Free webinar: Growing pains – bringing the team together | 9 January 2023


“Growing Pains” in children are common, worrying for parents, and poorly understood. But what treatment or advice can we give? What is the outlook? And how do we avoid missing other potentially serious diagnoses? In this collaboration between The Royal College of Podiatry (RCPod) and Orthopaedic Research UK (ORUK), we will tackle these issues and explore how we work together in the best interest of patients.

Target audience:

MSK podiatrists, orthopaedic registrars and consultants

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If you would like to join this teaching session, please register here (Zoom registration link) in advance.

Certificate of attendance:

The webinar is free to attend, but if you require a certificate of attendance – CPD: 1 hour, we ask that you kindly purchase this by selecting the £5 ticket option.

Serial Casting Podcast:

Specialist paediatric podiatrists Nina Davies and James Welch discuss the challenges and rewards of paediatric practice with children’s orthopaedic surgeons Michalis Kokkinakis and Gavin Spence. In this first podcast of the series, they explore the differences between adult and children’s conditions, the mutual need for multidisciplinary team-working, and how best to achieve that.

Listen to “Serial Casting” on your favourite podcast platform

The Programme

19:00  Introduction, Convenors/Hosts

19:05  Growing pains – bringing the team together

19:45  Invited questions

20:00  Close

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Mr Gavin Spence

Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, King's College Hospital London (Dubai)

Gavin Spence is a full time paediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, King’s College Hospital London (Dubai). His particular clinical interest is in external fixation and limb deformity correction. Prior to this he was a consultant for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, 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.

Ms Nina Davies

Podiatrist and Clinical Systems Pathway Development Lead, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Ms Nina Davies is Podiatrist and and Clinical Systems Pathway Development Lead, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust. She is a visiting lecturer at Staffordshire University and has developed educational content for University of Plymouth on the lower limb for MSc and BSc (apprenticeship) programmes respectively. Nina is passionate about long term conditions, public health, children’s podiatry and developing practice nationally. She is the post graduate advisor for the Children’s Podiatry Special Advisory Group, editor for the Children’s Podiatry Clinical Framework and works with the College of Podiatry to promote podiatry.

Mr James Welch

Mr James Welch, Advanced Specialist Podiatrist in Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Paediatrics, NHS Surrey

James graduated in 2001 from University College London (UCL) and The London Foot Hospital. Since then he has worked in both the private sector and the NHS where he currently holds the post of Advanced Specialist Podiatrist in Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Paediatrics. In 2018, he completed his Masters degree in the Principles of Podiatric Surgery from the University of Brighton, with his dissertation focusing on the role of steroid injections for recalcitrant plantar fasciopathy.

James has lectured nationally and internationally for a number of years and is the current vice chair of the Children’s Podiatry Special Advisory Group, as well as one of the main contributors to the Paediatric Podiatry Clinical Framework. He has a special interest in hypermobility and hypermobility disorders, paediatric heel pain (Calcaneal Apophysitis) and paediatric flat feet and is currently involved in 2 separate research projects in these areas. James is also one of the current Deputy Professional Editors for the Royal College of Podiatry professional magazine ‘The Podiatrist’.

Certificate of attendance - CPD: 1 hour

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