Diagnose the disease, detect its root cause,
discern its cure and then act appropriately. (thirukkural - 948 300 BCE)

Diagnose the disease, detect its root cause,
discern its cure and then act appropriately. (thirukkural - 948 300 BCE)

Vertigo -Beyond Betahistine

Evidence based practical CPD for Doctors

Course overview

Vertigo/Dizziness management is an integral part of general practitioners caseload. Dizziness is caused by myriad of conditions, therefore, it is difficult to get the correct diagnosis, and as a result it is often managed symptomatically through inadequate medical therapy and secondary consequences such as poor customer satisfaction, repeat visits by the patients and eventually poor job satisfaction for the doctors involved.

This one-day course is intended to provide evidence based approach to the doctors on the assessment and management of patients with vertigo. The course contents will cover the basics such as anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system and it will focus heavily on the assessment of common vestibular disorders including BPPV, labyrinthitis, vestibular neuritis and Posterior Circulation Stroke. Hopefully, at the end of this one day session, the attendees will have acquired adequate theoretical and practical skills to identify and manage these common vestibular disorders efficiently.

This interactive session will have case studies and nystagmus videos of the common vestibular disorders to facilitate learning outcomes. Additionally, there will be ample opportunities to practice vestibular specific tests and treatments such as Dix-Hallpike, Head Thrust Test and Epley manoeuvre. Finally, doctors, after attending this one day course, will be able to carry-out vestibular assessment, derive diagnosis and offer treatments within their standard appointment time.

Learning objectives

To have an overview of the anatomy and physiology of vestibular system

To learn the types, triggers, duration and associated symptoms of dizziness

To gain assessment and diagnostic skills of common conditions causing the dizziness such as BPPV, labyrinthitis/vestibular neuritis and posterior circulation stroke.

To learn differential diagnosis between the peripheral and central causes of dizziness

To have hands on practice of BPPV treatment techniques such as Epley manoeuvre

To understand the benefits and limitations of vestibular suppressants

To understand the benefits of vestibular physiotherapy

Target audience

GPs, Physicians working in care of the Elderly, Acute stroke/ TIA, Emergency care physicians, Junior doctors and registrars and Advanced nurse practitioners.
GPs, Physicians working in care of the Elderly, Acute stroke/ TIA, Emergency care physicians, Junior doctors and registrars and Advanced nurse practitioners.

Course fees: £150.00

Course tutor


The course is run by Samy Selvanayagam, a vestibular physiotherapist who works both in NHS and private sector since 2005. Samy completed a competency certification course on vestibular rehabilitation run by Prof. Susan Herdman, Emory University, USA in 2009 and since 2012 he has been running CPD courses on dizziness and vestibular rehabilitation across the UK training over 500 frontline health professionals.

Feedback from the participants

“Useful workshop for majority of our patients. Useful theoretical and practical session. Great knowledge from the tutor and good videos. An Excellent course”. Dr. Thant – Senior Registrar (London Jan 2020)

“Very useful and good session. Helps if pre-course study done. Excellent course”. Dr. Mukhtar- Consultant Physician, Care of the Elderly (London Jan 2020)