Conference Programme 2018

Thursday 08.00 – 09.20

Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition

Thursday 09.20 – 10.45


Host’s Introduction Professor Kamila Hawthorne, Vice-Chair (Professional Development), RCGP
President’s Welcome Professor Mayur Lakhani, President, RCGP
Chair’s Address Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair, RCGP
Ministerial Address Jeane Freeman, Cabinet Secretary, Sport and Health, Scotland (invited)
Dr Ben Goldacre Author of Bad Science, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, CEBM, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford

Thursday 10.45 – 11.45

Refreshments, Exhibition and Poster Viewing

Thursday 11.45 – 12.45

Quality Improvement | A1

Are you QI Ready? Top tips and practical examples of Quality Improvement in general practice

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.


Dr Simon Stockill Medical Director, Leeds CCG

Clinical Learning | A2

Respiratory clinical update

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.


Dr Steve Holmes Somerset GP, Education Lead, Primary Care Respiratory Society UK

Dr Noel Baxter London GP, Chair, Primary Care Respiratory Society UK

General Practice Communities | A3

Revitalising GP careers: you said, we did…what next?

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.


Professor Joanne Reeve Professor of Primary Care Research, Hull York Medical School

Dr Ebrahim Mulla Academic Clinical Fellow, University of Nottingham

Professor Martin Marshall Joint Vice Chair (External Affairs) RCGP Council

Research & Innovation | A4

Winners’ Enclosure: The Yvonne Carter award and RCGP Research Paper of the Year

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.


Chaired by Dr Imran Rafi, Joint Medical Director, RCGP CIRC, and Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham, Professor of General Practice Research, Keele University

Health & Wellbeing | A5

Prescribing parkrun – stories of inspirational people

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.


Dr Simon Tobin GP in Southport, Merseyside, parkrun Ambassador for Health and Wellbeing

Chrissie Wellington parkrun Global Head of Health and Wellbeing

Dr Andrew Boyd Joint RCGP Clinical Champion for Activity and Lifestyle

Healthcare Technology | A6

Technology in practice: recognise and resolve risk

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.


Liz Price Senior Risk Adviser, MDDUS

Lindsey Falconer Risk Adviser, MDDUS

Short Papers A: Education and Emerging Technologies

  • Virtual Reality: Can it help improve communication skills? Richard Elliott
  • ‘Can somebody find the defibrillator?’ Evidence-based support for in-situ training in primary care Emer Forde
  • Do GPST1s learn from peer feedback on video consultations and can they facilitate themselves? Rachel Phillips
  • GPs and wise decision-making Richard Knox
  • The tutorial is dead: long live the tutorial Bryony Sales
  • A feasibility study into the effectiveness of a culinary medicine course for doctors Abhinav Bhansali

CPD Essentials: Basic Life Support

RCGP Innovation Presents... Bright Ideas Award Winners 1 (11.55-12.35)


Thursday 12.45 – 14.00

Lunch, Exhibition, Poster Viewing and Sponsored Symposia

Thursday 14.00 – 15.00

Quality Improvement | B1

Never mind the quality, what about the outcome?

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.


Chair: Dr Robina Shah Chair, RCGP Patient Carers Partnership Group

Colin Angus Chair, RCGP (Scotland) Patient Partnership in Practice (P3)

Karen Mooney Chair, RCGP (Northern Ireland) Patients in Practice Group

Liz Czaban Chair, RCGP Wales Patient Group

Clinical Learning | B2

Managing flares and supporting patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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.


Dr Kevin Barrett (Chair) RCGP & Crohn’s and Colitis UK Inflammatory Bowel Disease Spotlight Project Clinical Champion

Vikki Garrick Inflammatory Bowel Disease Nurse Specialist and GI CNS Team Lead, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Seth Squires Nurse Specialist IBD & Gastroenterology, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Rachel Fowler Patient representative, RCGP & Crohn’s and Colitis UK Inflammatory Bowel Disease Spotlight Project

General Practice Communities | B3

Global health, local networks: supporting GPs interested in international primary care work

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.


