Posts Tagged ‘Clinics’

BAPAM is Moving

Friday, November 13th, 2015

New Address: BAPAM, 31 Southampton Row, Holborn, London, WC1B 5HJ

To patients, staff, volunteers, funders and supporters of BAPAM.

BAPAM has been located at 34 Gray’s Inn Road for around ten years in premises that have proved convenient for patients, volunteer clinicians, staff and other stakeholders in the charity.

But, alas, we have to move. In January 2016 our lease expires. Our landlord has asked for rent of more than double the current level. Additionally, any new tenancy elsewhere would require us to enter into a lease of several years duration. It is currently uncertain whether BAPAM’s funding beyond 2016 will be sufficient for us to sign such a lease.

In early 2016 we will move our administration into smaller but non-permanent premises. We believe we will be able to locate separate consulting rooms which can be used by our clinicians during those times when they are most needed. Splitting the locations of our administration and our clinical consulting is not ideal, but is the most realistic option in view of the constraints that are described above.

We have consulted various BAPAM stakeholders including, of course, our staff, and we are grateful that they are ready to make things work as well as possible for the charity as we undertake these changes.

We are determined to continue the committed service we offer to those many performing artists and other professionals and students in the industry who come to us for help but it is realistic to point out that over the next few months we will not be able to provide clinical services at the same level as at present, and we ask for everyone’s understanding. The London clinic will be closed from December 2015 to March 2016.

We hope that the arrangements we now make for 2016 will be temporary and that we will in future be able to secure a new permanent home, even if not as centrally located as at present, but one that is appropriate for the thousands of performing artists who turn to us, and for our volunteer clinicians.

BAPAM provides, of course, much more than just those clinical services in London. It is our firm intention that those other strands of our work will continue uninterrupted.

BAPAM’s board of trustees asks for your understanding and, of course, for your continued support.

Richard Price, Chair of the BAPAM Board of Trustees

From 14 December 2015 our new address will be: BAPAM, 31 Southampton Row, Holborn. London, WC1B 5HJ.

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.

Activity and Feedback – January to June 2014

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

BAPAM is committed to excellence in providing care for performing arts professionals and students. Effective monitoring and feedback is vital to the delivery of our services. Our clinical activity also enables our development as a research hub in performing arts health and practice. Service data for the first 6 months of 2014 is now published.

The full report is available to read and download here.

The information has been compiled from 2 main sources:

1. BAPAM patient registration database demographic and appointments data.

2. Anonymous patient feedback (using Survey Monkey web surveys) collected from new patients attending their first free assessment at a BAPAM clinic.

Additional anonymous feedback information collected from our follow-up survey is also summarised.

Event Report: NUMI Conference 2013

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Ian MacDonald reports from the November 2013 conference of NUMI (Norsk Underholdningsmedisinsk Institutt), Namsos, Norway. 

It was a great privilege to be in Norway representing both BAPAM and University College London (UCL), at the second Norwegian Music Medicine conference. The setting for the event was the picturesque city of Namsos, nestling on the water’s edge in the heart of Norway. Namsos boasts an impressive percentage of performers for a place of only 14,000 inhabitants, with over 700 dancers, over a thousand singers and literally dozens (somebody said 63) of professional or semi-professional rock bands….incredible! This year’s NUMI coincided with the international festival, ‘Singing Cities Project’, involving many hundreds of performances from the very famous to the just starting out.

NUMI’s founder and main instigator is Dr Terje Tranaas, a former dentist and keyboard player for the Norwegian equivalent of the Rolling Stones. He has around him an impressive team of multi-talented individuals all keen to see the development of performing arts medicine in Norway.

The second conference brought together an impressive but select group of thinkers involved in the cutting edge of performing arts medicine development. A roundtable day, with presentations from Oslo, Denmark, Sweden and the UK, discussing the structuring of a service that would accommodate Norway’s population of 5 million, dotted throughout its mountainous terrain of 45,000 islands and 25,000 km of wild coastline.

They have had an eye on the UK and USA for some time and in fact, Terje’s wife attended some modules of the Performance Science MSc at RCM a few years ago and was impressed. This led to discussions regarding the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at UCL. One proposal now being explored would be to send a Norwegian medic to London on a yearly basis as an envoy and future educator and practitioner specialising in care for the performer.

Recent developments in Scandinavia include the creation of the first Danish Performing Arts Medicine Clinic (which opened in June and has specialist facilities for ENT) and the second music medicine conference in Pieta, northern Sweden.

There are some obvious issues regarding transportation and logistics in Scandinavia and there are some legal difficulties regarding insurance and funding for Skype and telephone assessments. However, any services being provided, where there have been none before will undoubtedly be met with enthusiasm by performers all over the region. The desire of the NUMI team to emulate the ‘hub’ style operation we have at BAPAM was very evident and by far the most popular model being presented at the weekend.

We have promised to keep supporting Terje and NUMI in their start-up over the next few years and will continue communicating with the team there.  A second potential visit to lecture next February has already been muted. Watch this space for NUMI News.

BAPAM Newsletter December 2012

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Our December 2012 newsletter is now available in pdf format here: BAPAM Newsletter December 2012

Our mission, giving free medical advice to performers, promoting healthy performing arts practice and education and fostering excellence among specialist Performing Arts Medicine health practitioners, has certainly kept us busy. This newsletter covers:

  1. Student Advocate Scheme – Health promotion in universities
  2. MSc / Diploma in Performing Arts Medicine update – Performing Arts Medicine at UCL
  3. Musical Athletes, PAMA and PAMI – Events in 2012
  4. Personnel changes at BAPAM
  5. Funding update
  6. Performer involvement
  7. Fundraising

Read the full newsletter here.

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.

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

Musicians Play Through the Pain

Monday, November 9th, 2009

From the Sunday Times Online, November 1st 2009:

Musicians Play Through The Pain

Dr Juliet Bressan, our doctor in Dublin, talks to Gabrielle Monaghan about BAPAM, dystonia, and a new specialist musicians’ clinic at St Vincent’s hospital.