Making sense of the evidence; "what works?" A crash course for clinicians with Dr Neil O'Connell

Event details

Saturday 9am - 5pm Sunday 9am- 5pm
Early Bird Rate (Until 30th June 2019) PPA members:£240 Non-PPA Members: £300 then PPA Members: £280 Non-PPA Members: £340 (PPA membership only £20 a year)

Pain Management Centre,National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, 25 Cleveland Street, London W1T 4AJ

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51.5197118, -0.137951

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NB: please note address at Cleveland Street NOT Queen's Square. The hospital has a number of sites.

As this is a central London location, we recommend public transport via Great Portland Street, Goodge Street, Warren Street or Oxford Circus underground stations. The venue is within a reasonable walking distance from mainland stations at Euston, Kings Cross and Marylebone. It is well served by local buses as well.

Event Organiser

Physiotherapy Pain Association


The PPA proudly presents: Making sense of the evidence; “what works?” A crash course for clinicians.

Do you struggle when reading research papers? This 2 day course is designed for clinicians and aims to enable you to become a better user of clinical research. The course will explain and cut through the jargon of clinical trials and systematic reviews and offer a framework for critically appraising these studies. Participants will develop the skills to confidently go beyond the abstract of a paper and be able to make more informed judgements about what these studies might mean for their practice.

Course Format The course will consist of a mix of lectures and practical workshops. Pre-course reading materials will be sent to delegates and include links to contemporary open-access papers, relevant to pain, that will be used during workshop activities. At all times the emphasis will be on keeping it clinically relevant, fun and interactive.

About Dr Neil O’Connell

Neil is a member of the editorial board of the Cochrane Pain, Palliative, and Supportive Care (PaPaS) group, is the senior editor for the pain science blog Body in Mind ( ) and was a member of the Guideline Development Group for the UK's National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) 2016 guideline for the management of low back pain and sciatica. A Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy in Brunel University London, Neil divides his time between research and teaching. He previously worked extensively as a MSK  physiotherapist. His main research interests are around persistent pain with a focus of evidence-based practice and he has published extensively in this area.

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Payment Details** please read before proceeding to payment

Early Bird rate (Until 30th June 2019): PPA members: £240  Non-PPA Members: £300

Then: PPA members: £280  Non-PPA Members: £340

Membership costs just £20 per year! 

**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. 

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