Chair: Dr David Blane Clinical Academic Fellow, University of Glasgow

Dr Sonia Tsukagoshi Chair of RCGP Junior International Committee

Dr Sam Merriel Research Lead, RCGP Junior International Committee

Dr Claire Marie Thomas Chair, Vasco Da Gama Movement

Research & Innovation | B4

Ice maidens: Six women cross the Antarctic, what’s the relevance to Primary Care? Physiology, psychology and sensors

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.


Chair: Dr Jodie Blackadder-Weinstein Lecturer, Academic Department of Military General Practice, Chair, RCGP First5 Committee

Professor Mike Smith Professor, Academic Department Military General Practice

Major Nicola Wetherill Departments of Community Mental Health, Portsmouth

Professor Rich Withnall UK Defence Professor of General Practice & Primary Care

Health & Wellbeing | B5

Work as a health outcome – helping people stay at work, the future of fit notes and opportunities for GPs in occupational medicine

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.


Dr Rob Hampton Portfolio GP, Occupational Physician, PHE Medical Champion for Work as a Health Outcome

Professor Gina Radford Deputy Chief Medical Officer, England

Gareth Davies Patient representative

Healthcare Technology | B6

OpenPrescribing – Making NHS data useful for GPs

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.


Dr Ben Goldacre Director, EBM DataLab, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, CEBM, University of Oxford

Helen Curtis Researcher, University of Oxford

Georgia Richards Doctoral Researcher, EBM DataLab, University of Oxford

Short Papers B: Innovation

  • Next Generation GP: What’s the future of leadership in primary care? Nish Manek
  • Health and social care co-creating Co-ordinate My Care digital urgent care plans for care home residents Asha Katwa
  • The Cancer Maps Ben Noble
  • The development of a GP video blog as a modern tool of health promotion Andrew Mackay
  • Creating a supported internship programme in general practice for people with learning disabilities Theshanka Amarasinghe
  • What’s the point of pressure? Prevention of fibrosclerosis Clare Etherington

CPD Essentials: Adult Safeguarding

Thursday 15.00 – 16.00

Refreshments, Exhibition and Poster Viewing

Thursday 16.00 – 17.00

Quality Improvement | C1

Adopting a ‘systems approach’ to QI and safety work in frontline general practice

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.


Dr Duncan McNab GP Associate Adviser Safety and Improvement, NHS Education for Scotland

Dr Sarah Luty GP Associate Adviser Safety and Improvement, NHS Education for Scotland

Dr Tom Blakeman GP, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Primary Care, University of Manchester

Clinical Learning | C2

Key messages for primary care on the diagnosis and management of ME/CFS

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.


Dr Charles Shepherd Medical Adviser, ME Association

Dr Nigel Speight Consultant Paediatrician, Honorary Paediatric Medical Adviser, ME Association

Dr Gregor Purdie Semi-retired GP, NHS Dumfries and Galloway, Medical Adviser, Action for ME

General Practice Communities | C3

To inspect or not to inspect, that is the question: Debate on the benefits of a GP inspection regime

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.


Dr Rebecca Payne Chair, RCGP Wales

Dr Miles Mack GP, Inverness, Immediate Past Chair, RCGP Scotland

Dr Grainne Doran Chair, RCGP Northern Ireland

Research & Innovation | C4

Interested in clinically relevant research and enhancing your CV? The RCGP Scientific Foundation Board can help you

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.


Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham Chair, RCGP Scientific Foundation Board

Toto Grunland Patient and Public Representative, RCGP Scientific Foundation Board

Assistant Professor Helen Atherton Assistant Professor of Primary Care, University of Warwick

Professor Richard Neal Professor of Primary Care Oncology, University of Leeds

Health & Wellbeing | C5

Mindfulness in medicine: Evidence into practice

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.


