Courses & Events

Viscosupplements Course

  • Date:
    17th November 2018
  • Time:
    9am - 5pm
  • Location:
    Wiggin Training Centre at
    Sir Robert Peel Hospital, Mile Oak, Tamworth B78 3NG

  • Tutor:
    Martin Harvey, PGCert, BSc, MInstChP, MCPodS

    Somuz Miah, CFPodM, BSc (PodM), Cert HTox, Dip Sp.I, PGC IP, MFPM RCPS (Glasg)

  • Cost:
    Members £365 non members £385

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About the course

Joints with mild to moderate osteoarthritis (OA) may respond well to treatment with hyaluronic acid based injections. These ‘viscosupplements’ should be considered as a potential treatment by every HCPC registered podiatrist with POM-A (local anaesthesia) entitlement if they are trained in its use. When administered correctly the injections are usually well-tolerated and can often offer patients a varying length of time of remission from the pain and discomfort associated with OA. Many patients view it favourably as an alternative to steroid injections, about which some may have concerns or contra-indications.

The Institute course will cover injections to various synovial joints of the foot and ankle as well as the knee (in cases where this is appropriate, as in for example; the sequelae of a foot related biomechanical dysfunction). It is recognised by the UK’s supplier of ‘Ostenil’ Viscosupplement injections, TRB Chemedica.
The course explains the science behind the substances used, the range of products available from TRB Chemedica, indications for their use, safety considerations, the selection of suitable patients and techniques of use.

The course will allow delegates to add this modality to their level four professional indemnity insurance provided by the Institute. This insurance covers administration to the knee joint.

  • Delegate places are limited (Max 12)
  • This course is approved and certified by The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
  • CPD certificates given on completion of training (8 credits)


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Martin Harvey, PGCert, BSc, MInstChP, MCPodS

Martin has been at the forefront of developing soft tissue injection therapy in Podiatry for more than a decade. He regularly uses and teaches the use of not only injected steroidal agents but also injectable innovations such as prolotherapy, hyaluronic acid agents and botulinum toxins. As one of the early supplementary prescribers in UK podiatry, he was closely involved in developing independent prescribing, working with the Department of Health and the National Prescribing centre plus UK Universities. As a registered now fully independent prescriber, he can share his detailed pharmacological understanding in a readily comprehensible fashion that helps delegates to gain the effective knowledge they require to be safe and effective users of these potent agents.

Somuz Miah, CFPodM, BSc (PodM), Cert HTox, Dip Sp.I, PGC IP, MFPM RCPS (Glasg)

Somuz is a qualified Sports Injury Practitioner (Diploma Sports injuries & Electro Therapy, 15 years).  He has been practising podiatry for over 17 years and is a Consultant Podiatrist Prescriber & Member of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons Glasgow. He is an OFQUAL and SQA qualified trainer in safeguarding children and adults, first aid, anaphylaxis, oxygen and defibrillation. Somuz has more than 12 years’ experience in teaching/training with qualifications `Certificate Teaching Skill Evidence Based Medicine’, & ‘Level 3 Award in Education & Training’ Certification as well as IOCP`s award for `Outstanding Contribution Towards Education` (2015).

This course is held at The Wiggin training centre at Sir Robert Peel Hospital, Mile Oak, Tamworth B78 3NG.

photo courtesy of Martin Harvey

There is on-site parking available (car park charges apply) and the Hospital is very conveniently located some 3 minutes journey from Junction 10 of the M42 motorway via the A5 bypass, making it an easily accessible location from the M6, M5, A5 as well as Tamworth mainline railway station and Birmingham international airport.

Packed lunches can be pre-arranged at extra charge onsite (vegetarian options if required)

How to Book

Email or telephone 01704 546141 for all queries

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