Posts Tagged ‘healthcare’

BAPAM Director Appointed

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

We are delighted to welcome our new Director, Claire Cordeaux

Having started her career as a youth and community worker over 30 years ago, Claire Cordeaux has worked in the private and voluntary sectors, social care and the NHS, covering early years and children’s services, workforce development, health strategy, research and innovation at international, regional and local levels. In addition to a language degree, Claire holds a Masters in Research and Postgraduate Diplomas in Public Sector Management and Youth and Community work. Prior to her current role, Claire was Healthcare Director of SIMUL8 Corporation, working globally to improve healthcare using computer modelling and simulation. Claire is an active musician in a Celtic folk fusion band, and has supported a number of arts initiatives and festivals from youth music projects to running a boat stage to connect performers in coastal areas.  Now Director of the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine, Claire counts herself as very lucky to have a role which combines her two passions of health improvement and performing arts.

BAPAM Training Day – Brass and Hearing

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Our next Performing Arts Medicine Training Day focuses on Hearing and Brass instruments.

Saturday 19 November
9.15am – 4.30pm

National Council For Voluntary Organisations
8 All Saints Street
London, N1 9RL

We’re looking forward to learning from uniquely experienced healthcare practitioners and arts professionals. This is a great chance to share expertise with peers, make connections and grow our performing arts medicine network. BAPAM Performing Arts Medicine Training Days are ideal for people working in healthcare, and all those engaged in wellbeing in the creative arts, who want to develop their skills in this fascinating specialism.

Full price tickets are £120 with discounts available for BAPAM Registered Practitioners, BAPAM Clinicians and Performing Arts Medicine MSc students.

If you prefer not to book online, please call us on 020 7404 5888.

The provisional schedule for this event is below. Timings and titles will be confirmed shortly.

9.15 – 9.45  Registration and Coffee

9.45 – 12.45 Morning session (includes coffee break):

The effect of air pressure in brass players: Dr Alan Watson, Anatomist & Neuroscientist, Cardiff University

Demonstration of brass playing and ergonomic adaptations: Dr Jonathan White, GP & BAPAM Clinician, Birmingham; Owen Wallage, Tuba player & member RAF music services

Tinnitus: Nic Wray, Communications Manager, British Tinnitus Association

Lunch 12.45 – 1.30

1.30 – 4.30 Afternoon session (includes tea break):

Age-related hearing loss: Dr Frances Williams, Consultant Rheumatologist, Musicians and Performing Artists Clinic Leader, St Thomas’ Hospital London & Researcher in Age-related hearing loss, King’s College London.

Data protection: what every practitioner should know: Paul Ticher, Data Protection consultant

Research presentations: Naomi Norton (RNCM PhD recipient): The role of music teachers in health promotion

MSc prizewinners – tbc

Lunch is included in the ticket price.

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Service data for 2014 is now available:

Activity & Feedback Report 2014

Providing one-to-one health advice through clinical consultations is BAPAM’s core activity.

The data in this report relates to our clinical activity for 2014 i.e. all Helpline registrations and appointments offered in BAPAM clinics throughout the UK. The information has been compiled from 2 main sources and reported as follows:

Section 1. BAPAM patient registration database (Microsoft Dynamics CRM): demographic and appointments data – primarily for new patients. These data are collected via telephone.

Section 2. Anonymous patient feedback (Survey Monkey web surveys): collected from new patients attending their first free assessment with each clinician they see during their contact with BAPAM. Additional anonymous followup information is also collected, and details are summarised at the end of the report.

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:

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 Journal Relaunch

Monday, June 24th, 2013

After nearly eight years, we are happy to announce the re-introduction of The Journal of The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine, covering a broad spectrum of topics related to clinical research, education and healthy practice within performing arts medicine.

The new Journal is a free online publication. You can download it in pdf format here: The BAPAM Journal Issue 1 June 2013. We recommend right-clicking and saving the file to your computer.

We encourage our readers to assist us by contributing articles, letters and email responses. Our contact details and further information can be found on the contents page of the Journal. We know that there are many of you working in, studying or fascinated by this specialism, and we hope to open a new channel of communication.

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.

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.

Performing Arts Medicine MSc Research

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Performing Arts Medicine MSc research student, Michael Durtnall, is undertaking a project to evaluate a safe ultrasound and laser system for measuring the impact of playing activity on bone health.

If you are over 18 and have been involved in music training from a young age, the project requires attending a 10 minute appointment involving leg measurements. Appointments will take place on Saturday 27th October 2012 from  9.30 am to 5.30 pm at BAPAM in London.

If you would like to participate, please contact Michael by emailing or call 020 7937 8978.

Project supervised by Research Fellow, Ian MacDonald.

Note: This project is part of an MSc research thesis at UCL (University College London), has official ethics approval and is covered by UCL’s data protection protocol. The research is not being conducted by BAPAM.