Conference programme

The RCGP Annual Conference programme is peer reviewed by senior GPs to ensure we’re bringing you relevant and insightful information. Only the highest scoring sessions, submitted by RCGP members are presented at the conference. Plus our essential CPD sessions ensure you’re up to date with the latest practices and crucial learning on adult and child safeguarding and basic life support.

97% of delegates rate our sessions as excellent/good.

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GP health and wellbeing

Inspiring GP careers

CPD: Essentials

CPD: Life Stages

CPD: Professional Topics

CPD: Clinical Topics

08:50 - 09:55
PLENARY

Conference Chair’s welcome: Dr Michael Mulholland, Vice Chair, Professional Development

President’s welcome: Professor Amanda Howe OBE, President, Royal College of GPs

Chair’s address: Professor Martin Marshall, Chair, Royal College of GPs

Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England

Rt Hon Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care for England

9:55 - 10:45
BREAK
10:10 - 10:25

Speakers:

Dr. Faheem Latheef, Consultant Dermatologist, Chapel Allerton Hospital

Sponsored by La Roche-Posay and CeraVe

10:45 -11:05
PLENARY: What scientists could and couldn’t predict about the COVID-19 crisis

Professor Devi Sridhar, Chair in Global Public Health, University of Edinburgh

11.15 - 12:00
Speakers:
 

Dr Steve Holmes, General Practitioner, The Park Medical Practice Shepton Mallet

Dr Kevin Gruffydd-Jones, General Practitioner, Middlehill Coach House

CPD Clinical Topics

Young people’s health, particularly mental health, has been neglected for years. Since the pandemic their health has worsened and they have been disproportionally affected by the consequences of lockdown in terms of education, employment, access to healthcare, and thereby worsening inequalities and the outlook for the future. However as we gradually return to ‘normal’ we have an opportunity to redesign services in partnership with young people in order to mitigate these effects.

Speakers:

Dr Steph Lamb, GP Partner
Well Centre, RCGP Adolescent Health Group

Dr Emma Park, GP Trainer, Heeley Green Surgery

CPD: Life stages

Sedentary behaviour and physical inactivity are associated with multiple adverse health outcomes and increased mortality. GPs who are more physically active are more likely to recommend physical activity to their patients. Patients are more likely to follow the lifestyle advice from their clinician if they believe that their clinician follows the advice themselves. We have conducted pioneering research examining current levels of sedentary behaviour among General Practice staff. We will summarise and discuss the latest evidence regarding sedentary behaviour and physical activity, before going on to explore ways of reducing sedentary behaviour and increasing physical activity among General Practice staff.

Speakers:

Dr Richard Mayne, GP ACF, Queen’s University Belfast

Dr Neil Heron, Clinical Lecturer, GP, Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine, Queen’s University Belfast

Professor Nigel Hart, Professor of General Practice and Primary Care, GP

GP health and wellbeing

Bringing together leading clinicians and policy makers in the field, this session will look at what makes good relationship-based care, why it is important, how it addresses health inequalities, and what actions are needed in order to safeguard these elements as remote consultations and new ways of working look to continue to be major elements of practice post-COVID. A panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session.

Speakers:

Dave Stott, Patient representative, RCGP Patient, and Carers Partnership Group

RCGP Priorities

An audit evaluating the accuracy of clinical coding in COVID-19 local General Practice patients on the EMIS primary care service system. – Ting Ip

Adherence to COVID-19 post-discharge prophylactic anticoagulation best practice standards in local General Practice patients- Zobya Hussain

Oxygen saturation self-monitoring by Covid-19 patients at home – Mark Rickenbach

Evaluating the effectiveness of video intervention at addressing concerns about the Covid-19 vaccination amongst care home staff: A qualitative study – Ailin Anto & Arunima Basu

Necessity is the mother of invention: Developing remote clinical teaching for General Practice during the COVID-19 pandemic – Ciaran Conway

Adapting The Foundation Programme General Practice Placement to include ‘Public Health, Leadership and Management’ in the Covid Pandemic April Wilson

A personality disorder training programme for general practice teams transforms attitudes and facilitates specific practice level change – Rob Schafer

GP Trainee Hubs – an innovative model to support GP training in Urgent and Unscheduled Care during the ‘out of hours’ period – Anne Whitehouse

This session aims to increase knowledge and understanding in managing and participating in emergency situations in the surgery.

