Georgie Oldfield

Date: 23 Nov 2023  •  19:00 - 21:00 UK time (7 - 9 pm)


CPD hours: 2 • cost: £45

As a physiotherapist Georgie Oldfield had always used physical therapies to treat chronic pain, aiming to address what was considered to be a physical problem/injury at the site of a painful area.
In this talk she will demonstrate the growing pain science that clearly demonstrates the brain’s involvement in pain persisting after any tissue damage has healed.
Georgie will also explain the up to date basic pain science demonstrating factors that often play a part in the perpetuation, and even the triggering, of neural circuits that become learned and sensitised. This can include; psychosocial stress, learned behaviours, personality traits, past trauma, anxiety, depression, beliefs, rumination and emotions such as fear.

Georgie will also explain the relevance of predictive coding and neuroplasticity in our understanding of persistent pain and how this understanding can help us in reprogramming the brain and desensitising the involved neural pathways.
Alongside this Georgie will go through some of the simple, yet often profound, strategies and advice that help patients not only reprogramme their brain but also address the factors involved in causing their pain to persist. The primary aim for patients is to offer hope and support for change, foster self-empowerment and agency over their body.

Georgie Oldfield MCSP is a leading physiotherapist and UK Specialist in a global, pioneering approach to chronic pain relief which is evidence-based, educational and focuses on self-empowerment. Rather than focusing on a management approach by addressing the symptoms, this is an approach aimed at identifying and addressing the underlying reasons for the pain/symptoms persisting. Georgie is a clinician, educator and author, having published her book, ‘Chronic Pain: Your Key to Recovery’ in 2014 and co-wrote the book, ‘Psychophysiologic Disorders: Trauma Informed, Interprofessional Diagnosis and Treatment’ in 2019. She also launched the first version of her online recovery programme for the public in 2011. Through her training organisation, SIRPA, Georgie developed the first training programme in this field in 2010, enabling health professionals and coaches to learn how to integrate the SIRPA approach, and the concept on which it is based, within their own work. Georgie also speaks widely about this approach, gave a TEDx talk in 2019 and since 2015 has organised and hosted 3 international conferences, held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.
The course will provide for OSTEOPATHIC PRACTICE STANDARDS CPD requirements in the following areas:

2 hours Learning with Others

OPS CPD RequirementsLearning include
Communication and patient partnershipListening, respecting patient's concerns and preferences, dignity and modesty, effective communication, providing information, consent, patient partnership.
Knowledge, skills and performance Having sufficient knowledge and skills, working within training and competence, keeping up to date, analysing and reflecting on information to enhance patient care.
Safety and quality in practicePatient evaluation, management, safeguarding, wider role in enhancing patients' health and wellbeing.