GP General Update, London February 2017

Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th February 2017

Audience: GPs, Practice Nurses, Training grades

Our GP General Update event features a programme of expert speakers who will keep you up to date in 12 core clinical topics and earn you 12 CPD credits for your appraisal (6 points per day).

Taking place across two days, each clinical session incorporates real-life case studies, interactive polls and practical demos to bring you the latest evidence, new developments and guidelines in primary care.

Key features:

  • Expert speakers who give you practical tips on how to interpret the latest guidelines and evidence in your practice
  • GP workbook of top tips from our expert speakers
  • Interactive voting - make decisions on cases as you would in your practice and see if your peers and our speakers agree
  • Dedicated question time with the experts – quiz them on a tricky condition, or get advice on how to manage a specific patient
  • The opportunity to discuss key topics with other GP's

Additional benefits:

  • Pre event PDF of slides. We make the presentations available in advance of the course, so you can have a look through what will be discussed, consider any questions you would like to ask our experts and bring them along to the event on your tablet or laptop. 
  •  BMJ Learning and BMJ Best Practice - all delegates will receive a 6 month subscription to access hundreds of CPD modules on BMJ Learning and clinical decision support with BMJ Best Practice.

We hope to welcome you to a GP General Update soon!

Early Bird discount available until Wednesday, 18 January 2017 

Fee (Incl. of VAT)Early bird (One Day)Full Fee (One Day)Early bird (Both Days)Full fee (Both Days)

Prices are per delegate, per day. If you are having difficulty booking online, you can also register over the phone on 0207 111 1105 or by downloading a postal booking form and returning it to BMJ Contact Centre, 12th Floor, Southgate House, Wood Street, Cardiff, CF10 1GR.

BMA member: Doctor £149 £199 £298 £398
Doctor (standard) £249 £299 £498 £598
BMA Member: GP trainee / Recently qualified £99 £149 £198 £298
GP trainee / Recently qualified / Nurses £149 £199 £298 £398
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Course Details

Date: Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th February 2017

Start Time: 9.30am

End Time: 4.45pm

Audience: GPs, GP trainees and practice nurses

Location: BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JR

Map of BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JR

Course Benefits:

Track Your Learning guides

6 month subscription to BMJ Best Practice

CPD certificate of attendance

Comprehensive digital course handbook

Dedicated Q&A with the experts

Networking breaks

CPD points available

Counts towards your Revalidation

Delegate testimonials

"Excellent, enthusiastic, entertaining speakers who made the information relevant to GP work" (April 2016)

"Liked the interactive questions so you can see where you are in relation to general opinion/knowledge and help identify very important gaps/misconceptions" (April 2016)

"Excellent speakers , very relevant topics , great handbook . I will be back!" (April 2016)

"Of all the course I attend, I feel BMJ Masterclasses are the most tailored to the needs of the GP" (April 2016)

Day One: GP General Update

Topics to be covered
0830 - 0930
Registration and refreshments
0930 - 0945
Welcome and introduction by the chair
0945 - 1035
Respiratory medicine
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Identification and management of pre-diabetes
  • Drug treatments
End of Life Care
  • Identifying patients entering end of life
  • Symptom control
1345 - 1435
Clinical genetics
  • Familial breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer

(including BRCA, hereditary bowel cancer, who to refer and how)

Mental health
  • Depression
  • Substance Misuse
1545 - 1635

Case based quiz

Summary and closing remarks
Programme subject to change. Further speaker details to be announced in due course

This event may be supported by the pharmaceutical industry via provision of exhibition stands and optional short talks in the exhibition area during lunch. There will be no sponsored symposium. For more information on how BMJ Masterclasses work with sponsors please see our commercial opportunities page.

