Conference Programme 2019

Friday 08.00 – 09.20

Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition

Friday 09.20 – 10.30


NHS Question Time

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. Panellists will include a range of guests from different perspectives, alongside Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair, RCGP Council.

Host: Professor Martin Marshall Joint Vice Chair (External Affairs) RCGP


Friday 10.30 – 11.30

Refreshments, Exhibition and Poster Viewing

Friday 11.30 – 12.30

Clinical Learning | D1

Does what matters to patients matter to me?

The 2018 GP Survey included a new question for patients: if you live with long-term conditions, were you able to talk to a healthcare professional about what is important to you? Just under 40% said ‘yes’, suggesting that understanding what matters to patients is not yet common practice. In this session we will demonstrate the impact that shared decision-making, personalised care, support planning and health coaching, has had on interactions with patients and on outcomes.


Alf Collins, Clinical Director for Personalised Care


Future of General Practice | D2

Primary Care Networks 1: Developments on the ground so far

PCNs are the latest structural development in primary care in England and this session will look at how the implementation is progressing, exploring what has happened since the NHS Long-Term Plan and GP contract framework were published, and the subsequent guidance and details. (See also the related session on PCNs at E2).

Medical Education | D3

Using the new RCGP curriculum to realise your potential through GP training

The new RCGP Curriculum will be launched in 2019 and this session will show its potential for enhancing and enthusing GP trainees and supervisors. Using practical examples, we will explore the new clinical material, structure and content to reflect the work of a modern GP, the curriculum as a flexible resource for new ways of learning, and how the curriculum aligns to workplace-based assessment, AKT, and CSA.


Dr. Steve Walter, RCGP Medical Director for Curriculum and Education

Dr. Doug Hing, RCGP Curriculum Editor

Health and Wellbeing | D4

Five ways to wellbeing at work: Practical solutions to ‘relight your fire’

This energetic, positive and fun workshop will utilise music, humour and audience interaction to demonstrate evidence-based, practical tips and tools to prevent burnout and improve wellbeing in the GP workplace. These will focus on the five key ways to wellbeing (connect, take notice, be active, learn and give) and the audience will be facilitated to identify wellbeing goals to take forward for themselves and their team.


Helen Garr, GP Health Service Clinical Lead. GP-S mentor. Nottinghamshire LMC Wellbeing Lead. PHE Clinical Champion Physical Activity.

Lucy Loveday, GP Training Programme Director & Associate Research Fellow Regional Director for The British Society of Lifestyle 

 General Practice Communities | D5

Greener practice: Engaging general practice to improve the health of patients and planet

This session will link action on climate change with existing agendas on tackling lifestyle-related illness, air pollution, de-prescribing and mental health. We will encourage environmentally sustainable practice through the examples of two grassroots movements, Greener Practice and Move More, and demonstrate practical ways to take action. Delegates will also be able to add a leaf pledge to a climate tree sculpture.


Dr Aarti Bansal, GP, Chair of Greener Practice, Clinical Teacher, University of Sheffield, NIHR In-Practice Fellow, HYMS

Dr Honey Smith, GP, member of Greener Practice, GP undergraduate tutor

Dr Ollie Hart, GP, NHS Sheffield lead for person-centred care and physical activity

Quality Improvement | D6

How we have maintained quality of care in Scotland without QOF – or have we?

The session will explore the different methodologies of quality improvement in healthcare and compare these to how we have created quality improvement systems in Scotland without QOF. Does the format created hold true to what quality doctrine would suggest is the best method? Does it matter that we don’t have QOF? We will assess the pros and cons of a non-QOF driven method for quality improvement.

Discover General Practice

Finding your inner leader

Leadership, like chicken pox, is best caught young. In this session with Dr Roger Neighbour, participants will explore their own individual potential for leadership, and how and where it might best be implemented. 

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

Jenny Aston QN Advanced Nurse Practitioner and ILS Resuscitation Council trainer

Short Papers 7

Service Delivery

Developing an integrated epilepsy service in primary care – initial 12 month outcomes, David Kerbel
Demands of life as a General Practitioner in 2017: An exploratory qualitative interview study, Catherine Neden
Deteriorating Patients: An introduction for GP reception staff, Simon Stockley
Innovation Labs in General Practice, Talac Mahmud
What do GPs identify as support and resource needs when caring for communities affected by FGM? A qualitative research study, Sharon Dixon

