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Advanced practice: The Knee - Putting the puzzle together

This one day interactive course covers the more and less common knee con-ditions seen in advanced practice roles. It is designed for new advanced mus-culoskeletal practitioners wanting to build their competencies and expand their knowledge and existing specialists who want to consolidate knowledge with an opportunity for case and evidence based peer review.

This course is case based and covers the evidence, clinical reasoning and practicalities from referral to discharge of knee conditions including differen-tial diagnosis, imaging, other diagnostic work up, best practice management, masqueraders, shared decision making and indication/timing for onward re-ferral in the modern healthcare environment.

Overview of learning from case based scenarios:
- Learn about and discuss best practice and evidence base for directing/carry out conservative care in a physiotherapy specialist role for example:
- The myths and truths surrounding conditions such as OA, degenerative meniscal tears, patellofemoral pain and common sporting injuries
- Considering and using injections (safety, evidence and clinical application)
- How to integrate imaging and other diagnostic tests into your clinical reasoning to improve patient assessment and management
- The pitfalls of imaging and diagnostics, how we interpret and discuss imaging with patients and other professionals
- Differential diagnosis of knee conditions such as:
- Masqueraders: osteosarcoma, proliferative synovial conditions, metastatic considerations around the knee
- Inflammatory conditions: how to spot them in MSK roles and initial work up
- Referred pain: basics of the hip for this role, occult femoral issues
- Onward referral but considering the evidence base rather than traditional pathways on outcomes as well as appropriate work up

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Pain: Translating Neuroscience into Clinical Practice

Names and qualifications of tutors:
Dr Niamh Moloney PhD, MManipTh, BPhysio (Hons), MISCP

Dr Martin Rabey PhD, FACP, MManipTh, BSc(Hons)Physio, MCSP

Course length: 1 full day

Course Outline: This workshop will deepen clinicians' understanding of pain neuroscience in order to clarify more complex patient presentations and facilitate refinement of clinical assessments, and application of more appropriate and effective interventions.

Style of teaching: Combination of didactic lectures, case based learning and short practical & interactive sessions aimed at improving clinical integration of content.

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Moving Beyond Exercises for Managing Patellofemoral Pain

Names and qualifications of tutors:
Bradley Stephen Neal MSc (Adv Phys) BSc (Hons) MCSP
Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Head of Research and PhD Candidate

Dr Simon Lack PhD, MSc (Sports and Exercise Medicine) BSc (Hons) MCSP
Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and Head of Research

Course length: 1 full day

Does one size fit all? Should all patients with patellofemoral pain be prescribed a series of exercises directed at the hip and/or knee? Patellofemoral pain is a heterogeneous condition that presents in several ways. Consequently, the treatment we prescribe to our patients needs to take into account the individualities of specific patients and incorporate patient preferences. The key issue is how can we effectively tailor our treatment to the patient right in front of us?

This day course will focus on tailored treatment and how we can apply this in clinical practice. More specifically, the tutors will present methods for identification of the primary symptom driver and examine tools that can be easily adopted within the clinical setting. Having argued the case for stratification by driver, the tutors will go on to discuss strategies that can be adopted to most effectively manage the presentation, considering how

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Manual Therapy in Early-Stage Knee Rehabilitation: Evidence-Informed Multi-Modal Intervention for Knee Joint Mobility, Proprioception, Neuromuscular Control and Functional Joint Stability

Dr Nicholas C. Clark, PhD, MSc, MCSP, MMACP, CSCS.

Course Description

Following acute knee injury and surgery, the early-stage of knee rehabilitation is the most important stage of a rehabilitation process intended to restore knee functional joint stability. This is because the early-stage of knee rehabilitation lays the foundation for safe and effective implementation of middle- and late-stage rehabilitation techniques. Inappropriate or 'rushed' early-stage knee rehabilitation can increase the risk of a failed overall knee rehabilitation process and poor clinical and patient-relevant outcomes. Manual therapy and taping can be effective interventions to rapidly reduce pain and improve an injured patient's knee joint mobility, proprioception and neuromuscular control. Rapid improvement of knee joint mobility, proprioception and neuromuscular control can then facilitate exercise therapy for more long-term adaptations that contribute to enhanced knee functional joint stability. The purpose of this theory and practical course is to present you with a rational, evidence-informed, multi-modal approach to integrating manual therapy, taping and exercise therapy. Emphasis is placed on clinical reasoning, practical manual therapy and taping techniques, and exercise therapy that is targeted at enhancing knee joint mobility, proprioception and neuromuscular control in early-stage knee rehabilitation for acute injury and surgery.

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Reducing Injury Risk & Aiding Performance

Simon Noad is a Chartered Physiotherapist who has a background in Sports & Exercise Medicine, Manual Therapy and Exercise Prescription. Working for West Bromwich Albion Football Club ensures that Simon remains up to date with the current research base and continuously uses athletic screening tools. He is also a guest lecturer at Coventry University and has experience in both the sporting and private sectors.

Course outline
The role of the physiotherapist continues to evolve in the sporting and recreational arena. It is now widely accepted that physiotherapists in these settings should be implementing individualised injury prevention strategies to reduce injury rates and maximise athletic potential. It is therefore important to be able to assess a client's motor patterning, proprioception, lumbopelvic stability, relevant flexibility etc... and create an intervention plan to enhance these physical attributes.

This 1 day course provides the opportunity for clinicians to develop the knowledge and skills required to undertake a screening of an individual or squad, analyse the results and create specific treatment or exercise programs. Current screening methods will be discussed and critiqued with the aim of clustering specific, evidence based assessments together. This will allow the physiotherapist to perform a screening that assesses multiple physical attributes and link these together to produce a comprehensive injury prevention programme.

This is an evidence based workshop with strong practical elements. It is ideal for clinicians currently working or looking to work with athletes of a variety of ages and abilities.

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An interactive 3 day course aimed at senior physiotherapists and new ESPs with limited or no radiology background and wanting to learn about requesting and basics of interpreting musculoskeletal imaging and how to utilise for better patient care.

To include:
- Requesting and looking at X-rays - Requesting and looking at MRIs - Case study based- teaching, orientation, normal, normal variants, pathological images, evidence base on imaging and how to utilise it enhance your existing clinical reasoning & patient care
- Lectures by experienced/specialised ESPs / Consultant Physiotherapist


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This is a highly interactive case study based day designed to help with the awareness, clinical reasoning and management of the 5 most common spinal masqueraders seen in physiotherapy practice. - Spinal metastasis - Pancoast's Tumour - Ependymoma - Myeloma - Tuberculosis

The day is designed for those working in extended scope roles, or those interested in progression into this field.

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This is a highly interactive case study based day designed to help with the awareness, clinical reasoning and management of the common spinal masqueraders seen in physiotherapy practice. Including - Cauda Equina Syndrome, vascular, visceral and pelvic masqueraders.

The day is designed for those working in extended scope roles, or those interested in progression into this field.

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Who is the Training For?
Physiotherapists and physiotherapy students who are interested in refining their skills for engaging patients in treatment and encouraging meaningful health behaviour change.

Overall aim
A one day interactive workshop designed to introduce participants to the spirit and processes involved in MI, explore the potential of MI within the contexts they work and ascertain interest in learning more.

Learning methods
- Short lectures
- Video analysis
- Experiential exercises
- Discussion

Robert Shannon BSc, MSc, CPsychol. Lecturer at University of Southampton

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