Short courses


Paediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

  • 45 hours
  • 6 days, plus independent study to prepare for exam (if applicable)


This six-day course for physiotherapists covers paediatric musculoskeletal physiotherapy within the context of the multi-disciplinary team and the current evidence base.

This course is run by UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (GOS ICH).

Course content

Topics typically covered by this course include:

  • neuro-musculoskeletal growth and development
  • congenital and traumatic orthopaedics
  • inflammatory and non-inflammatory rheumatology
  • common musculoskeletal conditions seen in outpatient departments
  • tissue healing and pain mechanisms and how these influence physiotherapy assessment and treatment

Who this course is for

The course is suitable for qualified physiotherapists with a degree in physiotherapy at least equivalent to a lower second class Bachelor's degree in the UK.

Teaching, structure and assessment

This course runs over six days (Tuesday to Tuesday, with no teaching on Saturday or Sunday).

There'll be a combination of face-to-face lectures, workshops and seminars. There’ll also be online learning activities which you’ll need to complete.

You'll use Moodle, the UCL virtual learning platform, to communicate with tutors and other learners, access learning resources, and receive feedback.

You can take this course as either:

  • a standalone short course for CPD purposes (with certificate of attendance)
  • a 'taster module' that allows you to earn UCL credits towards an MSc or diploma

The taster module is assessed by a three-hour written exam.

Find out more about the difference between physiotherapy short courses and taster modules on the GOS ICH website.


The fees are:

  • £900 - short course
  • £950 - taster module

How to apply

You can download the application form from the GOS ICH website.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of:

  • musculoskeletal growth and development, gait and physical activity requirements in the growing child
  • the epidemiology, aetiology and pathophysiology of selected congenital, acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions
  • tissue healing and the physiotherapy management of selected congenital, acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions within a multidisciplinary, evidence based and clinical reasoning framework
  • evaluating treatment efficacy and selected outcome measures used in paediatric musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

You should also be able to critically reflect on your scope of practice, and role within the multi-disciplinary team, in the triage and management pathways of children and adolescents with selected congenital, acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.

Course team

Professor Eleanor Main

Professor Eleanor Main

Eleanor is Professor of Physiotherapy at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, and Course Director for the Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc in Physiotherapy. She’s also Honorary Clinical Scientist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust and on the European Respiratory Society's physiotherapy task force 'Harmonised Education in Respiratory Medicine for European Specialists (HERMES)'.

Her research interests include paediatric physiotherapy interventions and clinical outcome measures, cardiorespiratory physiotherapy (including ICU and on-call services), and cystic fibrosis (including airway clearance and exercise, bronchiectasis, gait analysis and haemophilia).

Course information last modified: 30 Nov 2022, 16:00