Erik Meira, AKA TheSciencePT is based in Portland, Oregon and is undoubtedly one of the noisiest and most respected MSK Physios on the internet! Through his network of Physio podcasts ‘The PT Podcast Network’ and his blog at thesciencept.com he is a prolific content maker and distrbutor of materials to help therapists explore the of science to MSK Practice. Erik is flying half way across the world to talk about how YOU might want to reform your relationship with exercise.
Joletta Belton is a former persistant pain patient and health blogger from Colarado USA. Jo blogs on her site: mycuppajo.com and is the cofounder of EPIcolorado.org, a non-profit dedicated to helping people explore the world when pain is felt to be holding them back. Joletta has tasked herself with bridging the gap between patients & practitioners so we’re delighted to have her lead our ‘Reforming Patient Enagement’ session.
Jo Gibson is far too humble to admit it herself but is one of UK Physio’s shining lights! With 30 years of practice under her belt and many of those in specialist consultancy roles, Jo manages a rare balance of clinical, academic, teaching and advocacy work. Jo was one of the first UK Physiotherapists to mix it amongst and lead teams of medics in her roles with BESS and EUSSER, paving the way for Physiotherapists everywhere. Jo is best known for her work around all things shoulder rehabilitatation, not least since her extremely popular Physio Matters Podcast which has been downloaded over 35,000 times! In a rare treat, for the ‘Reforming MSK Practice’ Conference, Jo is going to be discussing the application and misapplication of the BPS model in MSK practice.
Neil Langridge is a Consultant Physiotherapist, clinician, researcher and educator from the New Forest in the South of England. Through his work through Health Education England and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Neil has been a trail blazer and advocate of advanced practice and first contact primary care roles for many years. He is well known as the foremost voice of reason in the ever-controversial topic of manual therapy application, so much so that his Physio Matters podcast smashed all previous records by surpassing 50,000 downloads! Neil is the perfect person to lead our session called ‘Reforming Manual Therapy: Defining its place in contemporary practice’.
Nina is a Physiotherapist by background but now works as a Neuroscientist and research fellow at Oxford University studying neuropathic pain. Nina’s work on entrapment neuropathy have been ground breaking in the field and her ability to translate the complex neurophysiology to us mere mortals makes her a consistant favourite across all CPD platforms. A great example of this is her Physio Matters Podcast which has been downloaded over 48,000 times! Nina will be delivering a workshop and keynote in which she will undoubtedly make her compelling ‘pledge for the periphery’, which consistently gives those of us managing complex pain cases lots to think about!
Joost Van Wijchen
Joost Van Wijchen is an educational pioneer from the HAN University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. To be an educational pioneer in a system that knows only conformity makes him an aggitator, a heretic and a visionary, depending who you ask! Joost advocates a variety of learning environments for undergraduates and will be sharing his insights throughout the conference! Join Joost in his ‘Reforming MSK Education’ workshop to debate what we should conserve and what we should replace in our current learning systems.
Paula Deacon is Clinical Lead at the critically acclaimed IPOPS service in Staffordshire. Paula is famed for her willingness to discuss all the variables that are involved in delivering a quality MSK service. This includes staff competance, integrated CPD time, education pathways for medical stakeholders AND the governance framework that underpins the whole thing! This multi-level analysis is unfortunately rare and so Paula will be sharing some pearls of wisdom in her Primary Care MSK workshop.
Brad Neal is fast becoming a leading UK Physio pundit on a great many things but most commonly you’ll find him chatting about knee-caps and the scientific method. Brad is a PhD candidate at Queen Mary University of London and the Research Lead at Pure Sports Medicine. At ‘Reforming MSK Practice’ Brad will be leading a workshop in which he will challenge us to construct and critique research designs to then improve the output quality and relevance of MSK based health research.
Heather Watson is a specialist in bespoke biopsychosocial functional assessment and rehabilitation and started the unique and award winning Designed 2 Move service which serves the major injuries litigation market. Heather is an advocate of core rehab skills and monitoring for all levels of practice and having recently been a consultant grade Physio, she is concerned the UK Advanced Practice is not holding this value dear enough. Join Heather and colleagues in her workshop to discuss how we can best advance advanced practice!
