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About Us

Welcome to SOMM

The Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine (SOMM) approach is based on the seminal work of Dr James Cyriax (1904-1985), for many years Honorary Consultant Orthopaedic Physician to the Department of Physical Medicine, St Thomas’ Hospital, London.

The Society was formed in 1979 to continue to develop and integrate the approach into musculoskeletal practice through its educational courses – and ultimately to benefit patients.

The SOMM provides a complete pathway of postgraduate courses for physiotherapists and medical practitioners that run primarily throughout the UK. Invitations from further afield are always considered though and in recent years we have been invited to run courses in Ireland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Malta, Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong.

The Society has a committed team of tutors who have many years of experience practising musculoskeletal medicine in many different arenas – NHS, sport, private practice and the armed forces. This brings diversity and interest to the courses and ensures a stimulating and varied learning experience.

Our course programme is continually developed and advanced in the light of new evidence and research by our committed and highly experienced team of tutors and researchers.

The Society is governed by a Board of Trustees and has an active Education Committee which organises the course programme, monitors quality and oversees the whole educational pathway.

The Society is also supported by the Research Committee which conducts audit and research activities, as well as supporting research projects and our students’ publications.

The day to day activities, social media updates and administration are supported by our friendly admin and marketing team.

Meet Our President

SOMM President | Karen Middleton

Professor Karen Middleton CBE

Karen graduated in physiotherapy in London in the mid-1980s and initially specialised in MSK. She has since worked in a wide variety of clinical and managerial roles.

She was made a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) for advancing the physiotherapy profession, developing leadership capacity and promoting professionalism through her role as Chief Allied Health Profession Office at NHS England, before joining the CSP as Chief Executive in February 2014.

Karen is no stranger to SOMM. She became a Fellow of the then Society of Orthopaedic Medicine in the 1990s, and has taught physiotherapists and GPs on a national and international basis. She is a visiting professor at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Karen is the CSP’s first woman chief executive, and also the first to be a member of the physiotherapy profession.