Speakers:

Jenny Aston, RCGP AHP & Nurse Champion, Granta Medical Practice

CPD Essentials

 

12:10 - 12:55

1.1 billion prescriptions are issued within primary care annually, costing £9.2 billion. A significant proportion of prescriptions are ineffective, result an adverse drug reactions or simply increase the burden of polypharmacy. Pharmacogenomics, study of how genes affect a person’s response to specific drugs, promises the ability to predict how effective or safe drugs may be for an individual; the NHS is progressing towards implementation of pharmacogenomic testing. Will Pharmacogenomics make prescribing safer, reduce inappropriate polypharmacy and save money? Or is it merely ‘hope and hype’ adding complexity but not value to prescribing? Join our ‘prescribing debate’ and find out!

Speakers:

Professor Nadeem Qureshi, Professor of Primary Care, University of Nottingham

Professor Tony Avery, Professor of Primary Care, University of Nottingham

Professor Bruce Guthrie, Professor of General Practice, University of Edinburgh

Dr Jude Hayward, GPwSI in Clinical Genomics, Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust

Dr Imran Rafi, Reader in Primary Care and Genomics, St. George’s University, London

CPD: Professional Topics

This session emphasises the importance of research to the RCGP. We will hear from the winners of the Early Career Researcher award and the Research Paper of the Year) each having four minutes to summarise their research in the GEM format (General practice Evidence for Modern day practice). The GP and practice winners of the NIHR CRN/SFB awards will also receive their trophies.

Speakers:

Professor Amanda Howe OBE, President, Royal College of GPs

Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham, Professor of General Practice Research, Keele University

Toto Gronlund, Patient and public representative, RCGP Scientific Foundation Board

RCGP Priorities

This session will cover the diagnosis and management of COPD through a case study.

Speakers:

Stephen Gaduzo, Kingsgate House

This is a promotional symposium sponsored by Chiesi 

This session identifies the key issues and updates in prescribing guidance for C.difficile and common skin infections. Content will be based on NICE/ PHE updated guidance 2020/21, using quiz questions and clinical scenarios.

Speakers:

Dr Tessa Lewis, GP & medical adviser, Independent

Avril Tucker, Pharmacy Team Leader, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

CPD: Clinical topics 

What is the effectiveness of brief interventions on changing alcohol use in young people? A systematic review. – Kate King

Quality Improvement Project: Identifying child-safeguarding concerns in General Practice.- Sara Pradhan

Young peoples’ perspectives on accessing primary care during the COVID-19 pandemic: a quality improvement project – Meriel Raine

How accurately can the NICE Traffic Light System predict serious illness in acutely unwell children under five? A retrospective cohort study. – Amy Clark

Ethnic-specific BMI cut-off points for overweight and obesity based on type 2 diabetes mellitus risk : a cohort study of 1.5 million people in England – Rishi Caleyachetty

Cost-effectiveness of oral ondansetron for children with acute gastroenteritis in primary care: a randomised controlled trial – Anouk AH Weghorst

Supporting doctors through complaints processes: A cross-sectional survey of UK doctors and medical students – Leila Ellis & Laura Hulmes

12:55 - 13:55
LUNCH
13:05-13:20

– How to manage remote digital services, how they differ from traditional services and how this has evolved over the last 2 years.
– Managing clinician wellbeing in digital healthcare, maximising the circumstances
– How digital healthcare is positively impacting patient wellbeing

Speaker:

Dr. Harriet Bradley, Medical Director, Livi

This is a promotional symposium sponsored by Livi

Discussing the importance of support when you receive a complaint.

Speakers:

Dr Caroline Fryar, Head of Advisory Services, MDU

Sponsored by MDU

13:30-13:45

An overview of how the exclusive financial advice provider for RCGP can help members today.

