QualifiedPhysio's 2016 MSK meet-up (London)

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The idea

We're proud to organise our first MSK meet-up, which will take place on the 5th May in Central London (Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG).

Physiotherapists, physio students, clinics and organisations will gather for a series of talks from key professionals in the field, followed by a networking event and organisation fair (and a free bar).  We want to promote interactive discussion, share ideas from different sides of the profession, create professional links and explore career opportunities between all parties.

This is aimed at newly-graduates who will be going to MSK jobs or rotations or want to know more about the MSK field so they can get familiar with the options available to them. This is also aimed at more experienced physios who are looking to network, explore career opportunities or share best practice and experience. This is of course also aimed at MSK employers and other organisations who want to get to know potential new recruits and increase their brand awareness.


The event

Speakers will explore ways to strategically plan our MSK career and share their views on different career paths. Talks will be followed by a “meet-up” where attendees will enjoy free drinks and treats, have the opportunity to share ideas and create professional links with our speakers and reps of carefully-selected MSK clinics and organisations. Speakers, talks and other good things to be announced in the next few days!

Newly graduates preparing for their interviews will also benefit from tailored interview preparation via our interview preparation seminar which will run at the start of the event. Other attendees (non newly grads) will have the opportunity to arrive for the second talk or enjoy a drink in the meantime.


The speakers and talks

We've asked some key people to come down to the event, have a read below to find out a bit more about them and the talks they'll be giving.


Sam Wilde

Sam Wilde, Deputy Clinical Director, Pure Sports Medicine

Sam qualified in 1997 and spent 7 years in the NHS, 2 as a Junior and 5 in MSK rotations. In 2004, he completed membership to the MACP and moved into the private sector with Pure Sports Medicine. Since then he has remained with PSM and now holds the position of Deputy Clinical Director, part of this role is recruitment for the Physiotherapy team.

His talk What does the perfect MSK candidate look like? will give you insights into the recruitment process in MSK: what type of candidate recruiters look for, what experience is good experience, what sort of CPD should candidate undertake, what skills should they demonstrate.



Andrew Walton, Executive Chairman of Connect Health

Andrew has over 30 years' experience in MSK services, and set up Connect Health in 1989 with the aim of providing the highest level of care to people with MSK problems. A passionate believer in the value of effective physiotherapy practice, he is an active member of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and a regular contributor to the development of improvements in professional practice.

In his talk "Strategically planning your career", Andrew will be discussing how to strategically plan your career by challenging you with a series of questions, including: Will the employment landscape change over the next five years? If so, what will it look like? What are the opportunities likely to look like? What plans should I be making now to ensure I have a rewarding career?


Rishi Navsaria, Extended Scope Practitioner

Rishi Navsaria has worked extensively within the NHS and with elite sports athletes. His experience and knowledge have led him to gain one of the highest clinical posts in the NHS that of an Extended Scope Practitioner (ESP), working within the Orthopaedic Spinal Team at Imperial College Healthcare Trust and now the Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust. Rishi also has worked extensively in his role as physiotherapist with the Middlesex County Cricket Club at Lords Cricket Ground and for the Marylebone Cricket Club during England's Test Match days.

He will be talking about the ESP role, what it entails and how to consider it as a career option


Stuart Paterson, founder and Director of Crystal Palace Physio Group

Stuart is the founder and Director of Crystal Palace Physio Group, an award-winning specialist Physiotherapy Provider to the NHS, Businesses and Individuals.

Stuart provides leadership to a clinical team of over 100 Chartered Physiotherapists. As a Physiotherapy business owner he prides himself on creating a culture of excellence and an environment in which other Physiotherapists can excel. He has a passion for Physiotherapy profession growth and Physiotherapy employee engagement.

His talk "Business Skills for Physiotherapists" will focus on giving you some insights into what physiotherapists from today and tomorrow need to know about business, how to best set up your practice and what business skills physios need to possess to help drive the profession forward.


Andrew Davidson, MSK specialist at QualifiedPhysio

Andrew is our very own MSK hotshot and he's been involved in QualifiedPhysio from the start. He has had extensive experience in the NHS as a senior physiotherapist, and has developed a special interest in chronic pain. He is also active in research, particularly the management of tendinopathies. 

Andrew regularly runs our MSK interview preparation seminar and his talk for the evening will be our first talk of the night and aimed at students and newly graduates, sharing his best tips for interview preparation. He has designed a special interview preparation pack for attendees to take home which will be handed out on the night.


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Helen Owen, Band 5 Rotational Physiotherapist, co-chair of the CSP West Midlands Regional Network, team member at @WeAHPs

Helen is a recently qualified physiotherapist, currently working as a rotational physiotherapist in the NHS in Wolverhampton, and co-chair of the CSP West Midlands Regional Network. While a student, Helen founded the acclaimed Coventry University Student Physiotherapy Blog and Twitter account, which have gone from strength to strength. Helen continues to be a part of the @WeAHPs team on Twitter, set up to support and develop a growing community of Allied Health Professionals through social media with monthly twitter-chats, resource sharing, networking, support and initiatives leading to behaviour change.

In her talk, Helen will share how social media can be a powerful tool to enhance practice and employability through professional development and networking.



The organisations and clinics

There will be a number of great organisations that you'll be able to talk to at the event. Some of them are listed below - this list will get updated as organisations confirm with us.

Connect Health

Connect Health

Connect has grown from a single private clinic established in 1989 to being the largest provider of community MSK services in the UK, with over 150 clinical experts in MSK and occupational physiotherapy.They provide bespoke occupational services to companies and organisations and are a trusted provider of numerous community service contracts for the NHS.


Crystal Palace Physio Group

CPPG is one of the largest and most successful Physiotherapy Providers in the UK. , and is dedicated to supporting your professional and personal development.

Recognised by The Sunday Times as one of the ‘Best Companies to Work for in the U.K’, heir mission is to be a leader in the Physiotherapy Industry, through a commitment to excellence in Clinical Standards and Customer Service. This mission is underpinned by having a happy and engaged group of staff that are passionate about making people better.



Healthshare is a clinical stakeholder organisation established to provide a wide range of clinical and managerial services within both the private and public healthcare sectors. After many years experience of working in a wide variety of health settings, their unique and flexible approach allows them to offer bespoke healthcare provision and management solutions to their clients.

Pure sports medicine

As a centre of excellence for sport and exercise medicine, Pure is committed to providing the best service in the industry, and rely on teamwork and expertise to achieve this. Pure is a unique team of sport and exercise medicine specialists, dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and musculoskeletal problems.

"We work hard to enhance the professional lives of all of our staff; and hopefully we can have a positive personal impact as well." 

Location and times

The event will be held at Kings Place (Battlebridge Room), 5 mins walk from King's Cross St Pancras station. The address is 90 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1 9AG. We will start our first talk around 6pm, which will be aimed at newly graduates. Entry will be possible up to 6:30pm for others. The event will finish around 9pm.


Can I get a ticket at the door?

We have to keep to a certain number of people so it doesn't get too busy and discussion between all parties remain possible, so this will depend on the number of seats sold prior to the event. We will update our Facebook page prior to the day should there be tickets available at the door.