Archive for the ‘BAPAM Clinics’ Category

New BAPAM Performing Arts Medicine Clinic in Cambridge

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Are you (or do you know) a performing arts professional or student with a work-related health problem?

Held monthly at West Road Concert Hall, one of the city’s premiere music venues, our new clinic in Cambridge is now taking bookings.

We’re delighted to be working with Dr Trish Halliwell, NHS GP and a graduate of the BAPAM/University College London MSc in Performing Arts Medicine.

BAPAM is a unique non-profit healthcare organisation supporting individual performing arts professionals and providing broader education and training. Our clinicians give free, confidential health advice focused on the unique challenges faced throughout a career in the performing arts, including during education and training. We help our patients manage their health and performance practice, including accessing appropriate care in their local NHS and referral to specialist practitioners.

Performing arts professionals work in a competitive, highly skilled and often poorly paid industry. Behind the scenes, the physical and psychological pressure can be tough, and many people experience health problems or injuries affecting their ability to work. Access to expert health advice and support can be crucial for long term wellbeing throughout such a demanding career.

Read more about our clinics here.

To register with BAPAM and book a free appointment please call our Helpline on 020 7404 8444.

Medical Committee Membership Confirmed

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Membership of the new Medical Committee has been confirmed. All members are current or former BAPAM clinicians with a wealth of experience in giving specialist medical advice to performing arts professionals.

The Committee oversees all aspects of our clinical work, including:

Clinical governance, quality assurance and safeguarding.

Clinical services provision and development.

Education and Training.

Research and dissemination of knowledge and good practice within Performing Arts Medicine.

The Committee Members are:

Dr Penny Wright (Chair)
Dr Frances Carter
Dr Sion Edwards
Dr David Fielding
Dr Marcus Lewis
Dr Jenny Lisle
Dr Anita Nathan
Dr Mike Shipley
Dr Jonathan White

BAPAM Scotland Awareness Meeting Report

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Dr Faith Gardner (BAPAM Clinician, Glasgow)
12th October 2013

BAPAM CEO, Deborah Charnock, and Office and Clinics Manager, Clare Hicks came to meet 30 people in Glasgow last Saturday afternoon at a meeting organised by me to introduce BAPAM to the performers and the BAPAM Scottish Directory members to performers and each other. It’s never been done until now!

Deborah and Clare outlined BAPAM’s current and future plans with an overview of the Directory and how to get involved, and Clare explained how BAPAM clinics are administered from the London HQ and what happens when Scottish performers contact them.

In my role as the BAPAM Glasgow clinician I then commented on historical and current activity at BAPAM Glasgow. I talked about why people come, how they are assessed and what might be the outcomes.

Natasha Gerson, BAPAM Trustee and Equity Co Vice-President, Dance Councillor, (for UK), and member of the Scottish Committee highlighted Equity’s relationship with BAPAM and described personal benefits from the BAPAM system.

The BAPAM Directory members present… Dr Sara Watkin (BAPAM Clinician, Edinburgh), Patrice Berque (physiotherapist), Josephine Keys (physiotherapist), Isobel Anderson (piano and Alexander Technique teacher), and Richard Beauchamp, each presented themselves… the who/what/why of their roles within performing arts medicine.

The audience and speakers performed impeccably and asked many questions, suggested many good ideas and had lots of opportunity to network among the students, institutional representatives, performers, BAPAM staff and healthcare professionals present.

I set out with the aim of increasing awareness among performers and healthcare professionals of BAPAM in Scotland. This is an ongoing process but this meeting’s success means we are on our way!!

Where to next? Watch this space!  Please contact me on

Service Monitoring – How Are We Doing?

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Our improved feedback reporting system is already providing valuable insights in the three months since its implementation. Since moving to an anonymous online feedback process, we’ve increased the response rate to 71% of attendees. A brief summary of some of our findings during October to December 2012 follows.

Over 80% of respondents rated our clinicians as excellent (5/5) in all three criteria – the quality of advice given by the clinician, their knowledge and expertise about the specific needs of performing artists, and their manner and attitude.

Looking at the possible outcomes of a BAPAM consultation, it is clear that the majority of clients leave with information about their condition and/or with advice about healthy performance and the ways they can help themselves to get better.