Speakers:

Alec Collie, Head of Division and GP Segment Lead, Wesleyan

Sponsored by Wesleyan Assurance Society

13:55 - 14:40

Evidence shows that continuity of care in general practice is beneficial for both staff and patients. But in an age of intense workforce pressures, new models of general practice, and new innovations and technologies in response to COVID-19, what are the practical steps primary care professionals can take so that continuity is maintained or even enhanced? This session will explore how continuity can be improved and maintained during and beyond the pandemic. This interactive session will draw on the practical learning from the Health Foundation’s two-year programme supporting five sites covering 500k+ patients to increase continuity in general practice.

Speakers:

Candida Perera, Head of Improvement Programmes, The Health Foundation

Hugh Reeve, GP Partner, Nutwood Medical Practice

Professor Mark Rickenbach, GP and Professor of Healthcare, Park and St Francis Surgery, University of Winchester

CPD: Professional Topics

There are many people who have problems in the recovery from COVID19 which is not just confined to initially severe illness. This session will be aimed at providing clinicians with real advice on how to manage this substantial patient population learning from regional and national experts familiar with recovery after hospitalisation, those with earlier problems and those with longer term symptoms. Useful tips for understanding the spectrum of problems being seen and management options to help them.

Speakers:

Dr Steve Holmes, General Practitioner, The Park Medical Practice Shepton Mallet

Dr Gail Allsopp, General Practitioner and RCGP Clinical Lead for Clinical Policy

CPD: Clinical topics

This is a promotional symposium sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd

GP recruitment and retention remains a high priority. The national workforce strategy includes increasing the number of GPs in training and supporting early career colleagues via the New to Practice Fellowship. Nottinghamshire has been an early adopter of through prioritisation of local funding. Join us as we share our learning and be inspired by the impacts that new colleagues can have on patient services while developing their own bespoke and fulfilling careers. 

Speakers:

Dr James Waldron, Portfolio GP, The Parkside Medical Centre

Dr Gemma Wilkinson, GP and Clinical Lead, Nottinghamshire GP Phoenix Programme

Inspiring GP Careers

TELEHEALTH embracing new tools to enhance the care of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients during COVID-19 – Danielle Reesby

Audit of Capacity Assessment Documentation across 2 hospital sites – how can we help junior doctors to write legally sufficient assessments? – Kimi Worsdell & George Lodge

Implementation of a Primary Care health optimisation and prehabilitation service at point of suspicion of cancer, can it improve health and wellbeing? – Rachel Lee

The Macmillan Primary Care Cancer Framework: introducing primary care participation to welsh cancer platforms. – Ruth Corbally

A Review of the Prescribing of Hormone Replacement Therapy in Primary Care – Zahra Khan 

The Use of Beta Blockers in those with Uncontrolled Asthma – Daisy Williams

An observational study of the compliance of bespoke Mandibular Advancement splints for Sleep Disordered Breathing – Deborah Thomas & Sara McNeillis

Long-term oral corticosteroids: are we adequately monitoring patients? – Abdulrahman Al-Mohammad

A whistle-stop tour through the unique challenges of Adult Safeguarding. We will cover Safeguarding Principals & the Care Act 2014, the Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty & the new Liberty Protection Safeguards, Enduring Power of Attorney & will finish up discussing some of the different forms of abuse. I will provide plenty of anonymised cases throughout, to hopefully make it more interesting & clinically relevant

Speakers:

Dr Rowena Christmas, GP, Wye Valley Practice

CPD Essentials

14:50 - 15:35

Professor Ahmet Fuat, GP, GPSI in Cardiology Darlington and Honorary Professor of Primary Care Cardiology at Durham University, discusses the role of cholesterol in the body and implications of high cholesterol, as well as the evidence demonstrating the importance of lowering cholesterol and early intervention. Professor Fuat will also review strategies for lowering cholesterol including the current recommendations for dietary and lifestyle modifications.This is a promotional symposium sponsored by Benecol Professor Ahmet Fuat, GP, GPSI in Cardiology Darlington and Honorary Professor of Primary Care Cardiology at Durham University, discusses the role of cholesterol in the body and implications of high cholesterol, as well as the evidence demonstrating the importance of lowering cholesterol and early intervention.

