New BAPAM Clinic at Sage Gateshead

March 30th, 2020

We are delighted to be working with Sage Gateshead who will host our new free Performing Arts Medicine clinic from Thursday 9 April as part of their programme supporting creative artists.

Our GP, Dr Melanie Grundy, who also has a background in music and theatre arts, will give free expert advice about work related health problems to everyone who makes all or some of their living from, or studies in, the performing arts. Call us on 020 7404 8444 to make an appointment for a free consultation. All consultations are by telephone during the current period.

Sage Gateshead also host our free healthy performance webinar on Monday 20 April.

Coronavirus Advice for Performing Arts Workers and Organisations 

March 19th, 2020

Coronavirus Advice for Performing Arts Workers and Organisations 


NHS 111: 

Corona Advice for Musicians
Support and advice for all musicians – collaboration between Help Musicians, the Incorporated Society of Musicians, The Ivors Academy, the Music Managers Forum, the Music Producers Guild,
the Musicians’ Union, and UK Music, who are grateful for the support of many others in the music industry.

Musicians’ Union: 

Help Musicians: 


ArtsMinds – stress and anxiety resources:

Music Industry Therapists and Coaches – Guide To Anxiety Relief & Self Isolation


ABBT – Resources, Training, Events and more during COVID-19:

UK Music: 

One Dance UK: 

Music Managers Forum: 


Anxiety UK: 

Arts Council England: 

Arts Council Wales: 

Creative Scotland: 

Arts Council Northern Ireland: 

Arts Council of Ireland: 

Bandcamp – Supporting Artists During the Covid-19 Pandemic: 

Covid 19 and Freelance Artists (international resources including UK):

Cities and Memory – Sound resources and projects during the Covid-19 pandemic

Ghostly – Creative Work: A Self Sufficiency Primer’s Guide

Financial Support 

Musicians’ Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund: 

Help Musicians UK Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund:

PRS for Music Emergency Relief Fund:–emergency-relief-fund

BAPAM Sources of Financial and Practical Support Information Sheet: 

Updated: 25 March 2020 

Information collated by:  

British Association for Performing Arts Medicine
020 7404 8444 

As a result of coronavirus (Covid 19), BAPAM is currently delivering all clinical assessments by telephone. Please do contact us if you have a health problem relating to your performing art and we will schedule a telephone consultation with a BAPAM clinician.

If you have an appointment booked in the next few weeks we will contact you with details. If you are enrolled on training, we will be delivering this online or postponing and will update you.

For Covid 19 updates check If you think you have symptoms, use

Covid 19: BAPAM Services Update

March 16th, 2020

As a result of coronavirus (Covid 19), BAPAM is currently delivering all clinical assessments by telephone. Please do contact us if you have a health problem relating to your performing art and we will schedule a telephone consultation with a BAPAM clinician.

If you have an appointment booked in the next few weeks we will contact you with details. If you are enrolled on training, we will be delivering this online or postponing and will update you.

Our contact details are 020 7404 8444 /

For Covid 19 updates check If you think you have symptoms, use

We are keeping a regularly updated list of coronavirus information resources for performing arts workers and organisations.

Orchestra musicians required for research

March 12th, 2020

A PhD researcher based at Liverpool John Moores University and a 5th year physiotherapist student based in France are looking for participants to take part in a study about pain in musicians. The pair are specifically looking at pain beliefs in orchestra musicians.

Céleste Rousseau works as a physiotherapist with musicians and is conducting a PhD project about injury prevention amongst this group. She is collaborating with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and working alongside 5th year physiotherapy student Estelle Poulnot who is working towards her Master thesis.

To take part in the questionnaire click on the following link which should take 15 minutes to complete. Complete questionnaire

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Advice for BAPAM Patients

February 26th, 2020

If you have been in close contact with someone who has confirmed coronavirus (covid-19), or have recently returned to the UK from an affected area, including on a cruise ship, please follow UK Government guidance regarding isolation and medical advice, which may apply whether or not you currently have symptoms. For updates check If you think you have symptoms, use

In the current circumstances, please don’t attend appointments at BAPAM if you are feeling at all unwell with a fever, cough or other respiratory symptoms. We can offer a telephone consultation instead.

BAPAM is recruiting!

February 25th, 2020

We are looking for regional administrators to support BAPAM’s work in Northern Ireland, Scotland, North of England (covering Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool), West Midlands and Cardiff.)

You will support the running of BAPAM’s regional clinics and health promotion work and build awareness of BAPAM services in local performing arts populations.

