Conference Programme 2019

Thursday 08.00 – 09.30

Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition

Thursday 09.20 – 10.45


President’s Welcome: Professor Mayur Lakhani, President, RCGP
Chair’s Address: Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair, RCGP
Ministerial Address: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, England
Dame Clare Marx, Chair, General Medical Council

Thursday 10.45 – 11.45

Refreshments, Exhibition and Poster Viewing

Thursday 11.45 – 12.45

Clinical Learning | A1

Simple and safe prescribing of HRT for primary care

The menopause is a natural process that occurs in all women and menopausal women have an increased risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis and dementia.But they are still not being offered HRT despite evidence to support that the benefits outweigh the risks in the majority of women. Clinical cases will be discussed to demonstrate the simplicity of safe and effective HRT prescribing in primary care, dispel myths and give practical tips.


Louise Newson, Menopause Specialist,

Future of General Practice | A2

Modernising primary care – transforming the service across the UK

An update on the innovations and transformations being embedded in primary care across the UK to modernise, meet the healthcare demands of an ageing and growing population and ensure the NHS is sustainable. We aim to encourage debate around innovations in general practice, the role of GPs now and in the future and the best ways to introduce creative ways of working to ensure sustainable workload for GPs and their teams.


Dr Carey Lunan, Chair, RCGP Scotland

Dr Grainne Doran, Chair, RCGP Northern Ireland

Dr Mair Hopkin, Joint Chair, RCGP Wales

Campaigning for General Practice | A3

Championing general practice through blogging, podcasts and social media

General practice can be isolating, and the constant pressure can make even thinking about making changes difficult. Podcasts, blogging and the use of social media are building connections between GPs. Positive vision and ambition for general practice needs to be communicated and this session will share powerful examples of how GP can use social media to challenge thinking, share ideas, and promote new and innovative ways of working.


Jonathan Griffiths, GP Chair NHS Vale Royal CCG

Hussain Gandhi, GP, owner of eGPlearning and eGPlearning Podblast

Ben Gowland, Director at Ockham Healthcare and presenter of General Practice Podcast

Research & Innovation | A4

Next Generation GP: a new generation of primary care leaders

Next Generation GP was founded by three GP trainees in 2017. It aims to energise, engage and empower future GP leaders through a six-month, fully funded programme for trainees and early career GPs, and has grown to a movement of over 950 participants in 20 cities. This session is an opportunity to learn from our experiences, join a discussion on how to engage trainees and early careers GPs in leadership, and to hear the personal perspectives of senior GP leaders.


Rebecca Fisher, GP, National Lead, Next Generation GP

William Owen, GP Trainee, National Lead, Next Generation GP

Nick Harding, Senior Clinical Advisor to NHS England for Integrated Care Systems


AiT and First5 Focus | A5

Making my appraisal something I look forward to (because of its value to me and my patients)

We all want to be the best doctors we can be, and annual appraisal is one mechanism that should be supporting all doctors in achieving this because it reaches everyone. The transition from the trainee e-portfolio to the post-CCT world of appraisal can be confusing. Come to this session to learn simple tips and tricks to make demonstrating your continued competence proportionate and easy.


Susanne (Susi) Caesar, RCGP Medical Director for Revalidation

Healthcare Technology | A6

Standards: Making a digital healthcare system a reality

The Professional Record Standards Body develops standards for care records that are the backbone to digitising the NHS. This session looks at what has been achieved so far, before focusing on three key topics impacting GPs: learnings from the first wave of local health and care records, the medication reconciliation standard, and online child health records. We will also explore with GPs how online records can be made more accessible.


Chair: Maureen Baker

Discover General Practice

Academic GP 101

Shining a light on academic general practice. Find out about academic pathways and opportunities available to students and foundation doctors.