Day Two: GP General Update

Topics to be covered
0830 - 0930
Registration and refreshments
0930 - 0945
Welcome and introduction by the chair
0945 - 1035
Musculoskeletal medicine
  • Review of new NICE guidelines on low back pain and sciatica
  • Identification of inflammatory back pain
  • What's new in osteoporosis
Men's Health
  • Prostate problems
  • UTIs in men
Care of the Older Person
  • Falls
  • Polypharmacy
1345 - 1435

Session summary to be confirmed

Adolescent health
  • Adolescence a vital developmental stage- including latest research on brain development.
  • Anorexia- an evidence based approach
  • Transition - life stages and within the health care system
  • Making your practice young people friendly
1545 - 1635

Case based quiz

Summary and closing remarks
Programme subject to change. Further speaker details to be announced in due course

This event may be supported by the pharmaceutical industry via provision of exhibition stands and optional short talks in the exhibition area during lunch. There will be no sponsored symposium. For more information on how BMJ Masterclasses work with sponsors please see our commercial opportunities page.

Alam Hannan

Alam Hannan :

Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist - Head & Neck Surgeon, Royal National Throat, Nose & Ear Hospital

Mr Hannan is a consultant at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, the UK’s largest ear, nose and throat service, which is recognised internationally as a centre of excellence, unique in the breadth of ENT knowledge and subspecialties represented on one site. He delivers a full general elective and emergency ENT service for adults and children, and collaborates to provide subspecialised rhinology and facial plastic surgery. Mr Hannan also leads his Trust’s community ENT service, and is thereby committed to improving education, links and pathways between primary and secondary care.

Dr Cat Chatfield

Dr Cat Chatfield :

GP and Editor in Chief, BMJ Quality Improvement Reports

Cat is a GP in Kent with interests in medical education and quality improvement. She has previously been a Darzi leadership fellow and worked at London Deanery developing a variety of projects for doctors in training. She is the Editor of BMJ Quality Improvement Reports.

Dr Claire Kaye

Dr Claire Kaye :

Claire Kaye is a GP in Hertfordshire. She has been involved in medical education for over 10 years mainly for UCL and BMJ Masterclasses. She has won 5 awards in medical education from UCL and has a particular interested in Falls and Frailty in the elderly population. As a result she has set up and runs a service for housebound patients at her surgery. Claire is also a CQC inspector.

Dr Hilary Pinnock

Dr Hilary Pinnock :

General Practitioner, Whitstable Medical Practice, Estuary View Medical Centre

Dr Pinnock is a Reader with the Allergy and Respiratory Research Group, University of Edinburgh, and a GP in Whitstable, Kent. Her research interests focus on the delivery of respiratory care within the ‘real-life’ primary care setting including implementing supported self-management for asthma, telephone reviews for asthma, telehealth for monitoring respiratory disease, and supportive care for people with COPD. She is actively involved with the International Primary Care Respiratory Group, and the Primary Care Respiratory Society UK. Hilary chairs the self-management evidence review group of the BTS SIGN asthma guideline, and contributed to the COPD Outcome Strategy

Dr Marian Davis

Dr Marian Davis :

Until March 2016, Marian was a GP for over 30 years, working in a very rural part of Herefordshire. She has a longstanding interest in adolescent health particularly the areas of access, hard to reach groups and transition. Dr Davis ran a dedicated clinic in her own practice for over 20 years which was well supported by young people and their parents. Between 1999 and 2013 she set up a series of clinics in secondary schools providing comprehensive primary care. She has been a member of the special interest group at RCGP since 1995 and its chair for over two years. She is now a volunteer with Doctors of the World and working with the Margaret Pike Trust towards developing youth friendly services in Uganda.

Dr Mark Salter :

Consultant in adult general and community psychiatry, East London and the City Mental Health NHS trust

Mark Salter has been a consultant in adult general psychiatry in East London since 1994. He is responsible for the provision of both inpatient and community care in a deprived inner city area. Day-to-day work involves a diverse range of psychiatric disorders, including depression, schizophrenia, personality disorder and organic cerebral syndromes. His areas of special interest include the primary/secondary care interface, the ethics and philosophy of psychiatry, risk and the stigmatisation of those with mental illness. Dr Salter teaches about mental illness and has published extensively on the subjects of substance misuse, schizophrenia, mental health legislation and community care. In September 2006 he was consultant adviser to a TV programme on bipolar disorder. His first book, Outdoor Psychiatry, coauthored with Dr Trevor Turner, was published in January 2008.

