16. January 2021 - 9:00 till 17:30
The University College of Osteopathy
United KingdomLondon275 Borough High Street

Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) and other spinal “Red Flags” - 16 January 2021, The University College of Osteopathy, Saturday, 16. January 2021

About the course

The course will cover the assessment, diagnosis and management of Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) in the primary care setting, exploring the evidence base, current guidelines and challenges in managing this complex and highly litigious condition. We will also explore other common red flags, with a particular focus on spinal fracture, metastatic disease and infection, again covering evidence –based assessment and management of these conditions. We will work through specific case studies and integrate the use of appropriate imaging into these cases and presentations.

Osteopathic Practice Standards and other CPD elements covered

A) Communication and patient partnership A1, A2, A3, A4, A5

B) Knowledge, skills and performance B1, B2

C) Safety and quality in practice C1, C2, C6

D) Professionalism D10

Learning outcomes

Be able to appropriately identify Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES)

To understand the differential diagnoses for CES

To understand the assessment and management of CES

To understand the differential diagnoses for spinal fractures

To understand the role of imaging in the management of lumbar spine red flags

To explore through case studies the management of some red flag conditions


09:00 - 09:30 Registration

09:30 - 11:00 Cauda equina syndrome

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee

11:30 - 12:30 Spinal fracture differential diagnosis

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 15:00 Case studies - breakout sessions

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee

15:30 - 16:30 Lumbar Spinal imaging

16:30 - 17:30 Case studies and reflection on 4 themes of osteopathic practice standards

Recommended listening pre-course

Physio Matters podcast on Cauda Equina Syndrome with Chris Mercer 2019

MACP podcast on osteosarcoma with Laura Finucane 2020

MACP Podcast on Cauda Equina Syndrome 2019 with Chris Mercer, Janene Holway, Sue Greenhalgh and Laura Finucane

Physio Matters podcast on Red Flags with Laura Finucane 2019

Course suitability

The course is suitable for osteopaths, physiotherapists and chiropractors plus GP’s working in the musculoskeletal field or with an interest in the area.

About the course leaders

Chris Mercer and Laura Finucane are both Consultant Physiotherapists working in spinal and MSK services in the NHS. They are clinical leads for their services and leads for Research and Education respectively. Both have an interest in advanced practice roles and competencies, as well as a clinical interest in serious spinal pathology. They have taught and lectured on this topic together and separately, nationally and internationally, and have both published in this field. They are currently working together on an international research project that is developing a clinical reasoning framework for clinicians to help in the early identification of serious spinal pathologies.

Chris and Laura have both been recognised by their own profession, being awarded Fellowships of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Cancellation policy

The UCO regrets that no refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found.  The UCO cannot guarantee that any course will run.  In the event of your course being cancelled, all paid fees and deposits will be refunded in full.

Saturday, 16. January 2021, The University College of Osteopathy, Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) and other spinal “Red Flags” - 16 January 2021

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