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Conference: Clinical Risk in Older Adults

The British School of Osteopathy

Saturday, 14 October 2017 from 09:30 to 17:30 (BST)

Conference: Clinical Risk in Older Adults

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Full delegate 13 Oct 2017 £135.00 £0.00

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Would you like to improve the care that you provide to patients aged 65 and over? Do you want to better understand the clinical uncertainty around older adults, the risks involved in treating this specialist patient group and how to mitigate them? Then this conference is for you.

At the first conference of its kind, you will explore the multi-disciplinary approach to the management of older adults and gain renewed and evidence-informed knowledge on how to improve efficacy and reduce risks in managing such patients.

You can also look forward to:

  • Understanding the clinical risks in managing patients aged over 65 where the risks include safeguarding issues, environmental factors, nutritional influences, mental capacity and consent, sensory changes particularly loss of balance.
  • An introduction to the ethical and legal basis of practice with a particular focus on mental capacity and consent.
  • Understanding current research on the role of nutrition in the health of older adult patients with a focus on musculoskeletal health - i.e. sarcopenia, osteoporosis, arthritis, as well as obesity and malnutrition in older adults.
  • Exploring the structure of naturopathic assessment of older patients.
  • Participating in interactive workshops on balance assessment and diminished sensory input in older people.

We welcome osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors, manual therapists and anybody involved in the care of the elderly, including nurses and carers. 

Outline programme for the day:


Key note + Q&A: Clinical risk in the treatment of the eldery
Dr Dockery Frances, Consultant Geriatrician, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital

Assessment of the patient's environment: fall risks and prevention (dramatisation/video)
Paul Sugarhood, Occupational Therapist, Senior Lecturer at South Bank University


Ethical and legal basis of practice: mental capacity and consent
Rob McCoy, Senior Lecturer at the British School of Osteopathy


Nutritional Assessment (interactive lecture)
Dr Alexander King, Nutritionist, St Mary's University

A naturopathic view (details tbc)

Workshops: Simulation Training or Balance and Gait Assessment

Sarah Ritchie and David Herdman, Specialist Physiotherapists, Guys and St Thomas' NHS Foundation

Dementia Awareness
Dr Jane Youell, Clinical Psychologist

Conclusion and Q&A


About the speakers

Dr. Frances Dockery:

Frances Dockery has been a consultant physician at Guy's and St Thomas' since 2004 and practices acute general internal medicine and geriatric medicine. She runs the orthopaedic liaison (ortho-geriatric) service and established the Trust fracture liaison service.

Frances is:

•NICE guideline development group member on fracture risk assessment

•Steering group member of pilot national fragility fracture liaison database

•expert member of London Bridge Research Ethics committee.

Paul Sugarhood:

Paul is a Senior Lecturer in occupational therapy at London South Bank University. His research areas of interest are older people and ageing in place, assistive technology, environmental adaptation, and innovation in health and social care. Prior to joining LSBU, he worked as a clinical occupational therapist in the NHS in the UK and in Brazil, including time as a clinician and manager in falls prevention services for older people in east London.


Alexandra King:

Ammi began lecturing at St Mary's in September 2004 primarily on the Nutrition programme. Prior to this she had been employed as a post-graduate teaching assistant whilst carrying out an MPhil. She graduated from St Mary's in 2000 with a BSc (Hons) in Biology with Sport Science and has since been awarded an MPhil from the University of Surrey. The title of her thesis is 'Factors Affecting Food Intake in Older People Living in Different Residential Situations' and Ammi's primary research interests lie within this area. She has presented work from her MPhil at two conferences.Ammi has acted as a reviewer for the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. She is also in the process of completing an MSc in Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey in addition to a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education at St Mary's.


Sarah Ritchie:

Sarah qualified as a physiotherapist from King's College London, before carrying out a diverse range of rotations at Homerton University Hospital  and now works at Guy's and St Thomas'.  During this time, she has worked specifically with older adults in the ward, outpatient and community settings and has also assisted with clinical teaching at King's College London.  Sarah's interest particularly lies with falls and balance within older adults, she has spent the previous year working with the multi-disciplinary balance team and on the Older Person's Assessment Unit.   Sarah now works as a full time specialist physiotherapist in the Older Person's Assessment Unit;  the service is multi-disciplinary in approach, assessing and treating older adults with musculo-skeletal injuries, falls and fracture clinic assessments, as well as providing strength and balance exercise rehabilitation in a group setting.


David Herdman:

David joined the Guy’s and St.Thomas’ balance clinic in 2012. He works alongside other physiotherapists, audiologists and an audiovestibular physician in the balance clinic. He has a broad range of experience and has completed basic and advanced accreditation training in vestibular rehabilitation in the USA. He is also an NIHR trainee and is completing a PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London developing new treatments for people with chronic dizziness. David is the Chair of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Vestibular Rehabilitation (ACPIVR), which provides support and training to physiotherapist throughout the country.


Dr. Jane Youell:

Dr Jane Youell is a chartered psychologist and an experienced qualitative researcher with particular interests in dementia, autism, learning disability, family and relationships. She has a first class honours degree in psychology and has recently been awarded a PhD. Her doctoral work addressed the issue of intimacy, sexuality and dementia. Jane is a freelance researcher and consultant. Currently the main body of her work focuses on facilitating dementia awareness training and creating a community dementia hub in Lutterworth, Leicestershire.  She has also been commissioned to work with Dementia UK to develop a training programme to enable Admiral Nurses to better support couples living with dementia particularly in relation to intimacy and sexuality. Jane was the former Dementia Lead at Milton Keynes University Hospital and continues to work directly with patients and carers in her consultancy work.  Jane regularly lectures on the undergraduate nursing degree course and the Advanced Dementia Care masters course at the University of Northampton.  Since March 2015 Jane has been an active member of the Dementia Academic Action Group (DAAG) where she has facilitated tier 1 dementia awareness training in GP practices, care homes and hospital settings. This training is based on contemporary dementia theory, evidence based practice and enhanced by examples of real life cases. She will shortly be undertaking Best Interest Assessor training.  


The BSO regrets that no refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found.  The BSO cannot guarantee that any course will run.  In the event of your course being cancelled, all paid fees and deposits will be refunded in full.

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Saturday, 14 October 2017 from 09:30 to 17:30 (BST)

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