Speakers:

Professor Ahmet Fuat, GP, GPSI in Cardiology Darlington and Honorary Professor of Primary Care Cardiology, Durham University

Symposium sponsored by Benecol

LGBTQ+ people are disproportionately likely to report poor experience of healthcare, including from general practice. Headway has been made, for example in the RCGP’s eLearning resources. However, many clinicians want to learn more about specific health needs of the LGBTQ+ community. This interactive session uses case-based learning to cover core topics, from PrEP and gender identity to smears, substance use and mental health. This is an inclusive learning session, run by queer GPs, for all GPs seeking to deliver good care to their LGBTQ+ patients.

Speakers:

Dr Rebecca Fisher, GP, Senior Policy Fellow at the Health Foundation, The Health Foundation

Dr Duncan Shrewsbury, GP, Senior lecturer in general practice and deputy director for curriculum development, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

CPD: Clinical Topics

The new NICE guidance on shared decision making and GMC guidance on decision making and consent both emphasise the importance of finding out what matters to patients and using this to individualise the discussion leading to a decision.

This session will give delegates an overview of the new guidance, the implications for practice, and explore practical scenarios and tips for shared decision making and consent, supported by the resources of the Personalised Care Institute.

Speakers:

Dr Pauline Foreman, GP & Clinical Director, Personalised Care institute

Dr Sam Finnikin, Academic GP, Sutton Coldfield Group Practice

Yael Bradbury, Policy Manager, Standards & Ethics, General Medical Council

RCGP Priorities

We are all in need of activities which boost our happiness levels, counter stress & protect against the vicissitudes of ever increasing workplace demands. The 2020 pandemic has left healthcare practitioners cut off from social activities which ordinarily can protect us from burnout. The one constant was, and remains, the natural world. For many of us developing a love of nature ” biophilia’ has been a profound discovery; for others it has brought a deeper connection. Being occupied outdoors can repair and restore tiredness and disillusionment. It offers hope and seasonal regeneration. This practical session will inspire through visual imagery, a wide ranging evidence base of real-world examples and the growing evidence base for why ‘green time’ (spending time in nature) is good for our physical health and emotional well-being.

Speakers:

Dr Jane Roberts, GP Partner, Joint Clinical Lead for Mental Health Liverpool CCG, Aintree Park Group Practice

Dr Sue Stuart-Smith, Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist, Author, Tavistock Clinic, London & DocHealth

GP Health and Wellbeing

It’s an emergency! Organisational change following Activity Theory analysis of a team-based response to paediatric emergencies in General Practice – Sarah O’Hare 

MDT working for people living with frailty in the context of covid-19: a multi-professional training project – Benedict Hayhoe

PRECODE: A mixed-methods exploration of the primary care response to domestic violence during the COVID pandemic. – Sharon Dixon

Transforming the Two-Week Wait Pathway: Management of Breast Pain in Primary Care – Thilan Bartholomeuz

Establishing a proactive process for DMARD monitoring and prescribing utilising Practice Nurses and Clinical Pharmacists – Katrina Catton

Improving continuity of care in General Practice – our practice experience over a year – Simon Thornton

Cost and Effectiveness of Extended Scope Physiotherapy Practitioners in Primary Care – Sanjeev Chaand Sharma

 

15:35 - 16:25
BREAK
15:45 - 16:00

Speakers:

Dr. Faheem Latheef, Consultant Dermatologist, Chapel Allerton Hospital.

Sponsored by La Roche-Posay and CeraVe

– How to manage remote digital services, how they differ from traditional services, and how this has evolved over the last 2 years.
– Managing clinician wellbeing in digital healthcare, maximising the circumstances
– How digital healthcare is positively impacting patient wellbeing

Speaker:

Dr. Harriet Bradley, Medical Director, Livi

This is a promotional symposium sponsored by Livi

16:25 - 17:10

This session will apply latest guidance to the management of women’s health concerns via remote consultation. Using typical cases presenting to primary care for contraception requests and menstrual concerns, discussions will include when investigation and/or examination are required and which concerns can be managed without face-to -face consultation. Offering a choice of remote consultations and delivering care face-to-face ensures equitable access for those who are unable or prefer to be seen in the clinic while continuing to deliver quality care.