You will be an experienced administrator and confident IT user with excellent communication interpersonal skills are required as well as the ability to network effectively in the performing arts sector.

You will be working remotely as the BAPAM HQ is in London, and should be able to use procedures and work to policies to ensure you are accountable to BAPAM at the same time as being able to work on your own initiative.

This is a part time role, 21 hours per month per region, although some of the clinics in the North of England could be combined. The role might suit a performing artist with a portfolio career.

To receive a full job description, and for any queries, please contact

To apply for the role, please send a CV and a covering letter explaining why you are suitable for the role.

Closing date: Monday 16 March


Report: Australian Society of Performing Arts Health Conference 2019

February 10th, 2020

BAPAM Director, Claire Cordeaux

It was a great privilege to be invited to Sydney to speak at the Australian Society of Performing Arts Health (ASPAH) conference at the end of 2019, and inspiring to hear about the great practice happening in Australia. The conference Lasting the Distance: a Lifetime in the Performing Arts considered physical and psychological approaches to support career longevity. Dr. Sue Mayes, the Australian Ballet’s principal physiotherapist and keynote speaker outlined how their approach to healthcare had minimised injuries over the years, measured by insurance claims – a compelling argument for the value of investing in performance health.

There were some really interesting presentations on dance, from child education to foot adaptation of wearable technology and athlete management systems used by athletes, and developing a career in health after dance. On mental health, identification and intervention in eating disorders and management of music performance anxiety were explored, and Ben Steel, former Home and Away star, movingly discussed his documentary on depression in the performing arts. I presented on our experience of Developing Evidence-Based Policy and Practice in Psychosocial Health in the Performing Arts.

There is a thriving performing arts medicine community in Australia and we were honoured to be part of the discussions, and look forward to a continued relationship. ASPAH has produced a great set of healthcare guides which they have kindly allowed us to share with you: Download ASPAH Healthcare Guides

Ballet dancers needed for an online survey

December 10th, 2019

Are you a professional ballet dancer, studying the art form or an amateur performer? If this is you, then your experience may help contribute towards initiatives which will help the health and performance of dancers in the future. Dancers are being sought to respond to an international medical survey study on injuries which they may sustain in relation to their work environment, as well as topics like teacher behaviour (motivational climate) and competence.

Amateur ballet dancers will be over 18 years of age and with ballet experience of at least 3 years.

The questionnaire will take about 20 minutes of the dancer’s time  and is completely anonymous.

Click the following link to participate in the questionnaire:

The survey is available to complete until 31st December 2019.

BAPAM registered Psychotherapist moves to Bath

December 5th, 2019

BAPAM registered Psychotherapist Alison Penfold who had a successful practice in London for years has moved to the city of Bath. Before retraining and becoming a BACP Accredited Integrative Therapist, Alison worked as a classical singer. She uses perspectives from Psychodynamic, Person Centred, Gestalt, Existential therapy and CBT in her work. 

Alison is able to see people from Bath, Bristol and surrounding areas. In addition to working with those in the performing and creative arts, she has significant experience of supporting survivors of childhood abuse, trauma and addiction related issues.

Alison Penfold was one of a number of psycho social practitioners who contributed to a BAPAM piece a while back and spoke about her expertise and her experience of working with arts clients.




Hearing Conservation Guidance for the Performing Arts: A Consultation

November 26th, 2019

BAPAM has produced new best practice guidance for hearing conservation in the performing arts. You can download the consultation document here.

The guidance is being consulted on until February 2020. All comments are very welcome and respondents are encouraged to discuss with colleagues and use this online survey to provide feedback. The final guidance document will take account of responses.

The document has been authored by:

Rob Shepheard, Consultant Audiologist
Dr. Finola Ryan, Occupational Health Doctor
Paul Checkley, Audiologist
Claire Cordeaux, Director, BAPAM

Summary of key recommendations

Healthy hearing is essential for musicians.

Education providers and industry organisations recognise the potential risk of sound exposure to performers and have a duty to identify hazards to health, and take appropriate steps to minimise the risk of causing harm.

Modification of environment, repertoire and rehearsal schedule all contribute to level of exposure and must be carefully planned in advance.

Hearing tests are vital for health surveillance. Early recognition of changes to musicians’ hearing is best identified with a hearing test called ‘Otoacoustic Emissions’.

Personal protection with custom moulded earplugs must be verified to ensure adequate protection.

Instruction and continuous education for all staff and students must be available and recorded.