Why is conference 2021 cancelled?

By August we should have been making firm plans with international speakers, the venue, the hotel for 2021, etc. but as there are still too many uncertainties regarding the ongoing effects of the pandemic, we have had to think long and hard about the feasibility of holding our conference in 2021. We have considered every eventuality, and possible scenario, and finally come to the conclusion that we could not go ahead with next year’s conference with confidence.  We are sorry to have to make this decision, but we are sure that everyone will understand.

We are currently using what we have learned during COVID-19 to formulate a new and exciting Physio First project. This has involved investigating how we can provide webinars for our members, hopefully in the first instance from the speakers we had lined up for our 2021 conference. So look out for details in our bulletins, on our website and on our member only LinkedIn forum. We are confident, given the way our members have embraced new ways of working and accessing online support, that this initiative to offer a digital learning experience will be well received and seen as a way in which Physio First continues in our commitment to deliver ongoing high quality education.

In addition, we are looking at how we develop the webinar meet-ups that became a feature of the pandemic. The opportunity for members to meet up on Zoom facilitated by our Regional Officers, who are rapidly becoming our community representatives, which have proved so popular and so cathartic.

We will, of course, also continue to consider what format our annual conference may take in the years to come when the future is more certain and we have had opportunity to obtain and review feedback from you, our members.

We are confident that you will understand our reasoning for this decision, and we hope you will support our Physio First volunteer and office team as we offer what we are sure will be new and exciting ventures aimed at providing everything you need to become a thriving provider of demonstrable quality private physiotherapy within a strong, influential and trusted community’

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

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

[Reviewed - July 2019]

What are the past Olive Sands lectures at conference?

2010

A Global Approach to Cervical Spine Rehabilitation

Joanne Elphinston

2011

The Shoulder: Evidence Based Practice or Reinventing the Wheel

Jo Gibson

2012

Managing Lower Limb Tendinopathy

Dr Nicola Phillips

2013

Solutions for Managing Movement – Targeting the Impairment

Sarah Mottram

2014

Cervical Spine Pre-treatment Screening for Arterial Dysfunction

Professor Roger Kerry

2015

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

Professor Tim Watson

2016

Exercise progression from a clinical environment to a sporting

venue

Lynn Booth

2017

Athletic Low Back Pain: key considerations to ensure effective outcomes

Dr Philip Glasgow

2018

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

Dr Ruth Jones

2019

The future in your hands: clinical reasoning, common sense and confidence

Joanne Elphinston

 

What are the past Kenneth Balfour lectures at conference?

2010

Sensorimotor Control Disturbances in Cervical Disorders

Differential Diagnosis of Cervicogenic Dizziness

Dr. Julia Treleaven

2011

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

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

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

Dr. James Elliot

2014

Diagnosis, Classification and Predication of Recovery following Whiplash Injury

Professor Michelle Sterling

2014

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

Professor Michelle Sterling

2015

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

Professor Jill Cook 

2015

Funky Treatments for Tendons: Where is the Evidence?

Professor Jill Cook

2016

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

Professor Bill Vicenzino

2016

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

Professor Bill Vicenzino

2017

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

Dr Tania Pizzari

2017

Principle-based approach to managing rotator cuff tendinopathy

Dr Tania Pizzari

2018

Advances in Neurodynamic Mechanisms

Michael Shacklock

2018

Clinical application of neurodynamic mechanisms

Michael Shacklock

2019

Physiopathology of deep fascia

Dr Antonio Stecco

2019

Fascial Manipulation

Dr Antonio Stecco

 

What are the past PPEF sponsored conference lectures?

2010

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

Pain, the Brain and Motor Control

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

Professor Paul Hodges

2012

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

Golf Fitness Screen: Preventing Injury and Improving Performance

Dr. Michael Voight

2014

What Underlies Persistent Low Back Pain?

Professor Peter O’Sullivan

2014

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

Professor Peter O’Sullivan

2015

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

Lyn Watson

2015

Principles of Rehabilitation – An Evidence and Pathological based approach

to selection of Exercises for Shoulder Rehabilitation.          

Lyn Watson

2016

Mechanotherapy: how it underpins every musculoskeletal physiotherapy treatment

Karim Khan

2017

Low back pain: matching the treatment to the patient

Professor Paul Hodges

2017

Men's health: a new bastion of physiotherapy

Professor Paul Hodges

2018

'Cervicogenic Headache’: useful… or an ‘intellectual straitjacket’?

Dean Watson

2018

Alternating headache: C2-3 Disc... innocent or guilty?

Dean Watson

2019

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

Mary O’Keeffe

2019

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

Mary O’Keeffe

 

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

 

[Reviewed - July 2019]