ORUK Online Specialty Series for Paediatric Orthopaedic Physiotherapists: Cerebral Palsy

Date: 01/11/2021 - 06/12/2021
Time: 7:00 pm GMT every Monday for 6 weeks
Location: Zoom video conferencing platform

Available spaces: 100

ORUK Online Specialty Series for Paediatric Orthopaedic Physiotherapists: Cerebral Palsy


Target audience: During the popular online courses for paediatric orthopaedic physiotherapists, it became obvious that there was a lot of interest in the sub-specialties from clinicians with highly specialised caseloads. In response we are launching the “Specialty Series” of intensive and focused online courses devoted to particular areas of clinical practice. This first series is designed for physiotherapists with a particular interest in neurodisability, covering the areas you told us you wanted to discuss.

We will present the evidence, discuss the controversies, challenge some preconceptions and explore how physios and surgeons can best work together as a team. The online format allows us to make this course truly interactive, with challenging case discussions, quizzes to test your knowledge, polls, and plenty of opportunity to comment and ask questions.

By the end of the course, you will be confident in being up-to-date with the latest clinical concepts, red flags and referral criteria, as well as all the important national guidelines for children with cerebral palsy.

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 approximately 120 minutes.

Week 1: Monday 1 November – Evidence Based Practice Part 1 – Botox/Serial Casting/SDR/Maintaining function
Week 2: Monday 8 November – Evidence Based Practice Part 2 – Splints/Standing frames/New technology
Week 3: Monday 15 November – Gait Analysis for non-gait lab people – How it helps/DIY options
Week 4: Monday 22 November – Hip surveillance – Consensus and controversies
Week 5: Monday 29 November – Ambulant Children with CP – How surgery can help/Foot problems
Week 6: Monday 6 December – Transitioning to adult services – Challenges and solutions

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.

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 fees:

Full course £150

Individual sessions: £25

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 and an honorary senior lecturer at King’s College London University. 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 25 Medline publications and 27 podium presentations in national and international orthopaedic meetings.

Michail in actively involved in various research projects with regards to innovation in clinical practice and acts as Principal Investigator for clinical trials at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital. 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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