Posts Tagged ‘Doctors’

Associate Medical Director Recruitment

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

We seek an Associate Medical Director (Sessional, Fixed Term) to work 8 sessions/month for 12 months on governance, quality assurance and workforce development. Regular clinic sessions are also involved.

The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine is a medical charity providing people working and studying in the performing arts with specialised assessments in London and the regions.

You must be a licensed medical practitioner with management or governance experience and background in General Practice, Musculoskeletal Medicine, Rheumatology or Occupational Medicine. Experience in performing arts is desirable but not essential. Training is provided. The position can be based anywhere in UK, although regular travel is necessary.

If you are interested please inquire by email to Deborah Charnock, Chief Executive: deborah@bapam.org.uk

We will then send you an information pack, including a full job description and details of how to apply.

Closing date: 20 February 2015.

Event Report: British Tinnitus Association Conference September 2014

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Dr Anita Nathan, NHS GP and BAPAM Clinician reports from the BTA conference 2014 

The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) is the leading source of information about tinnitus in the UK. All patients contacting BAPAM with concerns about the condition are advised to contact the BTA and investigate their many excellent publications. BAPAM’s recently updated Factsheet on hearing, Don’t Lose the Music, also highlights the BTA as a vital resource.

I attended their fascinating conference, held in September 2014 at the British Library Conference Centre in London. This short report summarises a few key points of particular interest to BAPAM clinicians and performing arts medicine specialists.

In an overview of the highlights of recent research into tinnitus, we heard about a trial of MDMA assisted psychotherapy for tinnitus, investigations into neural plasticity and multisensory processing, ‘residual inhibition’ (a brief suppression of tinnitus sounds after an offset (i.e. a presentation) of an external sound), and the way that sound therapy depends on the degree of hearing loss associated with tinnitus.

Investigations have been made into the effects of amplification with hearing aids in tinnitus patients with a co-existing mild to moderate hearing loss. One trial found that a hearing aid had an equal effect to a sound generator. Hearing aids can act as both noise generators and amplifiers for tinnitus treatment. Some early trial results suggest positive results from low level input from hearing aids for tinnitus sufferers without any hearing loss.

Some research suggests that stress may be a more significant factor in tinnitus than other causes (such as hearing loss and noise exposure). Cortisol, which is a marker for stress, affects hearing. Trials are ongoing into mindfulness based stress reduction approaches to managing tinnitus.

People with severe tinnitus have chronically higher basal cortisol levels than those with less severe symptoms and people without tinnitus.

A number of systematic reviews have shown the efficacy of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).

Both avoidant coping and active coping mechanisms can seem to worsen tinnitus so it is necessary to find a balance. Increasing age is associated with increasing tinnitus annoyance.

GPs and assessing clinicians need to be aware that the first contact with someone suffering from tinnitus is very important. Catastrophic thinking worsens tinnitus so think carefully about giving the advice ‘learn to live with it’. Audiology-led tinnitus services seem to be the way forward, with an ENT opinion sought afterwards if necessary. There are shorter waiting times, less anxiety for the patient, and all initial investigations can be done by the audiology team.

All tinnitus patients should be given a hearing test to find out if they have hearing loss.

The BTA’s own Conference Reports from 2010 – 2013 can be found on their website here: http://tinnitus.org.uk/conference-reports.

Acclaimed Pegasus Choir give Concert for BAPAM

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, London’s prize-winning Pegasus Choir presents For the Fallen, an evening of music and poetry written during the first world war and in response to it.

Please join us for our fundraising concert which we’re delighted to be hosting in the beautiful and historic 18th Century Guy’s Chapel. There is a history of caring and medical endeavour in this corner of London, since the monks at what is now Southwark Cathedral began to care for the sick in the 12th Century.  Their hospice later became St Thomas’ Hospital (and Guy’s developed from there in the early eighteenth century). A superb setting for us to come together to support BAPAM and help performing arts professionals and students affected by physical and psychological health issues.

For the Fallen

Saturday, 15 November 2014, 7.30pm

The Guy’s Chapel, King’s College, London

All tickets are £15.

Book online here: https://bapamconcert.eventbrite.co.uk 

The programme includes choral works by Holst, Reger, Ravel, Gurney, and Rachmaninov alongside poems by Sassoon and Owen.

Directed by Matthew Altham, the Pegasus Choir will perform works by composers who experienced the war at first hand, such as Ivor Gurney, who was forever changed by what he witnessed, and Maurice Ravel, who wrote his only choral music while waiting to go to the front to serve as a driver. The programme includes movements from Sergei Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, composed for fundraising concerts for Russian soldiers, and the rarely performed Short Requiem written by Walford Davies in 1915 to commemorate the fallen. The evening will also feature readings of poems and letters by writers who served in the trenches.

