PPA News

Happy New Year from the Physiotherapy Pain Association!

Have you seen the upcoming PPA events? 

There is a Psychologically Informed Practice event on 5th March in London, where the PPA will be partnering with the Health Innovation Network to share learning and approaches. This is part of the PPA’s aim to make training in psychologically informed approaches accessible to the physiotherapy profession, regardless of specialty.

Sleep helps mood, cognition, memory and immune system function. Many things can get in the way of sleep; pain, stress and low mood. The PPA Pain and Sleep course is running in 21st March in Bristol. Dr Pete Gladwell and Andrew Green are generous with their clinical experience and knowledge. This course offers lots of practical assessment and management tools to support people to improve their sleep. 

The PPA are delighted to facilitate another Conversations Inviting Change course with Dr John Launer on the 13th & 20th March and 1st May. This course was really valued by those who completed it over the summer and a fantastic opportunity for clinicians at all stages of their careers. Participant numbers are restricted and there are only a few places remaining, but a waiting list will open if it sells out.


New Blog Post

James Watson, early career researcher and NHS physiotherapist has kindly shared the findings of his recently published paper in a blog. The research synthesised was regarding Pain Neuroscience Education and Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain. Hopefully the blog will be of interest. Thank you to James for summarising his work and offering his interpretation of the findings.



The Physio Matters Podcast recently featured episodes with Diarmuid Denneney (PPA Chair, discussing psychologically informed practice), Tom Jesson (on radicular pain, radiculopathy and sciatica) Dr John Launer (on narrative based medicine) and Joletta Belton (discussing her story with pain).

The Healing Pain Podcast has also had some interesting episodes lately. Professor Cormac Ryan (co-editor in chief of the PPA journal Pain and Rehabilitation) joined presenter Dr Joe Tatta to discuss partial reconceptualisation of pain

All podcasts are available from the usual podcast apps and websites. 


Physiotherapy UK 2020

2020 is the centenary year of the Royal Charter and the PPA are delighted to be partnering with the CSP to deliver a 2 day theme on Managing Complex Pain at Physiotherapy UK. The programme is currently being put together and we look forward to sharing more details when they are available.

The CSP has put a call out for abstracts to showcase research, innovation and leadership. We would encourage all members to submit an abstract and look forward to meeting many members at the conference. There is further information on submitting an abstract HERE

Pain and Rehabilitation is going Green ♻️

The PPA journal, Pain and Rehabilitation will only be available online from 2020. This is a reflection of how the majority of our members access research and the impact of a significant amount of printing and waste involved in producing the journal. We know the journal is a valued benefit of PPA membership and we will be raising the profile of the journal on the website. 


We welcome submissions from members for book reviews, blogs, service developments and news. Please get in touch through our contact form if you would like to discuss writing a piece!

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