FCP & Primary Care MSK Practice - A Systematic Approach

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

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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?

Do you consider the mental health aspects of presenting patients?

Would you like to learn more about identifying rheumatology patients?


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

• 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.

• Considering the mental health of patients presenting to the FCP practice.

• 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.



9.00 am till 9.45 am - Dr James Noake - Top 5 Not-to-miss Pathologies of Hip& Groin in Primary Care

9.45 am till 10.30 am - Martin Thomas - Systematic approach to FCP and the Role of Investigations.

10.30 till 11.15 - Chandrasekhar Dekka - How to manage Uncertainty in FCP Clinic with Case Studies.

11.15 till 11.30 - Break

11.30 till 12.15 - Benoy Mathew - Overview of Multiple Joint Pain –When to Wait& Watch, Investigate or Refer?

12.15 till 13.00 - Lizzie Marlow - Top 5 Not-to-miss Pathologies of Foot and Ankle in Primary Care

13.00 till 13.30 - Questions and close.



Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine, Pure Sports Medicine, Bank, Spire Hartswood

Dr Noake is a consultant in sport and exercises medicine with over 12 years of experience working in a broad range of professional sport including rugby, athletics, gymnastics, cricket, football and disability sport.

He enjoys working with all patients struggling with musculoskeletal and sports-related conditions (acute and chronic) from the ‘weekend warrior’ to the elite athlete. He currently works at Pure Sports medicine, a multidisciplinary sports injury clinic in Bank (London).

He was the head doctor for London Irish RFC for 7 years and remains a consultant to them. He has been an event doctor at numerous national & international sporting events, worked at London 2012 as a sports physician in the athletes’ Polyclinic and alongside the Olympic & Paralympic training squads.

He has previously developed and led a pan CCG primary care musculoskeletal service. He has a diverse specialist background in trauma /orthopaedics, medicine, GP and rheumatology in addition to SEM, as well as postgraduate training in diagnostic and interventional MSK ultrasound, now teaching widely in this area.

He has a special interest in tendinopathy, interventional ultrasound; challenging case & clinical conundrums; red flags; sporting hip, groin and buttock pain; gym injuries; OA and exercise. He believes passionately in the multidisciplinary, non-surgical management of musculoskeletal injury.

2. Martin Thomas MSc, MCSP, PG Cert Inj Therapy, PG Cert in First Contact Practice

First Contact Physiotherapy Practitioner - NHS.

Martin qualified as a physiotherapist in 1998 and has worked extensively in hospital and private practice 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 lower limb and running injuries.

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.

3. Benoy Mathew MSc, MCSP, PG Cert Inj Therapy, PG Cert MSK Diagnostic Ultrasound

Advanced Practitioner Physiotherapist

Ben qualified as a physiotherapist in 1998 and has worked extensively in hospital, private practice and sporting settings within Asia, the Middle East and the UK.

Having specialised in musculoskeletal care, he works as an MSK Extended Scope Practitioner in the NHS and also in private practice. He has developed expert skills in treating complex lower limb pathologies, running injuries and chronic hip and groin patients. The majority of his private caseload is made up of complex lower limb pathologies, recreational runners and overuse lower limb injuries. He is also involved in training and designing screening programmes for various client groups in private practice.

Ben has completed his masters in advanced physiotherapy from the University of Hertfordshire in 2014 and was the national winner for the highest scoring candidate of the society of orthopaedic medicine registration examination and was the recipient of the Saunders prize for 2011.

Clinically, he deals with complex patients referred by GPs and for a second opinion on failed patients by other therapists. Ben loves a challenge and enjoys treating hip and groin patients and overuse running injuries. He is passionate about the application of research in clinical practice and is also involved in regular teaching nationwide on multiple lower limb courses.

4. Chandrasekhar Dekka, MSc MCSP - Director of Nexus Health

First Contact Physiotherapy Practitioner

Chandrasekhar Dekka is a Clinical Lead for FCP service and also works as an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner in General MSK conditions and Rheumatology. He has 7 years of advanced practice physiotherapy experience. He is also an Executive Committee member for APPN. He is also getting trained to be an MSK and rheumatology sonographer.

5. Lizzie Marlow

Specialist Lower Limb Physiotherapist

Lizzie is a senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist with over five years of postgraduate experience. Her passion for musculoskeletal rehabilitation was discovered whilst studying BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation at the University of the West of England. She gained experience working with professional and amateur athletes from a number of sports including Rugby and Football. She then went on to study MSc Physiotherapy at the University of Southampton, where she achieved a distinction and secured a role as a rotational physiotherapist for one of London’s leading hospitals, Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust.

She has a particular interest in lower limb injuries, including Patellofemoral Pain, Tendinopathy Management and ACL Rehabilitation.


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

If you decide to cancel your registration, we will refund the course fee minus the Eventbrite booking fee up to a week before the event. However, you can swap your place to another attendee you find till 17.00 Hrs on the 29th of October 2020.

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

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