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Courses Classes & Study

bimm-diary-imageThe latest diary of coming courses and events from the British Instutute of Musculoskeletal Medicine.
Details include the a Chronic Pain Management module, and the Injection RoadShow.

The current BIMM Diary is available to download in PDF form, or alternatively check ARMA’s Events Calendar.

BSR-2015-250Adopting a collaborative approach to orphan rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases

On the 26th November 2015, the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) will host a workshop entitled Rheumatology and Rare Conditionsadopting a collaborative approach to orphan rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. The aim of the event is to raise the profile of rare rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) in national policy frameworks, highlight the challenges facing patients and services and facilitate greater collaboration across the sector.

The workshop will bring together representatives from rare condition charities, local specialised rheumatology leads, and key policy makers in national specialised commissioning, to discuss the emerging challenges and potential solutions to address these. It will be delivered through a series of presentations and facilitated break-out sessions. 

The event will explore strategies to:

  • raise the priority of rare RMDs in the UK rare disease strategy
  • strengthen the evidence base for rare RMDs
  • promote the development of local co-ordinated network for specialised rheumatology and facilitate direct clinician and patient voice engagement with NHS England Specialised Commissioning teams
  • improve diagnosis, referral and access to medicines for people with rare conditions
  • encourage collaboration and shared learning across overlapping rare disease areas

If you’re interested in attending the workshop or contributing to the content of the event please contact

bimm-diary-imageThe British Instutute of Musculoskeletal Medicine’s diary of coming courses and events in 2015.
Details of the BIMM/SOMM Winter Symposium, a Chronic Pain Management module, and a Flouroscopic Injection course.

The current BIMM Diary is available here to open and download in PDF form, or alternatively check ARMA’s Events Calendar.


NASS will be travelling the length and breadth of the UK this autumn to raise awareness and understanding of ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Our two largest events are in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

In Scotland we will be heading to the Scottish Parliament to ask Members to pledge their support for those with AS at a reception on 1 September 2015. The event will be hosted by Margaret McCulloch MSP, Convenor of the Cross-Party Group for Musculoskeletal Conditions. In the afternoon leading up to our event at Holyrood, there will be a Patient Conference, offering expert information to people with AS.

Read more about our As it is campaign.


On October 16 NASS is hosting an AS training course for physiotherapists at Musgrave Park Hospital in Belfast. This is followed by an evening event for physiotherapists and patients to discuss setting up NASS branches in Northern Ireland. Then, on 17 October, we will be holding our first Northern Ireland Patient Conference.

We are continuing our programme of As & You events for people newly diagnosed with the condition. This autumn we will be heading to Cardiff, Leeds and Plymouth.
Read more about these coming events.

We will also be heading out to AS awareness evenings and NASS branch visits in Woking, Northampton, Wrexham, Barnstaple, Middlesbrough, Winchester, Edinburgh and Jersey.


The British Instutute of Musculoskeletal Medicine’s latest details on coming courses and events in 2015.
Dates include the BIMM/SOMM Winter Symposium, a Chronic Pain Management module, and a Flouroscopic Injection course.

The current BIMM Diary is available here to open and download in PDF form, or alternatively check ARMA’s Events Calendar.


Diary details of the coming courses and events from the British Instutute of Musculoskeletal Medicine.

Dates include the Monthly MSK Meeting on 21st May; in June, The Good MSK Doctor Conference and Injection RoadShow; a Sports Medicine & Lower Limb course in July; and in September, a Fluoroscopic Injection course.

Open and download the complete June-2015-BIMM-Diary.


This UCL MSc, delivered at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) covers a broad spectrum of musculoskeletal topics, including basic science and clinical aspects of musculoskeletal disease.

The multidisciplinary programme emphasises the four major musculoskeletal areas as identified by the Bone and Joint Decade – arthritis, osteoporosis, trauma and spinal disorders, as well as transferable skills and research methodology.

The MSc is available either on-site at the RNOH or via distance learning for students who wish to study at home – from anywhere in the UK or the world.

Read more about the programme, and apply at: Musc Sci ARMA or email



The British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine Diary 2015

19th March 2015
Monthly MSK Meeting
Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine

Monthly meetings which consist of two short presentations by invited speakers and a concluding case presentation. “RSI 2015 Where are we now” Dr. M Hutson “The Musicians Shoulder – how awkward” Dr. H Trouli.


25th – 26th April 2015
BIMM Spring Symposium – Time for Reflection: Evidence Informing Practice
Hilton Hotel, Nottingham

The BIMM Spring Symposium 2015 will give us a fantastic opportunity to hear from leading international figures in the world of musculoskeletal medicine-firstly about dysfunctions and approach pertinent to the ageing population (Heiner Biedermann and Mike Hutson), and secondly on biomechanics, laterality and an exploration of the Marsman technique (Sjef Rutte). We are also inviting local experts to speak on evidence and physiotherapy and osteopathy in the NHS musculoskeletal services. The AGM will give an opportunity to be involved in the debate over the future of musculoskeletal medicine and the place of BIMM.


1st May 2015
Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine – Part 1 Written
St. Georges Hospital. Tooting, London

It is the intention of the Examinations Board that this qualification will indicate that a practitioner is able to manage independently patients with common musculoskeletal problems in a primary, intermediate or secondary care setting.


2nd – 3rd May 2015
Diploma Revision
LCOM Boston Place London NW1 6QH


20th May 2015
Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine – Part 2 Clinical
St. Georges Hospital. Tooting, London


24th June 2015
Injection RoadShow
Blackberry Clinic, Oxford.

The one day BIMM workshop ‘Peripheral Injection’, offers experiential learning with a high tutor to learner ratio (no more than 1:6) and is suitable for general practitioners, GP registrars and hospital doctors beginning or considering a career or special interest in musculoskeletal medicine. Physiotherapists, nurse and osteopathic practitioners have also found much value in these courses in the past.

This course is based around a series of workstations through which participants rotate, learning surface anatomy, examination skills, indications for injection, needle placement (with practice on models) and safety issues.


11th – 13th July 2015
Module 6 – Sports Medicine & The Lower Limb

The course is a general introduction to sports medicine. With reference to lower limb injury and overuse syndromes the student will learn about the wider range of diagnostic possibilities encountered in the sports medicine clinic and their management. The hip, knee, ankle and foot will be covered comprehensively in terms of anatomy, function, clinical presentations, medical and surgical management.


21st – 23rd November 2015
Module 7 – Chronic Pain Management

This module is designed to deepen students’ understanding of the processes by which patients slide into chronicity and disability. Students will learn practical skills in interviewing and initiating change. This will include basic CBT and other ingredients of the pain management approach, namely graded exposure, pacing, coping strategies, and problem solving. The armamentarium of the Pain Clinic approach will be explored and explained, ranging from pharmacotherapy to invasive techniques. Particular attention will be paid to the use of acupuncture, intramuscular Stimulation and TENS. Further time will be allocated for case history presentations and discussion of problem patients.


14th November 2015
BIMM/SOMM Combined Winter Symposium
“Challenging Joints: Management of Laxity Instability and Hypermobility.”

Jury’s Inn Hotel, Birmingham

Information and booking forms available from or Email

All these modules can be done as stand-alone courses, with or without the distance-learning element.

A new Musculoskeletal Medicine MSc established by BIMM with Loughborough University will commence this September 2015 and will soon be advertised. It is open to doctors and allied health professionals who wish to further develop their skills and knowledge to practice in MSK services around the country.