63rd Annual National Podiatry & Associated Healthcare Conference

 11 – 12 May 2018

Southport Theatre & Convention Centre

The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (IOCP) returns to its hometown of Southport for the 63rd Annual Conference.


Boasting key speakers from the healthcare industry, this year’s event is set to be our best yet!

Featuring a LIVE courtroom experience, hands-on workshops, a trade exhibition with exclusive offers, there really is no better opportunity to gain valuable knowledge on the latest treatments, developments and products for use in your practice to the benefit of your patients. 


Not forgetting our Annual Dinner & Awards – The President’s reception followed by the awards ceremony, dinner and entertainment – not to be missed!

“Listen very carefully I shall say this only once! There are less than 2 weeks to go until our annual conference and this years’ president’s dinner is UNMISSABLE! Who make’s it to dessert? Can you really trust the person next to you? Who will never see another “Good Moaning”?! Book your ticket at “Cafe Rene” for an evening of fun, laughter and merry-mingling after!” Tickets are £34 each book your place here

Join us in shaping the future of Podiatry together

Are you worrying about the upcoming HCPC Audit?

Join Barbara Heaton at 2pm on Friday, 11th May in syndicate room 3 for her presentation ‘De-stressing the HCPC audit – Some help from experience’
Barbara has been audited three times….No need to book just turn up at 2pm.

Exclusive to our 2018 event, LIVE Interactive Forensic Podiatry workshop by


Presented by Catherine Brown, Barrister and expert trainer with Bond Solon. This highly intensive and practical workshop provides a unique insight in to the world of forensic podiatry. Join our courtroom to see how Podiatrists can effectively present evidence as a witness in court and some of the techniques they may experience when being cross-examined.

Key learning objectives:

Role of the Podiatrist as an expert or witness in fact
How the adversarial system works
Techniques lawyers use in cross-examination and how to handle them
How to give clear, honest and objective evidence

Bond Solon is the largest provider of Expert Witness and Witness of Fact Training in the UK and have been involved in preparing witnesses in some of the UK and world’s highest-profile cases. Since 1992, over 250,000 witnesses have attended their programmes.


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Keynote speakers

Michael Ratcliffe FFPM RCPS (Glasg), M.Ch.S., Pod.M., B.Sc., M.Sc., Cert. Ed
“Anatomy & examination of the spring ligaments/tendon of muscle tibialis posterior”

In the presentation we will; Examine the anatomy of the Spring Ligament and explore its functional and structural relationship with the tendon of muscle Tibialis Posterior. Use a novel examination to determine if it is the Spring Ligament only that is damaged in rarer cases of acute flatfoot. Apply a combination of elastic tapes to support and partly restore function to the acute flatfoot where the Spring Ligament is damaged




Linda Lawson
“Dementia – Myths and misunderstandings”

An Information Worker for Alzheimer’s Society Sefton. Linda is responsible for raising awareness of dementia in the area by giving talks, staffing information stands, publicising events and running an email news service. In addition Linda provides valuable local information resources to help people with dementia, their families and professionals understand the condition and know where to turn for support.



Daniel Lawrence
“Achilles Tendinopathy –  7 things to do and 7 things not to do”

UK Chartered Physiotherapist, published author and international lecturer Daniel Lawrence shares some useful clinical tips against the backdrop of the latest research for Achilles Tendinopathy.

With separate post-graduate qualifications in Muscluloskeletal Medicine and Education. Daniel now combines teaching and writing with running an NHS funded clinic in his local area as well as being on the board of Directors for RockTape UK, PhysioBooks & StickMobility UK.


Martin Harvey
“An Introduction to PRP”

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an innovative drug-free treatment for connective tissue injuries. It is prepared at point-of-use by the practitioner from a simple sample of the patients’ blood and administered by injection.  It is an elegant follow-on to the NICE recognised (IPG438) use of autologous blood for tendinopathies. Podiatrists with LA certificates are able to use this after appropriate training.

This session is a good introduction to this fascinating modality and will be useful for both general interest as well as for those planning to attend the Institutes training day on the subject. Consultant podiatrist independent prescriber Martin Harvey was first involved in UK based research into its use more than a decade ago and has subsequently championed its use as a safe and effective therapy.


Somuz Miah
“Safeguarding children and adults”

This lecture promotes awareness and sensitivity to safeguarding enabling healthcare professionals to be able to identify issues and concern. Healthcare professionals are legally obliged to report any sign of neglect or abuse. Understand how to safeguard and protect children, young people or vulnerable adults in the workplace. Know how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child, young person or vulnerable adult has been abused.Where to report and why it’s your duty to inform.



Abid Ali
“Medical cuppings of the lower limb”

An ancient medical treatment with origins approximately 5000 years old.  The procedure creates a localised suction to help promote blood flow to help stimulate healing.
As a member of the British Cupping Society, Mr Ali advises internationals on cupping therapy for the lower limb in musculoskeletal medicine. Cupping can be administered wet or dry. With it without puncturing of the skin to release blood. International research and emerging evidence have helped bring this treatment up to date and fit for any modern-day therapists and medics.


Dr Richard Oliver
“Management of Plantar Hyperhidrosis”

An informative lecture detailing the aetiology and epidemiology of hyperhidrosis, strategies for managing plantar hyperhidrosis and ensuring successful iontophoresis for plantar hyperhidrosis





Full lecture and workshop timetable


11th May 2018
"Growing your business through effective messages" Tony Gavin, OSGO
"Dementia - Myths and misunderstandings"Linda Lawson, Alzheimer's Society
"Red flags of the foot and lower extremity" David Lintonbon, DO, PGCert(ClinEd)
"Setting a price in private practice" Jonathan Small
"Achilles Tendinopathy" Daniel Lawrence, Rocktape
"Lacuna Method for fungal nails" Nicola O'Brian, Love your feet CPD courses
"Anatomy & examination of the spring ligament/tendon of muscle tibialis posterior" Michael Ratcliffe, Cuxson Gerrard
"Management of Plantar Hyperhidrosis" Dr Richard Oliver, STD Pharmaceuticals
12th May 2018
"Verruca? Verrucae? Verrucee?.... Plantar warts" Belinda Longhurst
"Flexitol - a range to add value and profit!"Caroline McGowan, Flexitol
"Introduction to platelet rich plasma" Martin Harvey
"Our role in fall prevention" Olga Frankowski, Medifoot CPD School
"Emtrix - update on research including Nail Psoriasis" Steve McGowan, Moberg Pharma
"The pelvic equilibrium theory - a new paradigm" Clifton Bradeley, Sub-4 MD
"Cosmetic podiatry - a beautiful way to diversify your practice" Nicola O'Brian, Love your feet CPD courses
"Clinical management and self management of Raynaud's / Scleroderma in the foot" Tracey Spray, SRUK
"Podiatrist in the Box!"Catherine Brown, Bond Solon Training
"First Aid" FULLY BOOKEDMartin Harvey
"Safeguarding children and adults"Somuz Miah
"Medical cuppings for the lower limb"Abid Ali
"First principle & innovative business thinking to develop a mega practice"Clifton Bradeley, Sub-4 MD
"Naloxone saves lives" including an open Q&A on substance/alcohol/POM misuseCarola Sander-Hess



Trade Exhibitors

If you would like to exhibit at our event call our team on 01704 546 141. Click here for our TRADE CONFERENCE PLAN



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Delegates – The 2-day event costs just £29.99*

*price applicable to Members of The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists; and the College of Foot Health.  Non-members fee £39.99

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Annual Dinner & Awards

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 19.00 to midnight
President’s reception followed by the awards ceremony, dinner and entertainment.



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