Short Papers 8

Quality Improvement, International

How Quality Improvement methods can be used to deliver productive workflows at-scale for the Five Year Forward Plan, using Document Management as a case study, Omar Din
Improving the Risk Identification of Type 2 Diabetes in High Risk Population, Eshen Ang
Increasing sign-up rates to the Faecal Occult Blood test in patients aged over 60 in general practice, Ekta Sharma
Newham Improvement Champions – An Interdisciplinary Collaborative Approach to Improvement in Primary Care, Zenobia Sheikh
Am I a door opener or a gatekeeper? What can we learn from Primary Care in Austria & Germany to improve cancer outcomes in the UK? Emma Hirons
Developing quality general practice in Myanmar, Sonny Aung

Friday 12.30 – 13.45

Lunch, Exhibition, Poster Viewing and Sponsored Symposia

Friday 13.45 – 14.45

Clinical Learning | E1

Spot diagnosis: Skin lesions and inflammatory dermatoses

The first half of this session will be based around a quiz on skin lesions to assist in the diagnosis of skin cancer. The second half will focus on case presentations of inflammatory skin conditions, which will aid clinicians in both diagnosis and management. The speakers will also direct the audience to useful dermatological learning resources.



Timothy Cunliffe, GPwER in Dermatology and Skin Lesion Management

Dr Ruth Murphy, President of the British Association of Dermatology, and Consultant Dermatologist

Future of General Practice | E2

Primary Care Networks 2: How do PCNs fit into the wider system?

This second session on PCNs (see D2) will examine how the new networks are working within the wider health and care landscape, using examples from integrated care systems. For example, we will discuss how relationships and engagement were facilitated across the system, how needs were identified, and how community engagement informed developments.

Medical Education | E3

Sharing understanding with patients – challenges and new approaches

Much has been said about the barriers to shared decision-making, including the need for new consultation skills and a lack of time, continuity and tools. This session will concentrate on practical approaches for learning and increasing the involvement of patients, exploring the challenge of applying theory to practice, and delegates will be invited to join an email group to take forward this work.


Richard Lehman, Professor

Neal Maskrey, Professor

Sam Finnikin, General Practitioner


Health and Wellbeing | E4

Supporting staff, student and trainee mental wellbeing

The Health Education England Staff and Learners’ Mental Wellbeing Commission identified practical steps that can help support wellbeing and sustainable careers. This session includes a brief summary of the issues and their scale, enabling delegates to identify with the causes and effects of distress and mental ill-health, and will then move onto practical solutions focused on improving work and the working environment.



Teresa Hewitt-Moran, GP and Deputy Medical Director, HEE

Hatim Abdulhussein, FMLM Clinical Fellow

General Practice Communities | E5

Dragon’s Den: The RCGP International global health competition

Like the popular BBC TV series of the same name, this fun session sets up a quickfire pitching of global health projects to be judged by ‘dragons’ from the RCGP international executive and community. There will be a call for submissions prior to conference and the top five submissions will compete for the title of ‘Best Global Health Project’.

Quality Improvement | E6

Children and young people’s health: Addressing serious violence and exploitation in Liverpool

What do young people say about their lives and the effect of living with violence? Hear them speak in this session from the Liverpool Youth Violence Intervention programme, where a panel will present the steps taken to address this growing problem, including basing a youth worker in A&E. Learn about a psycho-social health model shown to positively impact on the cycle of serious violence, and a road map to support development in other localities.


Dr Jane H Roberts, GP. Liverpool CCG Clinical Lead Mental Health

Lisa Cooper, Director Children & Young People Community & Mental Health Division Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Alan Walsh, Senior Youth Worker, Anfield Boxing Club

Discover General Practice

Generation Innovation

How can innovation and technology improve general practice for tomorrow’s GPs? Join an illustrious panel of GPs to debate and discuss how the specialty can take advantage of innovations to better equip the GPs of the future.

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 - The Winners

The Winning Posters 2019

The authors of this year’s winning posters give short presentations on their work and methods.


Friday 14.45 – 15.00

Comfort Break

Friday 15.00 – 16.00

Clinical Learning | F1

Rapid update on common infections: incorporating NICE/PHE guidelines into daily practice

This session aims to provide a rapid update and empower prescribers when managing common infections, based on NICE/PHE guidance. It will identify the key issues and updates in prescribing guidance, including those for ENT, respiratory and urinary tracts. The session will start by exploring the challenge for prescribers in risk management and antimicrobial stewardship, highlighting some of our cognitive biases.


Tessa Lewis, GP, medical adviser, chair NICE Managing Common Infections committee

John Morris, Lay member NICE Managing Common Infections committee

Caroline Ward, GP, member NICE Managing Common Infections committee


Future of General Practice | F2

The GP consultant

A new way of working in primary care: No longer isolated but working in the same way as our hospital colleagues, leading a team, working at the top of our clinical ability and using our specialist skills for the patients who need us most. We went from burnt out to one of the best performing practices in Derbyshire. Find out how you can make the same changes for the benefit of your team, your patients and yourself.


