About this event

  • Date and time Wed 15 Nov 2023 from 9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Occupational Medicine

Musculoskeletal (MSK) problems are a leading cause of disability and sick leave in the working population. The purpose of this meeting is to assist participants in developing and implementing effective strategies in their practice to address these issues.

A panel of experts from various disciplines, including occupational health, orthopaedics, psychology, and policy steering groups, will provide comprehensive and practical information on the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of MSK problems.

By attending, you will:

  • Learn about the latest innovations in ergonomic settings at workplace 
  • Understand supportive psychological factors for management of MSK pain
  • Learn about the state of art therapeutic interventions in some MSK conditions affecting workers
  • Gain insights into national policies/strategies for prevention and rehabilitation of the MSK problems

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Early bird pricing available until 03 October 2023.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£77.00 £46.00 £46.00 £46.00 £24.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP / SAS Doctors AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee Student
£141.00 £84.00 £84.00 £44.00

Key speakers

Dr Richard Graveling

Dr Richard Graveling

Associate Senior Ergonomist, Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM), Edinburgh and Honorary Director at Institute of Ergonomics and Hygiene, Singapore

Speaker's biography

Dr Richard Graveling has been an ergonomist for 45 years, having worked for the (Institute of Occupational Medicine) IOM throughout. When he first joined the IOM it was part of the NCB and almost all of his work related to coal mining. Once British Coal (and the bulk of the UK coal mining industry) ceased to exist he remained with the now independent IOM and diversified into many other sectors and industries. Throughout these years Musculoskeletal Diseases (MSDs) have been a significant focus and he has engaged in both research and consultancy concerning this major cause of work-related sickness absence and chronic ill-health. Two main topic areas have been back pain and upper limb disorders.

However, MSDs have not been his sole focus and work-related stress has been a constant thread - continuing an interest that started in his pre-IOM years with his PhD research. As with MSDs this work has involved both research and consultancy and he was the primary author of guidance on stress at work prepared for EU-OSHA (the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work) which was translated into all the main EU languages.

These two threads are now coming together, as a growing body of research demonstrates that physical risk factors only provide part of the picture concerning workplace MSDs and that stress at work (psychosocial risk factors) can contribute to their causation.

Although now largely retired Richard remains active with the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors and is currently its Registrar.

Professor Anthony Woolf

Professor Anthony Woolf

Consultant Rheumatologist, Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, National Institute for Health and Care Research

Andrew bennett

Dr Andrew Bennett

National Clinical Director, Muskoloskeletal (MSK) Conditions NHS England and Consultant Physiotherapist Sutton Health and Care Alliance, Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Chair: Dr Ali Hashtroudi, Head of National School of Occupational Health, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Repetitive strain injury and other really useful occupational illnesses

Dr John Hobson, Consultant Occupational Physician

Musculoskeletal health and economic inactivity

Dr Andrew Bennett, Consultant Physiotherapist, Sutton Health and Care Alliance, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Knowing what you don’t know: The challenges of finding practical work related information

Ms Maureen McAllister, Workplace Health Development Manager, Versus Arthritis 

Unravelling the connection: Understanding the role of psychological factors in managing musculoskeletal pain

Dr Judith Bird, Clinical Health Psychologist, Head of Mental Health, Medigold Health 

Panel discussion

Dr Sam Valanejad, President Elect, Occupational Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine 

Introduction of the SOM's (Society of Occupational Medicine) musculoskeletal group activity

Dr Nick Pahl, Chief Executive Officer, Society of Occupational Medicine, 

Modern management of osteoarthritis in working age population

Mr Oliver Templeton-Ward, Consultant Specialist, Orthopaedic and Knee Surgery, One Orthopaedics 

Musculoskeletal disorders: Assessing and managing risks in the workplace, a need for a holistic approach

Dr Richard Graveling, Associate Senior Ergonomist, Institute of Occupational Medicine

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Musculoskeletal health in the workplace: What we all need to do

Professor Anthony Woolf, Consultant Rheumatologist, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Musculoskeletal, work and health (virtual session)

Mr Cameron Black, Musculoskeletal Specialist Physiotherapist, Occupational Health and Wellbeing, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Panel discussion
Closing remarks
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on Tuesday 14 November 2023.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time

If the event is recorded, we are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. There is no guarantee that all sessions will be available after the event, this is at the presenter’s and RSM’s discretion.

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations.

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.