In this masterclass the RCGP’s QI Clinical Leads will provide top tips and examples and answer questions from delegates. Case studies will offer ideas for new projects, delegates will be shown how the RCGP QI Ready website can support QI activities and there will be advice on how they can share the responsibility for QI across the practice team.
Keeping up to date on respiratory problems is vital for primary care clinicians. This session will provide updates on asthma and COPD diagnosis, monitoring and treatment, bringing together recent guidelines for practical use in real world primary care. There will also be updates on the latest respiratory hot topics and learning points from evidence published in 2018.
The SAPC-RCGP GP scholarship programme focuses on reimagining GP careers through championing and cultivating the intellectual expertise of general practice. This session will invite small groups to road-test the resources developed at previous RCGP annual conferences to inform the next stages of this important programme.
This session celebrates research in general practice with awards that give recognition to one outstanding new researcher, and an individual or group who have published an exceptional piece of research relating to general practice or primary care. Presentations will show how translational research findings can impact on day-to-day practice.
Every weekend there are 600 parkruns taking place in the UK, with more than 120,000 people participating. Delegates will hear how social prescribing, and particularly prescribing exercise, can help transform the lives of people with long-term conditions or those who want to improve their fitness.
Technology is a vital tool helping practices deliver high quality patient care in new ways but are GPs aware of the associated risks? This session teaches how to avoid the most common pitfalls, ensuring delegates comply with the latest regulatory guidance, safe record keeping practices and data protection law. This session is provided by the main conference sponsor, the MDDUS.
The session will explore quality initiatives for which patients have reported positive health and wellbeing outcomes, using patient stories to highlight small things that can make such a difference. National initiatives that help patients to be more responsible for their own care will also be reviewed, including realistic medicine, health literacy and self management.
IBD affects 1 in 250 patients in the UK. The symptoms can overlap with those of many gastrointestinal and gynaecological conditions, and the peak age for diagnosis is in the 20s and 30s. Half of GPs lack confidence in managing flare-ups while access to IBD teams varies throughout the UK. This session will help GPs to diagnose, manage and support their patients.
This session will review the benefits of three different approaches to supporting GPs who share an interest in global health. The organisations to be discussed are the RCGP’s Junior International Committee, the West Scotland Faculty’s International Primary Care Network and the Severn Faculty’s Severn International, and WONCA’s Vasco da Gama Movement.
When six women set out to be the first all-woman, self-reliant group to cross the Antarctic, the Academic Department of Military General Practice saw the opportunity to undertake psychological, physiological and remote sensor technology research. This session will tell their story and discuss the applicability and ethics of bringing sensors to UK health.
GPs do not realise their potential to motivate people back to the workplace. This session will introduce forthcoming changes in vocational rehabilitation that include extending the use of fit notes to other healthcare professionals and the developments in occupational health that should provide GPs with new opportunities.
A team of clinicians, academics and software engineers will show how routinely available data can be used to rapidly audit and improve quality, highlight the usefulness of creating data-driven tools and routine feedback in clinical practice, and share insights into trends and cost-saving opportunities.
General practice is ideally suited to a ‘systems approach’ that has been widely recommended for QI and safety activities. However, a shared understanding and meaningful guidance on its application in practice are limited. This workshop will introduce principles adapted from air navigation for understanding current work systems to inform improvement and safety work.
ME/CFS affects around 250,000 people in the UK, and in children and adolescents it is the commonest cause of long-term sickness absence from school. The session will cover early and accurate diagnosis, differential diagnosis and investigations, and key aspects of management including activity management, symptom relief, severe ME/CFS, diet and nutrition.
The CQC inspection programme has been the source of much controversy and challenge, yet GPs are committed to delivering safe care and proponents believe the CQC has been an important lever in raising standards and ensuring patient safety. This will be a lively, fun, topical and controversial debate, which is sure to generate headlines.
The RCGP Scientific Foundation Board is the College’s charitable funding body and awards grants for research projects whose findings will be of direct relevance to the care of patients in general practice. Delegates will learn about the contribution of previous awards to general practice, and hear what makes a good application.
This interactive session will present the potential benefits of mindfulness in medical practice, highlighting the pitfalls of multi-tasking and helping the audience to appreciate the rationale and evidence base for mindfulness and how to build this into their daily life and practice.
This session will aim to demonstrate how advances in soft robotics can be useful in clinical practice. The speakers will show how robots can test new methods of soft tissue examination and how manual physical examination in clinical practice can benefit from such findings.