Versus Arthritis and Red Whale Webinars

What are Red Whale webinars?

Versus Arthritis are excited to be working with leading health care education provider Red Whale to deliver a series of free, interactive webinars covering some of the most common MSK conditions seen in primary care.

They are specifically designed to help improve your confidence and skills in supporting people with MSK conditions and to gain valuable CPD points. You can join the webinars live and have your chance to interact and ask questions or watch later ‘on demand’.

Chronic Pain: Why it can only be in the brain

Chronic pain syndromes pose a challenge to modern medicine and can be a ‘heartsink’ to patients and clinicians alike. Understanding of the neurobiology of chronic pain and the best way to support patients in managing it has changed beyond recognition over recent years. Beyond this, we now understand the significant downsides of prescribing opiates and pentinoids for these patients.

In this, the first of two webinars on chronic pain, we share some of this new understanding and offer a toolbox of ideas to change these consultations for the better and to make your lives and your patients’ lives easier.

Watch the chronic pain webinar here.

Read the Red Whale PEARL on chronic pain (PDF, 1.4 MB).

MSK conditions: A remote assessment survival guide

In this webinar, we consider how we can best assess common MSK presentations using remote consultations, how and when to adapt our examination techniques and how best to offer advice and support to promote self-management and keeping active.

Watch the MSK conditions webinar here.

Read the Red Whale PEARL on MSK consulting survival (PDF, 638 KB).

Inflammatory arthritis: Early diagnosis and total control – what can we do in primary care?

In this webinar we take a look at the early diagnosis of inflammatory arthritis and how this can have a massive impact on prognosis. There is a golden window when it can be potentially put in remission. We look at how to spot it, the role of investigations in primary care and all aspects of management including an array of DMARDs and the wider impact of inflammatory arthritis on health and wellbeing.

Watch the inflammatory arthritis webinar here.

Read the Red Whale PEARL on inflammatory arthritis (PDF, 801 KB).

Polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis: The Primary Care guide

Polymyalgia rheumatica is predominantly diagnosed and managed in primary care. Giant cell arteritis is a medical emergency and prompt identification can prevent sight loss. Both are managed with oral long-term steroids, a treatment which is not without risks of its own. In this webinar we discuss the symptoms of PMR and GCA, when to refer and the iatrogenic risks of steroids.

Watch the PMR webinar here.

Read the Red Whale PEARL on PMR (PDF, 803 KB).

Read the Red Whale PEARL on GCA (PDF, 897 KB).

Paediatric MSK: Red flags and when to worry

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is more common than you may realise; it affects the same proportion of children as type 1 diabetes or childhood epilepsy. In the absence of trauma or infection, it is the most likely cause of a single swollen joint lasting more than six weeks in children. This free webinar covers tips for examining children with joint pain, red flags in children with a limp, diagnosis of JIA and how to support children with this condition. The PEARL focuses on how to spot JIA and differentiate it from other causes of childhood pain, looking at how to take a good clinical history, pattern recognition and a focused examination.

Watch the paediatric webinar here.

Read the Red Whale PEARL on JIA (PDF, 730 KB).

Read the Red Whale PEARL on Paediatric Red Flags and Normal Variants (PDF, 406 KB).

Chronic Pain: NICE guidelines

This is the first of 2 special webinars focusing on the new NICE guidelines on Chronic Pain and what they mean for primary care. We think this is a really important and exciting guideline that can help to improve the quality of life for people with chronic pain of all types. In this webinar we will look at:

  • The nuts and bolts of the guideline.
  • How to use it to support people with chronic pain.
  • Definitions and when they matter and when they don’t.
  • What are the management options open to us for chronic PRIMARY pain?

Watch the webinar here.

Read the Red Whale PEARL on chronic pain NICE guidelines (PDF, 1.4 MB).

The second webinar will be available on demand from the 7 July 2021.

Tips and skills to implement the NICE Chronic Pain Guidelines

This is part two in our webinar series on the new NICE guidelines for Chronic Pain. It focuses on what can be done in primary care and how to work as a multi-professional team to support people with chronic pain. We consider:

  • Why excellent communication is essential and how to change the conversation.
  • How to create a shared understanding of chronic pain and why this helps.
  • Supporting people to self-manage.
  • Options to create personalised care plans.

Watch the 'Tips and skills to implement the NICE Chronic Pain Guidelines' webinar here.

Read the Red Whale PEARL on chronic pain NICE guidelines (PDF, 1.4 MB).

Future webinars

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