Arthritic Conditions and Appropriate Occupational Therapy and Podiatry Interventions 

The Office of Continuous Professional Development in Podiatry and Occupational Therapy, The Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland, The Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists of Ireland, The Irish Chiropodists/Podiatrists Organisation, The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and the Health Service Executive Ireland, are pleased to announce that they are providing a workshop on Arthritic Conditions and Appropriate Occupational Therapy and Podiatry Interventions on the 6th of September 2014.

Workshop Venue:

The workshop will be held in Room 8 of the Administration Building, Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.

Workshop Programme:

The workshop will encompass various arthropathies including rheumatoid arthritis, reactive arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout and pseudogout. The current best practice interventions in both Occupational Therapy and Podiatry will be discussed in the management of each disease process.
Registration: 9.45am-10.15am
Workshop: 10.15am – 4.15pm
Evaluation and Close: 4.15pm-4.30pm
A detailed agenda will be issued at registration.

Guest Speakers


Elaine Hyslop

In August 2010, Elaine Hyslop was appointed as Lecturer and joined the Podiatry team at NUI Galway. Prior to this position Elaine was working full time on her PhD studies through Glasgow Caledonain University, Scotland.

Elaine graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in July 2006 with a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Podiatry. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree Elaine worked in the NHS, in both primary and secondary care settings, initially as a basic grade podiatrist and within the year was successfully promoted to Senior II level. In addition to her full time NHS position she also worked in the private sector before returning to Glasgow Caledonian University in August 2007 to undertake her PhD.

Elaine’s PhD is in the area of Rheumatology, and her studies focus particularly on people with Psoriatic Arthritis and how this condition affects the lower limb and foot and in particular how this affects gait.


PhD close to final completion – 2013
BSc Hons Podiatry – 2006

Professional Memberships

Member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists UK (SCP)
Member of the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG)

Teaching Responsibilities

Elaine currently teaches over years 2-4 of the undergraduate degree at NUI Galway. In particular Podiatry Theory 2 (Year 2) which encompasses all aspects of structural deformities within the foot. Research Methods 2 (Year 3) which guides students through the process of planning and conducting their own research projects. This also involves the co-ordination of external ethical applications. Skills for Practice (Year 4) which is an innovative module that aims to prepare the final year students for working both in the private and public sectors. In addition to this Elaine is involved in clinical teaching, supervising of final year research projects; she is Year 2 coordinator and is currently acting as head of discipline to cover maternity leave.

Nigel Roberts


Nigel is a podiatrist working as the Practice Education Coordinator for the BSc (Hons) in Podiatry at NUI Galway.  Prior to commencing this post, Nigel worked for 25years in the health service in the UK as well as running a successful private practice.

Nigel has a specialist background in musculoskeletal medicine.  His health service work established innovative posts in Rheumatology and Orthopaedics culminating in the establishment of the first, primary care based, musculoskeletal services in the National Health Service where he was lead therapist as well as clinical and service development lead.

Nigel continues his specialist interest in musculoskeletal medicine, radiology, ultrasonography diagnostic and therapeutic injection techniques.


Valerie Flattery

Valerie Flattery graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2003 with a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy and is currently completing her Masters in Advanced Occupational Therapy with the University of Derby. She has worked in the Rheumatology Department at Galway University Hospitals since 2008 delivering an outpatient Occupational Therapy service there. She is also currently the Practice Tutor for students on clinical placement at Galway University Hospitals with some teaching duties in the Preparation for Practice modules at the University of Limerick and the National University of Ireland Galway. She has also worked in a variety of clinical areas including neurology, cardiology and pain managment programmes. Valerie is an active member of AOTI and was the Chairperson of the association from 2009-2011.


Registration for this workshop is closed.

General Information:

Conditions of Registration:

Delegates are expected to insure themselves against theft, loss, accidents and damage or medical expenses that may arise. The organising committee does not accept responsibility for any of the above.


A 24 hour public car park is available to the public. Car park charges apply. Pay and display machines in the public car parks will accept coins 5 cent and greater. There are change facilities located in the main hospital concourse and in the Emergency Department. There is also a facility to pay using your mobile phone, details of which are displayed on signage in the hospital grounds.The Public Car Parks are located at the front of the hospital, beside the Emergency Department and the car park between the Administration buildings.


The workshop will be held in Room 8 of the Administration Building, on the grounds of Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.


Further Information Contact:

Karen Fahy, National Education Officer for CPD in Podiatry: