ORUK Online Specialty Series for Paediatric MSK Physiotherapists



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

The first online series attended by physiotherapists with a particular interest in neurodisability, received outstanding feedback and as a result we are now planning for two more online series in 2022:

  1. a Summer course devoted to MSK Paediatric physiotherapists
  2. a Winter course focused on Paediatric feet

These courses build on and extend the theoretical knowledge covered in the Foundation and Advanced courses last year, concentrating more on the controversies and dilemmas, and the new independent roles physiotherapists are increasingly taking on. A new feature of these webinars is the round-table “Question Time” discussion panel featuring experts in the field; you the audience get to pose the questions and take on the debate.

A series of podcasts, PhysioNote Sounds, accompanies the course and is free to access for all.

All participants will be provided with access to PhysioNote, an online forum for physiotherapists to exchange opinions, share knowledge and post clinical cases and receive/provide advice. Challenging cases for discussion during the webinar will be posted here for you to add your comments and questions.

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.

All sessions will be recorded, you will have access to all recorded sessions and be able to revisit these as and when you require.


A quality up-to-date review paper will be emailed to delegates a week before the webinar. An illustrative challenging case scenario relevant to the topic will be posted on PhysioNote for your comments. Copies of national guidelines will be emailed following each webinar where appropriate.

All participants will have the opportunity to submit their own clinical cases up to 3 days prior to the webinar for the cases to be discussed live during the webinar by the course convenors, guest speakers as well as their peers.

Each 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.
  • Live polls
  • Interactive discussion of the challenging case scenario
  • Interactive “Question Time” round-table discussion with the questions chosen by you
  • Discussion of cases submitted by delegates, or illustrative cases submitted by the convenors (or both)

The Programme

Each weekly webinar will last approximately 120 minutes, broadcast live on a Monday from 19:00 to 21:00 BST

Week 1: 6 June – Triage of paediatric orthopaedic problems
Week 2: 13 June – X-ray interpretation in children
Week 3: 20 June – The paediatric knee: Congenital and acquired paediatric problems
Week 4: 27 June – Developmental hip dysplasia
Week 5: 4 July –The paediatric foot: Flexible and rigid deformities
Week 6: 11 July – The painful paediatric hip: Perthes disease and slipped capital femoral epiphysis

  • 46 spaces remaining
    Week 1: Triage of Paediatric orthopaedic problems
    Location Online
  • 49 spaces remaining
    Week 2: X-rays Interpretation in Children
    Location Online
  • 46 spaces remaining
    Week 3: The paediatric knee: Congenital and Acquired Paediatric problems
    Location Online
  • 48 spaces remaining
    Week 4: Developmental Hip Dysplasia
    Location Online
  • 49 spaces remaining
    Week 5: The Paediatric Foot: Flexible and Rigid Deformities
    Location Online
  • 51 spaces remaining
    Week 6: The painful paediatric Hip: Perthes disease and Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
    Location Online


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.

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.

Event Details

(06/06 at 19:00 PM ) Week 1: Triage of Paediatric orthopaedic problems - £25.00
(13/06 at 19:00 PM ) Week 2: X-rays Interpretation in Children - £25.00
(20/06 at 19:00 PM ) Week 3: The paediatric knee: Congenital and Acquired Paediatric problems - £25.00
(27/06 at 19:00 PM ) Week 4: Developmental Hip Dysplasia - £25.00
(04/07 at 19:00 PM ) Week 5: The Paediatric Foot: Flexible and Rigid Deformities - £25.00
(11/07 at 19:00 PM ) Week 6: The painful paediatric Hip: Perthes disease and Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis - £25.00
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