GP General Update 2022 Speakers

Giles Armstrong
Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Barts Health NHS Trust; United Kingdom

Giles Armstrong is a consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at the Royal London Hospital. He has been the Named Doctor for Children’s Safeguarding at the RLH since 2017 and the Clinical Director for Integrated Paediatrics (incorporating General & Community paediatrics at RLH & MEH) since 2018.
Dr Armstrong trained in Medicine at Cambridge and the Royal London and then trained in Paediatrics and Paediatric Emergency Medicine in Newcastle, London and Sydney.
After gaining his CCT he worked as a consultant at the Lewisham Hospital and then The Whittington hospital, before returning to the RLH in 2017.

Session Description: Bronchiolitis and Asthma in relation to the NICE guideline changes

Soumitra Burman-Roy
Consultant Psychiatrist and Primary Care Lead, Maudsley Learning; United Kingdom

Dr Soumitra Burman-Roy is a Consultant Psychiatrist currently working at the Sloane court clinic and is the Primary Care Lead for Maudsley Learning where he develops and delivers mental health training for Primary Care Practitioners.
In the NHS Dr Burman-Roy has worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist in both primary and secondary care mental health settings where he has assessed and treated a wide range of people with mental health disorders and difficulties. Working closely with local general practitioners and third-sector organisations he provided a holistic and patient-centred model of care.

Session description: ADHD referrals: How to manage the private practice referring people for drug treatments – is there any more information about what drugs they’re talking about? ADHD meds or others?

Nik Chopra
Job Title: GP with a special interest in Urology and Men’s Health; United Kingdom

Bio: Dr Nik Chopra qualified from University College London medical school and became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons London in 2012. After gaining medical and surgical experience in both Oxford and Sydney, Australia he returned to train as a Urologist at The Royal Marsden Hospital, University College London Hospital, and St George’s University Hospital. Whilst he trained in all aspects of Urology both male and female he took a particular interest in Prostate disease and Men’s Health.

Nik then moved into General Practice and kept a special interest in Men’s Health and Urology and continues to speak at national level conferences including both PULSE and MIMS to fellow primary care clinicians and has been heavily involved in educating programmes for primary care physicians. He has sat on expert panels and developed guidance for managing nocturia, publishing in the Trends In Urology Journal and has been part of a number of medical advisory boards developing new prostate cancer diagnostics and other treatments. He has produced educational videos and learning aids in the process and strives to share his expert knowledge in the field. He is currently the Education Secretary for the Primary Care Urological Society providing a platform and forum for healthcare staff to learn and understand more about the world of Urology

Session Description: Managing Bone Health for Prostate Cancer patients on ADT

Tahseen A. Chowdhury
Consultant in Diabetes, Honorary Professor in Diabetes, Department of Diabetes and Metabolism, The Royal London Hospital; United Kingdom

Tahseen Chowdhury is a Clinician in the Department of Diabetes and Metabolism at the Royal London Hospital, in the East End of London. He runs a large specialist Diabetes and Metabolism unit, dealing with diabetes particularly amongst the Bangladeshi community of Tower Hamlets. He has a research / clinical interest in diabetes in South Asians and diabetic kidney disease, and has authored many publications, including books entitled “Diabetes in South Asian people: Explained”, “Fatty Liver” and “Diabetes Management in Clinical Practice”. He also runs the metabolism programme for medical students at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London. He qualified from the University of Birmingham and trained in Birmingham and Manchester, before becoming a Consultant Physician in 2000.

Session Description: During this talk, Tahseen will aim to update you on important areas of progress in diabetes, particularly around new NICE guidelines for management of Type 2 diabetes, progress in inducing remission of Type 2 diabetes, and the use of newer technology in diabetes management.

Andrew Day
Consultant in Clinical Biochemistry and Metabolic Medicine, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Andrew Day trained in Chemical Pathology in London and Bristol. He now works as a consultant in clinical biochemistry and metabolic medicine at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, where he is currently Head of the Department of Clinical Biochemistry. He has clinical interests in lipids, diabetes and nutrition. Alongside his clinical work, Dr Day has a longstanding involvement in medical education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is co-author of two bestselling textbooks of clinical biochemistry. Education management roles have included Head of Postgraduate School of Pathology, Health Education England South West, RCPath Lead Examiner in Chemical Pathology and most recently RCPath Clinical Director of Examinations.

