On-demand course

ORUK Online Specialty Series for Paediatric MSK Physiotherapists

Recorded: June―July 2022


Please note, this on-demand course solely consists of recorded sessions from the live course that ran from June―July 2022 and is not interactive. All lectures and associated documents were correct at the time of recording. On-demand courses cannot be purchased on behalf of someone else; please log into the ORUK account that requires access to the course materials, before purchasing.

On-demand courses are non-refundable. You will have access to the content for 12 weeks from date of purchase.

During the popular online courses for paediatric orthopaedic physiotherapists (2021), it became obvious that there was a lot of interest in the sub-specialties from clinicians with highly specialised caseloads. In response we launched the “Specialty Series” of intensive and focused online courses devoted to particular areas of clinical practice.

This series is designed for MSK Paediatric physiotherapists. By the end of the course, you will be confident in being up-to-date with the latest clinical concepts, red flags and referral criteria, as well as all the important national guidelines for children with MSK problems.

You will be given access to quality up-to-date review papers and copies of national guidelines.

Each recorded webinar consists of:

  • An initial presentation discussing clinical problems we treat together, updates on modern clinical practice, examination techniques, differential diagnoses, red flags and reasons to refer, rehabilitation issues, and national guidelines
  • Discussion of a challenging case scenario
  • Question time with the panel – questions chosen by the live audience
  • Discussion of cases submitted by the live audience, or illustrative cases submitted by the convenors (or both)

As part of the course, we launched PhysioNote, an online forum for physiotherapists to exchange opinions, share knowledge and post clinical cases and receive/provide advice. Challenging cases were posted for discussion during the webinars, which you can still access post course. You can also access the associated podcasts using PhysioNote Sounds, which are freely available to everyone, even if you haven’t subscribed.

What's included?

Each recorded webinar lasts approximately 120 minutes

Triage of paediatric orthopaedic problems

Guests: Ms Hazel Bartley, Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner, Evelina Children's Hospital London and Mr Johann Delport, Clinical Lead MSK Children's Community Physiotherapist, Children's and Specialist Services, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust

X-ray interpretation in children

Guests: N/A

The paediatric knee: congenital and acquired paediatric problems

Guests: Mr Matt Denton, ESP in Paediatric Knees, Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Mr Nick Nicolaou, Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Sheffield Children’s Hospital

Developmental hip dysplasia

Guests: Christine Douglas, Paediatric ESP, RNOH Stanmore and Kath Thacker, Clinical Lead & Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner – Paediatric MSK/Orthopaedics, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The paediatric foot: flexible and rigid deformities

Guests: Roslynn Baker, Paediatric Physiotherapist, Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and Denise Watson-Tann, Advanced Practice Physiotherapist in Paediatric Orthopaedics, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London

The painful paediatric hip: perthes disease and slipped capital femoral epiphysis

Guests: Adam Galloway, Children's Physiotherapist, Leeds Children’s Hospital and Frances Sutton, Extended Scope Physiotherapist, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital


Mr Gavin Spence

Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Evelina London Children’s Hospital

Gavin Spence is a full time Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon at Evelina London Children’s Hospital. His particular clinical interest is in external fixation and limb deformity correction. Prior to this he was a consultant for King’s College Hospital London (Dubai) and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, treating children with a variety of tertiary paediatric orthopaedic conditions including neuromuscular pathology. He trained in London and Cambridge, with fellowships in Great Ormond Street, Stanmore, and Adelaide.

Mr Michail Kokkinakis

Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Evelina London Children’s Hospital

Michail Kokkinakis is a consultant paediatric orthopaedic surgeon at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital and an honorary senior lecturer at King’s College London University. His subspecialty interests include adolescent hip preservation surgery, sports injuries, cerebral palsy and complex feet deformities. He received his subspecialty fellowship training at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Stanmore, Evelina London Children’s Hospital and Glasgow Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

Michail graduated from the medical school of University of Frankfurt in Germany and received his surgical and orthopaedic training in both the UK and Greece. He has a PhD in orthopaedics awarded by the University of Frankfurt and a PgCert in strategic management and leadership awarded by the University of Teesside. He has 25 Medline publications and 27 podium presentations in national and international orthopaedic meetings.

Michail in actively involved in various research projects with regards to innovation in clinical practice and acts as Principal Investigator for clinical trials at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital. Michail is member of the British Society for Children’s Orthopaedic Surgery, British Society for Surgery in Cerebral Palsy and the European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society. He is the co-chair of Cerebral Palsy Integrated Pathway for South East England and regular reviewer for the Bone and Joint Journal.

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