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Are you passionate about leading changes in musculoskeletal care?

Arthritis Research UK are delighted to announce the launch of the MSK Champions programme; a prestigious leadership development opportunity.

Together with Ashridge Executive Education, we have created a bespoke leadership initiative, which will support you through a unique development programme to become a Champion of musculoskeletal care.  If your application to this programme is successful, you will be supported and coached to drive improvements in musculoskeletal care within your local health system.

We are looking for individuals who are involved in the design, commissioning and/or delivery of musculoskeletal care, including front line clinicians, public health practitioners, commissioners and service managers.

We are committed to representing the communities within the system that we aim to affect, and so the cohorts of champions will be multidisciplinary and diverse and instead of hierarchical position, we will focus on the potential to lead, adapt to change and deliver impact.

 

The programme will be tailored to you, ensuring we fully meet your leadership development needs, and crucially support you to make the changes needed in your local area.

It will last for 18-20 months and involve:

  • 5 x residential learning modules at Ashridge Executive Education.
  • Development and delivery of a work-based MSK service improvement project.
  • 4 x Action Learning Sets.
  • Access to Virtual Ashridge – an online learning tool to complement your learning.
  • Ongoing support and connection with Arthritis Research UK and your fellow Champions.
  • Support from a network of mentors; eminent leaders within the MSK sector.
  • Support from a panel of patient insight partners.

 

If you would like to find out more about this amazing opportunity and how to apply, please contact us at champions@arthritisresearchuk.org

Guest blog by Satjit Singh, Chief Executive, Society for Promoting Chiropractic Education

It is great that most of us will live to an age that our parents could never imagine. Better living standards, improved public health and an NHS accessible to all, have all helped.

This is excellent, but living longer means that we are likely to be working longer. It also means that for us to enjoy that longevity, we need to live active, fulfilling lives. Too many of the population are afflicted by ‘aches and pains’, mainly back and neck, i.e. musculoskeletal. This not only has physical implications, but like so many chronic problems, has effects on mental health too.

Musculoskeletal problems are responsible for 30% of visits to a GP 1 and have an enormous impact on the quality of life of millions of people in the UK; 10.8 million working days are lost as a consequence of musculoskeletal conditions1. Our healthcare sector, already under so much strain, has to cope with the burden of an increasing number of people presenting with MSK issues; our economy certainly cannot afford to lose so many man-days.

Not only are we faced with an increasing MSK burden, we also lack the healthcare resources to deal with it. NICE recommends manipulation as part of the package of care to deal with this; however, regulated manipulative therapists, comprising mainly chiropractors, osteopaths and some physiotherapists, are nowhere near what the country needs. We only have 3,000 chiropractors, 5,000 osteopaths and some 1,100 physiotherapists who are members of the MACP 2, trained to undertake manipulation. We need more, many more. Not only do we have an ageing population, our health workforce is ageing too. We have seen the consequences of that amongst GPs; other professions are also not immune! The ability to access a ready pool of healthcare professionals from Europe, will reduce significantly, post-Brexit.

Looking around at the chiropractic profession, I saw that there were only three universities in the UK offering chiropractic degrees. Many schools in the country were not even aware of the profession, to make it available as a choice to their A-level students. Given the current rates of growth in the UK profession, it would take over a century to achieve current rates of chiropractor access in Canada or Denmark.

That is why The Society for Promoting Chiropractic Education was established last year. Launched by George Freeman MP, former Life Sciences Minister and Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Policy Board, it aims to encourage school leavers to consider a career in chiropractic; whilst simultaneously working with universities to offer chiropractic degree programmes.

London South Bank University has launched a new four-year masters course in chiropractic and students will start their course in Autumn 2018. What is especially important, is that students will learn in multi-professional settings alongside others studying physiotherapy, nursing and occupational health. This will ensure that future graduates understand how they fit into the wider health landscape. Other programmes are planned in poorly served geographical locations.

Our aim is to work towards a situation where healthcare professionals practising manipulation become part of direct access arrangements within GP practices. For that to happen, we need more of them.

