FCP & Primary Care MSK Practice - A Systematic Approach - Series 2

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Helping you Navigate the Complexities of First Contact MSK Practice in Primary Care with a Systematic Approach - online live event.

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Why this course?

Is dealing with complex patient presentations in a short time, proving a challenge?

Would you like to have a systematic approach to your assessment, to ensure that you deal with all the important aspects of a patient presentation?

Are you considering all the body systems that could possibly be the symptom driver?

Would you like to learn area wise "not to miss pathologies" for the upper quadrant?

Would you like to learn more on the referred pain presentations of the lower limb?


After the course you will have improved knowledge & skills on:

• Recognising important presentations in the upper quadrant.

• Using a systematic approach considering all major aspects of a patient presentation.

• Considering multiple body systems and their common presentations.

• Identifying patients who need urgent and immediate medical interventions.

• Holistic approach and encouraging healthy living.

• Pertinent blood tests and their result interpretation.

• Understanding of MSK investigations and when to request the appropriate investigations.

• Resources to use in your day to day clinics.


Event time: 9.00 till 13.15 with 15 mins break.


Thomas Mitchell - Wrist and Hand Disorders in Primary Care

Joe Askew - Not to Miss Pathologies of the Shoulder

Lizzie Marlow - Differential Diagnosis of Referred Leg Pain

Martin Thomas - Not to Miss Pathologies - Upper Quadrant.


1. Wrist and Hand Disorders in Primary Care

This live online event will explore the differential diagnosis of wrist and hand disorders in primary care. With the help of real case studies, Thomas Mitchell will be examining the presentation of both common and atypical wrist and hand cases, applicable for the MSK clinician working in primary care. Diagnostic triage and appropriate referral pathways will also be covered in this webinar.

2. Not to miss pathologies of the shoulder

The shoulder is an area where multiple pathologies can present and co-exist. Joe Askew will be discussing on recognising some important pathologies in the shoulder. He will discuss case studies from his extensive experience from working as a Shoulder and Elbow Advance Practitioner Physiotherapist.

3. Differential Diagnosis of Referred Leg Pain

This talk will cover the complex topic of referred leg pain in primary care. Lizzie Marlow will cover some key case studies which will include a broad spectrum of conditions that could potentially refer symptoms into the leg. This interactive talk will focus on history taking, differential diagnosis, clinical examination, the role of investigations and optimal primary care management.

4. Not to miss pathologies - upper quadrant

In this session, Martin will be exploring the pathologies that he has come across in the upper quadrant which should not be missed. Being aware of these conditions and picking them up early is vital. Failure to recognise some of these pathologies could have devastating consequences to the patients. He will also be discussing pathways to deal with these presentations as an FCP Practitioner.


1. Thomas G C Mitchell, Team Lead and Clinical Supervisor for FCP Role.

Thomas is a full-time MSK physiotherapy clinician of twenty-years standing. He holds posts as an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner in Primary Care, as a private practitioner and as Clinical Lead Wrist and Hand Therapist for One Health Group. Thomas lectures at post-graduate level extensively as a member of the Mulligan Concept Teachers Association, and co-teaches internationally on The Complete Upper Limb Course.

Thomas attained his MSc in Sports Injury from the University of Sheffield in 2006 and worked for ten-years full-time in the elite sporting environment, with positions held with the English Institute of Sport, GB Boxing, GB Wheelchair Rugby, and in professional football. He travelled extensively through this work, providing competition physiotherapy at Paralympic Games, World Championships, European Championships and was lead clinician for the World Series Boxing team, 2014 (British Lionhearts).

2. Joe Askew, Advanced Practice Physiotherapist (Shoulder & Elbow).

Joe Askew is a specialist shoulder and elbow physiotherapist and works as an Advanced Practitioner in Orthopaedics in Harrogate as well as being a partner at Yorkshire Shoulder Physiotherapy. Joe qualified from the University of the West of England, Bristol, with a degree in Physiotherapy in 2002. He has completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in musculoskeletal physiotherapy at Bradford University as well as the Upper Limb Trauma and Orthopaedics module at Salford University.

Joe is a visiting lecturer at the University of Leeds and Bradford. He is a trained injection therapist. He is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the Health Care Professions Council and the prestigious British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS). Joe sat on the organising committee for the BESS 2019 annual scientific meeting in Harrogate where he delivered a masterclass on the athletic elbow as well as chairing the AHP session. He is the former physiotherapy representative for the North and West Yorkshire Shoulder and Elbow Society (NWYSES) and works closely with surgeons across the region.

More recently Joe has developed a portfolio job plan and has helped to develop and deliver an FCP programme. He has a wealth of experience in the strategic, operational and clinical delivery of FCP services.

3. Martin Thomas MSc, MCSP, Cert Inj Therapy

First Contact Physiotherapy Practitioner.

Martin qualified as a physiotherapist in 1998 and has worked extensively in hospital and private practices within Asia, the Middle East and the UK.

Having specialised in musculoskeletal care, he works as a First Contact Practitioner Physiotherapist in the NHS and also in private practice. He has a special interest in the lower limb and running injuries too.

Martin has completed his masters in advanced physiotherapy from the University of Bradford. He also has completed his post-graduate certification in injection therapy and in first contact physiotherapy practice from the University of Central Lancashire.

4. Lizzie Marlow Specialist Lower Limb Physiotherapist

Lizzie is a specialist lower limb physiotherapist based in London and she has extensive experience working in professional sport as well as the NHS and private sector. Lizzie has a particular interest in complex foot and ankle conditions, running related injuries, knee injuries, patellofemoral pain syndrome, lower limb tendinopathy and hip and groin conditions.

Lizzie has completed advance clinical practice modules at King’s College University and The University of Hertfordshire. These courses have helped her to develop advanced skills in the assessment and management of patients with complex lower limb conditions. Lizzie also enjoys her role as a lecturer and course tutor on various lower limb and running courses, evening lectures and international symposiums


In the event of cancellation of the event due to any unforeseen circumstances, or any issues related to the course, our maximum liability will be a full refund of your course fee. Please note that Eventbrite will still hold their registration fee.

If you decide to cancel your registration, please apply through Eventbrite. We will refund the course fee minus the Eventbrite booking fee up to a week before the event. Up to a week before the event, you can also swap your seat with another candidate. The organisers cannot take responsibility for technical or internet connectivity issues from the participants' side. We strongly advise you to familiarise yourself on using zoom well in advance to the course date.

No refunds will be offered after the 23rd of January.

For any queries please email- firstcontactphysio1@gmail.com.

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