Archive for the ‘Clinicians and Practitioners’ Category

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy on Rehabilitation for Musicians

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy have published an informative article on Rehabilitation for Musicians in their Frontline magazine. Sarah Upjohn – a key clinician in our physiotherapy team in London – and BAPAM registered physiotherapist, Patrice Berque, share their expertise, with contributions from BAPAM and the Musicians’ Union.

Read the article here.

BAPAM Physiotherapist Supports Team GB at World Games

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

The 2017 World Games commence in Wroclaw, Poland on July 20th, and we wish the very best of luck to the Team GB athletes and BAPAM physiotherapist, Louise Curley who returns to her role supporting gymnasts, acrobats and tumblers as the British Gymnastics Delegation Physiotherapist.

Here at BAPAM, Louise gives expert help to musicians, actors, dancers, circus and physical performers, providing free physiotherapy assessments and subsidised, affordable follow up sessions at our London clinic. She also runs her own practice Rejuven8 Physiotherapy in Warwickshire.

Osteopathic Performing Arts Care Association Study Day

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The Osteopathic Performing Arts Care Association (OPACA) are a group of osteopaths who have a special interest in the care of performers. Members include BAPAM registered osteopaths Michael Mehta, Karolin Krell, Nikki Ellis, David Propert, Alison Judah, Toby Pollard-Smith and Lazarus Nono.

Presented by dancer and choreographer, Russel Maliphant, and Osteopath, Andrew ferguson, the first OPACA Symposium and study day, The Dancer’s Body: Integrity and Fluidity, will be held on Saturday May 6th at the General Osteopathic Council in London.

Find out more here.

Research Published into Ballet Dancers’ Experiences of Injury and Osteopathy

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Osteopath, Toby Pollard-Smith, has published his research into Professional ballet dancers’ experience of injury and osteopathic treatment in the UK  in the January 2017 issue of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. BAPAM helped recruit participants for the project, which Toby undertook while training to be an osteopath.

Toby’s previous career as a professional ballet dancer contributed to his interest and expertise in treating dance injuries, and we were recently pleased to welcome him to our Directory of Practitioners. Toby, who is also a keen trumpet player, treats dancers, musicians and other performing artists in Ascot and Marlow. Find Toby Pollard-Smith on the BAPAM Directory.

Induction Day: An Introduction to Performer Health and BAPAM’s Work

Friday, January 20th, 2017

London, National Council For Voluntary Organisations
Saturday 22 April

10:00 - 16:00

BAPAM is a specialist medical charity providing performing arts focused clinical advice, free information resources, education and training expertise, supporting research in the field, and working with a growing network of healthcare professionals through our Directory of Practitioners. Our Induction Days provide an informal introduction to this work and are a great opportunity to find out more about BAPAM, network with colleagues and  share insights into performer health issues and support.

Presentations include talks from BAPAM team members, doctors and therapists working in BAPAM clinics, and performing arts professionals who have experienced problems and benefited from our help.

Attendance is free for healthcare practitioners who are joining our clinical team or have been accepted as members of our Directory of Practitioners. We also welcome (for a small fee) other participants including educators, industry members, researchers and performers. Paying attendees who go on to join our Directory or clinical team will have their fee refunded.

Advance booking is essential.

Book your place now.

The Good Musculoskeletal Doctor – Have Your Say

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

A deliberative conference organised by the British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine (BIMM)

View/download the full programme details here: Programme & Details Good MSK Doctor 2015

To register interest in attending the conference, or simply to contribute your observations or remarks, you can use this form, which should be returned to BIMM: Register Interest Good MSK Doctor 2015

Thursday 18th June 2015

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital
Bristol Road
South Birmingham
B31 2AP.

Medical involvement in musculoskeletal services at the interface: do you provide patient care at grades from GPSI to clinical independence; manage or commission such services; lead clinical teams; are you training doctors for this role, or in such training?

If so, this conference is aimed at you.

Musculoskeletal services need medical input but it is by no means clear or agreed what that input should be. Currently, service design varies around the UK, so
experience with different models is available to inform progress. Obstacles to development come in many forms but lack of communication, consultation and consensus are major adverse factors that this conference will address.

The programme will draw contributions from all relevant medical specialists involved in provision of musculoskeletal services. Presentations will address the
roles, competences and training of the musculoskeletal doctors of the future, with contributions also from those affected by medical care in this area: physiotherapists, patients, purchasers, educators.

It is intended that an active audience will bring their experiences and expectations of the field to test ideas emerging from the panel debates. Outcomes from this process will be available to inform the work of the Musculoskeletal Clinical Networks on Workforce and Training established by ARMA under the auspices of NHSE.

When expressing interest in the conference, you will be asked what your particular field of interest and experience is: You may be invited, or you can offer, to give a specific input so that the platform presentations can cover the field geographically and by approach. All attending are encouraged to contribute from the floor at each stage.

Christopher Wynn Parry (1924 – 2015)

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Performing Arts Medicine lost a great practitioner, friend and advocate in February with the death of Dr Christopher Wynn Parry. Kit, as he was known to countless friends and colleagues, grew up strongly influenced by his maternal grandfather, the eminent surgeon Lord Moynihan. After Eton and Oxford, his chosen career path into surgery was interrupted by TB from which he made a slow recovery and was subsequently advised not to continue with rigorous surgical training.  He opted for the medical specialty of Rheumatology but soon fell under the influence of Sir Herbert Seddon, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Oxford, who was researching, with the help of the Medical Research Council, nerve injuries, their treatment and prognosis, and the most troublesome neuropathic pain.  He was proud to be one of ‘Seddon’s Boys’, the others being young surgeons, many of whom would become eminent in hand surgery and with whom Kit remained professionally close.