References

  1. https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/ltc-op-eolc/ltc-eolc/our-work-on-long-term-conditions/si-areas/musculoskeletal/
  2. https://macpweb.org/home/index.php?p=366

7th Podiatric Sports Medicine Conference
in Association with European College of Sports and Exercise Physicians

Conference by The College of Podiatry Special Advisory Groups

The Podiatric Sports Medicine Conference is back in 2018 and will take place at the Hallam Conference Centre, London on Thursday 13 – Friday 14 September 2018. 

This two-day conference will include lectures, workshops and informal discussions delivered by experts from across Europe. Topics include: an update on aetiology, treatment and pathomechanics of achilles tendinopathy and plantar heel pain, regenerative medicine, extra-corporeal shock wave therapy and many more. 

Click here for fees and booking.

‘Lessons Learnt’
23 May 2018, Birmingham

 

This event is for orthopaedic consultants, nurses, orthogeriatricians, physiotherapists and anaesthetists involved in hip fracture care to attend. The day will be led by Orthopaedic Consultant and Chairman for the Trauma Group Committee, Paul Dixon.

The full programme has now been published and this promises to be an interesting and informative day for surgeons and multi-disciplinary colleagues. For further information please visit the BOA website here.

Please pass on to any of your colleagues who might be interested in attending as the BOA is keen to have a wide range of participants.

Training from the British Medical Acupuncture Society

Acupuncture for Osteoarthritis course
Wednesday 4 July 2018
Venue: BMAS House, South Manchester
Priced from £155
Lecturer: Dr Mike Cummings

Foundation Courses in Western Medical Acupuncture
for regulated healthcare professionals

Venues: London, Glasgow, Dublin, Manchester

  • Four-day course for regulated health professionals
  • Experienced, medically trained lecturers
  • Comprehensive course notes
  • 100 Free needles

Further details & to register for courses: www.medical-acupuncture.co.uk
Tel: 01606 786782
email: admin@thebmas.com

Online booking is currently open for this year’s BASEM Foundation Skills Course on 10-13 June 2018 at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, Shropshire. This three-and-a-half day residential course is aimed at providing a thorough grounding in the areas that make up Sports Medicine.

Hands-on and practical, it will cover anatomy, pathologies and practical examinations of the foot, ankle, knee, shoulder and spine; exercise physiology; nutrition in sport; sport and doping; practical rehab and event medicine.

Further information and an online booking facility are available on the BASEM web site www.basem.co.uk or by clicking on the following link: www.basem.co.uk/education/basem-foundation-skills-course/.

The Royal College of Nursing is putting the final preparations in place for the RCN Rheumatology Nursing workshop 2018.

12 Jan 2018
from 11:00 – 15:00

This event will enable specialist nurses to continue to deliver excellent care, follow best practice and inspire colleagues despite continued NHS barriers and difficulties.

The workshop is based on the results of a forum survey which asked you to identify issues relating to the management of rheumatological disease, interventions, treatment and support. The aim is to address these issues as well as develop the unmet need for clinical leadership skills and personal and professional resilience.

Venue: RCN HQ, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN

For more reasons to attend, see www.rcn.org.uk/Rheumatology18 with details on topics, booking and contacts.

Get Dynamic: Hormones, Health and Human Performance

What are the key Endocrine and Metabolic considerations for elite athletes to reluctant exercisers?

Discussion, led by experienced clinicians and researchers will cover:

  • Key role of Sports Endocrinology in health and performance
  • Effects of exercise modalities on body composition and bone health
  • Machine learning in interpreting biochemical & metabolic patterns
  • Endocrine & metabolic markers in assessing health & training status
  • Gut metabolism in supporting health and performance
  • Exercise as crucial lifestyle factor in pre-existing metabolic dysfunction

22 March 2018
The Keepmoat Stadium
Doncaster

See more details, including the programme and list of speakers at:
http://www.basem.co.uk/education/basem-spring-conference-2018/