Session intended for medical students and foundation doctors

CPD Essentials

Child safeguarding: Level 3

Dr James Burden, Named Doctor for Child and Adult Safeguarding, Coventry and Rugby CCG

Short Papers 1

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Short Papers 2

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Thursday 12.45 – 14.00

Lunch, Exhibition, Poster Viewing and Sponsored Symposia

Thursday 14.00 – 15.00

Clinical Learning | B1

Respiratory Update 2019

Since the RCGP Annual Conference in 2018 there have been new GOLD and NICE guidelines for COPD; new bronchiectasis guidelines and there will be BTS SIGN asthma guidelines by the 2019 conference. Expert GP speakers will provide key clinical tips to improve the care of people with respiratory problems based on the guidelines. They will also highlight differences between guidance and how this can be managed in clinical practice.


Steve Holmes, GP, The Park Medical Practice, Shepton Mallet, RCGP Council Member, PCRS Education Lead

Stephen Gaduzo, GP with Specialist Interest Respiratory (Stockport); Previous Chair PCRS

Future of General Practice | B2

Care at the interface: restoring, refining and redesigning

Many of us will have experienced a culture of fragmented, sometimes antagonistic working across the interface between primary and secondary care. In this session we will scope the case for improvement and showcase examples of excellence from across the UK. Finally, a group discussion will highlight participants’ own experiences of the interface, while our patient representative and ‘expert by experience’ will enrich all of these discussions with commentary throughout.

Campaigning for General Practice | B3

New and emerging roles in general practice across the UK

What are the challenges, cautions, and opportunities arising from the key emerging roles in general practice across the UK, such as occupational therapists, link workers, social prescribers and advanced clinical practitioners? We will showcase examples of successful integrations, taking into account the views of patients, and discuss what needs to be done to ensure they have a positive impact on general practice overall.

Research & Innovation | B4

Consulting with vulnerable patients, from evidence base to real-world practice

A brief review of the evidence base of ‘what works in inclusion health’ will be followed by group work on real-world examples – discussing the challenges faced in providing care for marginalised groups and how we can better deliver primary care for such patients. Participants will be encouraged to bring their own cases, and can develop their own action learning sets or practice QI activities.


Emily Clark, GP

Hannah Fox, GP 

Nicholas Steel, Public Health Professor

AiT and First5 Focus | B5

Immersive simulated learning in GP training

In military GP training, immersive, hi-fidelity simulated learning has been used to recreate and teach battlefield care for decades, and is now being applied to civilian scenarios. The session will discuss how one VTS have introduced this as part of a “finishing school” for soon to qualify GP trainees, before discussing the benefits, challenges and limitations of this style of immersive learning.


Chair: Jodie Blackadder-Weinstein 

Kate King, Senior Lecturer General Practice

Michael Smith, Professor Defence General Practice

Tom Evans, First Aid Response Course Lead

Healthcare Technology | B6

Debate: Will AI support new approaches to health which will empower patients within the next five years?

This workshop will be in the Socratic dialogue style, with ‘for’ and ‘against’ speakers outlining their experience of initiating AI in clinical settings. A series of positions and supportive evidence will be explored, including safety, moral and ethical considerations, while a patient/carer representative will provide a commentary on both sides and electronic voting will gauge audience opinion.


Dr Philip Webb, Associate Director Planning Performance and Innovation

Dr Mark Taubert, Clinical Lead for Palliative Care

Ms Debbie Murphey, Patient Leader


Discover General Practice

How to practice

What type of GP are you? Locum, salaried, partner…? What do these titles mean and what do they do? Learn more about the impact each role can make in the workplace and discover the best fit for you.

Session intended for medical students and foundation doctors

CPD Essentials

Basic Life Support

Jenny Aston QN Advanced Nurse Practitioner and ILS Resuscitation Council trainer

Short Papers 3

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Short Papers 4

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Thursday 15.00 – 16.00

Refreshments, Exhibition and Poster Viewing

Ask the RCGP Chair and Chair Elect 15:15-15:45

Thursday 16.00 – 17.00

Clinical Learning | C1

New ways to diagnose cancer earlier

Every GP wants to catch cancer early. This session outlines new screening tests, diagnostic tests and pathways which could lead to earlier cancer diagnosis for patients. The exact content will depend on progress with various national projects but we would hope to provide an update on: lung cancer screening pilots; national timed pathways and locally transformed pathways; FIT testing for screening and for symptomatic patients; multidisciplinary diagnostic pathways for vague symptoms.