After Oxford, Kit took his skills and knowledge into the RAF where he became Director of Rehabilitation at the combined services rehabilitation centres at Chessington and Headley Court. He established specialised services for neuro-rehabilitation and peripheral nerve injuries which, with Kit’s enthusiasm and skill and with the large number of injured soldiers providing clinical experience, soon became nationally and internationally renowned. He was also an early researcher into EMG as a diagnostic tool. The results of this work were summarised in Rehabilitation of the Hand, published in 1958, which was the first such specialised text in English and which ran to 3 editions and 3 reprints. Another result of this work was the recognition of Rehabilitation as a separate sub-specialty and the development of the Diploma in Physical Medicine, which Kit established, subsequently training a generation of young doctors. All the while he worked closely with hand surgeons at the RAF Plastic Surgical Centre and at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH).

Retiring from the RAF, he was persuaded to establish a centre for neuro-rehabilitation and peripheral nerve injuries at the RNOH. This became nationally and internationally renowned and continues today.  A by-product of this work was Surgical Disorders of the Peripheral Nerves, co-written with professors Bonney and Birch, a book of which Kit was very proud.

On retiring from the NHS, he continued to work privately in rehabilitation in the Devonshire Hospital in London and the King Edward VII Hospital in Sussex but he devoted an increasing amount of his considerable energy to his interest in musicians.

Kit was always interested in music. As a pupil at Eton (where a Dixieland jazz revival was taking place led by a fellow pupil, Humphrey Lyttelton, who was to become Britain’s foremost jazz trumpeter), he sang in the choir but also played trombone in a jazz band. He continued choral singing in adulthood as a tenor in the Bach choir. His interest in musicians’ medical problems stemmed from Sunday soirees held by his friend and neighbour, the conductor Sir Charles Mackerras. At the conclusion of these gatherings Kit was often besieged by the performers with their medical problems.  He and Ian James, another like-minded doctor, realised the gap in care for such musicians, many of them with very limited financial resources, and in 1989 created BAPAM, a charity charged with providing medical advice and care to performers which continues to this day.

He carefully monitored all those attending with upper extremity problems, ultimately publishing his findings and observations in over 1000 cases. He noted that only 40% had a recognised ‘organic or structural lesion’ and that many were suffering as much from misuse or a mismatch with the instrument - with tired, aching arms - as were suffering true overuse. He also noted the contribution to the performers’ physical problems made by psychological and emotional factors, not helped by job and financial insecurities and the demanding and sometimes destructive lifestyles of the performer.  He was an eloquent speaker and took this message to music schools, cajoling pupils and their teachers to respect the physical nature of music making and to avoid injury. He also highlighted the sometimes appalling conditions instrumentalists were exposed to and forced to work under, such as cramped orchestral pits and inadequate venues, suffering for their art and being thankful they had a paid gig. For this work he was elected an honorary member of The Royal College of Music in 2011.

I had the privilege and good fortune to observe Kit in his RAF time at his upper limb neurological clinics and, over the last 20 years, to work with him at BAPAM and with many of his musician patients. He encouraged us to develop an MSc in Performing Arts Medicine and he was proud to give the inaugural lecture to the first cohort of students at University College London in 2011. We combined our clinical and surgical experiences in The Musician’s Hand which was published in 1997, which was, again, a first in the English language and of which he was duly proud. He states in the preface ‘an apology for this book from a physician and a surgeon is that we not only love music but believe it to be fundamental to civilised living’ and this sums up Kit.

Many national and international honours were bestowed upon him and he was particularly proud of being elected, as the only non-surgeon to have been so honoured, President of the British Society of Surgery of the Hand in 1982.  He continued working until health problems forced him to reluctantly retire from BAPAM in 2014. We shall miss him.

Ian Winspur, London, 7 April 2015

Directory of Practitioners Applications

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

We are now accepting applications from healthcare practitioners and specialists to join the BAPAM Directory of Practitioners. If you have the expertise and experience to help performing arts professionals and students overcome problems relating to their work, and are suitably qualified, registered and insured, please see the Practitioner Resources section of our website for more information:

Clinics Update, January 2015

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

We’re delighted to welcome three new clinicians to our London team this year.

BAPAM gives free advice to those working or studying in the performing arts to help overcome work-related problems, both physical and psychological. Dr Anne Doherty, Consultant Psychiatrist, loves Opera and is a keen amateur musician. She is looking forward to applying her expertise to the psychological impact of performing and mental health issues affecting performance.

The performing arts can be a physically demanding industry to work in and our physiotherapy assessment service at the London clinic is always very busy. Our new physiotherapist, Sarah Upjohn, has been treating playing related injuries at The Purcell School for Young Musicians since 2008. Her doctoral research at the University of Cambridge involves developing an injury prevention, health promotion and performance wellness programme within the school. She is passionate and knowledgeable about injury prevention in instrumental musicians.

Dr Hara Trouli joins our team of medics, assessing work-related musculoskeletal problems. Hara has a background in orthopaedics, is a graduate of UCL’s Performing Arts Medicine MSc course, and a classically trained pianist. She is the Chair of ISSTIP, The International Society for the Study of Tension in Performance.

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.