ORUK Online Foundation paediatric orthopaedic course for physiotherapists

Date: 01/02/2021 - 08/03/2021
Time: 7:00 pm GMT every Monday for 6 weeks
Location: Zoom video conferencing platform

Available spaces: 30

ORUK Online Foundation paediatric orthopaedic course for physiotherapists


Target audience: This foundation course is for physiotherapists who either have a general practice and wish to consolidate their paediatric knowledge, or for those at an early stage of their career.

Modern paediatric orthopaedic care is delivered by teams, not individuals. We may be specialists within our own disciplines, but as team players it is important that we speak a common language and share understanding and expertise so we can work together in the best interests of the patient. With this in mind, and following on from the very successful online Paediatric Orthopaedic course for surgeons (attended enthusiastically by many physiotherapists), Orthopaedic Research UK is launching the first of two comprehensive online paediatric orthopaedic courses in 2021 specifically designed for physiotherapists.

All sessions will be recorded, you will have access to all recorded sessions and be able to revisit these as and when you require.


Weekly pre-webinar material will be emailed to delegates, consisting of a quality up-to-date review paper, an illustrative challenging case scenario relevant to the topic, and copies of national guidelines to follow each webinar where appropriate.

Each webinar consists of:

  • An initial presentation discussing clinical problems we treat together, updates on modern clinical practice, examination techniques, differential diagnoses, red flags and reasons to refer, rehabilitation issues, and national guidelines.
  • Interactive discussion of the challenging case scenario
  • Interactive question and answer session
  • Discussion of cases submitted by delegates, or illustrative cases submitted by the convenors (or both)


Each weekly webinar will last between 90 to 120 minutes.

Week 1: Monday 1 February – Foot deformity principles
Week 2: Monday 8 February – Radiology interpretation 1 (foot and ankle, knee; plain XR, CT, MRI)
Week 3: Monday 15 February – Orthopaedic implications of cerebral palsy
Week 4: Monday 22 February – Deformity and leg length discrepancy
Week 5: Monday 1 March – Radiology interpretation 2 (hip; neonatal USS, plain XR, MRI)
Week 6: Monday 8 March – Extended role of the paediatric physiotherapist – normal variants, DDH, CTEV and neuromuscular services

The quickest way to register and confirm your place is to book online by credit or debit card. In order for you to register online you will need to register with our website first, upon registration with ORUK you will be given the option to book this meeting online. If you have already registered with our website you can sign in and book.

We accept cheques, please ensure you attach an accompanying registration form. Cheques are to be made payable to “Orthopaedic Research UK” and posted to the address detailed on the registration form.

You can also pay by direct bank transfer, our transfer details are listed on the registration form. Please ensure you also complete and return a registration form if you are paying by direct bank transfer.

Registration form

Registration fee: £150

Please contact the events team via email: events@oruk.org or telephone: +44 (0)20 7307 3013 if you have any further queries.

Venue address

Mr Michail Kokkinakis, Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Evelina London Children’s Hospital

Michail Kokkinakis is a consultant paediatric orthopaedic surgeon at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital. His subspecialty interests include adolescent hip preservation surgery, sports injuries, cerebral palsy and complex feet deformities. He received his subspecialty fellowship training at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Stanmore, Evelina London Children’s Hospital and Glasgow Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

Michail graduated from the medical school of University of Frankfurt in Germany and received his surgical and orthopaedic training in both the UK and Greece. He has a PhD in orthopaedics awarded by the University of Frankfurt and a PgCert in strategic management and leadership awarded by the University of Teesside. He has 19 Medline publications and 24 podium presentations in national and international orthopaedic meetings.

Michail is member of the British Society for Children’s Orthopaedic Surgery, British Society for Surgery in Cerebral Palsy and the European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society. He is the co-chair of Cerebral Palsy Integrated Pathway for South East England and regular reviewer for the Bone and Joint Journal.

Mr Gavin Spence, Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, Dubai

Gavin Spence is a full time paediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery, Dubai. His particular clinical interest is in external fixation and limb deformity correction. Prior to this he was a consultant for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, treating children with a variety of tertiary paediatric orthopaedic conditions including neuromuscular pathology. He trained in London and Cambridge, with fellowships in Great Ormond Street, Stanmore, and Adelaide.

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