Archive for the ‘Doctors’ Category

BAPAM talk at Cardiff Medical Society

Monday, October 28th, 2013

On Tuesday 12th November,  BAPAM Chief Executive, Dr Deborah Charnock, will give a presentation to the Cardiff Medical Society, which was established in 1870 to encourage the advancement of medical knowledge and to promote the welfare of the medical profession. Our Cardiff clinicians, Dr Gareth Hayes and Dr Sion Edwards, will also be there.

We aim to raise awareness of the BAPAM clinic in Cardiff (held at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama) and our health care work with performing artists in the region, and look forward to meeting local doctors, health care practitioners, educators, students and arts professionals. All are welcome, so if you’re interested in any aspect of performers’ health care, well-being, education, training and practice, please do come along to what will be an informative evening and a good opportunity to make new connections.

Venue: Theatre 2, Cardiff University School of Medicine, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XW. Map.

Gathering at 6.30. Light refreshments available. Lecture starting 7pm. The event is free to attend.

Seeking Health Professionals to Work with Performing Artists

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Making Music, the UK’s number one organisation for voluntary music, have just published an article about our search for health professionals to  provide medical advice on performance related injuries or illness to performing artists.


Read the full article here


A brief summary of what BAPAM offers health professionals:

Specialist clinical experience and professional development

Performing Arts Medicine training and education

Fostering networks of like-minded and committed peers

Supporting research into this fascinating specialism through our Research and Education Bursary Fund and our wealth of experience working in the field since 1984

Membership of the BAPAM Directory of Performing Arts Medicine Practitioners and Specialists

AMABO Scheme – the Association of Medical Advisers to British Orchestras

If you’d like to find out more about working with BAPAM please contact Interim Chief Executive, Deborah Charnock, on 020 7404 5888 or via email.

New Performing Arts Medicine Directory Practitioners

Monday, April 8th, 2013

We’re pleased to welcome these new members of the BAPAM Directory of Performing Arts Medicine Practitioners:

Rachel Brockhurst, Massage Therapist, London E2

Liz Ebelthite, Physiotherapist, Marple, Stockport

Derek Climpson, Essex based Alexander Technique/Acupuncture practitioner

Dr Anita Nathan, GP, Performing Arts Medicine clinics at BAPAM, London

Isabel Artigues Cano, Physiotherapist, London

Janet Wright, Alexander Technique, Cornwall

The BAPAM Directory lists clinical specialists and practitioners in many branches of healthcare who are experienced working with performing artists. We check that everyone listed is qualified, insured and has relevant experience. We are grateful for any feedback you may have about practitioners you have seen. Please email if you wish to contact us.

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.

Performing Arts Medicine Videos: PAMI Conference

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Here is a great archive of all the talks from the recent Performing Arts Medicine Conference in Galway, organised by PAMI. The first such event to be held in Ireland, the day featured BAPAM clinicians, Dr Mike Shipley and Dr Juliet Bressan; Osteopath and Performing Arts Medicine MSc lecturer, Jennie Morton; Vocal health adviser and PAM MSc Director, Ian MacDonald  and many more leading Performing Arts Medicine experts. A fantastic resource for all those interested in this fascinating medical specialism.

Hitting the Right Medical Notes – An article about the PAMI Conference by June Shannon for the Irish Times.

You can see all of the videos here


Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare Conference 2012

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

The Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (ASPAH) is a multidisciplinary organisation of  healthcare providers and performing artists dedicated to improving the health of performing artists in Australia.

The annual conference aims to bring together artists, healthcare providers and teachers to disseminate current research and share ideas.

The focus in 2012 is on Holistic Healthcare for Performing Artists.

The conference takes place on 1st and 2nd December 2012 at the University of Sydney. Check the ASPAH 2012 conference website for further information.

News for Performing Arts Medicine practitioners/post-graduate students: the deadline for abstract submissions has now been extended to Friday 17th August 2012.

Musical Athletes

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

This Weekend, 7th/8th July, the Cheltenham Music Festival plays host to Musical Athletes, a series of talks on the musical body – how it works, how it sometimes doesn’t work, and how it can be fixed. Organised jointly by BAPAM and the Cheltenham Festivals Laboratory, the event takes a look at the musculoskeletal demands on musicians’ bodies, voice production, injuries and breathing techniques, as well as complementary therapies including Alexander Technique and Mindfulness.

Aaron Williamon, Professor of Performance Science at the Royal College of Music, will be analysing the physiological effects of performance on concert pianist, Melvyn Tan, by measuring his heart rate, breathing, skin temperature and posture during his solo recital on Sunday morning. You can read more about Professor Williamon’s project in this Guardian piece by Tom Service (4th July, 2012).

Back by Popular Demand – An Introduction to Treating the Performing Artist

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Jennie Morton,osteopath and lecturer & module leader for the UCL/BAPAM Performing Arts Medicine MSc, is repeating her one-day course, An Introduction To Treating The Performing Artist, on Sunday July 1st at the British School of Osteopathy in London.

a one-day CPD course for musculoskeletal practitioners

Sunday July 1st 2012

10.00am – 5.00pm



275, Borough High Street. London. SE1 1JE

Common injuries in Dancers, Instrumental Musicians, Vocalists & Actors

Assessment, treatment & management approaches for performers

The postural, ergonomic & technique issues faced by performing artists

The environmental challenges for performing artists

7 Hours CPD

Course Fee £85 (Students £70)

Course Tutor:

Jennie Morton BSc (Hons) Osteopathy

UCL Honorary Lecturer & Module Leader for the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine, UCL Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

Osteopath & Lecturer for The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine

Speaker for Dance UK: Healthier Dancer Programme

For further info or to request a booking form, please email

Ireland’s first International Conference of Performing Arts Medicine

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Performing Arts Medicine Ireland present:

Musicians Health 2012 – Keeping the Show on the Road
Presentations on the identification and treatment of important health problems in musicians

Saturday October 13th 2012 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway.

Speakers include:

Consultant Rheumatologist to BAPAM, Dr Mike Shipley
Clinical Specialist in Hand Therapy, Katherine Butler
Senior Lecturer in Anatomy and Neuroscience, Dr Alan Watson
Consultant Speech & Language Therapist, Ms Christella Antoni
Dr Alice Brandfonbrener, MD, a founder of PAMA
Consultant Neurologist & Clinical Neurophysiologist, Dr Fiona Molloy
Lecturer and Field Leader in Exercise Physiology, Dr Marcus Smith
Consultant Hand Surgeon, Mr Ian Winspur

Please visit for full information and registration details.

Physician €120.00

Non Physician / Allied Health Professional €90.00

Student / Resident €60.00

Performing Arts Medicine Ireland is a new organisation founded by Dr Juliet Bressan, Director of the Dublin Performing Arts Medical Centre and founder of the Musicians’ Dystonia Clinic at St Vincent’s (as well as BAPAM’s Dublin doctor), Dr Ronan Kavanagh, a Rheumatologist who runs The Musicians Clinic in The Galway Clinic, Dr Pat Harold, a Family Doctor and Writer from the West of Ireland and Dr Sean Smyth, Ennis based GP, All-Ireland champion on both fiddle and whistle and member of Lúnasa.