Speakers: concurrent sessions 2017

This year we have 42 one-hour learning sessions to choose from over the 2.5 days of the conference, plus 18 early/late sessions and an inspiring selection of plenary speakers. Download the full programme by clicking the box on the right of this page.


Thursday 11.45-12.45

A1 The GP Forward View: Progress to date and shaping the future

Dr Arvind Madan Director of Primary Care and Deputy National Medical Director NHS England

Dr Richard Pratt GP, Truro, Cornwall

Dr Robert Varnam GP and Head of General Practice Development, NHS England

Dr Shamila Wanninayake GP registrar and Clinical Fellow, NHS England


A2 Essential Knowledge Updates and Challenges 2017 – Clinical updates produced for GPs by GPs

Dr Chris Elfes GP and RCGP EKC Clinical Lead

Dr Dirk Pilat GP and RCGP Medical Director for e-Learning       

Dr Thomas Round GP and Academic Clinical Research Fellow, King’s College London


A3 Medico-legal risk: New models of care

Liz Price Medico-legal adviser, MDDUS


A4 Debate: This house believes that UK primary care should be an early adopter of genomic medicine

Donna Dickenson Bestselling author of ‘Me Medicine vs We Medicine’

Professor Simon Gregory Chair, RCGP Committee on Medical Ethics (COME)

Dr Andrew Papanikitas NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in General Practice, University of Oxford, and Deputy Chair, RCGP COME


A5 The active practice: Inspiring primary care teams and their patients

(Chair) Dr Zoe Williams RCGP Clinical Champion Physical Activity & Lifestyle

Dr Andrew Boyd RCGP Clinical Champion Physical Activity & Lifestyle

Dr Stewart Smith Medical Director and Social Prescribing Lead, St Austell Healthcare, Cornwall

Steve Ward Executive Director UKactive


A6 Evaluating transformation in primary care: The Scottish School of Primary Care approach

Professor John Gillies Deputy Director, Scottish School of Primary Care

Dr Gregor Smith Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Scotland


Thursday 14.00-15.00

B1 The Uncertain Physician

Professor David Haslam Chair, NICE


B2 Choosing to be a ‘Jack of All Trades’

Dr Jonathan Griffiths GP and Chair of NHS Vale Royal CCG


B3 After the QOF: Realising a new era of quality in healthcare

Dr Jenny Bennison GP and Executive Officer (Quality), RCGP Scotland

Dr Miles Mack Chair, RCGP Scotland

Dr Gregor Smith Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Scotland       


B4 Patient information: What rubbish are you reading now?

Dr Sarah Jarvis GP and Clinical Director, Patient.co.uk

Alison Richards Lay Vice-Chair RCGP Patient and Carers Participation Group

Anna Severwright Co-production team member, Coalition for Collaborative Care


B5 Meditation for GPs: Simple techniques to help stress and burnout

Dr Aman Arora Portfolio GP in Birmingham, Arora Meditation and Arora Medical Education


B6 Winners’ Enclosure: The Yvonne Carter award and RCGP Research Paper of the Year

Winners TBC


Thursday 16.00-17.00

C1 The expanding role of cancer control in primary care

Dr Linda Bauld Professor of Health Policy, University of Stirling, and Deputy Director, UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies

Dr Alex Bobak GPWSI in smoking cessation, London

Dr Richard Roope RCGP and Cancer Research UK National Clinical Champion for Cancer    


C2 New models of care: the future NHS

Dr Matthew Dolman GP and Chair, Somerset CCG

Dr Steve Kell GP in Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire

Dr Steve Mann MCP clinical lead, Dudley CCG


C3 Bridging barriers between hospital, community and social care providers

Mr Murray Luckas Consultant Gynaecologist and Associate Medical Director Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Judi Price GP and Director, South Cheshire and Vale Royal GP Alliance

Dr Jonathan Griffiths GP and Chair of NHS Vale Royal CCG


C4 Using new technologies to develop innovative patient services in low income settings

