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Musculoskeletal Medicine Masterclass

Date: Saturday 5 October 2019

Audience: GPs of all grades (partner, salaried, locum and trainee)

Also relevant for: Practice nurses

Limited time to register – prices from £180

Musculoskeletal medicine is largely glossed over at medical school, but makes up roughly 30% of all GP consultations. MSK conditions can vary hugely in presentation, from work related accidents to sports injuries and chronic pain, and can have a huge impact on the quality of life of your patients.

Our Musculoskeletal Medicine masterclass will give you the latest updates and practical tips on managing patients who present with common MSK conditions. Our expert speakers will demonstrate examination techniques and help you build your knowledge and tackle tricky conditions so you can manage them in your practice with confidence.


  • 6 CPD points
  • Expert speakers who give you practical tips on how to interpret the latest guidelines and evidence in your practice
  • GP workbook of top tips from our expert speakers
  • Interactive voting – make decisions on cases as you would in your practice and see if your peers and our speakers agree
  • Dedicated question time with the experts – quiz them on a tricky condition, or get advice on how to manage a specific patient
  • The opportunity to discuss key topics with colleagues working in the same environment
  • 6 month subscription to BMJ Best Practice & BMJ Learning

8:15 - 9:00

Mindfulness or Yoga (optional)

Delegates will have a choice of sessions to attend in this slot

9:15 - 9:45

Keynote: The NHS People Plan – What does it mean for me? (optional)

In June 2019 the interim NHS England People Plan was announced. The Plan sets out a vision for a new way of working that will deliver more joined up, patient centered care while at the same time improving work-life balance and flexibility for staff across the organisation. 

It’s an ambitious project with far reaching objectives, from improving leadership culture, to tackling workforce shortages and introducing new operating models. In this opening session, Helen Bevan will discuss what the NHS People Plan will mean for you, what changes are to come, and how its influence will be felt across the four nations.

Helen Bevan, Chief Transformation Officer, NHS Horizons

9:55 - 10:00

Musculoskeletal medicine: Welcome and Introductions

Elspeth Wise, Salaried GP, Washington Tyne and Wear

10:00 - 10:45

Back and neck pain

Includes 10 minute Q&A session

Diarmaid FergusonAdvanced Musculoskeletal Practitioner

10:45 - 11:10

Morning break and refreshments

Delegates will have the opportunity to browse the exhibition and network with fellow attendees.

11:10 - 11:55

Foot and ankle pain

Includes 10 minute Q&A session

Jill Halstead-Rastrick, Advanced Musculoskeletal Podiatrist, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

11:55 - 12:00

Learning bites

Quick wins you can implement immediately into your practice

12:00 - 12:45

Hand and elbow pain

Includes 10 minute Q&A session

Richard Smith, Consultant in Rheumatology and MSK Tutor, Salisbury Hospital and British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine

12:45 - 13:55

Lunch and networking

Why not:

  • Explore the Careers Fair Exhibition
  • CV checking and 1-2-1 Careers Advice
  • View our Live Jobs Board
  • Pensions Advice

13:55 - 14:00

Learning bites

14:00 - 14:45

Hip and knee pain

Includes 10 minute Q&A session

Abtin Alvand, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre & University of Oxford

14:45 - 15:10

Afternoon break and refreshments

An opportunity to visit our exhibitors in the exhibition area

15:10 - 15:55

Shoulder pain

Includes 10 minute Q&A session

Elspeth Wise, Salaried GP

15:55 - 16:00

Learning bites 

16:00 - 16:45

Multi-joint pain

Includes 10 minute Q&A session

Pamela Peterson, Consultant Rheumatologist, Gateshead NHS Foundation Trust

16:45 - 16:50

Summary and close

*Programme Subject to change

Tailor your experience
BMJ Live is a multi stream conference, so you can tailor your experience by also choosing to attend sessions from our other courses and workshops running at the same time. View the full programme options below.

Other streams on Friday 4 October
Physicians General Update
Taking Control of Your workload
Getting your work published
Clinical Pharmacist in General Practice 

Other streams on Saturday 5 October
Musculoskeletal Medicine
Care of the Older Person
Physicians General Update
Taking Control of Your workload
Managing complexity and uncertainty

BMJ Careers Fair
As part of your conference package you will also have access to our careers fair exhibition, and a variety of content to help you progress your career. View the programme.

This was a very useful day for me. The course was focused to GP related problems, very interactive. I enjoyed the course and would like to recommend my friends to attend similar courses in future

Musculoskeletal Medicine Masterclass, September 2015


It was an interesting day; lots of information to process and make changes to my consultation techniques

Musculoskeletal Medicine Masterclass, September 2015


Designed for GPs and full of practical tips which will aid good practice

Musculoskeletal Medicine Masterclass, September 2015

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