Celebrating 25 Years! Advocating Pain management in Physiotherapy PPA Conference

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9:00 - 17:00
 Students:£50 (Discounts available)

Glasgow Caledonian University Conference Centre,Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA

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55.8657779, -4.2499464

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Physiotherapy Pain Association


The PPA has always been a special interest group which values education and scientific appraisal. It has been instrumental in raising the agenda of a biopsychosocial understanding of pain, a condition which transcends all the specialties of physiotherapy.

The PPA has been advocating for, and providing training and development in biopsychosocial approaches in pain management for 25 years. 

To celebrate this milestone, building on the success of our annual study days and responding to members’ appetite for further educational and networking events, we are delighted to announce that we will be running the PPA’s Inaugural Conference on the 26thJanuary in Glasgow, UK.

We will be reinstating the Pat Wall lecture which was first set up to acknowledge his invaluable contribution and support for the group in its early years. This years lecture will be delivered by Professor Frank Keefe, titled:

Teaching Practitioners to Deliver Psychologically Informed Treatment—Why Training Matters

Dr. Keefe is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center and a member of the Cancer Prevention, Detection, and Control Program of the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Dr. Keefe is Director of the Duke Pain Prevention and Treatment Research Program, an active clinical research program concerned with the behavioral assessment and treatment of patients having acute and persistent pain.  Dr. Keefe played a key role in the development of clinical pain services and pain research programs at Duke Medical Center.  For 20 years he directed the Pain Management Program and was a leader in the development of Duke Medical Center's multidisciplinary pain programs (both out-patient and in-patient.)  Dr. Keefe has developed and refined a number of treatment protocols for persistent pain conditions (e.g. cancer, arthritis) including spouse and partner-assisted pain coping skills training interventions.  He has conducted a number of randomized clinical trials testing the efficacy of these and other behavioral interventions (e.g. aerobic exercise protocols, yoga based interventions, mindfulness-based interventions, forgiveness-based interventions, loving kindness meditation, and emotional disclosure).  Dr. Keefe has served on numerous study sections and has chaired two NIH study sections (BMIO, PRDP).  Dr. Keefe has published over 370 papers, as well as 60 book chapters, and three (3) books on topics ranging from pain during mammography to the assessment and treatment of cancer pain at end of life.  He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal PAIN, the leading journal in the field of pain research.  In 2012 he was awarded the John D. Loeser award for excellence in clinical pain research by the International Association for the Study of Pain.  In 2016 he was awarded the Distinguished Scientist Award by the Society of Behavioral Medicine. 


Our plenary lectures will be:

The Role of Physiotherapists in Advocacy and Pain
Dr Paul Cameron
, Physiotherapist
National Lead Clinician (Acting) and Speciality Advisor to Chief Medical Officer

Founders Plenary Lecture
Heather Muncey
 & Dr Vicki Harding

We have convened a panel of people living with pain to participate in a facilitated discussion about their lived experiences and role of physiotherapists.


We will have four workshops on the day (participants will have the opportunity to attend two workshops). Choice of workshops will be confirmed upon receipt of payment.

Using Exposure Skills in Everyday Practice.
Clair Jacobs, Physiotherapist
Ann-Maria Ahern, Physiotherapist
Dr Lucie Knight, Counselling Psychologist
INPUT Pain Management Centre

NICE LBP Guidelines: moving from recommendations to implementation
Neil O’Connell, PhD, Senior Lecturer
Brunel University

Intimacy and Pain
Dr Su Yin Yap, Clinical Psychologist
Royal Free London NHS Trust & Katrine Petersen, Physiotherapist
UCLH Pain Management Centre

Compassion Focussed Therapy in practice
Dr Zoey Malpus, Clinical Psychologist
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS FoundationTrust
Dr Lesley Armitage, Counselling Psychologist
County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

We will also be running events on Friday 25thof January before the conference for anyone wanting to make the most of their time in Glasgow.

Pre- conference course (9am-5pm)

Sleep and Pain (see for course outline)
Dr. Andrew Green and Dr. Pete Gladwell

Pre - conference masterclass (1.30pm-4.30pm)

Practical Strategies for Integrating Training in Cognitive and Behavioural Coping Skills into Working with Your Patients: An Experiential Learning Based Approach (25th January)
Prof Frank Keefe

Discounts available if booking conference and pre-conference event

Drinks and social Reception
 (ticketed FREE event)

Friday 25th January (evening)
WEST on the Green


Abstract submissions

We would like to invite the submission of abstracts relating to any aspect of physiotherapy and pain. This could include research projects, audits, student projects or service developments.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words (not including Title, authors details and references) and should be submitted as a Word document to chris.seenan@gcu.ac.uk

Closing date for submission of abstracts has been extended to the 31st December 2018 and successful submissions will be notified as soon as possible following this.

The booking is processed via GoCardless. You will see a statement indicating that you will be setting up a direct debit. This is NOT the case, it is a one off payment and neither the PPA or GoCardless will hold any payment details. You will receive an email confirmation once payment is cleared. 

Payment Details** please read before proceeding to payment

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Non PPA Member£130£130£200£200£228£228£85£108
Student - £15.00£50£50£100£100£98£98






**Reservation is a contract. Cancellations must be made in writing and will be subject to a 10% administration charge. 

No refunds will be made for cancellations notified within seven days of the event, but substitute delegates will be accepted at any time.