This year, Pegasus has performed For the Fallen to packed audiences in London and Winchelsea. Audience members wrote that the concert was “wonderfully programmed, very thoughtful and thought-provoking”, “very moving” and “an absolute joy”.

Pegasus is one of London’s most versatile and accomplished chamber choirs. In 2013 it was awarded the Chamber Choir prize at the Florilège Vocal de Tours International Choral Competition in France. Pegasus sings regularly with leading conductors and ensembles such as Laurence Cummings and the London Handel Orchestra, and has also performed with ballet dancer Carlos Acosta at the London Coliseum and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The choir has been featured on BBC television and radio, Channel 4 and Classic FM.

Ticket sales support the work of BAPAM – a unique not-for-profit healthcare organisation supporting performing arts professionals and students affected by physical and psychological health issues. A proportion of the proceeds will also be donated towards the upkeep of the Chapel.

 

Student Advocate Scheme 2014 Training Day Report

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

The second BAPAM Student Advocate Scheme Training Day and Conference took place on Monday 9th June 2014 at the Musicians’ Union offices in London with 29 delegates attending from 8 different performing arts institutions. Representatives from BAPAM, the Musicians’ Union,  Help Musicians UK, Dance UK and Musical Impact also attended.

The programme for the day included lecture sessions about the history and progress of the Student Advocate Scheme and a number of workshop sessions giving delegates the opportunity to discuss various aspects of the scheme and how it could be adapted to work at their institution. The current advocates from the University of Leeds, Birmingham Conservatoire and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama spoke about their experiences as student advocates, offering a valuable opportunity for potential new advocates and supervisors to ask questions.

Following the success of the day, a further 6 institutions are interested in joining the scheme during the coming academic year: The University of York, Anglia Ruskin University, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, The Royal College of Music, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance.

Please see the below report from SAS Manager Naomi Norton, who can be contacted using the address naomi.norton@bapam.org.uk.

BAPAM Student Advoate Scheme Training Day Report 2014

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.

BAPAM Training Day at Leeds College of Music, May 17th

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Wind Instruments – Playing & Problems
Dance and Fitness – The Art & Science

We’re delighted to announce details of our forthcoming Training Day which takes place on Saturday May 17th 2014, 09:30 – 16:45, at Leeds College of Music.

The full programme can be viewed and downloaded here: BAPAM Training Day Programme 17 May 2014

BAPAM Training Days are designed for medics, health care practitioners, and all those concerned with performers’ wellbeing.

Our events provide in-depth explorations of key areas of Performing Arts Medicine and unique insights into aspects of performers’ health and wellbeing. We present performers’ perspectives as well as the expertise of experienced medical practitioners.

The sessions are also a great opportunity to network with colleagues.

Venue: Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PD

£80 – Full Day
£50 – Students

To book your place or for more information please return this booking form by post or email Clare Hicks, our Office and Clinics Manager –  clare@bapam.org.uk

For those of you who are GPs, BAPAM training days should qualify for CPD credits under the RCGP CPD credits scheme (please check this with them directly).

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.

BAPAM Training Day – Performers in their Environment

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The next BAPAM Training Day, Performers in their Environment, takes place on Saturday November 16th 2013, 10:00 – 16:00, at the Musicians’ Union offices in London.

BAPAM Training Days are designed for medics, health care practitioners, and all those concerned with performers’ wellbeing.

Our events provide in-depth explorations of key areas of Performing Arts Medicine and unique insights into aspects of performers’ health and wellbeing. We present performers’ perspectives as well as the expertise of experienced medical practitioners.

The sessions are also a great opportunity to network with colleagues.

Topics to be covered include:

Noise at Work – Aaron Williamon, Professor of Performance Science, Royal College of Music

Performance AnxietyKaren O’Connor, Performance Coach

Highs and Lows of a Musician’s CareerChris Polglase

Avoiding Hazards in the WorkplaceJennie Morton

An Actor’s Life – David Sulkin talks with professional actors

Venue: Musicians’ Union, 60—62 Clapham Road, London, SW9 0JJ

£80 – Full Day
£50 – Students

To book your place or for more information please return this response form by post or email the Office and Clinics Manager, Clare Hicks, via clare@bapam.org.uk

For those of you who are GPs, BAPAM training days should qualify for CPD credits under the RCGP CPD credits scheme (please check this with them directly).

BAPAM Newsletter July 2013

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Our July 2013 Newsletter is now available in pdf format here:

BAPAM Newsletter July 2013

1. BAPAM Journal Re-launch

2. Performing Arts Medicine Training Events

3. Student Advocate Scheme Training and Induction Day

4. Musical Impact

5. The Future