Dr Matthew Fay

Dr Matthew Fay :

GP, Westcliffe Medical Practice

Dr Matthew Fay is General Practitioner who joined Westcliffe Medical Practice in 1999. This has developed in to the Westcliffe Group of practices and he is now based at The Willows in Queensbury since 2014. In 2001 he established a GPwSI cardiology service which has expand and now provides services to the services to Ilkley and Queensbury. He was a member of the NICE AF Guideline Development Group and is a standing committee member of NICE Quality Standard Advisory Committee. He is currently an Executive of the Atrial Fibrillation Association, STARS (the Syncope Trust), Arrhythmia Alliance, Anticoagulation Europe, on the Expert Advisory Panel for the Stroke Association, the faculty for Heart Valve Voice and a Trustee of ThrombosisUK. As a father of four he insists that he is first and foremost a family doctor, spending the majority of his time seeing people in the setting of a general practitioner.

Dr Philip Lodge

Dr Philip Lodge :

Philip Lodge has been a consultant in palliative medicine for 11 years, working in a teaching hospital, the community and a hospice. He trained as a GP before entering specialty training in palliative medicine and is married to a GP who reminds me often how things are in the real world. Dr Lodge has an interest in chronic pain management and the long term use of opioids. He also greatly enjoys teaching and training both undergraduate students and junior doctors and is a Foundation Training Programme Director at the Royal Free Hospital.

Dr Richard Smith

Dr Richard Smith :

Consultant in Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine and Tutor, Salisbury Hospital, Salisbury and British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine

Dr Richard Smith is a consultant rheumatologist at Salisbury Hospital. He trained in London and then spent a year at the New South Wales Institute of Sports Medicine. Dr Smith runs a multidisciplinary musculoskeletal and sports medicine clinic every week. He sits on the BSR clinical affairs committee, the BIMM council, UK MSK diploma council (for which he also examines) and RSM Sports and Exercise Medicine council. He lectures on the BMJ masterclass circuit and for the BSR Primary Care Society and the RCGP. Dr Smith has also written a musculoskeletal chapter for e learning for the RCGP. In his spare time he is doctor to the World's Strongest Man and Superstars tournaments.

Dr Sanjay Suman

Dr Sanjay Suman :

Consultant Physician and Clinical Lead, Elderly Care, Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Sanjay Suman received higher specialist training in General Medicine and Geriatrics in East Anglia Deanery and was appointed as a Consultant Physician in 2007. He has special interest in Falls and syncope, management of acute frailty, Polypharmacy reduction and Community Geriatrics. He has established a Falls and Syncope service at Medway and more recently an Acute Frailty Pathway at Medway NHS Foundation Trust. He has been working in the community with a Pharmacist in care homes to successfully reduce the prevalence of Polypharmacy in this setting.

Professor Mike Kirby

Professor Mike Kirby :

GP, Letchworth, Hertfordshire and Visiting Professor, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care, University of Hertfordshire

Mike Kirby qualified at St Mary's Hospital, London before working as a cardiology registrar and hospital practitioner at the QEII Hospital, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. He has been a GP and vocational trainer in Letchworth, Hertfordshire since 1973 and has been the director of HertNet (The Hertfordshire Primary Care Research Network) since 1998. He is currently visiting professor to the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire and attending physician to the Prostate Centre, London. Professor Kirby is an associate member of the British Association of Urological Surgeons and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. His editorial responsibilities include the British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease, the British Journal of Cardiology, Geriatric Medicine, Trends in Urology and Men’s Health and the International Journal of Clinical Practice. He also holds membership of several NHS advisory boards. He has published more than 300 clinical papers and 30 books. His special interests include cardiology, diabetes, osteoporosis, men's health and urology, and education.