The Shoulder - Steps to Success

21 (Sat) and 22 (Sun) September 2024 08:45 - 16:30 (GMT)

St. Marys Hospital
St Mary's Hospital
Winston Churchill Building
W2 1NY



This 2 days course will present a simple evidence-based approach to the management of shoulder pathology, which is immediately applicable in your clinical practice. It will consider current development in the literature and how they inform the key factors contributing to successful outcomes.

The specific rehabilitation approaches for: dynamic shoulder stability, kinetic chain control, shoulder stiffness, shoulder tendinopathy, culpritis etc will be discussed and accomplished by a practical workshop. These is highly practical course, which contains lots of rehabilitation tips !


  1. To present the current literature regarding dynamic stability of the shoulder complex and explore the application to clinical assessment and treatment.
  2. To present the current literature regarding the pathophysiology of common shoulder conditions and describe the impact on the dynamic stabilisers.
  3. To demonstrate key assessment tools to explore function of the dynamic stabilisers of the shoulder as a basis for treatment planning.
  4. To demonstrate key treatment approaches based on the current evidence to address movement dysfunction in the shoulder complex.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this two-day course the participant should;

  1. Understand current concepts of dynamic stability of the shoulder joint.
  2. Understand current theories relating to the pathophysiology of common shoulder conditions and their impact on dynamic stability of the shoulder joint.
  3. Develop an awareness of current research regarding evidence-based treatment of shoulder pathology.
  4. Understand key assessment and treatment tools for the successful treatment of the shoulder joint.
  5. Have the ability to clinically reason key treatment approaches in the management of common shoulder conditions.

Day 1

08.45 Registration

09.00 Setting the scene - the current state of play?

Why do we think the shoulder is so complicated?

10.30 Coffee

10.45 The Rotator Cuff & the Scapula: Partners in Crime?

Research versus reality and assessment dilemmas: Keeping it simple!

12.30 Lunch

13.30 The Kinetic Chain and Dynamic Slings

Putting the shoulder in context: It’s all about ‘normal movement’

15.00 Coffee

15.15 The Stiff Shoulder

Frozen or not? Differential diagnosis - can we? Can we do better than supervised neglect?

16.30 Finish

Day 2

09.00 What did we do yesterday? A quick recap

09.30 The irritable shoulder - where to start?

Acute causes of shoulder pain - when we can diagnose what does it mean to management?

10.30 Coffee

10.45 Irritable shoulder continued

11.20 Getting it right from the start:: Steps to Success

The power of language & communication.

12.45 Lunch

13.45 Shoulder Pain: Fit for Function!

Can't go wrong trying to get strong???

Debates, controversies and being sensible plus simple excercise progression.

14.45 Coffee

15.00 Problem Solving: When things don't go the way you plan!

Common culprits and a simple approach to problem solving

16.00 Finish

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Jo Gibson (MCSP MSc)

Jo Gibson is a Clinical Physiotherapy Specialist since 1995 working at the Upper Limb Unit at the Royal Liverpool Hospital and a in private practice. She worked as Squad Physiotherapist for the GB Endurance Riding Team for six years and now works on a consultancy basis with several elite sports teams regarding shoulder rehabilitation.

Jo is an associate Lecturer at the University of Liverpool and has co-developed Upper Limb Masters Modules. She lectures Nationally and Internationally about assessment and rehabilitation of the shoulder complex and has published in peer reviewed journals and written several book chapters. Jo is a member of the EUSSER board (European Society of Shoulder & Elbow Rehabilitation) and a co-founder of the International Congress of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists, which now runs tri-annually.

Follow Jo on Twitter: @ShoulderGeek1


"Jo is a fantastic motivational and innovative lecturer with a wealth of clinical expertise that is unparalleled in the world of rehabilitative shoulder therapy. She makes the most complex issues easy to understand and is on the cutting edge of new concepts.


The course venue

St. Marys Hospital

St Mary's Hospital

Winston Churchill Building
W2 1NY

The Outpatient physiotherapy department is situated at St Mary’s Hospital, in the basement of the Winston Churchill wing, Praed Street, London W2 1NY.

Winston Churchill wing is located off Praed Street and is the first side street on the left (pedestrian only) walking from Paddington station.

Please allow enough time to find the building as it can quite often take longer than expected.

St Mays Hospital location

How to get there


The nearest tube station is Paddington station is 5 min walking (Bakerloo Line, District Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Circle Line and Elizabeth Line )

To check for work on the tube use the Transport for London journey planner please go to


The main train services from London to South Wales and South-West England to places like Cardiff, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth and Swansea. The Heathrow Express runs every 15 minutes.


Buses that stop outside the hospital are numbers 7, 23, 27, 36, 205, 332, 436, N7, N205


There are a few parking spaces for disabled badge holders within 200 metres of the department. General parking is very limited at or near the hospitals, charges apply.