Dr Chris Sanders GP, Leicester

Dr Zahida Adam GP, Leicester

Professor Rodger Charlton Professor of Undergraduate Primary Care Education, Leicester Medical School

Healthcare Technology | C6

The robots are coming – Robotics to aid teaching and physical examination

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.


Professor Simon De Lusignan Professor of Primary Care & Clinical Informatics, University of Surrey

Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara Director, Morphological Computation and Learning Lab, Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London

Professor Etienne Burdet Professor of Human Robotics, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London

Short Papers C1: Quality Improvement and Audit or Practice Survey

  • Are patients prescribed the recommended duration of dual antiplatelet therapy after Acute Coronary Syndrome? Nuha Kardaman
  • Are we minimising the risk of gastrointestinal side effects in our high risk patients? A review in general practice Mahima Charan
  • Improving antibiotic prescribing in the management of urinary tract infections. A closed-loop audit in primary care Sujan Manikkaratnam
  • Using novel computer protocols to increase patients with red flags for ovarian cancer receiving a CA-125 test Roya Behrouzi
  • The National Early Warning Score: Supporting GPs in the identification and management of deterioration and sepsis Alison Tavare
  • Quality improvement to drive early diagnosis of cancer – lessons from the National Cancer Diagnosis Audit in Scotland Jana Witt

Short Papers C2: Service Delivery and International

  • Occupational therapy: An emerging role in primary care Johnny Lyon-Maris
  • Moving forward: Supporting people to live well with and beyond breast cancer Maxine McCoy
  • A hospital-at-home service entirely managed by primary care professionals and clinically led by GPs Aaseem Farid
  • Service evaluation of primary care chaplaincy Gordon Macdonald
  • Primary paediatrics in Kono District, Sierra Leone, West Africa in a post-ebola setting Michael Bryant
  • An exploration of the role of the GP in Type 2 Diabetes care in Ningbo, China. A qualitative study Angharad Woolley

CPD Essentials: Child Protection Level 3

RCGP International: General practice 2040 - What can the world teach us?

Thursday 17.15 – 18.15

Late Sessions

Enabling GP leadership for and from general practice across the UK 

The RCGP’s Leadership Strategy for General Practice will be presented and table-based discussions will explore how the RCGP and Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM), with partners, can inspire and enable GP leadership at all stages in a GP’s career. Led by Professor Kamila Hawthorne, Vice Chair, RCGP, and Dr Jane Povey, Deputy Medical Director, FMLM

Shedding some light on reflections in a deep dark pool

The case of Dr Bawa-Garba raised many issues for doctors and there is residual anxiety about how to anonymise reflective notes appropriately and what to include in appraisal documentation. This workshop will take examples of written reflection and give delegates the opportunity to assess whether they have been adequately anonymised, drawing out tips on demonstrating reflective practice easily and safely. Led by Dr Susi Caesar, Medical Director for Revalidation, RCGP

Attracting the next generation: A longitudinal integrated clerkship to learn medicine through general practice 

This session will be led by members of the Community Clinical Learning team at Cardiff University and current students, discussing the introduction of the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship where some third year medical students will base their studies for the entire year in general practice in two rural areas of Wales.

GP exchange – get inspired, get involved! 

The Junior International Committee (JIC) organises exchanges for AiTs and GPs to experience primary care in Europe and beyond, and also host GPs and trainees from all over the world to experience UK general practice. This workshop will allow delegates to engage with GPs who have hosted exchanges in the UK, as well as hear from GPs who have been on an exchange.

RCGP Vibrant Faculties Awards and Reception 2018

17.30 – 19.00

This celebration of the work of the RCGP Faculties will be hosted by Dr Mike Holmes, Joint Vice-Chair of RCGP Council with special responsibility for membership. The event will begin with presentations to the two award winners, followed by a show-and-tell session in which delegates will be able to talk to award nominees about their work. A drinks and networking reception will bring the evening to a close.

Welcome Drinks, Exhibition Hall: 17.15 - 18.15