Keynote, Panel Discussion and Parallel Session Speakers #ISCPConf22 CONNECT

We are deligted to announce the following confirmed speakers for #ISCPCONF22 


Keynote, Panel Discussion and Parallel Session Speakers #ISCPConf22 CONNECT


Jo Gibson MCSP MSc(Adv Pract)

Jo, MCSP MSc(Adv Pract), worked as a Clinical Physiotherapy Specialist in the Liverpool Upper Limb Unit for 27 years until January 2021 and now works as a specialist in Upper Limb rehabilitation in private practice at Rehab 4 Performance.

Jo is an Associate Lecturer at Liverpool University and a Consultant for several elite sports teams regarding shoulder rehabilitation. Jo lectures Nationally and Internationally about assessment and rehabilitation of the shoulder complex. Jo has published in Peer-reviewed journals, co-authored national guidelines for the management of shoulder pathology and has written several book chapters. 

Jo is passionate about education, empowering clinicians, and the power of effective communication.

Professor Louise Connell 

Title of Keynote: Connecting to improve clinical practice- lessons from implementation science

Louise Connell is Professor of Neuro-Rehabilitation. She works as a clinical- academic in a partnership post between the University of Central Lancashire and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust. Her interest is in implementation research, and she is undertaking a programme of research into neurological rehabilitation. Her current research focuses specifically on implementation research for increasing intensity after stroke.

Louise has internationally recognised research outputs, with over sixty peer-reviewed publications, over 3000 citations, and a H-index of 26 (Google scholar). She is a physiotherapist and is particularly passionate about improving research capacity and capability of Allied Health Professionals. She is chair of the NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic scheme. Her work has been recognised by being awarded a Fellowship of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists In Neurology.

Gerry Hussey

Performance Psychology Consultant & Motivational Speaker

Gerry is a performance psychologist and also in more recent times has been coined ‘The Soul Coach’. He has been in the human health and performance field for almost 20 years. Gerry has been at the forefront of building high performance teams and individuals in Olympic
and Professional, sport and corporate organisations. His vast experience has seen him prepare and lead teams for success at Olympic Games, Heineken cups, World Cups, and World and European Championships. He has worked and currently works with some of the world’s leading sport and business teams as well as coaching for high performing individuals.
He is a leading voice that is challenging us to rethink health and performance in a whole new way and his integrated approach is one of honesty, simplicity and authenticity.

In the corporate space, Gerry excels in creating dynamic, innovative and high performing organisational culture and behavioural focus that grows its’ people to achieve excellence in performance and leadership. Gerry brings an unrivalled wealth of honesty, experience and infectious passion to everything he does. He has the ability to awaken, unlock and connect
people and teams in a truly powerful manner. Through his programs, events and keynote speaking engagements, he helps clients strip away learned behaviours and thinking patterns and unclutter, clarify and overcome both internal and external obstacles and challenges, and
ignite the best version of themselves from a complete Mind, Body & Spirit perspective.

Gerry is the international bestselling author of the ground breaking book ‘Awaken Your Power Within’.
“Packed with insights, lessons and tools gleaned from a career as one of
Ireland’s leading health and performance coach, this is a book for
anyone questioning their direction in life. Awaken Your Power seeks to
change you from the inside out and thanks to meditation, suggestion
and the sharing of stories, it opens the reader up to a more expansive
way of being” – Irish Examiner
“Gerry is a modern-day sage. This book will change your life for the
better.” – David & Stephen Flynn, The Happy Pear

Professor Áine Caroll

Áine is Professor of Healthcare Integration and Improvement at University College Dublin, Ireland, and a Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dublin. She is Secretary and Vice-Chair of the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) and Co-Director of IFIC Ireland. Prior to this, she was National Director of the Clinical Strategy and Programmes Division in the Health Services Executive. During her tenure, Professor Carroll established the integrated care programmes for older persons, chronic disease, children’s health, and patient flow to promote coordinated care and teamwork across services and specialties, ensuring that care is provided effectively and seamlessly to patients as they move through the system. Áine served on the RSA board for two terms and participated in the Crashed Lives campaign. Áine is known for her expertise in integrated care, whole system change and implementation. An experienced Improvement advisor, she has provided advice, guidance and training on integrated care, improvement and change to leaders of healthcare systems across the world. She is passionate about Person Centred Coordinated Care, Complexity Theory in Healthcare, and the power of stories.