Dr Camille Gajiria Secretary, RCGP Junior International Committee (JIC)

Dr Rakesh Modi Europe Deputy, RCGP JIC

Dr Emily Clark Member, RCGP JIC


C5 Using data to improve patient outcomes

Dr Andrew Carson-Stevens GP and Head, Primary Care Patient Safety Research Group       

Dr Tommy Hunter GP at Barns Medical Practice, Ayr

Dr Imran Rafi Chair of RCGP Clinical Innovation and Research  Centre

Dr Janet Valentine Director, Clinical Practice Research Datalink


C6 Humour, improvisation and wellbeing in everyday general practice

Dr Waqar Ahmed GP and comedian, Northern Ireland

Frazer Robb Improvisational theatre actor and teacher, medical improvisational trainer


Friday 11.30-12.30

D1 The environmental sustainability of general practice

Dr Nina Amedzro GP and Project Lead RCGP Fuel Poverty Referral Pilot

Dr Charlie Kenward GP at Pallant Medical Chambers, Chichester, West Sussex

Dr Kathleen Leedham-Green Undergraduate Medical Educator at King’s College London


D2 Refugee care in general practice – how to assess needs and manage health problems

Professor Christopher Dowrick GP and Professor of Primary Medical Care, University of Liverpool

Professor Christos Lionis GP and professor of Primary care University of Crete, Greece

Dr Maria Van den Muijsenbergh GP and Senior Researcher, Radboud University Medical Centre Nijmegen, Netherlands.


D3 Building the primary care workforce of the future

Nicci Hilson Education and Training Lead, Hillingdon CCG, London      

Dr Charlene McInnes Darzi Fellow, Health Education England, and member of RCGP London AiT/First5 Committee       

Tracey O’Keeffe Senior Lecturer Pre-Qualifying Nursing, Buckinghamshire New University

Jo Rixon Principal Lecturer for Practice Learning, Buckinghamshire New University 

Dr Jacqueline Tavabie Clinical Lead for Non-clinical Development, Our Healthier South East London


D4 Adolescent mental health: Achieving better outcomes for the next generation

Dr Marian Davis Chair, RCGP Adolescent Health Group

Dr Faraz Mughal Honorary Research Fellow and RCGP Clinical Fellow in Children and Young People’s Mental Health


D5 Confucius say: ‘Consultation ain’t rocket science’.

Dr Roger Neighbour GP communications expert and past-President, RCGP


D6 Brexit and our NHS: Rising above a rise in racism

Dr Cemal Kavasogullari Treasurer, RCGP Junior International Committee (JIC)

Dr Sonia Tsukagoshi Deputy Chair, RCGP JIC

Dr Ula Chetty Academic GP Fellow, Glasgow University, and member, RCGP JIC


Friday 13.45-14.45

E1 Doctors as activists

Dr Lucinda Hiam GP and Medical Adviser, Doctors of the World UK

Dr Francesca Silman London GP and co-founder, Justice for Health

Dr Sam Merriel NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in General Practice, Bristol University, and member, RCGP JIC

Julia Ross Producer BBC Radio 4


E2 Sepsis versus antimicrobial resistance: Prognostic tools for early treatment or rapid referral

Dr Steve Granier RCGP Clinical Lead TARGET Toolkit      

Celia Ingham Clark National Director for Clinical Effectiveness, NHS England

Dr Simon Stockley RCGP Sepsis Spotlight Project


E3 Working in true partnership with patients on co-production of GP services

Moira Auchterlonie Chief Executive, Family Doctor Association, and Vice-Chair, National Association for Patient Participation

Colin Angus Chair, Patient Partnership in Practice, RCGP Scotland

Dr Patricia Wilkie President and Chairman, NAPP


E4 Reducing mortality from physical health problems in people with severe mental illness

(Chair) Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham Professor of General Practice Research and Director of Clinical Academic Training, Keele University

Professor Simon Gilbody Professor of Psychological Medicine and Director of York Mental Health and Addictions Research Group, University of York and Hull-York Medical School