Speakers:

Dr Toni Hazell, GP, Tottenham

Dr Anne Connolly, GPSI gynae, RCGP women’s health clinical champion, Bevan Healthcare, Bradford

CPD: Clinical Topics

The need to extend the range of shared learning resources to support undergraduate teaching in general practice was brought starkly into focus by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. This interactive session will present and demonstrate a range of novel learning and teaching resources developed jointly by RCGP (Royal College of General Practitioners), SAPC (The Society for Academic Primary Care) and MSC (Medical Schools Council) since the onset of the pandemic to support medical student learning in general practice. We will demonstrate how these resources can be used in GP surgeries and virtual teaching seminars, giving session participants an opportunity to discuss how they might work best in their own settings.

Speakers:

Professor Joe Rosenthal, Professor of Primary Care Education, UCL Medical School

Professor Kamila Hawthorne, Head of Graduate Entry Medicine, Swansea University Medical School

Medical Education

GPs change as we get older, and of course we don’t change in the same ways. Each of us have our own unique life choices. This workshop will help participants to consider what guiding values may help in their decisions about how to spend their time in future. Dr Amar Rughani wrote an article “Moving On” https://bjgplife.com/rughani in June 2020 with his thoughts on moving between what he calls “the natural arcs in our lives”. He will be our key speaker, leading on to discussions in the room, triggered by questions arising from his themes.

Speakers:

Dr Amar Rughani, Provost RCGP South Yorkshire North Trent Faculty, RCGP

Dr Pamela Martin, Retired GP and Volunteer, South London

Inspiring GP Careers

Come and meet your local Faculty members and hear about the great work taking place in your community. Find out about volunteer and development opportunities with your Faculty and the range of initiatives they are providing to local members.

Speakers:

Professor Amanda Howe OBE, President, Royal College of GPs

RCGP Priorities

Case Study: Anaphylaxis and the clinical and psychological continuum of care – Sara Pradhan

The personal experience of UK-based doctors suffering from nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP)/hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) both as patients and at work – Sophie Rowlands

TELEHEALTH reviews for asthma patients during COVID-19 – Carl Deaney

Development and evaluation of an online education tool on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder for general practitioners: the importance of co-production – Blandine French

Prostate cancer and supportive care: a systematic review – Jai Prashar

Trauma-informed care in primary care: a UK policy document review – Elizabeth Emsley

Embedding the right approaches to social prescribing in primary care: An ethnographic exploration of primary care and link worker perspectives. – Bethan Griffith

Top tips to help you safeguard children and young people even when general practice is so pressured

Speakers:

Dr Joy Shacklock, GP Partner and RCGP Safeguarding Lead, North Yorkshire CCG

CPD Essentials

09:00 - 09:45
PLENARY: John Hunt Lecture: General Practice in a Pandemic

Chair: Professor Amanda Howe OBE, President, Royal College of GPs

Speakers: Professor Michael Kidd, GP, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Principal Medical Advisor, Australian Government

09:55 - 10:40

There is a widespread wish to ‘build back better’ after the pandemic but uncertainty about what that means and how to do it. If GPs work towards becoming net zero carbon practices it drives improvements in planetary, population and personal health. This promotes a healthier and more sustainable world where natural systems are not disrupted, public health is not harmed and personal health solutions that are evidence-based and available.

Speakers:

Dr Terry Kemple, RCGP National representative for Sustainability, Climate Change and Green Issues

Dr Aarti Bansal, GP, Greener Practice

CPD: Professional Topics

Long COVID is a new and emerging illness which first emerged around April 2020. As time has gone on we have seen a rise in cases and it is thought to affect up to 25% of patients between the age of 25 and 60. Having experienced this illness first hand, alongside other affected colleagues we have gathered the evidence as it’s been emerging and have shared our own experiences which may help our colleagues decipher the puzzle that is this new illness. We hope to dispel myths and discuss why we should have listened better to our patients with post viral symptoms previously.