Professor Thierry Troosters

Thierry studied physiotherapy and rehabilitation sciences at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven where he also conducted his PhD work, guided by Professor Marc Decramer and Professor Rik Gosselink. A one-year post-doctoral stay at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, funded through a long-term fellowship of the European Respiratory Society, further guided his research career. Thierry was president of the European Respiratory Society 2020-2022. 

Along with the Respiratory Division at the University Hospitals in Leuven, he investigates the devastating non-respiratory consequences lung diseases, often induced by physical inactivity or exacerbations of COPD. With his group he is also looking at optimizing exercise training strategies for patients with lung disease as well as strategies to enhance physical activity.

With their laboratory they pioneered on investigating the impact of physical inactivity patients with COPD and other respiratory conditions including cystic fibrosis and lung transplantation. They showed that patients with COPD become inactive already early in the disease even before the diagnosis of COPD is established. Prof. Troosters led the IMI-JU consortium PROactive to develop a sensitive Patient Reported Outcome tool to assess the dimensions of physical activity relevant to patients with COPD: PROactive. The tools developed by the consortium are now approved for use in medicinal studies by EMA. Prof. Troosters received the honour of becoming a Fellow of the European Respiratory Society in 2014. He published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers (ISI H-index 60) and several book chapters. He co-edited the ‘text book on pulmonary rehabilitation” with his colleagues E. Clini, A. Holland and F. Pitta. Since 2008 Prof. Troosters has been appointed as a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Leuven, Belgium, where he leads the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Rehabilitation research group. 


Pete Moore 

Title: What causes a disconnect between the patient from the healthcare professional?

Pete’s story is very typical of that of a pain patient. He was, like many
pain patients looking for that magic bullet to take away his pain. Managing pain was like playing a game of snakes and ladders – a game of luck. Most days melted into the next and he became a very poor pain self-manager. He did not exercise or generally look after his body and when something went wrong with it, he expected the doctor to fix him.

Petes Turning Point!
In July 1996 Pete attended the INPUT Pain Management Programme (PMP) London. It was described to him as a programme that could help me to increase his confidence and mobility and provide him with life-long skills to self-manage his pain.

Pain Toolkit
Pete authored the Pain Toolkit in 2001 which is a simple patient interactive booklet, which healthcare professionals use to start off the pain self-management conversion with their patients.  It was supported by the Department of Health and now used extensively in the UK and
overseas. 950,000 copies are in circulation in the UK. It’s been translated into 18 languages and adapted for Worldwide use in English speaking countries


Focus discussion sessions are being finalised 


Dr Panos Barlas

Title: Acupuncture in the time of COVID19 and beyond: Challenges, Threats and Opportunities 

Panos is a Principal Research Fellow within the Jamieson Trauma Institute, at the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Panos qualified as a physiotherapist both in the TEI of Athens, Greece, and the Department of Physiotherapy in the University of Ulster at Jordanstown, continuing on with postgraduate studies which led to his DPhil from the same institution in 1998.

For the last 20 years he has worked in Keele University where he lead a number of post graduate modules on pain physiology, pain management and assessment as well as involved in a number of research projects on the effects of acupuncture upon osteoarthritis, pregnancy related back and pelvic pain as well as experimental pain models. During that time he continued to also see patients as a senior physiotherapist treating musculoskeletal conditions.

His main research interests lie in the management of musculoskeletal and chronic pain with sensory stimulation modalities, the physiology of analgesia and clinical research on the management of musculoskeletal pain. He has lectured widely on these subjects over the last 25 years all over the world.

Panos is often found in the woods, either with his dogs, a bushcraft kit, a rifle or all three.

Twitter: @DrPanosBarlas


Kay Morris

MISCP, MSc HCM, Project Manager Lymphoedema Services, HSE
Kay qualified as a physiotherapist in 1989 and has worked in Saudi Arabia, USA, England and Ireland. Kay certified as a lymphoedema therapist 21 years ago and although worked as a physiotherapy manager continued part time clinical work in lymphoedema. Kay completed an MSc in Healthcare Management in 2016 and a diploma in Project Management in 2018.

