CPD sessions for Practice Educators

We have collated a list of available short CPD sessions. Our academic staff are happy to come and deliver out in clinical bases on request. Each session available is 45-60 minutes long (no longer than 2 hours) to fit around busy clinical days, team meetings and in service training sessions etc.

What is required?

The only criteria for requesting a CPD session at your base is that your base is currently supporting Keele Physiotherapy students and have offered placements for this academic year or the next. Sessions require a minimum of 8 attendees to run.

What if I am from a small base and do not meet the minimum number of attendees required?

We appreciate some bases are small teams and may not have the numbers to meet the minimum attendees required. We do not want you to miss out! When a CPD session is requested at a base (with permission of the base) we will advertise this planned session to all liaison contacts so there is an opportunity for other bases to also attend. You will need to notify us of room capacity - we will only book others on until we meet the room capacity booked.

Available sessions

CPD session title

Brief description of session

Time required

Our staff member delivering

Polymyalgia Rheumatica: the forgotten rheumatic condition

Brief overview of PMR, Physiotherapy assessment inclusions and recommendations for management

2 hrs

Anne O’Brien

Advancing aerobic and anaerobic exercise testing and prescription for recreational athletes

Problem solving exercise prescription in line with energy systems and evidence of adaptions.



2 hrs

Benn Digweed

Refresher on Neurological Exercise Principles

An overview of the evidence base behind the interventions used in clinical practice and explanations as to the physiological impact they have.

2 hrs

Adam Winterton

Electrical stimulation for therapeutic purposes

Basics on why and how to use electrical stimulation to treat patients in routine practice.

45 mins

Anand Pandyan

Measurement of spasticity

An overview on how to measure spasticity clinically based on the work from the SPASM project.

45 mins

Anand Pandyan

Selecting technology for use in rehabilitation

This is based on the work of the ATRAS project and the subsequent published review - identifying how to match rehab technology to patient needs.

45 mins

Anand Pandyan

Critical appraisal

Describe different study designs for studies collecting quantitative data.  Identify the most appropriate study design for different types of clinical questions.  Define critical appraisal and explain why it is necessary. Apply the term ‘bias’ to different study designs.  Appreciate the influence of study design on validity of results. Identify appropriate tools to assist the critical appraisal process.  Recognise some key components of a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) and discuss their relevance and influence on outcomes.

1 hr

Claire Stapleton

Masqueraders: Clinical identification of vascular causes of neck pain

Recognise the term haemodynamics and its relevance to physiotherapy assessment.  State the names and location of the cervical arteries.

Describe the areas most at risk of compression.  State the risk factors for altered haemodynamics.  Recognise which questions are required in the subjective assessment to raise suspicion of cervical artery insufficiency.  Differentiate between arterial dissection and vertebral artery insufficiency. Critique current international guidelines. Recognise which tests should be performed in the physical examination to raise suspicion of cervical artery insufficiency.

1-2 hr

Claire Stapleton

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