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Physiotherapy assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions during and after pregnancy – Manchester

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Course type: Practical

Physiotherapy assessment and management of musculoskeletal

conditions during and after pregnancy 


Part A:

Live Zoom session: Tuesday, 11 June 2024 : 6.30pm-9.30pm

Live Zoom session: Tuesday, 18 June 2024 : 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Part B:

               22-23 June 2024 at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester  

£425 POGP member         £500 non-member


POGP are delighted to announce the welcome return of its popular MSK conditions in pregnancy course for those seeking to expand their practice in this area. It develops the learning gained in the POGP entry level course: The Childbearing Year.

POGP believe that your learning from this course will be greatly enhanced if you have attended the ‘Pregnancy Related Physiotherapy: the child bearing year - an entry-level course’ before participating in this MSK course. If you have not attended the Childbearing Year course then we recommend that you have a reasonable knowledge and clinical experience in the field of obstetrics and pelvic health.

This course will cover:

a contemporary understanding of pain science and implications for pregnancy

special cases and obstetric red flags (a must for anyone working in obstetrics or keen to work with pregnant women)

the most up to date evidence for the assessment and treatment of pelvic girdle pain, low back pain, rectus abdominus diastasis and more.

It is a blended learning programme including self-directed online learning supported by two live evening sessions, which will be recorded if you cannot make it. The course culminates with a practical 2-day face to face teaching workshop. 

The zoom sessions will be live and interactive and an opportunity to ask questions and discuss some of the challenges with this patient cohort. 

The zoom sessions will not have repeated content and will include:

Pain and implications for pregnancy and postpartum

Rectus abdominus diastasis (DRAM) a full and comprehensive teaching

Subjective assessment of the pregnant patient

Pelvic girdle pain - everything you thought you needed to know and more!

A timetable of content and timings will be sent closer to the day.

It will not be possible to record the content of the day so attendance is required in real time in order to complete the workshop.


Course Goals:

1. To prepare physiotherapists in being safe when working with pregnancy.

2. To encourage physiotherapists to be curious with their learning, their patients and their treatment choices.

3. To remind physiotherapists of the how the scientific method informs physiotherapy practice with people who are pregnant or postpartum.


Course objectives:

The course aims to equip the busy clinician with contemporary evidence informed assessment and treatment options for people presenting for physiotherapy during or following pregnancy.

Specifically to provide education on:

• a contemporary understanding of pain and stress physiology and their implications for pregnancy physiotherapy practice.

• evidence-based tools to assess the biological, physical, & psychosocial factors that contribute to pain, impairment, and disability of the people who seek physiotherapy help, within a biopsychosocial paradigm

• hard and soft skills to help physiotherapists providing a service for pregnant people presenting with common musculoskeletal conditions using tools such as: education; hands on techniques; lifestyle; movement /exercise interventions within a biopsychosocial paradigm.


Learning Outcomes:

At the end of all the course sections the participant will:

Understand the physiological, psychological and social influences during pregnancy relevant to the physiotherapy management of pregnancy related spinal, pelvic girdle abdominal and other musculoskeletal problems.

Be safe and aware of your role with the presentation of red flags and special considerations within pregnancy or post partum.

Be confident in being able to adapt assessment and examination techniques of the common musculoskeletal assessment for the antenatal and postnatal woman

Develop and adapt a range of skills for the treatment of pregnancy and postnatal related musculoskeletal conditions.

Understand and promote the physiotherapist’s role within the multidisciplinary team.


Pre-course preparation:

The pre-course sections will need to be completed prior to attendance at the live Zoom sessions and the live face to face workshop. They will only be available to access prior to the face to face sessions and the detail will not be covered outside of this window. You should allow around 8 hours to complete the pre-learning. Sessions covered include:

Pain physiology and implications for pregnancy and MSK physiotherapy

Red flags and special cases

Environmental and safety considerations

Exercise physiology specific to rectus abdominus diastasis

Organised by: Amy Williams of POGP

Please find a list of tickets for this event below.

Ticket Price
Any member £425.00
Any non-member £500.00

Delegate Terms and Conditions


Cancellation by a participant

Where a place on a course has been confirmed a 90% refund will be given for cancellation up to 4 weeks before the workshop, a 50% refund will be given for cancellation up to 2 weeks before the course.  No refund will be given for a cancellation within 2 weeks of the course.  If eligible for a refund this must be claimed within three months of the course taking place.

This includes failure to attend a course due to illness.  In the event of becoming unwell or physically incapacitated prior to attendance on a course the participant should contact the POGP course administrator if they are hoping to still attend.  POGP reserves the right to make the final decision whether a participant can attend the course.  Failure of the participant to disclose any changes to their health could result in a participant being turned away on arrival at the course venue or during the course itself.  The policy will also be valid for a cancellation of a place for an overseas participant. In addition, any extra costs incurred for bank charges and administration will be subtracted from the final refund.

Participants who fail to attend the course on the date booked without giving notice or who give notice after the course has started are not eligible for a refund or a transfer to another course regardless of the reason for non-attendance

Cancellation by POGP

In the very unlikely, unforeseeable event that POGP cancel a course we will offer you the choice of a full refund of the course fee or a free transfer to the same POGP course that is hosted at a different location/date within the same calendar year.

We will try to give you at least 2 weeks’ notice but sometimes (for example when a course is cancelled due to bad weather) this is not possible.  We reserve the right to cancel a course where we believe the weather conditions are so bad that it would be unreasonable to expect participants and/or tutors to travel to the venue.  If we make the decision that it is reasonable to run the course and it goes ahead as planned, failure to attend the course may result in the loss of the course fee.  It is the participant’s responsibility to research alternative methods of transportation before a course to assure you can attend.  We reserve the right to alter any specified course tutor (to cover for sickness or late unavailability) to enable an advertised course to run.

We recommend that you book fully refundable travel and accommodation for your course. POGP accepts no liability for non-refundable costs in the event that a course is cancelled.  You might like to consider travel insurance to cover any significant non-refundable costs incurred.

Cancellation due to COVID-19

Refunds due to COVID-19 can only be given in the following circumstances:

If POGP cancels the course prior to commencement POGP participants will be offered the opportunity to transfer to a future POGP course.  If an alternative date is not acceptable the course fee will be refunded with no administration fee charged.  However, POGP is not responsible for any travel or other expenses which may have been incurred.

The same rules will apply to participants who are unable to attend the POGP course due to travel restrictions imposed by the UK government or, for overseas participants travel restrictions imposed by their national government.  Documentary evidence may be required for overseas participants.

If a participant is unable to attend due to COVID-19 related issues a full refund of the course fee will be given or transfer of the fee to an alternative POGP course.  This includes if you are self-quarantining, living with someone who is self-islolating or have symptoms of COVID-19.  

If this is the case please email  to notify POGP.

In  the event  of a participant having to quarantine following  a visit abroad in accordance with UK government  guidelines,  then the  COVID-19  cancellation  section  of  this document  is  not  applicable. 

POGP reserves the right to alter the cancellation policy to reflect the changing directives from the UK government.

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