Naomi McVey is Head of Programmes for the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer at NHS England, a Fellow of the National Institite of Clinical Excellence and the founder of popular tweet-chat forums @WeAHPs & Physiotalk. Naomi is a Physio by background and is a rare breed in that she keeps her ear close to the ground and bravely holds positions in support of clinicians across the health service. At ‘Reforming MSK Practice’ Naomi will be leading a day two workshop entitled ‘In the spotlight! – Improving Perceptions of MSK Practice’ in which she will scrutinise how MSK issues are perceived intraprofessionally, interprofessionally and publicly!
Martin Ongwen is a Physiotherapist from Nairobi, Kenya who is a champion of putting rehabilitation at the heart of healthcare in the developing world. Martin has long been in touch with The Physio Matters Podcast team and in his first trip to the UK, Martin will share with the conference audience what changes he is instigating at home that are inspired by reform-centric conversations online and beyond. Martin is leading the second of our ‘agitation sessions’ which are set to shift perspectives and open minds even amongst our wide audience!
Adam Meakins AKA ‘The Sports Physio’ is a shoulder specialist Advance Practice Physio working across the public and private sectors. He is however best known as a social media personality and agitator through his twitter account and blog thesports.physio. Adam will wade in on a few sessions across the two days but we’re especially excited to see him on a panel with Karli Gibson and Neil Langridge discussing ‘The Place for Manual Therapy in Contemporary Practice on day 2.
Emma Salt is a Consultant Physiotherapist at Burton Hospitals in the English Midlands. She is a fellow of the National Institute of Health Research and is passionate about the NHS and making research clinically applicable. Emma is well known as an advocate for multi-disciplinary triage but with sensible caveats regarding competance. Emma’s work investigating the triage of orthopedic referrals in secondary care has revealed some tough truths for some open-access-evangelists so she’s perfectly poised to join our orthopedic surgeon, Steve Nawoor and an MSK Physician to debate ‘Reforming Orthopaedic Triage’.
Steve Nawoor is a Consultant Physiotherapist for Connect Health and a social media personality based in the North of England. Steve is passionate about detailed muli-level analyses of MSK issues and has spoken on everything from practical clinical reasoning through to service redesign and beyond. Steve leads ‘The Clinical Maze’ which is a popular CPD course designed to help unmuddy the waters created by the emerging science and philosophy surround MSK practice. Steve joins our debate panel at the end of day one to discuss who is best suited to triage referrals bound for orthopedics? Bound to be a show stopper!
We are delighted to have Ann Green,former head of council for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and current Head of School at Coventry University’s School of life sciences attending the conference and moderating the Day 1 finale debate. ‘Reforming Orthopaedic Triage’ – Who is best place to assess referrals to orthopedics?
A rising star in MSK Physiotherapy, Ash is making a name for himself as a voice of reason in the field of manual handling, occupational ergonomics and work related absence. Ash is Clinical Lead at IPRS who are supporting his PhD under Dr Chris McCarthy at MMU, studying the difference between spinal flexion and avoidance of it during lifting tasks. He is doing great work in the media at the moment, offering rare nuance to controversial topics. Ash is a panelist in our ‘Maximising your sciatica outcomes’ session joining keynote Annina Schmid & Joletta Belton for what is bound to be a fruitful chat.
Karli Gibson is an MSK and Occupational Health Physiotherapist working for IPRS in the south of England. Karli is a key contributor to #TheBigRs movement and a staunch advocate of quality, functional rehabilitation. Karli came to the attention of the Physio Matters team in 2016 with her sharp analysis of the state of MSK practice combined with practical solutions to the problems she’s encountered. Karli is therefore the perfect pragmatist to share the main stage with Neil Langridge and Adam Meakins as they discuss the place for manual therapy in MSK practice.
We know her as Liz Prok (for obvious reasons!) and we know her because her voice is a memorable and important one. She is ‘time-served’ across various MSK sectors from occupational health and military outpatients to running her own private practice and now as a Clinical Lead in Connect Health’s new Hertfordshire service. Liz was always going to attract the attention of #TheBigRs lead Jack Chew as she’s an outspoken northerner! Liz will be contributing to the panel discussion on ‘Applying the BioPsychoSocial model’ with Jo Gibson and Erik Meira.