Wednesday 11th May 2022

Pearl Fishers String of Pearls AM

Speakers: Sarah Walters RRT, Tom Deacon MSKCAT, Children’s Physiotherapy, Nicola Tomlinson, Emma Cronin

Our very popular course this year focussing on learning from our Nursing and Allied Health Professional Colleagues. We will have 25 minute rotating groups examining the following services: 1. Rapid Response Team 2. Podiatry 3. MSKAPS 4. Childrens Physiotherapy.

1. To discuss the podiatry service available for self-referral and primary care clinical referral pathways
2. To identify the different roles and management options offered within our local MSK Triage and MSKAPS services, highlighting when to refer.
3. To identify how which patients in Primary Care may be helped by the RRT
4. To discuss MSK problems with the children's physiotherapy team.


Date: Wednesday 11th May 2022

Time: 09:30

Duration: Half Day

Location: F2F at Sandford Education.Centre

Members' Price: £0

GP Price: £70

AHP Price: £30

About the speaker

Sarah Walters RRT
Urgent Care Clinical Lead, Rapid Response Practitioner and Lecturer at Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust

Rapid Response provides an urgent care service, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is for adults who are registered with a Gloucestershire GP who require community-based care which prevents an unnecessary admission to hospital.

Rapid Response practitioners have advanced clinical skills to assess and treat people with conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, urinary tract infections, sepsis, acute kidney injury, infections requiring oral or IV therapy and delirium. We care for frail adults, people requiring palliative care in crisis and complex falls patients.

We also carry out diagnostics, such as near patient blood tests, and will ensure provision of appropriate oxygen therapy, medicines and equipment. Non-medical prescribing is available.
Referrals are made via the Single Point of Clinical Access: 0300 421 0300
Out-of-hours referrals are managed by the Out of Hours service and come direct to the team. Call: 0300 421 6900

About the speaker

Tom Deacon MSKCAT
Advanced Practitioner Physiotherapist in Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Working in Specialist MSK Triage Service and in MSK interface clinics for spinal and peripheral MSK conditions.

I am an Advanced Practitioner Physiotherapist working in the MSK Triage (single point of access to Orthopaedics) and MSK Advanced Practitioner Service in GHNHSFT (an interface service between primary care and Orthopaedics). I qualified in 2005 and have spent my entire career in GHNHSFT. I completed my MSc in Manual Therapy 2 years ago. I have worked in the Pain Self-Management service previously and continue to have an interest in understanding pain neuroscience as well as helping patients to understand and manage complex persistent MSK symptoms.

About the speaker

Children’s Physiotherapy

About the speaker

Nicola Tomlinson
Advanced Podiatrist,

Qualified as a podiatrist from Brighton university, Nicki started working in community services for Gloucestershire podiatry department in 1997.
In 2000 she specialised in diabetes foot health and has been working within the acute diabetes team ever since. Based at Cheltenham General hospital and Gloucestershire Royal, her main role is part of the diabetes integrated services team working within general out patients and full multi-disciplinary foot ulcer clinic supported by the orthopaedic, vascular and diabetes acute consultants.
She is also a member of the podiatry governance team and of the acute diabetes operational team.

About the speaker

Emma Cronin
Diabetes and Community Specialist Podiatrist

Qualified as a Podiatrist from University College Northampton and started as a Band 5 Community Podiatrist at Gloucestershire Podiatry Department in 2004.
In 2007 I became a Band 6 Community Specialist Podiatrist working a various clinical locations around the county undertaking podiatry assessments, treatment planning within core podiatry and undertaking wound care. Since Covid 19 I have been undertaking the Podiatry inpatient work at GHFT, Community Hospitals and the 2 main Mental Health Hospital sites. This is a very varied role working with other AHPs to enable inpatients to be able to undertake rehabilitation, improve mobility and helping to aid discharge from hospital. Part of my job role is providing education and training to other APHs and patients/public. Currently I am delivering Diabetic Foot Assessment Training to Practice Nurses and Health Care Assistants at GP locations across the county.

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