Bone Research Society

Bringing basic and clinical researchers together since 1950

Training Day for Primary Care Practitioners: Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Diseases

12 September 2018
Birmingham, UK 

Course Address: The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP

Richard Keen & Judith Bubbear
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH), Stanmore, London

Learning Outcomes
Aims and Objectives
CPD Credits
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On completion of the course, it is expected that participants will be able to:



This one-day training course aims to help GPs and other primary care practitioners to better manage patients with metabolic bone disease. Taking into account the restrictions of primary care and the 10 minute consultation,  the course will focus on providing practical and actionable information.

Topics will cover the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases, including:

Delivered by a faculty of topic experts in a friendly and interactive manner, the course will seek to answer some of your most pressing questions, such as 

The course has been developed by the Bone Research Society (BRS) working closely with a panel of GPs, to make it as relevant and focussed as possible to the needs and constraints of a GP patient consultation. Although this will be the first time that this particular course has run, the BRS has run many similar courses and events. Some comments from attendees at a previous BRS training event:


CPD Credits

The course has been approved for 6 CPD credits by the Royal College of Physicians (course code 118523).



09:00 – 09:45
Registration and coffee
09:45 – 09:50
09:50 – 10:25
Investigating raised calcium in primary care
 Neil Gittoes (Birmingham)
10:30 – 11:05
Investigating raised alkaline phosphatase (ALP)
 Judith Bubbear (Stanmore)
11:05 – 11:25
Coffee break
11:25 – 12:00
Fracture risk assessment
 Nicky Peel (Sheffield)
12:05 – 12:40
Duration of treatment and drug holidays in osteoporosis
 Richard Keen (Stanmore)
12:45 – 13:20
Calcium supplements – do we need them?
 Nick Harvey (Southampton)
13:20 – 14:10
14:10 – 14:45
 Suma Uday (Birmingham)
14:50 – 15:25
Renal bone disease for primary care
 Mike Stone (Cardiff)
15:25 – 15:45
Coffee break
15:45 – 16:20
 Tahir Masud (Nottingham)
16:25 – 17:00
Osteogenesis imperfecta
 Richard Keen (Stanmore)



The training course will be held at The Studio, just 2 minutes' walk from Birmingham New Street Station.  If you need accommodation there are a number of recommended hotels within a short walk that can be seen and booked here.



The course will be held at The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP.

On arrival you’ll be directed to the Bone Research Society Course which is on the 2nd floor, where you will find us at the course reception desk. Note that the building may also be in use by other groups and organisations.

The Studio is a comfortable, purpose converted conference centre right in the heart of the city. The meeting spaces are bright and welcoming, the seating is comfortable and the ambiance is perfect for a training event. The venue offers free wifi, onsite chefs, excellent food and air conditioning. There is a communal business lounge and outdoor roof garden, giving you the chance to network or relax during the breaks. For more information and photos see the Studio website.

Tea, coffee and snacks will be provided in the morning and afternoon. A buffet lunch is also provided, with vegetarian options. Please advise any special dietary needs.

Following the training day we will provide speaker slides to you electronically.

Accessibility - the course is on the 2nd floor, which is served by lifts and accessible toilets. In the event of a fire there are evac chairs.



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Registration fee £75, includes:

Cancellations may be made until 13 August 2018, less a 20% administration charge. We regret that there will not be any refunds for cancellations made after this date.  



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On foot

Walking from New Street Station – 3 minutes

Exit the North exit ‘Stephenson Street’ or ‘New Street entrance’ and head up Lower Temple street past Caffé Nero. Turn right at Starbucks and continue down New Street (Tesco on your left). Cannon Street is the second street on the left. The Studio is half way along Cannon Street on the right hand side.

Walking from High Street NCP Car Park – 6 minutes

Exit the car park, turn left and walk down Dale End. Turn right opposite Marks & Spencer’s and head up Union Street. Continue until you cross Corporation Street. Cannon Street is the first on the left. The Studio is half way down Cannon Street on the left hand side.

Walking from The Mailbox Car Park – 8 Minutes

Exit the car park at the front entrance and cross under the flyover and continue along Navigation Street. Cross over Hill Street at the traffic lights and continue to the entrance of New Street Train Station. Cross Navigation Street next to the train station entrance but continue along Navigation street until you get to Diesel on the left. Turn left here and then right at Tesco. Cannon Street is the second road on the left and thestudio is halfway up on the right. 

By Rail

There are three railway stations within walking distance of thestudio: Birmingham New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street. New Street Station is just two minutes walk from thestudio.

By Car

From the North via M6

Leave the M6 at jct 6 (signposted Birmingham East and Central) then follow the A38(M) for approx 2 miles. Continue forward onto A38 but keep left (do not go over the first flyover) and turn off A38 (signposted Bull Ring Shopping). At the roundabout take the first exit past the fire station. Follow James Watt Queensway for a quarter of a mile and turn right (signposted High Street parking) Follow Dale End and High Street Car Park Entrance on the left hand side.

From London and the South East via M40

At Jct 3A of the M40 take the left hand lane and Join the M42(N) Exit the M42 at Jct 4. Take the second exit at the roundabout and follow A34 (Stratford Road) towards Birmingham for approx 9 miles. At the Camp Hill Circus roundabout take the second exit straight on and follow the B4100 past the Renault garage on the left up through Digbeth. The road bears left and right then passes St Martins Church, keep Bull Ring on your left and turn left onto Moat Lane. The road immediately bears to the right, stay in the left lane and take the second left onto Albert Street, High Street Car Park is immediately in front of you.

From the South West via M5

Leave the M5 at junction 1, turn right, the 4th exit, A41 Birmingham Road. Follow the A41 for three miles then keep left avoiding the flyover and at Holloway Head Roundabout take the ring road signposted A38(M) Go straight over first roundabout then turn right following signs for City Centre and Bull Ring Parking, Children’s Hospital. Follow New Town Row, keeping on the right to go under Lancaster Circus underpass. Follow James Watt Queensway for a quarter of a mile and turn right (signposted High Street parking) Follow Dale End and High Street Car Park Entrance on the left hand side.


Discounted Parking

Discounted parking for £5.10 per day is available at NCP High Street, B4 7LN (5 mins walk). The max height here is 1.96m. You will need to collect a parking voucher from reception at The Studio that will give you discounted parking on return to the car park.

Disabled Parking is on Waterloo Street, just around the corner from Cannon Street. Orange or Blue Badge holders only.



Further information is available from:
Sarah Jennings
Course Administrator