Red Flags & Rheumatology

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Bedford Hospital North Wing, Bedford

Kimbolton Road
MK40 2AW
United Kingdom

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52.1427087, -0.4598787

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NCORE (National Centre of Rehabilitation Education)

01332 254679

Red Flags & Rheumatology

Date: 27th November 2020

Venue: Bedford Hospital North Wing, Kimbolton Road, Bedford MK40 2AW.

Lecturers: Andrew Cuff BSc (hons) MSc CMP MCSP

Jack March Bsc (hons) MCSP

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This one-day 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.

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.


Course Outline:

Recognising Rheumatology/Systemic Inflammatory Disorders

  • Why is it relevant to MSK?
  • Overview of conditions
  • Specific conditions
  • Differential diagnosis

Proceeding upon recognition

  • Onward Referral
  • Investigations (bloods/scans)
  • Immediate management/advice



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: 7 hours


Fee: £150 (Including refreshments)

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


Course Programme

08.45                 Registration & Coffee

09.00                 Introduction

09.10                  Red Flags, Diagnostic Validity & Systems Thinking

10:45                  Coffee

11:00                  Pathologies of the Cord & Tumours

  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Conus Medullaris Syndrome
  • Spinal Tumours
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Metastatic Spinal Cord Compression

12:30                  Lunch break

13:00                  Introduction

  • Rheumatlogy Overview
  • Specific Conditions

14:45                  Coffee

15:00                  Specific Conditions

16.15 - 16:30    Case studies

17.00                  Close