Conference Programme 2018

Saturday 08.00 – 09.30

Registration and Refreshments

Saturday 09.30 – 10.30

Quality Improvement | G1

Collaborative quality improvement in GP clusters: the potential of SPIRE (Scottish Primary Care Information Resource)
QOF ended in Scotland in 2016 and all practices are now involved in local Quality Clusters. The SPIRE tool facilitates the extraction of primary care data for quality improvement activity, and this session will explore the possible uses of such data and technology, and share learning on the experience of data sharing between practices.

Room: Alsh


Chair: Dr Colin Hunter Chair, RCGP Trustee Board

Dr Jenny Bennison, Vice Chair, SIGN, Edinburgh GP
Dr Libby Morris, eHealth Lead Primary Care, Scottish Government Health Department, Edinburgh GP
Professor John Gillies, Deputy Director, Scottish School of Primary Care

Clinical Learning | G2

Safe prescribing in pregnancy
Prescribing during pregnancy is a common scenario for GPs and this session brings together experts to advise on avoiding the pitfalls, using case studies from general practice. Best practice in prescribing for renal disease, cardiac and rheumatic disorders, hypertension and epilepsy, will also be covered.

Clyde Auditorium


Chair: Professor Saad Shakir GP, Director of Drug Safety Research Unit
Paula Russell, Principal Pharmacist (Medicines Information), Regional Drug and Therapeutic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne
Jane Bass, Senior Pharmacist, Women’s Services, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Medical Education | G3

Developing practical leadership skills in GP trainees
Practical leadership training for GP registrars is expected to become a mandatory requirement within two years. This workshop will present the results of the pilot in south east Scotland for the new WPBA leadership assessments, and stimulate the audience to consider how they could introduce the teaching and assessment of practical leadership skills into their own practices.

Lomond Auditorium

Session fully booked


Chair: Professor Mayur Lakhani President, RCGP

Dr MeiLing Denney, MRCGP Chief Examiner, Assistant Director of GP Training, NHS Education for Scotland
Dr Steve Walter Head of School GP Training, HEE West Midlands
Dr Alan Johnstone, GP Associate Adviser, NHS Education for Scotland
Dr Nishma Manek, GP Registrar Cambridge, Vice Chair, RCGP AiT Committee

New Models of Care across the UK | G4

Homelessness and health: Innovations in primary care
This session takes an interactive look at the current status of homelessness and explores what GPs can do in daily practice to make significant improvements for these patients in accessing healthcare and addressing the health burden. An innovative, easily replicated approach from Harrogate will also be presented.

Room: Forth


Chair: Dr Mike Holmes Joint Vice Chair (Membership) RCGP Council

Dr Dariush Saeedi, GP co-lead for homelessness clinical champion project, Harrogate
Dr Joy Shacklock, RCGP Clinical Champion Good Practice Safeguarding
Dr Gemma Ashwell, GP working with vulnerable groups, Bradford

Campaigning for General Practice | G5

Supporting and using the skills and wisdom of later career and retired GPs
There is a problem with retention in general practice and this session will outline the work that the RCGP is doing to help late career and retired GPs, including innovative ways of encouraging them to continue to contribute to primary care, and exploring the barriers and challenges that need to be overcome to help keep this group engaged.

Room: Carron


Chair: Dr Mona Aquilina GP educator, Member, RCGP Later Career Working Group
Dr Bill Reith, Chair, Retired Members Working Group RCGP
Professor John Campbell, Professor of General Practice and Primary Care, University of Exeter
Dr Rebecca Viney, GP appraiser, Honorary Treasurer, RCGP NE London Faculty

Discovering General Practice | G6

Promoting general practice in Northern Ireland: Examples of innovation for encouraging students to ‘Think GP’
Since 2014 Northern Ireland GPs have been volunteering as Undergraduate Medical Champions to inspire and support students towards a career in general practice. Successful initiatives that can be replicated elsewhere have included voluntary electives in local practices and the creation of a pack of diverse GP career profiles.

Room: Boisdale


Chair: Dr Grainne Doran Chair, RCGP Northern Ireland
Dr Laurence Dorman, Deputy Chair (Policy), RCGP Northern Ireland
Dr Ursula Mason, GP Undergraduate Champion, RCGP Northern Ireland

Saturday 10.30 – 11.00


Saturday 11.00 – 12.35


Host’s Introduction: Dr Steve Mowle, Honorary Treasurer, RCGP
Prizes and Awards
Research Paper of the Year Interview with the winner
What will tomorrow’s patients need from tomorrow’s doctors? Professor Kamila Hawthorne, Vice-Chair (Professional Affairs), RCGP
Professor Graham Watt Emeritus (General Practice and Primary Care), University of Glasgow, founder of the Deep End Project, with Deep End GP Fellow Dr Lisa Robins
President’s Address: Professor Mayur Lakhani, President, RCGP

Annual Conference Closes 12.35

Student and Foundation Doctor Conference 12:35 – 17:00

Discovering General Practice

This afternoon series of sessions in the Loch Suite has been put together for student and foundation doctor delegates to discover general practice. Lunch will be provided before an inspiring afternoon of workshops, panel discussions and talks.

Opening Plenary: GP Question Time – The future of general practice


  • Clinical innovation | Evolving general practice

  • Lifestyle Medicine

  • GP at the Deep End

  • Academic GP | Primary Care Research

  • The Social Face of GP

  • Applying to General Practice

  • Remote & Rural General Practice

Closing Plenary: Cheek, Charm and Chance: Developing the right career for you

Refreshments 17:00