July 7


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British Association for Performing Arts Medicine

The Royal Society of Musicians in Partnership with BAPAM Present: Dealing with Pain from a Physical and Psychological Perspective

The Royal Society of Musicians in Partnership with BAPAM Present: Dealing with Pain from a Physical and Psychological Perspective

The Royal Society of Musicians and BAPAM are working together to present a series of health education workshops for musicians. This exciting series of workshops brings together bring specialist practitioners who are experts in the field of performing arts medicine and offers an opportunity for musicians to understand more about the range of health problems they might experience, how to prevent them and how to get help if it is needed.

Monia Brizzi

Monia has extensive psychological and psychotherapeutic experience spanning over twenty years in a variety of clinical settings in the NHS, charity, private sectors. She has practiced as a qualified Chartered Psychologist since 2007 and specialises in helping musicians, singers, dancers, actors and other performing arts students and workers with their psychological health and emotional well-being. She has seen many performers from a very broad range of specialities, backgrounds and cultures from all over the world and has assisted them with mild to severe and long-standing mental health problems and performance-related conditions and challenges pertaining training, rehearsing, touring, the medias, creativity and flow, the interface of personal and professional dimensions, identity integrity and transformation, developing and sustaining a voice, stage presence, concentration, self-care and the pressures of West End, Broadway and international elite performance.

Richmond Stace

Richmond Stace is a Specialist Pain Physiotherapist who works with performance professionals and others who are struggling to overcome persistent and chronic pain and movement problems or disorders. He is experienced working with multidisciplinary colleagues to address complex physical and psychological support needs. His approach combines coaching and clinical care to support clients through a pain management programme tailored to their needs.

Dr Anthony Ordman

Dr Anthony Ordman is a full-time specialist in Pain Medicine. He founded the Pain Medicine Clinic at London’s Royal Free Hospital in 1997, creating a multidisciplinary team of specialists there. Appointed FRCP for this contribution in 2005, Dr Ordman teaches and lectures widely.

His special interests are musculo-skeletal and nerve pain; complex regional pain syndrome; post-herpetic neuralgia; and the mood changes brought about by long-term pain. He believes that an individualised, patient-centred approach is essential for effective pain medicine. Dr Ordman is Honorary Consultant in Pain Medicine to the Royal Society of Musicians and President- Elect of the Pain Section, Royal Society in Pain Medicine.

The Royal Society of Musicians

RSM provides vital support to those whose lives have been affected by accident, illness, stress and anxiety. We work with UK-based musicians and their families throughout their careers and into retirement, giving help towards short-term needs as well providing support on a more long-term basis when required. RSM can help towards funding physical and emotional therapies, referrals to specialised practitioners and associated treatments, and potentially the provision of home adaptations or living expenses.

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Established 30 years ago, BAPAM is the largest provider of Performing Arts Medicine in the UK with coverage across the four nations and a growing Directory of over 200 approved clinicians, registered with BAPAM. We provide free clinical assessments for performers with health problems effecting their performing arts practice. In 2019, we provided occupational health support to over 2500 enquiries from performing artists, including 1200 clinical assessment appointments. Our support is focused on specialist clinical assessment to determine the correct diagnosis and best care pathway for a performer, providing clinical advice and referring onwards to experts in the field where necessary. In some cases we also able to provide ongoing mental health support. Regulated by the Care Quality Commission, we operate under robust clinical governance and quality assurance frameworks with leadership from our Board and Medical Committee. Performers generally access care via our Helpline, and our (non-clinical) Helpline operators advise on care options and arrange appointments according to approved protocols. We also run a health education programme with free sessions available online and bespoke sessions which can be booked for individual organisations. You can contacts us; and 020 8167 4775.

Research looking at health issues within the performing arts workforce consistently finds that 70-75% of our population report both mental and physical health problems, which is much higher than the national average. We are lucky to be working with a number of health and wellbeing experts who can offer training to performers across the UK, with the aim of reducing the levels of poor health and supporting performers to have a sustainable career. Working with our partners in The Royal Society of Musicians, Equity, Musicians’ Union, Help Musicians UK and Performing Arts Education Providers. We are expanding our national training programme supporting healthy performance in the UK.