Red Flags & Rheumatology

A new course in the Institute list, this course focuses on the development of clinical reasoning in relation to the detection of non-musculoskeletal disorders presenting within the Musculoskeletal clinic through a perspective of ‘Systems Thinking’. Andrew discusses the utility of Red Flags and how to incorporate these alongside ‘Systems Thinking’ to aid clinical reasoning.

This course will cover the recognition of Rheumatology and Systemic Inflammatory Disorders; following recognition the appropriate immediate management, investigations and onward referral as well as the required Physiotherapy management of such presentations.

Who is this course suitable for?

The course is suitable for all Physiotherapists in Musculoskeletal settings who are involved in the recognition, monitoring or management of Rheumatology disorders. It will be particularly useful to First Contact Practitioners, aspiring Advanced Practice Physiotherapists (APPS) or experienced APPs looking for an update.

Course Outline:

Recognising Rheumatology/Systemic Inflammatory Disorders

  • Why is it relevant to MSK?
  • Overview of conditions
  • Specific conditions
  • Differential diagnosis

Proceeding upon recognition

  • Onward Referral
  • Investigations (bloodsscans)
  • Immediate management/advice


Andrew Cuff BSc (Hons) MSc CMP MCSP – Red Flags Pathology

Andrew works as a Consultant Physiotherapist and is the youngest ever in the UK to be bestowed with this title. This role involves a clinical caseload in both the Wakefield Musculoskeletal (MSK) Service and the North Kirklees Integrated MSK and Pain Service for Connect Health alongside providing leadership to nine MSK, Pain and Rheumatology services within the North of England.

Alongside this clinical role, Andrew is an active researcher studying for a PhD at Keele University and has published numerous articles in the Musculoskeletal domain and is a proud author for the Cochrane Bone, Joint and Muscle Trauma Group.

Andrew has presented his research at both national and international scientific meetings and conferences. Previously a Research Physiotherapist at the University of Warwick, Andrew has both taught and examined on the Orthopaedic component of the Medicine degree.

Andrew sits on the board of the European Society of Shoulder & Elbow Rehabilitation (EUSSER) and is Chair of South West Yorkshire Advanced Physiotherapy Practice Network.

Jack March BSc (Hons) MCSP – Red Flags, Rheumatology

Jack is a Physiotherapist, qualified in 2008 from Plymouth University and after rotational posts settled into Rheumatology which I have made my speciality since 2011. I have given seminars, lectures at conferences and full-day courses on Rheumatology subjects mostly covering the topics of Recognition, Investigation and Management. These have been aimed at Allied Health Professionals (Physios, OTs, Nurses…) but have also been attended by Medical Colleagues from GP practices who have also provided positive feedback.

Current roles alongside the provision of CPD include: Rheumatology Clinical Lead for Chews Health and Operations Director of Chews Media which incorporates The Physio Matters Podcast Team

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