Speakers:

Dr Amy Small, Locum GP, Lothian, Scotland

Dr Harsha Master, GP lead in COVID rehabilitation, Hertfordshire Community Trust

CPD: Clinical Topics

Hear from eConsult CEO Dr Murray Ellender on the role of online consultations during the pandemic. He’ll give the perspective of the provider around trends and learnings, plus how to balance and respond to changing professional and patient demands. Dr James Perry, a GP from the Wirral, gives his perspective on the benefits and challenges of digital triage through and beyond the pandemic. He is a large user on the front line and will explain how he sees it being used in the future and how it can contribute to improved PCN working.

Speakers:

Dr Murray Ellender, CEO, Co-founder, and GP, e-consult

Dr James Perry, GP, e-consult

Symposium sponsored by eConsult

Menopause is a natural process of aging in women, presenting with a variety of symptoms varying in intensity, duration and effect on psychological, emotional and social wellbeing. This workshop will explore how these symptoms may be recognised and present in ethnically diverse communities and our LGBTQ+ patients. We will share patient stories to demonstrate issues around menopause and share methods of discussing symptoms and sharing treatment options.

Speakers:

Dr Mair Hopkin,Joint Chair, RCGP Wales

Dr Margaret Ikpoh, General Practitioner, Holderness Health

CPD: Life Stages 

Improving the quality of Cancer Care Reviews’ in Primary Care Wales – Susan Llewelyn & Juliet Norwood

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer education and the interface between Primary and Secondary care – Gemma Eccles

All change! Transforming undergraduate GP taught content in the peri COVID world. – Elora Baishnab

Heart sink feelings in consultations – how to overcome these and help your patients – Hugh Reeve

Impact of Covid 19 on Secure Environments: Collaborative working at a new level – Saloni Jain

Covid-19 Pandemic – What has been the impact on patient contact in primary care? – Munirih Shah

Top tips to help you safeguard children and young people even when general practice is so pressured

Speakers:

Dr Joy Shacklock, GP Partner and RCGP Safeguarding Lead, North Yorkshire CCG

CPD Essentials

10:40 - 11:30
BREAK
10:50-11:05

Speakers:

Dr Noha Elshimy, Consultant Dermatologist, Chapel Allerton Hospital

Sponsored by La Roche-Posay & CeraVe

Primary care clinicians play a vital role in the early diagnosis of blood cancers by being able to promptly test and refer patients presenting with suspicious symptoms. Unfortunately, myeloma patients can experience some of the longest delays to diagnosis, largely due to the vague and non-specific nature of myeloma symptoms. This session will present strategies, plus educational and clinical resources, that have been developed to achieve earlier diagnosis of myeloma and support GPs in their crucial role in the diagnosis of blood cancers.

Speakers:

Dr Fenella Willis, Consultant Haematologist, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sponsored by Myeloma UK

11:30 - 12:15

The inverse care law lives on in general practice. Our most deprived communities have the highest levels of physical and mental illness, but remain underfunded and under-doctored. This engaging session combines national policy with local action, considering how to tackle the inverse care law in general practice. You’ll hear about new research, gain an understanding of where problems are, what’s been tried already, and what might help. This interactive session will allow you to share your views and experiences, and hear from GPs working in national policy and in their own practices to improve outcomes for patients in deprived areas.

Speakers:

Dr Rebecca Fisher, GP, Senior Policy Fellow at the Health Foundation, The Health Foundation

Dr Rachel Steen, GP, Sheffield

CPD: Professional Topics

Trans, non-binary and gender-diverse people have existed since the dawn of time and throughout human history. There is an exponential increase in the number of trans people seeking care from GPs and gender identity clinics in the NHS. Most likely this is due to a better understanding, social acceptance and awareness of trans people in this country, but trans people are facing difficulties in their transition and assessing health care in the NHS. Most GPs feel the need to do the right thing for trans people but are unsure how to deliver. This session is an attempt to address that need.

