Red Flags & Rheumatology

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Whittington Hospital, London

Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
United Kingdom

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51.5658048, -0.1386851

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NCORE (National Centre of Rehabilitation Education)

01332 254679

Red Flags & Rheumatology

Date: 12th – 13th September 2020

Venue: Whittington Hospital, Magdala Avenue, London N19 5NF.

Lecturers: Andrew Cuff BSc (hons) MSc CMP MCSP

Jack March Bsc (hons) MCSP

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A unique opportunity to attend both the popular ‘Red Flags, Serious Spinal Pathology & Systems Thinking’ and ‘Rheumatology in MSK: Recognition and Management’.


Day 1

This workshop focuses on the development of clinical reasoning in relation to the detection of non-musculoskeletal disorders presenting within the Musculoskeletal clinic through a perspective of ‘Systems Thinking’. Andrew discusses the utility of Red Flags and how to incorporate these alongside ‘Systems Thinking’ to aid clinical reasoning.

Course Outline:

Case studies are used to aid transfer of theory into practice with a focus on the development of Clinical Reasoning. There is a strong focus on ‘Systems Thinking’ to help clinicians identify those non-Musculoskeletal conditions that may be masquerading as such.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To equip delegates with the signs and symptoms of common serious and masquerading pathology in relation to the spine.
  2. To discuss and evaluate appropriate work up and pathways in relation to such conditions.
  3. To develop the clinical reasoning of the delegates with a focus on ‘Systems Thinking’.
  4. To equip delegates with advanced assessment skills in relation to the Neurological and Vascular systems.

Who is this course suitable for?

Due to the changing nature of MSK service delivery, this course is suitable for all musculoskeletal practitioners. It will be particularly useful to first contact practitioners, aspiring ESP clinicians within MSK/Orthopaedic triage or experienced ESPs looking for an update.



Day 2

This course will cover the recognition of Rheumatology and Systemic Inflammatory Disorders; following recognition the appropriate immediate management, investigations and onward referral as well as the required Physiotherapy management of such presentations.

Who is this course suitable for?

The course is suitable for all Physiotherapists in Musculoskeletal settings who are involved in the recognition, monitoring or management of Rheumatology disorders. It will be particularly useful to First Contact Practitioners, aspiring Advanced Practice Physiotherapists (APPS) or experienced APPs looking for an update.



Andrew Cuff BSc (Hons) MSc CMP MCSP - Red Flags Pathology

Andrew works as a Consultant Physiotherapist and is the youngest ever in the UK to be bestowed with this title. This role involves a clinical caseload in both the Wakefield Musculoskeletal (MSK) Service and the North Kirklees Integrated MSK and Pain Service for Connect Health alongside providing leadership to nine MSK, Pain and Rheumatology services within the North of England.
Alongside this clinical role, Andrew is an active researcher studying for a PhD at Keele University and has published numerous articles in the Musculoskeletal domain and is a proud author for the Cochrane Bone, Joint and Muscle Trauma Group.
Andrew has presented his research at both national and international scientific meetings and conferences. Previously a Research Physiotherapist at the University of Warwick, Andrew has both taught and examined on the Orthopaedic component of the Medicine degree.
Andrew sits on the board of the European Society of Shoulder & Elbow Rehabilitation (EUSSER) and is Chair of South West Yorkshire Advanced Physiotherapy Practice Network. 


Jack March BSc (Hons) MCSP – Red Flags, Rheumatology

Jack is Rheumatology Clinical lead for Chews Health and a Specialist Physio in Orthopaedics in the NHS. Alongside his clinical roles he provides CPD seminars on recognising Rheumatology, has written for the Physio First Journal InTouch and is part of The Physio Matters Podcast Team.


CPD: 14 hours


Fee: £150 for day 1 only or £300 for both days (Including refreshments)

Limited funded places may be available for AHP’s and Nurses working for the NHS within the East Midlands | 01332 254679 |