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ISCP Conference 2018

  • 9th & 10th November 2018 

Annual Conference

The 2018 conference will take place in the Radisson Hotel in Sligo on Friday & Saturday November 9th and 10th 2018.

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Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Donál O'Shea

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Glenn Nielsen

Glenn Nielsen is a clinical academic neurophysiotherapist at St George’s University of London and St George’s University Hospital. Working with Professor Mark Edwards, he has set up a specialist NHS physiotherapy service for functional motor disorder. He was awarded an NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship in 2014 and he completed his PhD in 2017 on the topic of physiotherapy for functional motor disorder. He is the lead applicant on a recently funded NIHR grant to conduct a multicentre randomised trial of specialist physiotherapy for functional motor disorder.


Jo Nijs

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Melrose Stewart

Melrose Stewart is Chartered Physiotherapist, ex Vice President of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), TEDx speaker, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and lecturer in the School of Sports, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham. In 2017, she was the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from the CSP for her services in the area of equality and diversity. One of her recent and most ambitious project was her expert role in the remarkably successful BAFTA nominated Channel 4 television programme, ‘Old people’s Home for 4 year Olds’. She has delivered several talks nationally and internationally on intergenerational activities including a recent TEDx talk in 2017 entitled ‘Connecting generations for healthy ageing’ and another entitled, ‘Revolutionising connections between the young and the old’ at the Thrive conference in Guernsey. She sits as a professional on an international expert panel of academics, the Electrophysical Forum, an interactive platform for the use of electro physical modalities. Away from academia, Melrose sits on Her Majesty’s Judiciary for Employment Tribunals and as a Disability Qualified Member on Social Security Tribunals (England). She has a personal and professional interest in public health and health promotion and tries to stay fit by regularly participating in aerobics and park runs.
Twitter: @MelroseStewart1


Phil Glasgow

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Parallel sessions will include topics on Musculoskeletal disorders, physical activity, paediatrics, women's health, and oncology rehabilitation. 


Parrallel Speakers


Karen McCreesh  Twitter: @McCreesh_Karen

Dr Karen McCreesh is an experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapy educator and clinician, and a qualified sonographer. Her research interests lie in the areas of shoulder dysfunction, musculoskeletal disorders, and ultrasound imaging. She completed her PhD in the area of mechanisms of rotator cuff tendinopathy, funded by a Research Fellowship from the Health Research Board of Ireland. She is Course Director and Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the School of Allied Health at the University of Limerick. She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, presents at national and international conferences, and provides CPD workshops for qualified physiotherapists. Karen co-ordinates a website to support and disseminate evidence based practice in the physiotherapy management of shoulder pain at, and is a founder member of the Irish Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation Society (

Dr. Grace O'Malley

Grace qualified (TCD) as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2004. She works in RCSI as a clinical researcher in the fields of childhood obesity and physical fitness. She is the multidisciplinary clinical lead of the W82GO Weight Management Service at Temple Street Children's University Hospital where she previously worked as Clinical Specialist in Paediatrics, Senior Physiotherapist in Paediatric Endocrinology and staff grade physiotherapist.  Her research work to date has investigated the musculoskeletal and cardio-metabolic co-morbidities associated with paediatric obesity in addition to the development and evaluation of complex obesity interventions delivered in-person or using eHealth/computer-based approaches. Grace served as the inaugural Chair of ASOI from 2013-2015 and Chair from 2015-2017. She is Secretary of the Childhood Obesity Task Force of the European Association for the Study of Obesity, a member of the European Childhood Obesity Group and Treasurer of the Paediatric section of the World Confederation of Physiotherapists. 


Michelle Lyons

Michelle Lyons has over 25 years of clinical experience working in physiotherapy and promoting women’s health globally. A graduate of UCD, she has presented nationally, internationally and online, including at the International Pelvic Pain Society, the International Continence Society and the POGP conference amongst others, to promote the field of physiotherapy in women’s health and wellness. She is on the teaching faculty of Herman & Wallace, The Pelvic Rehab Institute, Medbridge Education & Burrell Education and has previously been faculty for the POGP, The Integrative Women’s Health Institute as well as offering clinical consultancy for clinicians globally. She is passionate about an integrative and functional approach to health and wellness and believes that women’s health physiotherapists are ideally placed to be proactive in preventing rather than reacting the health issues that women may face in their lifetime. For further information, please visit


Jo Short

Jo has more than 20 years experience in both Health Service Management and Project Management roles  both across the UK and Irish Acute Healthcare Systems. As the lead for the Programme Management Office within Saolta, Jo has a special interest in integration between acute and community and was project lead for the HSE Excellence Awards winning project in 2016  "Having the right people, with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time". (Ophthalmology Services Sligo University Hospital /Community HealthCare Organisation 1).  Her role currently involves integrated working across Saolta Group hospitals as well as between acute and community services. 



Attendance Rates

  One Day Attendance Full Conference attendance  
Non-member Early Bird €155  (save €40) €205 (save €90)  
Practising Member Early Bird €99 (save €46) €170 (save €100)   
Non-Practising Member €80 €145  
Entry to Practice Student Member €30 €55

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