Day 1

Dr Philip Bull, FRCP – Consultant Rheumatologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Guys, Kings and St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School” and Lead Medical Advisor, HMSA and Clinical Lead for the HMSA Education Model.

Dr Bull presenting “an introductory overview of the conditions and management strategies.

Day 2

Jeannie Di Bon – Movement Therapist

Jeannie Di Bon presented on movement therapy for patients with hypermobility. The main focus was helping professionals create an appropriate strategy to help these patients start to have positive movement experiences without experiencing flare ups, increased pain, increased anxiety and stress.

Day 3

Kim Clayden – Solution-focused Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist.

Kim presenting what the Solution-focused approach is, how the brain works, why the hypermobile patient can struggle with their mental health and how we can help them to learn how to positively self manage their condition.

Day 4

Jo Southall – Independent Occupational Therapist.

My presentation focuses on helping clients/patients to build a self-management toolkit. It will cover the key pacing and fatigue management strategies needed to avoid the boom and bust cycle, body awareness and how to get the most benefits of assistive items like Splints and mobility aids. Finally a quick look at therapeutic relationships and patient narratives.

Day 5

Hannah Ensor – Expert Patient.

Medical appointments can so often end in misunderstanding and frustration – whether it is logical and well founded concern being misinterpreted as irrational anxiety (like ‘physio injured me last time, how can I be sure it won’t this time too) or professional reluctance to over-medicalise something unwitting leaving patients in the dark regarding management. Hannah’s talk on ‘making the most of the medical encounter’ takes health care professionals through some of these common misunderstandings – explaining where they can come from, and how to avoid them.