With over 300 speakers at this year’s COPA, 8-9 May at ExCeL London, there are a number of dedicated seminar sessions focusing on getting everyone active, and practical advice for prescribing movement. A free pass to the event gives full access to the impressive line-up of speakers as well as a chance to network in the – bigger than ever – exhibition featuring suppliers offering a wide range of solutions for therapists, and fitness products such as Power Plate, who offer inclusive products for people of any age and ability to keep muscles healthy.
The free-to-attend thought-leaders conference will include a keynote presentation by CMO Professor Dame Sally Davies, as well as a session on tackling inequalities to create an active society with contributions from Professor Robert Copeland from Sheffield Hallam University, Dr Mike Brannan from Public Health England and Chris Perks, Executive Director for local delivery at Sport England. Another highlight from the conference will see Physiotherapist Jack Chew chair a session on how to solve the low back pain epidemic, with speakers including Dr Jonathan Hill from Keele University and John Doyle from Nuffield Health.
For the first time COPA will also feature a Moving Medicine seminar stream, created by The Faculty of Sport Exercise and Medicine (UK) in partnership with Public Health England and Sport England. This series of free-to-attend seminars are aimed at giving practical advice and evidence on prescribing movement for those with specific needs such as cancer, heart disease, depression, dementia, inflammatory rheumatic disease and frailty and includes speakers from Public Health England, Age UK, the Alzheimer’s Society, Mind and The Royal College of GPs.
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) is a leading supporter of the event, which will also see workshops on podiatry, acupuncture and sports massage. A seminar session inspired by the hugely successful CSP ‘Love Activity, Hate Exercise?’ campaign will look at how physiotherapists are supporting people with long term conditions to become more active, will include presentations by Anna Lowe, Physical Activity Clinical Champion, Public Health England, Rachel Young, Neurological Physiotherapist, Sheffield Neuro Physiotherapy and Associate Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University and Christopher Tuckett, Physiotherapist and Falls Practitioner from The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust.
Of course, we would also urge you not to miss our ‘Ask the Expert’ session kicking of the business of therapy seminar programme at 9.55 am on Wednesday 8th May. Chaired by Sue Richardson, Content Manager at Private Practice Hub and featuring experts Geoff Simons, Founder, Private Practice Hub, Chris Lambert-Gorwyn, Business Growth Experts for Health, Passion to Profit for Practitioners and Chris Munro, Director, Clinic Answer.