Our version of the BBC’s topical debate show brings together stakeholders from across the healthcare spectrum to answer all the big questions of the day
This session will set out evidence for what works in quality improvement, both at practice and inter-practice levels. It will bring together promising approaches from all four nations of the UK and draw out elements that are common to successful interventions, and also highlight approaches that attendees should treat with caution.
Three short updates on recent developments in dermatology will focus on psoriasis, actinic keratoses and when to use antibiotics in skin infection. Each update will include an interactive quiz from the relevant sections of the RCGP’s GP SelfTest and the expert panel will take questions about their specialist areas of dermatology.
Caring for marginalised and vulnerable populations presents complex challenges. This session will explore approaches to GP education from around the UK which aim to develop insightful and empathic GPs through challenging stigma and developing a deep understanding of the lived experience of disadvantaged patients.
This new approach to delivering care will be outlined from the clinical and patient perspectives, so that delegates can understand the critical factors for success and potential efficiency gains. Small group discussions will enable you to set up and deliver group consultations in your practice, with a template provided for each delegate.
All GPs are required by the GMC to declare conflicts of interest in financial and commercial dealings, yet there is no formal place where such interests can be recorded. This session will explore the history of medical conflicts of interest and explain why the present situation needs to be improved, featuring an interactive ethical quiz.
With the cost of genomic sequencing technology tumbling and the mainstreaming of genomic medicine within the NHS, GPs will become increasingly exposed to genomic information in routine clinical care. This session aims to de-mystify this new era and help delegates with the communication of genomics to their patients.
Everyone will have experienced services under pressure but while we all aspire to deliver care that is safe, effective, patient-centred, timely, efficient and equitable, the methods by which we might meet that aspiration is less clear. This session will use stories, questioning and real data to challenge the dogma.
A key focus of this session will be the importance of and evidence for safety netting, which is only recorded in 44% of cases. A safety netting system will be demonstrated that uses existing practice administrative and clinical systems to create a consistent approach, reducing the potential for human error.
Every day, every member of the primary care team will encounter new facts, figures, treatments or diseases, often triggered in a consultation, that reveal knowledge gaps. This session will explore various methods of identifying, managing and meeting professional learning needs, both traditional and using new technology.
As the new GP contract is implemented in Scotland and the contractual basis for general practice continues to diverge across the four nations, this is an opportunity to debate the merits of the different approaches with senior members of the four councils of the RCGP.
The RCGP is aiming to inspire GPs to get involved with its external influencing work by demonstrating how they can use their own networks and personal skills to build or contribute to a local campaign. Delegates will work in small groups to plan a mini campaign utilising the new planning skills and organisational tools they will learn from facilitators.
A whole-system approach has been adopted in Leicestershire to promote general practice as a positive career choice to all. Their work with sixth form students, the local medical school and wider collaborative initiatives including an innovative Primary Care Elective Placement Programme, will provide an inspirational example for other regions to follow.
Issues at the interface will be tackled in this session using the RCGP Scotland toolkit and fun, innovative new methods. These include improving communication through drawing, and using granny’s forthcoming birthday to demonstrate the need for process mapping to understand whole system working.
Liver blood tests can be challenging to interpret. They may be normal even in advanced liver disease, and when abnormal the degree of abnormality may not reflect disease severity. Conversely they may be abnormal when there is no significant liver disease. This session will brief delegates on the latest guidance relevant to primary care.
Balint groups help doctors to develop, using their evoked feelings in the service of the patient, by taking them seriously as clinical data. Delegates will hear about Balint’s work and how the groups function. Case studies will explore how the experience of supervision and leadership in Balint groups can have positive outcomes for GPs as they focus on the therapeutic relationship.
This session will offer a UK perspective on the use of different healthcare professionals in the general practice team, with a focus on innovative work being undertaking in Wales. The discussion will cover the use and employment of paramedics, clinical pharmacists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
Specialist medicine is based on a mechanistic ‘Newtonian’ view of science, which disadvantages general practice. However, the revolution in scientific thought led by Einstein suggests that contemporary medicine should also reflect ideas from relativity and quantum mechanics. This session will explore how general practice already incorporates such ideas.
Role models play an important part in shaping the career choices of students. Using the example of Sir David Attenborough as an aspirational role model, this session provides an opportunity to share ideas, experiences and best practice of how good role modelling can be realised in the formal, informal and hidden curriculum of medical schools.
The updated GP curriculum will include a new topic guide on Long Term Conditions (including Cancer), with teaching due to start in August 2019. It will include components on Care and Support Planning and in this session two training practices will show how they have adapted to introduce new GP registrars to the proactive social model of care for LTCs. Led by Dr David Paynton, Clinical lead for Commissioning, RCGP
Could primary care benefit from a focus on user experience from a design approach? From the usability of patient information leaflets and practice websites to the layout of workspaces, good design can make patients better informed, more at ease, promote self-care, and improve staff morale. This session will showcase examples of design in healthcare and discuss evidence-based healthcare design. Led by Dr Camille Gajria and Dr Claire Rees-Sewak
This interactive session focuses on teaching and learning about the harms of overdiagnosis. Beginning with a Strictly Come Dancing style ‘vote off’, participants will choose the tests most likely to cause harm or result in untoward, unintended consequences. Quizzes and short presentations will then help delegates to avoid overdiagnosis in each context. Led by Dr Avril Danczak
Dr Marian Davies presents a reflection on the lives of young people in a variety of settings: a camp for Syrian refugees in Greece, a remote rural part of Uganda, and among the Rohingya in Bangladesh. She will also touch on the health challenges faced by looked-after children in the UK and how the GP can be a significant adult and improve outcomes in this group.
Ten RCGP International exchange delegates will present posters describing an aspect of their healthcare system or an interesting medical case, providing invigorating insights into primary care from across Europe and an opportunity to network with colleagues.
Both events take place at the Glasgow Science Centre and join together for a Ceilidh. Full details and booking here.