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VIRTUAL – Demystifying Blood Tests in MSK Health

February 5 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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BTH are offering fully funded places on this one day training across BOB and Frimley in partnership with MACP.

Are you mystified by myeloma screens, annoyed by ANA or exasperated by when to do an ESR?

This is a course designed for physiotherapists / allied health professionals working, who are wanting to work as autonomous practitioners with access to diagnostics in First Contact Practitioner roles or Advanced Practitioner roles.

This will be a full day course designed to provide an in-depth review of the blood tests commonly used in MSK practice, what they are and when to consider them.

The 1 day course will include screening for:

  • Malignancy – screening vs diagnostic tests
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica, Temporal Arteritis, Gout
  • Auto-immune diseases – Rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthropathies
  • Infections – FBC, inflammatory markers.
  • Metabolic bone disease – Osteoporosis, Pagets’ disease, Osteomalacia
  • Chronic pain – the diagnosis of exclusion & screening for other pathologies
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Uncovering the role and relevance of blood tests to include: Tumour markers (including PSA), Inflammatory markers (ESR/CRP), Autoimmune markers (ANA/RHF, anti-CCP, HLA-B27); Bone profile, Vitamin D, Myeloma screen, FBC, U&E, LFT.
Facilitator:  Dr Giles Hazan MBBS, BSc, MRCGP, DipMSM

Giles currently work as a GP with an Extended Role in Musculoskeletal Medicine. He works predominantly in Chronic Pain and Spinal clinics within a multidisciplinary team. He originally trained as a doctor at UCL Medical School, gaining a degree in Psychology during this time, before training as a GP in Brighton and then developing a special interest in Musculoskeletal Medicine. He was previously Vice-President of the British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine and now sits on the education board of the British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) as lead for Musculoskeletal Medicine. His work is underpinned and supported by my continuing work in general practice where he has a particular interest in the role of lifestyle factors such as stress, sleep, diet and exercise in the cause and treatment of chronic diseases including osteoarthritis and chronic pain.























February 5
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Bucks Training Hub


Virtual – Zoom
  • Pre course questionnaire

    Training Evaluation:

    For Healthcare Professionals HEE TV MSK FCP

  • 2. Please rate your knowledge/confidence level prior to the course/training in this area

    1 not confident to 5 extremely confident

  • Person Centred Approaches

  • Assessment, Investigations and Diagnosis

  • Conditions Management, Interactions and Prevention

  • Service and Professional Development

  • AHP MSK FCP Development Funding 2020

    Expression of Interest

  • The following criteria will be used for selection:

    • Demonstration of commitment to the ICS strategic objectives and AHP workforce development
    • Support from your practice/ employer/organisation/partnership
    • The content of the EOI application
    • Inclusion criteria
      • Eligibility criteria
      • Applications will need brief statement (approximately 500 words) of current and previous MSK experience, aspirations, learning objectives and identify onward educational training needs identified. All need to have completed or started the MSK Competency for primary care on e-learning for health and all need to identify where they currently work.
      • Tier 1 Existing FCPs and in recruitment process FCPs
      • In MSK FCP Development posts
      • Minimum 5 years specific MSK Clinically
      • Tier 2 Interested in development posts
      • Minimum 5 years specific MSK Clinically
      • Tier 3 Fragility clinicians – recognised AHPs with a specialist interest in MSK for longer than 5 years (decided on by the steering group)
      • All candidates will be expected to participate in a pre, post and 6/12 questionnaire

  • **Please note the application is a vital part of our selection process, please make every effort to complete fully and with consideration.

    Selection will be carried out by a steering group of representatives from across each of the ICS and HEE in 2020.


    In order for your application to be approved you are expected to:

    • Commit to all the elements of the MSK FCP programme
    • Completing short progress reports and a final overall report on the programme of choice.

    If your application is successful HEE will link with your employer.

    Places will be offered formally in early April 2021

    By completing this EOI form you are agreeing to the T and C’s above.

    Thank you for completing this form