Gail Allsopp, Associate Professor Primary Care. University of Nottingham

James Burns, GP Partner. West Hallam Medical Centre

Richard Page, Managing Partner. West Hallam Medical Centre


Medical Education | F3

Generation Genome: Delivering education to equip primary care for genomic medicine

There is a gap in the delivery of education to GPs and trainees in the new era of genomic medicine. Access to direct-to-consumer testing is already increasing our exposure to patients whose genomic data forms part of clinical management and it is imperative that GP educators are equipped to educate ‘Generation Genome’. This session offers a practical approach through clinical cases, top tips and resources.


Dr Imran Rafi RCGP Joint Clinical Champion for Genomics, Senior Lecturer, St George’s, University of London

Dr Michelle Bishop Education Lead, Health Education England (HEE) Genomics Education Programme (GEP)

Dr Jude Hayward RCGP Joint Clinical Champion for Genomics, Primary Care Adviser to HEE GEP, GPwSI in Genetics

Health and Wellbeing | F4

How many ‘Likes’ does it take to make a good doctor? Exploring the impact of social media on our mental health

We use social media to connect with colleagues and patients, promote good causes and as a tool to improve health and wellbeing, but there may now be evidence for detrimental effects on mental health. This session will aim for a balanced review of the evidence, discuss specific cases and experiences from the panel and audience, and explore protective, positive strategies.


Dr Dominique Thompson, Director Buzz Consulting

Professor Clare Gerada, Medical Director Practitioner Health Programme

Dr Shamila Wanninayake, Salaried GP, GP Tutor Oxford University

General Practice Communities | F5

Safe Surgeries Initiative: Improving access for asylum seekers

The Safe Surgeries Initiative grew out of a study in which 1,717 patients, mostly asylum seekers and undocumented migrants, attempted to register at practices in England. We will discuss the findings of the study, address entitlement to primary care and the barriers encountered by marginalised groups in accessing NHS care.


Karishma Singh, GP, Former Safe Surgeries Champion (Manchester)

Katherine Taylor, GP, Safe Surgeries Champion (London)

Elizabeth Bates, GP, Safe Surgeries Champion (Birmingham)


Quality Improvement | F6

The Daffodil Standards: A QI tool for end of life care in general practice

The RCGP/Marie Curie Daffodil Standards are an evidence-based QI tool for general practice to improve the quality of care for those with advanced serious illness and end of life care needs, and those close to them. The session will demonstrate practical ways to get started in what can seem a daunting area, helping practices to deliver step-by-step improvements in patient care.


Catherine Millington-Sanders, RCGP/Marie Curie Clinical Champion End of life care

Rachael Marchant, RCGP/Marie Curie clinical support fellow for end of life care

Discover General Practice

The portfolio puzzle – assembling the pieces to a portfolio career

Meet, greet and network with a wide range of portfolio GPs to discuss how you can turn a special interest into an extended role in general practice. Hear more about specific extended roles and learn how you can forge a journey towards a portfolio career.

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

Friday 16.00 – 16.45

Refreshments, Exhibition and Poster Viewing

Friday 16.45 – 17.30


The John Hunt Lecture

Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the Institute of Health Equity (UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health)

Host: Professor Mayur Lakhani, President, RCGP

Friday 17.45 – 18.45

Late Sessions

Patient voice: How patients across the UK work with RCGP to tackle workload, contract change and more
We will use the work of the RCGP’s patient engagement groups to show how the voices of patients and GPs can come together to tackle the challenges facing the profession.

GP Consultant Exchange
More than 200 GPs and consultants have been paired in Wessex to better appreciate the different challenges they face, resulting in local quality improvement and innovation in patient care.



Dr Pritti Aggarwal, Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group Board Member, UK; Primary Medical Care Module Lead, University of Southampton, UK; GP Partner, Living Well Partnership, Southampton, UK

Dr Sally Ross, NHSE GP Clinical Advisor, UK, GP Facilitator for Wessex, UK, Portfolio GP UK.

Early career research opportunities for GP trainees and First5s
This interactive workshop promotes early career research opportunities available in general practice to inform, inspire and empower delegates.


Dr Ebrahim Mulla, Academic Clinical Fellow, University of Nottingham

Dr Asiya Maula, In-Practice Research Fellow, University of Nottingham

Dr Bernadeta Bridgwood, Academic Clinical Lecturer, University of Leicester