Speakers:

Dr Danial Bennion-Leahy, GP & Speciality Doctor in Gender Identity, Adult Gender Identity Clinic – Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Kamilla Kamaruddin, GP, Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Medical Education

Hear more about weight management services: enhanced services in primary care to help identify patients, and Tier 3 referral options and service. During this session, Dr Pryke will also discuss treatment options for obesity.

Speaker:

Rachel Pryke, GP and Clinical Advisor for Obesity & Nutrition, Royal College of GPs

This is a promotional symposium sponsored by Novo Nordisk

Compared with the general population, those with severe mental illness (SMI) experience a reduced average life expectancy of 15 to 20 years – the so-called ‘mortality gap’. There are barriers to accessing health checks and poorly coordinated primary and mental healthcare services. We will share ideas about how to engage people (and their carers) with SMI to improve uptake of physical health checks, and, importantly, how primary care can intervene to reduce cardiovascular risk, support smoking cessation, sign-post to other services, including social prescribing.

Speakers:

Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham, Professor of General Practice Research, Keele University

Dr David Shiers, Retired GP, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Carer, Keele University

CPD: Clinical Topics 

The authors of Best ePoster in each category will present a short 3-minute presentation about their poster. This morning session will include winning posters submitted under Adolescent Health; Audit or Practice Survey; Clinical; Covid-19; Education; and Emerging Technologies.

In this session we will look at published NHS England Accelerated Access Collaborative Lipids Management and Statin Intolerance pathways. The session will explore some of the challenges in lipid management, current best practice and multidisciplinary approaches.

Speakers:

Dr. Rani Khatib, Consultant Pharmacist in Cardiology & Cardiovascular Clinical Research, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

This is a promotional symposium sponsored by AMARIN

A whistle-stop tour through the unique challenges of Adult Safeguarding. We will cover Safeguarding Principals & the Care Act 2014, the Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty & the new Liberty Protection Safeguards, Enduring Power of Attorney & will finish up discussing some of the different forms of abuse. I will provide plenty of anonymised cases throughout, to hopefully make it more interesting & clinically relevant

Speakers:

Dr Rowena Christmas, GP, Wye Valley Practice

CPD Essentials

12:25- 13:25
PLENARY: NHS QUESTION TIME

NHS Question Time is our popular version of the BBC TV debate show, in which a varied panel of guests is asked questions on the hot healthcare topics of the day by a live audience of GPs. It’s always a lively session and you can find a video of the 2019 session here

Chair: Dr Steve Mowle, RCGP Honorary Treasurer

Panellists (confirmed):
Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of RCGP Council
Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and Primary Care Director, NHS England
Dr Aarti Bansal, GP Founder of Greener Practice

Dr Hannah Barham-Brown, GP trainee, Deputy Leader of the Women’s Equality Party

13:25 - 14:25
LUNCH
13:35 - 13:50

Speakers:

Dr Noha Elshimy, Consultant Dermatologist, Chapel Allerton Hospital

Sponsored by La Roche-Posay & CeraVe

Further details to follow

14:00 - 14:15
14:25 - 15:10

This is your chance to meet the chairs of the RCGP Councils for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, and to put your questions directly on all the key issues of the day, with Professor Martin Marshall chairing proceedings.

Speakers:

Dr Laurence DormanChair, Northern Ireland, Royal College of GPs
Dr Mair Hopkin,Joint Chair, Wales, Royal College of GPs
Dr David ShacklesJoint Chair, Scotland, Royal College of GPs
Dr Chris WilliamsJoint Chair, Scotland, Royal College of GPs

Chair:

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair, Royal College of GPs

RCGP Priorities

Five million people will have their whole genome sequenced as part of the Our Future Health programme. Our speakers, facilitators and panel discussants will look at the clinical utility of Polygenic Risk Scores (PRS) in primary care, applied across cancer and cardiovascular health accrued through Our Future Health. We will discuss how PRS might be incorporated into risk stratification tools to support personalised care, the intervention necessary and what likely effect on disease prevention there might be. The work around the use of PRS on prostate cancer through the BARCODE study which recruited through primary care will provide good discussion areas.

