Sponsored Symposia

We have a wide range of learning opportunities in the exhibition hall and in dedicated sessions delivered by healthcare companies and charities keen to interact with the primary care audience and help develop their products and services for the benefit of patients.

Find out more about the many exhibitors and sponsors who will be available to meet in the exhibition hall in Glasgow.

Please note: All sponsored sessions at the Annual Conference are the views of the responsible organisation, not the RCGP, and have not been accredited for CPD by the RCGP. See full sponsorship guidelines here: The RCGP guidelines for sponsorship and funding

Symposium sponsored by Chiesi

Combination treatments in COPD: clinical evidence and best practice

Thursday 4 October, 13:00 – 13:45,  Aish

Professor Dave Singh, Professor of clinical pharmacology and respiratory medicine, University of Manchester

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Symposium sponsored by Edwards Lifesciences

Listen, Suspect, Refer: A guide to detecting heart valve disease

Thursday 4 October, 13:00 – 13:45,  Lomond Auditorium

Symptoms of valve disease are often missed or ignored, and usually very gradual in onset. The role of a GP is vital to ensure early diagnosis and referral and optimise the pathway to treatment for patients. This session will focus on aortic stenosis, the most common form of heart valve disease in the elderly, and offer guidance on how to detect it, including a refresher on auscultation skills covering all the major heart sounds and murmurs. A not-to-be-missed, interactive, and practical session to learn about the latest treatment guidelines so you can ‘listen, suspect, refer’ to support better patient outcomes.

Dr Yassir Javiad, Primary Care Cardiovascular Lead, East Midlands

Find out more about Edwards Lifesciences

Symposium sponsored by MSD

A practical guide on the National Shingles Immunisation Programme

Friday 5 October, 08:30 – 09:15, Lomond Auditorium

This session will: 

  • Provide an overview of shingles and its possible complications.
  • Provide understanding of the shingles National Immunisation Programme including eligibility criteria.
  • Discuss best practice examples of implementation of the programme at a local level.

Pauline MacDonald, Independent Nurse Consultant

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Symposium sponsored by Natural Cycles

Exploring the role of technology-based fertility awareness in contraception and family planning

Friday 5 October, 12:45 – 13:30, Lomond Auditorium

This session will present some of the evidence on user attitudes to modern contraceptive methods, in particular, the concerns expressed by some users about hormonal side effects, and about intrauterine contraception. In this context, it will consider traditional fertility awareness methods, their method of action and their failure rates, and introduce the NaturalCycles app, which makes use of fertility awareness to aid contraception. It will explain the method of action of the app, present data from published studies on the efficacy of the app, and consider its place in the choice of contraceptive methods in the 21st Century.

Dr Susan Walker, Senior Lecturer in Sexual Health, Angela Ruskin University

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Symposium sponsored by Novo Nordisk

Are you fit to tackle multimorbidity?

Friday 5 October, 12:45 – 13:30, Room 2

Chair Dr Rachel Pryke, RCGP Multimorbidity Champion
Talking the Talk

Professor Paul Aveyard
Can effective health and behavior change advice fit into a 10-minute consultation? The BWel study suggests YES! Paul will outline acceptable and effective brief interventions for weight control.

Walking the walk – Physical activity interactive session

Alan Skirving
Engaging people with complex health or mobility issues in increasing physical activities is a challenge. The greatest benefits arise from helping inactive people to start moving. Finding activities that people can do and enjoy is key. Social prescribing of activities such as Tai Chi may encourage physical activity in those who struggle with more vigorous activity. Come and try it in this interactive session.

Reaching the hardest to reach

Dr Carly Hughes 
How can you improve diabetes control, reduce osteoarthritis pain, treat liver disease and improve quality of life? Carly – a GP who also runs a specialist weight management service, managing complex patients with multimorbidity and severe obesity, will update us on treatments and clinical pathways for complex patients

Find out more about Novo Nordisk