Richard Roope, RCGP/CRUK Clinical Champion for Cancer 

Matt Callister

Future of General Practice | C2

Not too big to fail: Inspecting and supporting primary care at-scale organisations

GP practices are increasingly encouraged to collaborate to realise the potential benefits of working at scale, both for patients and themselves. Following completion of the CQC pilot inspection programme for primary care at scale, this session will update delegates on some of the challenges faced by these new organisations, many of which will resonate with smaller practice teams across the UK, and how best to support them.


Dr Pauline Foreman, Medical Director Primary Care Development

Dr Janet Hall, GP and CQC National Clinical Advisor for Central Region and Primary Care at Scale

Campaigning for General Practice | C3

Hack general practice

We will ask delegates to solve a topical problem in general practice. The profession is at a turning point and there are many areas that could be improved in our working lives. Participants will work in teams to solve the problem and offer their ideas in elevator pitches. The audience can then discuss the merits of each idea and guest judges will decide which proposal is best. The chosen topic will be announced nearer the conference so that it is politically relevant.

Research & Innovation | C4

Winners’ Enclosure: RCGP research award winners

Delegates will hear presentations from the category winners of the RCGP Research Paper of the Year Award and the Yvonne Carter Award for Outstanding Early Career Researcher, as well as the presentation of the RCGP NIHR Clinical Research Awards.


AiT and First5 Focus | C5

How to make an irresistible peer group!

Peer groups help meet learning needs, and peer support and pastoral care is also a valuable outcome of peer groups that can help reduce the professional isolation felt by many First5 GPs. This interactive session uses insights from education theory and social media to help you create effective peer events. Be prepared to have a go at chairing a session, promoting an event, and eliciting feedback.


Camille Gajria, GP, teaching fellow Imperial College London, Hon Sec RCGP N&W London faculty

Lynsey Yeoman, GP partner, undergraduate tutor Glasgow, First5 colead West Scotland

Ula Chetty, GP, medical educator, former UK Vasco De Gama lead

Healthcare Technology | C6

HeLP: A new online platform to support self-management for people with Type 2 diabetes

The NHS Diabetes Programme is preparing to launch a new online platform called HeLP to provide adults with the skills to better self-manage by improving access to high quality online education. In a randomised controlled trial, HeLP demonstrated significant improvements in patients’ HbA1c levels. GPs will learn how the tool works and how they can refer patients.

Discover General Practice

In conversation with… the ultimate portfolio GP

An informal ‘live’ interview with a notable portfolio GP. Learn more about what it means to have a portfolio career in general practice; how to get an extended role and how to maintain commitment to a range of medical interests.

Session intended for medical students and foundation doctors

CPD Essentials

Adult safeguarding: Level 3

Dr Joy Shacklock, RCGP Clinical Champion Good Practice Safeguarding, Named GP for Child and Adult Safeguarding, Harrogate and Rural District CCG

CPD Essentials

Basic Life Support (including AED)

Jenny Aston QN Advanced Nurse Practitioner and ILS Resuscitation Council trainer.

Short Papers 5

Session information coming soon 

Short Papers 6

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Thursday 17.15 – 18.15

Late Sessions

Your local RCGP in the primary care community
Our aim is to empower RCGP Faculties to realise their potential as the local interface of RCGP, through engaging local influencers and collaborating with and supporting the wider primary care profession.

Communication skills training for working with adults with learning disability
This demonstration session includes actors from the Hijinx Academy in Cardiff (all having a learning disability or diagnosis of autism) who will showcase good practice in relation to communication skills for GPs.


Dr Robert Colgate, Consultant Psychiatrist


Making sense of young people’s use of social media: Do we all need a digital detox?
We will explore the risks and benefits of social media and provide pragmatic advice for GPs to give to parents – and to guide their own children.

Quality Improvement through resilient peer group support
How peer support can sustainably improve the quality of care of patients whilst improving the experience of health care professionals, drawing on international and UK examples.


Chair: Dr Helen Crawley, International Medical Director for SSE Asia

Felicity Knights, First5 GP

Sonny Aung, RCGP Clinical Lead Myanmar

Sonia Tsukagoshi, Chair RCGP Junior International Committee