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The Biopsychosocial Management of Complex Low Back Pain: A Stratified Care Approach.

The Biopsychosocial Management of Complex Low Back Pain: A Stratified Care Approach.

  • 19 Sep, 2019 to 20 Sep, 2019
  • 17 Oct, 2019 to 18 Oct, 2019
  • 09.00-17.00hrs
St Vincents Hospital

Presenter Name

Dr Gail Sowden

Target Participant Level


Speciality Tag

Musculoskeletal Therapy, Pain Management

Number Of Contact Hours


Are Refreshments Included On The Day ?


Cost to Attend

Must be an ISCP Member to Attend (Standard)
( ISCP Member )
(ISCP Student Member )
( CIG/EG/Branch Member )

Learning Objectives

This course will provide a brief rationale for stratified care, an overview of the Keele Stratified care approach and the matched treatments for the low and medium risk subgroups. It then specifically focuses on equipping physiotherapists with the knowledge, skills and confidence to adopt Psychologically Informed Practice (PIP) in order to assess and manage the more distressed and disabled (high risk) subgroup of patients. This will help clinicians to:

  1. have a better understanding of the sensory, cognitive and emotional contributors to pain and pain related disability
  2. understand why people with pain respond (cognitively, emotionally and behaviorally) the way they do
  3. conduct a biopsychosocial assessment
  4. utilize psychological principles and practice to support people with pain to make adaptive changes.   

Event Description

This 4 day interactive, skills based course is based on the STarT Back stratified care approach to the assessment and management of low back pain. It has been delivered in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Denmark and Belgium,is highly rated and regularly sells out. The course is aimed at practicing musculoskeletal out-patient physiotherapists.


Presenter Profile

Gail Sowden is a Consultant Physiotherapist within the UK NHS and a Research Fellow at Keele University. She is involved in world leading musculoskeletal research and supports the implementation of key research findings into policy and practice (Impact Accelerator Unit). She is the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trusts’ Allied Health Professions lead for pain and provides leadership and clinical input into an award winning interdisciplinary pain service. She leads and contributes to the development of national policy and practice and is a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Fellow Alumni. She is the Chair of the British Pain Societies Pain Management Programme SIG and sat on the BPS Academic Scientific Committee.  She has been a member of a number of committees and working groups (e.g. national standards, competencies, clinical guidelines), publishes in peer reviewed journals, delivers post graduate courses internationally and has presented at a number of international and national conferences. She is regularly invited to deliver courses abroad.

Cost to Attend

The cost to attend this event outside Keele University is normally €700.

The Society is subsidising this event significantly. The cost to attend is now €395. 


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