Speakers:

Dr Jude Hayward, GPwSI in Clinical Genomics, Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust

Dr Imran Rafi, Reader in Primary Care and Genomics, St. George’s University, London

Dr Aya Ayoub, Chair, Chair RCGP Junior Doctors International Committee

CPD: Professional Topics 

A focused session sharing how to create content for your practice, network, or wider work including newsletters, podcasts, video and other forms of content to engage with patients and the wider public.

Speakers:

Dr Hussain Gandhi, GP, eGPlearning

Dr Andrew Foster, GP Partner, PCN CD, Federation Director, Parkside Medical Practice

GP Health and Wellbeing

Ovarian cancer continues to remain an enigma and challenging to diagnose.

With over 7,000 cases annually, and the deadliest of all gynaecological cancers, this session will focus on helping unravel the complexities of ovarian cancer presentation by providing practical recommendations using “the 3 S’s approach” – Serious need, Suspicious symptoms and Speedy referral.

Speakers:

Hilary Maxwell, Gynaecological Clinical Nurse Specialist, Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust

Dr Shibani Nicum, Consultant Medical Oncologist, UCLH London

Professor Ranjit Manchanda, Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist, Barts Health NHS Trust

This is a non-promotional meeting organised and funded by AstraZeneca, for UK healthcare professionals only. AstraZeneca have provided funding for the RCGP Annual Conference, however have had no input into the contents or arrangements except for the designated symposium.

The authors of Best ePoster in each category will present a short 3-minute presentation about their poster. This afternoon session will include winning posters submitted under Ethics; Innovation; International; Quality Improvement; Research; and Service Delivery.

In this session, we will look at published NHS England Accelerated Access Collaborative Lipids Management and Statin Intolerance pathways. The session will explore some of the challenges in lipid management, current best practices, and multidisciplinary approaches.

Speakers:

Dr. Rani Khatib, Consultant Pharmacist in Cardiology & Cardiovascular Clinical Research, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

This is a promotional symposium sponsored by AMARIN

This session aims to increase knowledge and understanding in managing and participating in emergency situations in the surgery.

Speakers:

Jenny Aston, RCGP AHP & Nurse Champion, Granta Medical Practice

CPD Essentials

15:10 - 15:55
BREAK
15:20 -15:35
15:55 - 16:40

The session will open with a provocation piece revealing the uncomfortable truths about GP workplace and return to work experiences, and will demonstrate how a groundbreaking return to work support service in East Anglia is now changing the whole conversation around GP retention and return, and proving highly successful. We will show that by meeting the unique needs of individual GPs, in a compassionate, caring and tailored support offer, the workforce needs of the wider system will ultimately be met.

GP Health and Wellbeing 

Eczema and acne are “bread and butter” problems mostly managed in primary care, but what is the latest evidence? In this practical session, we will cover common problems and what the latest research says about best practice for managing these conditions. Which emollients are worth trying first, what is the evidence around safe use of topical corticosteroids and is there a role for food allergy testing in eczema? Which topical agent is best for acne, where do oral antibiotics fit in and what other primary care treatment options are there?

Speakers:

Professor Miriam Santer, GP & Professor of Primary Care Research, University of Southampton

Dr Matthew Ridd, GP & Reader in Primary Health Care University of Bristol

CPD: Clinical Topics

The need to support, nurture and develop new colleagues, employed through the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) in England, could not be greater. Yet the current unprecedented challenges in primary care puts great pressure on the capacity of general practice to deliver this requirement. This session will explore the practicalities of delivering this clinical supervision at PCN level and share the Middlewood Partnership’s successful PCN-wide multidisciplinary evidence-based clinical supervision model.

Speakers:

Dr Andrew Maurice, GP Partner and Trainer, The Middlewood Partnership

Mr Alex Facey, Physician Associate, The Middlewood Partnership

Medical Education

RCGP Priorities

16:50 - 17:10
CLOSING PLENARY

Professor Amanda Howe OBE, President, Royal College of GPs