What's on this year...

April 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 preferred speakers will be talking on their speciality subjects.

Both international speakers will present one lecture each on both Friday and Saturday.

Friday 5th April

Friday 5th April

CPD courses


The Athletic Shoulder

Ian Horsley

Plenary lectures


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


Introduction by Education Chair


Introduction to the PPEF


The PPEF Lecture

Multidimensional framework for assessing and treating persistent low back pain: assessing and identifying

Mary O’Keeffe


New insights into spinal muscle control in people with spinal pain revealed with high-density surface electromyography

Professor Deborah Falla


Refreshment break and trade launch in the exhibition hall


Demo Hub commences in the exhibition hall


The Olive Sands Memorial Lecture,

The Future in Your Hands: Clinical Reasoning, Common Sense and Confidence

Joanne Elphinston


Lunch and trade exhibition




Hands On, Hands Off: Is that even a thing?

Roger Kerry


The Kenneth Balfour lecture

Physiopathology of deep fascia

Antonio Stecco


Questions to the panel


Tea & coffee break in the trade exhibition hall


Physio First AGM


Exhibition drinks reception


Buffet and band

Saturday 6th April

Saturday 6th April

CPD courses


Starting in private practice

Celia Champion



Low Back Pain Management in Physiotherapy (blending hands on and hands off

Neil Langridge

Plenary lectures


Registration and trade exhibition – delegates to be seated by 08:55hrs


Introduction by Education Chair


Predictive Processing - treating the whole person with pain

Mick Thacker


The Kenneth Balfour Memorial Lecture,

Fascial Manipulation

Antonio Stecco


Refreshment break and trade in the exhibition hall


Members benevolent fund


The PPEF lecture,

Multidimensional framework for assessing and treating persistent low back pain: application of the techniques

Mary O'Keeffe


Lunch and trade exhibition


Trade prize announcements in the exhibition hall


Should Electrophysical Modalities continue to be used in modern physiotherapy practice? An Evidence Based Consideration

Tim Watson


Paul Donnelly


Questions to the panel


Tea & coffee break


Conference closes

Painless Practice business surgeries

Back by popular demand, Physio First and Painless Practice have joined together once again 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.

To find out more and reserve your slot, please contact Celia Champion directly on 01491 659073 or email celia@painlesspractice.com

Speaker notes

In 2018 we trialled providing electronic speaker notes to be more environmentally friendly and to appeal to those members that requested this. For 2019, we are requesting the preference of our speakers and we hope to provide notes both electronically and as hard copies to ensure we meet the preferences of all delegates. A link to the electronic notes will be available within three weeks of conference (March 2019) therefore please do keep checking your emails for the link. If you are unsure about how to print/download the notes, a step by step guide will be provided or alternatively, you can reach our team at head office on 01604 684 965. Please note that it is prohibited to copy, edit or re-distribute the information provided in any way. This information is for confirmed delegates only and is not to be shared outside of Physio First. An informative conference programme will be provided upon registration to include hard copies of the speaker notes as per our lecturer's wishes.

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 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 guide 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 or redistributed to non-conference attendees 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.

[Reviewed - January 2019]


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