Kay was appointed project manager for the National Lymphoedema Working Group which developed the Lymphoedema/Lipoedema Model of Care, 2019. Kay is currently the project manager for lymphoedema services to implement the Model of Care. Kay is chair of the National Lymphoedema Oversight Team and also the current chair of the National Lymphoedema Partnership which includes Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England.

Juliet Raine 

Tittle: Successful hybrid working is all about equipment, right? Connecting experience, legislation and reality

Juliet is a specialist physiotherapist with a Masters in Health Ergonomics, and a comittee member of ACPOHE, responsible for Education and Governance. Juliet has been working in the field of ergonomics and DSE since 2008 and started to specialise in offering solutions remotely in 2017 for clients that were posted abroad or in hard-to-reach locations. Over the years Juliet continued to develop this service, supporting companies making the move to a hybrid/agile working model. This working model allowed Juliet to relocate to Sardinia, Italy, in 2018, from where she would "commute" back to the UK every few weeks to deliver ergonomics consultancy services and delivering a world-wide consultancy service from her home in Sardinia.

When the pandemic hit in 2020 Juliet worked hard with ACPOHE to convert their training to be online and developed a new course to support therapists to deliver their services remotely with confidence. Juliet has seen a real shift in the challenges faced by companies and individuals as they have tried to stay abreast of the rules, regulations and guidance.

Juliet is a self-confessed Ergonomics Geek and loves to share her knowledge with others and keep up to date with rapid changes in the industry.

Dr Jo Milios 

Title: Connecting the dots in Men’s Health Physiotherapy…..A clinical and research perspective

Jo is a Titled Clinical Researcher and Men’s Health Physiotherapist (MACP) who has a special interest in Prostate Cancer (PCa) and recently completed PhD studies at the University of Western Australia (UWA). In her thesis, ‘Therapeutic interventions for patients with prostate cancer: A focus on urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction and Peyronie’s disease’, quality of life impacts were investigated. Two RCT's were conducted, aimed at reducing the impact of urinary incontinence (UI) and erectile dysfunction (ED). The first investigated pelvic floor muscle (PFM) training in men, and the second therapeutic ultrasound to treat Peyronie’s disease following treatment for PCa.

Jo has presented her research findings at many international conferences including the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT) 2015-19, Asia-Pacific Prostate Cancer Conferences (APCC) 2014-18, Australian (APA) & American Physiotherapy Association’s (APTA) 2019, 2020 (APTA) and locally at Men’s Sheds , PCFA support groups, Woodside Petroleum and ANZUS. Recent publications include ANZ Continence Journal (2018, 2019) , BMC Urology (2019), Rehabilitation Therapy (2020) and Sexual Medicine (2020).

Currently, Jo is investigating impacts from radiation therapy with colleagues at UWA where the role of pelvic floor muscle training is a new research focus.
A love of teaching has enabled Jo to lecture at Charles Sturt and Curtin Universities in Australia and internationally since 2015. During COVID19, the opportunity to provide online courses internationally, for Medbridge, USA and most recently with A/Prof Craig Allingham, “Managing the Martians’ have been career highlights. Finally in 2012 established, ‘PROST! Exercise 4 Prostate Cancer Inc.’a not-for profit organisation, which provides an exercise and peer support program for ANY man diagnosed with PCa. In June 2020 Jo won the ‘’Western Australia of 2020” for her work in Men’s Health from the Australian Men’s Health Forum and now delivers a weekly Men’s Health podcast, called ‘The Penis Project’. See for more info. PROST!

Twitter: @ prostatejojo 
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Associate Professor James McLoughlin 

Title: The 10 movement training principles across different physiotherapy disciplines – is finding common ground our fastest route to advancing clinical practice?  

James is a physiotherapist with nearly 25 years’ experience in neurological & vestibular rehabilitation. In addition to a degree in physiotherapy from UniSA, James also completed a master’s in Clinical Neuroscience with Distinction from the Institute of Neurology (Queen Square), University College London and a PhD researching gait, balance & fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis from University of New South Wales. James works clinically as Director of Advanced Neuro Rehab in Adelaide, South Australia. In addition, James works as a part-time Associate Professor at Flinders University involved as a teaching specialist in neurological physiotherapy. James has a strong interest in movement recovery and rehabilitation and remains involved in regular professional development courses at


Bronwyn Connely 




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