24% of clients were given information about NHS services. In those cases the BAPAM doctor writes to their NHS GP, outlining their findings and suggestions for treatment or referral. 6% of clients received information about and/or referral to a private healthcare service. 19% were referred to another practitioner at BAPAM (e.g. rheumatologist or physiotherapist). Interestingly then, less than a third of those consulting a BAPAM clinician were expected to require input from another health care provider.

One area we aim to improve in 2013 is the average waiting time for a BAPAM assessment. During this three month period 65% of our attendees were seen within 2 weeks of contacting us. Our target is to provide a consultation to every performer who needs one within 2 weeks.

In 2013 we will begin systematic monitoring of longer term outcomes, routinely contacting all clinic attendees 6 months post-consultation. We’re delighted about the positive responses received from people immediately following their BAPAM appointment. Now we want to obtain more detailed information about the impact BAPAM has on improving performing artists’ ability to overcome medical problems, and what happens in the months after they have consulted us.

New Clinic at BAPAM: Hand Surgeon, Dr John White

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and former professional tympanist, Dr John White, holds his first free clinic at BAPAM in London on January 30th, giving expert medical advice about hand and upper limb problems.

More information about our clinical services for performing artists and how to register as a patient can be found here:

photo: kaex0r

Dr White has recently opened a new Musicians’ Orthopaedic Clinic at the BMI Hendon Hospital in London. Dr White and his team will treat musicians with hand and upper limb problems, and can accept both private referrals and NHS patients. GPs can refer their NHS patients using this NHS Choose and Book Form. Anyone who performs, teaches or practises music for a minimum of 20 hours a week can attend.

Prior to his medical studies Dr White completed an honours degree in music performance majoring in percussion and computer music.  In 1981 he won the Australian Broadcasting Commission’s young musicians award with a performance of the Creston Marimba Concerto.  He undertook a year of advanced studies in 1983 between the Royal College of Music, London studying timpani with Alan Cumberland and orchestral percussion with Michael Skinner and Ithaca College, New York, studying marimba and vibraphone with Gordon Stout.  From 1988 to 1992 he was a part-time lecturer in percussion at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, Adelaide University, South Australia.

Of further interest is this article, published in The Strad, about Dr White and his treatment of professional violinist, Jack Liebeck.

Telephone Survey

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Between September and December we will be conducting a telephone survey of a random sample of performers who visited BAPAM’s London clinic earlier in the year.

The aim of the survey is to learn about performers’ experiences at the clinic and in the months afterwards, and whether or not visiting BAPAM has been helpful. We hope the survey will enable us to assess BAPAM’s services, highlight any aspects that we may need to improve, and provide a broad understanding of the most effective treatment and care for performers’ health problems. The survey results will also help us design a routine follow-up questionnaire for all performers visiting BAPAM in future.

Participation is voluntary.

The survey is being co-ordinated by BAPAM’s Dan Hayhurst and Dr Deborah Charnock, a Trustee and Chair of BAPAM’s research group. Deborah will be conducting the interviews: she is an experienced researcher and has developed BAPAM’s Research Policy, and will ensure that any information you provide is kept strictly confidential and is anonymised in any analysis and report arising from the survey.

Irish Registry

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

We’ve set up a mailing list for performing artists based in Ireland who’d like to receive quarterly emails with health tips and performing arts medicine information.

To sign up, please download this registration form and either print it out and return it by post or email it to Nóra Geraghty, whose contact details are on the form.

If you are an Ireland based performing artist with a work-related health problem, Dr Juliet Bressan, BAPAM’s doctor in Dublin, can advise you. Assessments are free for full and part time professional performers as well as students. To book an appointment please call us on 0044 (0)20 7404 8444. Click here for more information about BAPAM’s free assessment appointments.

Speech and Language Therapy at BAPAM

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Full and part time professional and student performing artists who have been referred to a Speech and Language therapist can now see Mei Lei at BAPAM in London. Mei specialises in voice disorders and has worked in Voice Clinics for the last 7 years with ENT Consultants, John Rubin and Tom Harris. We are able to arrange appointments for the reduced cost of £45 and we are grateful to Mei for discounting her usual fee so generously.

If you’d like more information or to book an appointment please call us on 020 7404 8444.

Guitar Technique and Ergonomics Sessions

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Paul Sogaard’s tutorial sessions here at BAPAM address common technical issues faced by guitarists, such as:

Correct guitar ergonomics
Techniques to overcome anxiety in performance
Application of Alexander Technique to the guitar

The nest sessions are on Saturday 28th November
1 hour one to one session: £45

Please call us on 020 7404 8444 more for more information