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Paediatric Orthopaedic workshop (Peter Beirne)

Tutor - Peter Beirne Grad Dip Phys MCSP

Peter Beirne graduated from Royal Liverpool Hospital College School of Physiotherapy in 1991. In 1996 he took a full time position at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool. At this time he began to develop the Paediatric Orthopaedic Service within the Trust and also became involved with the English and Welsh Athletics Teams. Following promotion to Superintendent at Alder Hey in 1996, he continued to develop the inpatient and outpatient Orthopaedic service and worked closely in setting up the Paediatric Ilizarov service. He became a member of the British Athletic Team and attended numerous international meetings as athletic team Physiotherapist, culminating in 1998 when he was part of the Medical Team supporting the English Team at the Commonwealth games in Kuala Lumpur. Since 1996, he has also been employed as Physiotherapist to the Everton Football Academy. His work encompasses the full time and academy players as well as setting up a musculoskeletal screening programme and assisting in the audit of injuries and musculoskeletal research.

Becoming a Clinical Specialist in 1998 he set up the adolescent knee pain clinic and the Ponsetti method clinic with the Orthopaedic surgeons to treat babies with Talipes deformities. For the past several years he has presented the Paediatric Orthopaedic Modules at Liverpool and Salford Universities at undergraduate level, as well as lecturing locally and nationally on Orthopaedics and Children in Sport,

Course Description

This introductory course focuses on a specific area of Paediatric therapy - orthopaedics. The course comprises a mix of theory and practical workshops. The delegate will gain an introduction and insight into the assessment, management and problem solving in this challenging client group.  Practical skills will also be taught in the workshops. Throughout, this course will be led in an open style, encouraging delegate participation and exchange of ideas and information.

Course outline

  • Growth and development of the skeleton
  • Growth phases and how they affect the body
  • Common orthopaedic problems and management
  • Use of X Rays in Paediatrics with conditions discussed
  • Children in sport, including the effects of puberty
  • Talent identification and age banding
  • Role of physiotherapy
  • Effects of training and exercise
  • X-ray workshop
  • Chronic Pain in children
  • Case Studies
Delegate costs: 


Organiser name: 
Ken Joy
Organiser telephone: 
01202 568898
Organiser email:


Where & When

24 Feb 2018
09.00 - 16.00
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9WL
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