Red Flags, Serious Spinal Pathology & Systems Thinking

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Florence Nightingale Community Hospital

London Road
United Kingdom

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NCORE (National Centre of Rehabilitation Education)

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Red Flags, Serious Spinal Pathology & Systems Thinking

30th March 2022

Venue: Florence Nightingale Community Hospital, London Road, Derby DE1 2QY.

Lecturer: Andrew Cuff BSc (Hons) MSc SRP MCSP   

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Andrew works as a Consultant Physiotherapist and national Head of MSK for Connect Health. This role involves a clinical caseload within community MSK (Tier 1 and Tier 2) alongside providing clinical leadership to sixteen MSK services across England.

Alongside this clinical role, Andrew is an active researcher studying for a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University and has published numerous articles in the Musculoskeletal domain and is a proud author for the Cochrane Bone, Joint and Muscle Trauma Group. In 2020, Andrew became a National Trainer of FCP/APs for HEE as per the roadmap to practice following this, in 2021, he was provided an honorary associate professorship at the University of Bradford, teaching on the postgraduate MSK and FCP programme. 

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. 


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 Advanced Practice clinicians within MSK/Orthopaedic triage or experienced APPs looking for an update.


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.


Topics covered include:

  • Hierarchical Red Flags & Red Herrings                           
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Metastatic Spinal Cord Compression
  • Neurological Red Flags – including Myelopathy
  • Vascular Red Flags – including Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Traumatic Red Flags – including Fractures
  • Infective Red Flags – including Pyogenic and Non-Pyogenic
  • Inflammatory Flags – including Axial SpA
  • Advanced Clinical Examination of the Vascular and Neurological Systems


CPD: 7.5 hours

Fee: £155

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