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  • Name: Education Department
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This year’s Scottish Physio First conference is on 8th - 9th November at our prestigious and fabulous venue, The Stirling Highland Hotel, Stirling - we look forward to welcoming you back once more for another great conference with some top speakers.

Book a place on the Physio First website or visit the Eventbrite link below:

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On Saturday 9th November we are delighted to have Dr Helen Harris, Consultant Rheumatologist, as our main speaker. Professor Neal Millar will present on all things tendon! Professor Mick Thacker will give an overview on models of pain. The new Physio First Chair, Mrs Karen Lay, will provide an update including questions/ answers on the Physio First current topics.

On the evening of Friday 8th November you are invited to an informal dinner at The Stirling Highland Hotel. Our main sponsor is Online Ergonomics and we will have a wide range of other trade stands to browse and plenty of opportunity to network with other delegates.

The conference is a great opportunity to meet up with colleagues and gain quality CPD so we hope to see you there.


Friday Night registration opens at 6.45pm, with the meal commencing immediately after.

Saturday registration opens at 8.45am and the conference will finish at 4.30pm.


Cancellation/ Refund Policy

Physio First's education sub committee have put the following policy in place as of June 2018:

· There will be a £30 admin charge for cancellation at anytime

· 60 days (9 September) will result in a 75% admin charge

· Within 30 days of the event (9 October onwards), no refund will be issued

Physio First reserves the right to change venue, cancel (or reschedule) at any time. In this case, course fees will be fully refunded to the attendee but Physio First is not responsible for external travel, hotel or other expenses incurred.

Thank you to our event sponsors:




Consultant Rheumatologist

DrHelen Harris

Dr Helen Harris will be our main guest speaker

Helen graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 1989 and undertook medical training in Ireland before being accepted as a Fellow at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. She was mentored by Prof Joan Bathon, and was awarded the Sir John Banks medal for research and conferred with a MD in 2000. I undertook clinical training in SLE with Prof Michelle Petrie and in Scleroderma with Prof F. Wigley during my three year Fellowship.

Helen then worked as a Clinical Lecturer in Rheumatology in Edinburgh for four years before being appointed as a Consultant Rheumatologist for NHS Fife in 2001. She uses internationally agreed diagnostic criteria and treatment pathways to manage all rheumatology conditions.

She is the Chairperson of Scottish Lupus Exchange and the treasurer and a tutor of the Scottish Rheumatology Ultrasound Group.

Clinical Senior Lecturer (Immunology)

Dr Neal Millar

Neal is an Academic Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in shoulder surgery having completed shoulder fellowships in Sydney and New York. His research interest lies in investigating the molecular pathophysiology of tendinopathy; an overuse injury, characterised by tendon pain and weakness with a significant burden of disease. Our past work has highlighted the role of inflammation and cytokines in tendon disease and we are currently focused on understanding the role of microRNA in the post transcriptional regulation of collagen synthesis and immediate tissue repair processes implicated in tendinopathy.

His work has been generously funded by the Wellcome Trust, Arthritis Research UK, The Scottish Funding Council, the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates and Scottish Enterprise grants.

Associate Professor - Department of Allied Health Sciences

Mick Thacker

Mick Qualified as a physiotherapist from West Middlesex University Hospital School of physiotherapy and worked as a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist at several London teaching hospitals. He undertook and passed with distinction advanced training in manual therapy before completing a Master’s degree at University College London (with distinction). Mick completed his PhD at King’s under the supervision of Profs Pat Wall and Steve McMahon, his thesis focused on neuro-immune interactions and pain; more specifically the role of the chemokine CCL2 as a key mediator of neuropathic pain. He held lecturing posts at Brunel University and St Georges Medical School before moving to King’s where Mick rewrote and led the award winning MSc Pain; Science and Society programme. He is currently Associate Professor and Professional Lead for Physiotherapy at London South Bank University. He is involved with inter-professional learning initiatives for pain both at the university and in the wider academic arena, he was invited to join curriculum development team of the International Association for the Study of Pain. Mick received a fellowship of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in November 2011, for his outstanding contribution to the understanding and education of pain science within the profession and promotion of his profession within the wider scientific community.



Karen Lay MCSP

Karen has been involved with Physio first since 2008, starting as a Regional Officer for Mercia region. She then became our Regional Officer Representative on our executive committee and served on our education sub committee, which she carried from 2015.

Having run her own private practice for 20 years, Karen now works as a part-time associate with clinical input in musculoskeletal disorders, injection therapy and acupuncture.

Karen has served as a member of the CSP Council and chaired their Education Awards Panel. She is also a clinical educator for local university undergraduate programmes, providing practice placement for students.

She became our Physio First Chairman during the 2019 AGM at our annual conference in Nottingham.


Ticket prices

Full day Saturday tickets include refreshments and lunch

To book your place please book online or follow the Eventbrite link below. Alternatively, please email or phone 01324 630888

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  Standard prices – available after 22nd Sept
Member Non-member
Friday night dinner (includes three course meal) £34 £34
Saturday full day (wth hot buffet lunch) £122 £132

Venue Information

Stirling Highland Hotel

STIRLING, 29 Spittal Street, Stirling, Stirlingshire, FK8 1DU

If you are interested in attending this event, please contact The Stirling Highland Hotel is easily reachable via Edinburgh Airport where you can pick up a tram from the Airport to Edinburgh Park Train Station (Approximately 10 minutes, £15) Train from Edinburgh Park to Stirling Train Station 10 minute walk from Stirling Train Station to the hotel (slightly uphill) Alternatively a single taxi journey would be £75 - £ 90 The conference is a great opportunity to meet up with colleagues and gain quality CPD so we hope to see you there.