electronically. There are a number of factors that may sway the decisions of our speakers including copyrighting issues, deadlines, timeframes and workloads. As we want to make their speaker contribution as simple as possible, we give them the option as to how they would like to provide their presentations for delegates and we will ask if they are happy to supply their presentations in both formats to suit all but we understand that this may not always be possible.

Hard copies

If our speakers are happy to provide hard copy notes, these will be supplied with your delegate programme when you register at conference and we will do our very best to make you aware of which presentations will be included, and which won't to allow you time to make arrangements for note taking on the day.

Electronic notes

Our speakers have a little bit more flexibility with providing their notes electronically and this is a good option should a speaker have a number of competing priorities at the time. The notes that will be distributed electronically will be sent to you via a link through one of our emails so please do make sure you are subscribed to our e-alerts and that our emails do not go through to your junk as you may miss this! With the link, we will also provide a video explaining the process on how to download and print the notes should you wish to. We recommend if you are planning to access all notes electronically that you download these onto your laptop, tablet or phone prior to conference, to ensure this does not affect the speed of the WiFi.

 

2018 decision to go completely electronic

Our decision to move to electronic notes at conference 2018 was part of a much wider organisation goal to move towards more electronic processes. Not only does this help the environment, but can be fincancially sufficient, and more appealing to a larger audience as more people move to electronic based services.

Furthermore, our speakers were given the option as to whether they wanted to provide electronic notes and this was not a decision we were able to go against. This meant that we were unable to mass print their notes however delegates were able to do so for personal use providing they were not mass photocopied, redistributed to non-conference attendees or copied in any way.

Any decisions made towards our central education programme or annual conferences will stem from decisions made by our education sub committee who are all volunteers and members of Physio First who want to bring the best updates and changes to our annual conference. The decision to move to electronic notes was based on the feedback received from 2017 conference delegates, where a number of people had mentioned their desire to access notes online. Other delegate suggestions had included a revamp of our Saturday night buffet (which was successfully altered in 2018 with the evening being a huge hit) and a change to the dates of conference (our 2019 event will take place across Friday-Saturday).

Following the evaluation of 2018 delegate feedback, our education sub committee agreed that providing both options would be the best approach to the notes, with a hope of moving to completely electronic for 2020 conference.

 

It is not out of character for Physio First to try new things and it is within our culture (revised by our exec in October 2017), to be more modern, positively disruptive and move with the digital age, which includes our new social media strategy to develop our online presence via Twitter and Facebook.

We appreciate that members may not agree with the changes made by Physio First however it is a learning process for us all, therefore any feedback is very welcome at education@physiofirst.org.uk. We hope to see you at our 2019 event.

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