Professor Richard Holt Professor in Diabetes and Endocrinology, University of Southampton

Dr David Shiers Honorary Reader in Early Psychosis, Manchester University 


E5 Tackling health inequalities through education for professionals

Dr David Blane Clinical Academic Fellow, University of Glasgow

Dr Ben Jackson Senior Clinical Teacher, University of Sheffield

Dr Austin O’Carroll Medical Director of Safetynet and Programme Director, North Dublin City GP Training Programme

Dr Dominic Patterson Deputy Director for GP Education, Health Education England


E6 Achieving quality care at scale

Dr Michael Holmes RCGP Clinical Lead, GP At Scale and QI Ready

Dr Michael Mulholland RCGP Clinical Support Fellow, GP At Scale        

Dr Vish Ratnasuriya RCGP Clinical Support Fellow, GP At Scale 


Friday 15.00-16.00

F1 Diabetes hot topics and case studies

Dr Kevin Fernando GP and GPWSI Diabetes and Medical Education


F2 How GP super-partnerships are building a stronger general practice

Dr Will Murdoch Executive Partner, Modality Partnership, Birmingham

Dr Vish Ratnasuriya Chair, Our Health Partnership, Birmingham

Dr Alex Chamberlain GP in Shropshire, Our Health Partnership


F3 Discussing suicide: Increasing the confidence of primary care providers

(Chair) Dr Elizabeth England GP and RCGP Mental Health Lead

Hamish Elvidge Chair, The Matthew Elvidge Trust

Steve Mallen Chair, The MindEd Trust

Professor Louis Appleby Professor of Psychiatry, University of Manchester and Lead for the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England


F4 The pros and cons of out-of-hours working

Dr Euan Paterson GP Palliative Care Facilitator, Glasgow       

Dr Rebecca Payne Chair, RCGP Wales       

Dr Sian Tucker Co-Chair South East Scotland Faculty, and member Scottish and UK RCGP councils


F5 Enhancing the paediatric capabilities of GPs

Dr Steve Walter Head of School of GP Health Education, West Midlands

Dr Mando Watson Consultant Paediatrician, Imperial College, London


F6 EQUIP and ECHO: A model to incorporate QI into GP training

Dr Joanna Bircher Clinical Lead (QI), RCGP

Dr Nigel Hart Senior Lecturer, General Practice, Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency                            


Saturday 9.30-10.30

G1 Culture and performance in International Medical Graduate doctors

Amit Gupta Neonatal Consultant, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, and Associate Dean, Thames Valley Health Education England

Dr Nicki Williams Clinical Lead, MRCGP CSA Exam


G2 Using QI measurements of whole system performance to incentivise collaboration

Professor Les Toop Professor of General Practice, Head of Department of General Practice, University of Otago, New Zealand


G3 Debate: This house believes that patients value rapid access more than personal care in general practice

(Chair) Dr Miles Mack Chair, RCGP Scotland

Dr Stephen Clay GP and Clinical Director, Productive Primary Care Ltd

Professor John Gillies Deputy Director, Scottish School of Primary Care


G4 Forward together safely – and what to do if you make a mistake

Dame Caroline Swift Chair, Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS)

Dr Jill Edwards Panellist, MPTS

John Smyth, Assistant Director, GMC Case Examiner team


G5 Undergraduate adventures in remote and rural general practice

Dr Linzi Lumsden Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen

Dr Ewan Paterson Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen

Dr Rebecca Riddell Head of Teaching General Practice and Community Medical, University of Aberdeen


G6 Reimagining GP careers: Unleashing our ‘inner scholar’

Dr Umesh Chauhan Mackenzie Chair of Primary Care Medicine, University of Central Lancashire and East Lancashire CCG

Dr Sara McKelvie GP and NIHR Oxford CLAHRC Researcher, Oxford Health NHS Trust

Dr Joanne Reeve Reader in Academic Primary Care, University of Warwick


Find out more about the 18 early/late sessions