Musculoskeletal Medicine, London 2014

Saturday 1 November 2014

This one day Masterclass covers all the essential updates, new guidelines and best practice in the management of key musculoskeletal conditions in primary care. Update your knowledge with our six expert speakers and improve your practice instantly with their live practical demonstrations and targeted learning bites.

CPD points: 6 hours per day

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Course Details

Date: Saturday 1 November 2014

Start Time: 9am

End Time: 5pm

Audience: GPs, GP trainees and nurses

Location: BMA House, London, WC1H 9JR

Map of BMA House, London, WC1H 9JR

Course Includes:

Track Your Learning guides

6 month subscription to BMJ Best Practice

Attendance certificate

Comprehensive course handbook

Counts towards your Revalidation

BMJ Masterclass in Musculoskeletal medicine

8am - 9am Registration and Refreshments
9.00am - 9.10am Welcome and Introduction by the Chair, Dr Elspeth Wise
9.10am - 10.00am

Foot and ankle pain with Dr Jill Halstead Rastrick

• Triaging and managing common foot and ankle problems
• Infection vs swollen joints in the foot and ankle
• Best practice in referring for radiology, what you might see in a report and what to do next
• When to refer and to whom, including a summary of what different specialities offer

10.00am - 10.10am

Learning bite: The Fibroymalgia consultation with Dr Richard Smith

 10.10am - 11.00am

Hip and Knee Pain with Dr Richard Smith

• Examination tips to aid diagnosis
• Differential diagnosis for hip and groin pain
• Management of common hip and knee problems
• Hip and knee—red flags

11.00am - 11.20am Refreshments
11.20am - 12.05am

Elbow and Wrist with Dr Marwan Bukhari

Our speaker will guide you through the identification of patients with inflammatory arthritis, including the signs and symptoms to look out for and appropriate management. He will also talk about other elbow and wrist complaints that you may encounter in primary care, such as:
• Osteoarthritis
• Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Trigger fingers
• Dupuytren’s contracture and Raynaud’s disease
• Dequervain’s tenosynovitis
• Olecranon bursitis
• Recognising complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)

 12.05am - 12.20am

Learning bite: Gout with Dr Elspeth Wise

12.20am - 1.20pm Lunch
1.20pm - 2.05pm
Sponsored symposium supported by AbbVie. 

For information on how BMJ Masterclasses work with sponsors, please see our sponsorship page
2.05pm - 2.15pm

Learning bite: Neck Pain with Dr Stephen Longworth

 2.15pm - 3.05pm

Back Pain with Dr Stephen Longworth

This session will help improve your skills and knowledge in the diagnosis and management of back pain in primary care. Our expert speaker will discuss:
• A practical approach to the examination of the back in your consultation
• Diagnostic triage of back pain
• Red flags and risk factors for chronicity
• The STarT Back Stratification Tool
• Treatment
• Web-based resources for managing back pain

3.05pm - 3.25pm Refreshments
3.25pm - 4.15pm

 Pain in multiple joints with Dr Steven Young Min

This session will provide a diagnostic approach to the patient presenting with widespread musculoskeletal pain. It will briefly outline relevant investigation and management of a range of conditions, including
• Inflammatory arthritis
• Polymyalgia rheumatica
• Hypermobility
• Vitamin D deficiency

4.15pm - 4.55pm

 Shoulder pain - examination and management tips with Dr Elspeth Wise

• How to examine and diagnose common shoulder problems seen in primary care
• When to arrange imaging of the shoulder
• Update on shoulder injections

4.55pm-5pm Summary and closing remarks

 Programme subject to change. Session summaries will be added in due course.

Speaker biographies

Dr Elspeth Wise - chair

Salaried GP Washington Primary Care Centre and Sunderland CCG MSK lead

Elspeth Wise is a salaried GP in Washington, Tyne and Wear and also works in both hospital and community rheumatology clinics. She has been awarded an MD for research focused on GP registrars' musculoskeletal education and has a particular interest in osteoarthritis and gout.

Declaration of interests: I have received consultancy fees from Abb Vie, Astra Zeneca, Johnson & Johnson

"Elspeth Wise was effective, articulate and chaired the day very well" GP Partner, Manchester 2013

Dr Richard Smith

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

Richard Smith is a consultant rheumatologist at Salisbury Hospital. He trained in London and then spent a year at the New South Wales Institute of Sports Medicine. Dr Smith runs a multidisciplinary musculoskeletal and sports medicine clinic every week. He sits on the BSR clinical affairs committee, the BIMM council, UK MSK diploma council (for which he also examines) and RSM Sports and Exercise Medicine council. He lectures on the BMJ masterclass circuit and for the BSR Primary Care Society and the RCGP. Dr Smith has also written a musculoskeletal chapter for e learning for the RCGP. In his spare time he is doctor to the World's Strongest Man and Superstars tournaments.

"Extremely sensible concise information on exactly what one needs to know as a GP" Medico-legal GP expert,  Manchester 2013

Dr Marwan Bukhari

Consultant rheumatologist and honorary senior lecturer, University hospitals of Morecambe bay NHS trust

Marwan Bukhari is a consultant rheumatologist at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust and an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Liverpool. His clinical base is at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. Dr Bukhari trained in rheumatology and epidemiology in Manchester. His research interests include inflammatory arthritis and quality of life in patients with arthritis and osteoporosis. He is informatics lead for the British Society for Rheumatology and leads on Payment by Results and Choose and Book. Dr Bukhari is educational lead for medicine for students at the Universities of Lancaster and Liverpool.

Declaration of interests: Honoraria from Abbvie, Merck, Pfizer, UCB celltech, TREG ,Roche, assistance at attending meetings from Abbvie, Merck, Pfizer, UCB celltech, Roche

"Nice overview, clarified what to refer and what to manage in primary care".  Delegate, London 2012

Dr Stephen Longworth

GP Principal and Specialist Doctor in Orthopaedic Spine Clinic, Leicester

Stephen Longworth has been a full time GP in Leicester for 27 years and also works as a specialist doctor in the orthopaedic spine clinic at Leicester General Hospital. He was the first GPSI in musculoskeletal medicine in Leicester where he is now a muskuloskeletal tutor to other GPs. He is a past president of the Primary Care Rheumatology Society, a tutor and examiner for the diploma in primary care rheumatology at the University of Bath and has a masters degree in sport and exercise medicine. He is co-author of a book on joint and soft tissue injection techniques.

"Brilliant! Really practical and really entertaining - give him more time!" Delegate, London 2012

Dr Steven Young Min

Consultant Rheumatologist, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Steven Young Min qualified from Oxford University and was a specialist registrar in the Northern deanery where his PhD research was in early rheumatoid arthritis. He was appointed to his consultant post in Portsmouth in 2006 and is clinical lead for ankylosing spondylitis and osteoporosis services.

 "Really good case based presentation with useful practical suggestions" Delegate, London 2012

Further speaker biographies and declarations will be uploaded in due course.

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Short topics, clear concise information.


Well structured with good emphasis on primary care assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions.

High standard of lecturers.


Musculoskeletal medicine has been on my appraisal 'to do' list for about the last 3 years. It is not my favourite area and so the fact that I totally enjoyed the day and felt really enthused at the end is testament to the quality of the speakers.