Session description: The session will cover the interpretation of abnormal results for some of the biochemistry tests that are most commonly requested from primary care, including abnormalities in sodium and potassium concentrations and calcium disorders. This will be a case-based approach but will also refresh participants’ knowledge of the underlying pathology, with the application of a systematic approach to investigation and diagnosis. The inclusion of interactive questions will enable attendees to explore and expand their existing knowledge and gain further confidence in their use and interpretation of lab tests.

Stephanie de Giorgio
GP, Urgent Care, NB Lecturer in Obesity, Women’s health and GP Updates; United Kingdom

Dr Stephanie de Giorgio is a GP who currently works within an urgent care setting. She has developed her knowledge in the science and management of obesity and has written the RCGP Obesity e-Learning modules and the Obesity Course for NB Medical. She is a founding member of All About Obesity, a new organisation for education and advocacy for people living with obesity and overweight. She uses her lived experience and educational expertise to ensure that healthcare professionals can understand the complex causes of obesity and the way that those working in primary care can provide evidence-based treatment for those affected.
Session description: During this session, you will learn the reality of the science of obesity including the causes, physiological changes and evidence-based treatments.
It will have a primary care focus to help you feel confident to have successful consultations with your patients who have overweight and obese, and it will educate you about the practical things we can do to help our patients within our practices

Claire Kaye
Executive Coach specialising in career development and former Portfolio GP

Dr Claire Kaye is an Executive Coach specialising in career development, a Keynote speaker, an Educationalist and former Portfolio GP. She spent 19 years working as an NHS doctor whilst simultaneously building and developing her extensive portfolio career. Claire has had varied roles including being a CQC inspector, presenting short medical education videos, setting up an award-winning nationally recognised housebound service for frail elderly patients and an advisor for a health tech company. She is an award-winning educationalist and since 2006, she has helped set up, establish and deliver the BMJ Masterclass and BMJ LIVE international conferences. To get in touch with Claire, have a look at her website or follow her on Instagram @drclairekaye_executivecoaching

Ahmed Kazmi
Locum Consultant Dermatologist, GP; United Kingdom

Dr Ahmed Kazmi MBChB MRCP (Derm) MRCGP is a dual accredited UK-trained consultant dermatologist and GP. He has a special interest in medical education and loves teaching dermatology to GP and non-dermatologist colleagues. He has a particular interest in hair disorders, skin of colour dermatology, psychodermatology and transgender health. He currently splits his time between Australia and England and is excited to be doing some UK consulting again now that the borders are open!

Session Description: In this session candidates will revise the common pathologies which can present with hair loss and how these are grouped. We will revise key points to cover in the history and how to perform a systemic examination of the scalp and hair. We will also touch on options for management. We will focus on the common non-scarring alopecias (patent, telogen effluvium and alopecia areata).

Dr Alex George
Welsh physician and television personality who serves as the UK Youth Mental Health Ambassador within the Department for Education.

Dr Alex is a Sunday Times bestselling author with his books Live Well Every Day for adults & A Better Day for children, and podcast host of Stompcast. He is a mental health advocate and the first U.K. Youth Ambassador for mental health.

Dr Angela Goyal
GP and Founder of Inspired Medics

Angela is a GP with an Extended Role in Dermatology and Skin Surgery and is accredited in these roles by the Royal College of General Practitioners. She is Clinical Lead for Community Dermatology at OneMedicalGroup.

Session Description:
How Lifestyle Medicine can enhance your Clinical Practice

Session description: This session will look at what the Lifestyle Medicine Specialty is and why it’s crucial to the modern health crisis epidemic. We will also look at how evidence based lifestyle interventions are a powerful additional tool in treating your patients and how to fit this into GP and specialist consultations using motivational interviewing

Dr Kevin Gruffydd Jones
GP Warminster Garrison Medical Centre, Wiltshire; United Kingdom

Kevin is a GP based in Box in Wiltshire. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School and University College Oxford and was an NHS GP partner for 35 years in Box. He is now a military GP locum looking after soldiers and their families. He is an ex-respiratory clinical champion and respiratory lead at the RCGP, and is a current clinical adviser. He sits on the policy committee of the Primary Care Respiratory Society and is the ex-education lead of the Group. He has sat on the NICE COPD and asthma guidelines and Clinical Standards committees and is currently a member of the NICE asthma Guidelines committee. He has published 60+research articles, mainly in COPD and asthma. Kevin is also a member of the national COPD and asthma audit board steering committee and British Thoracic Society Cough Guideline group. He is GPwsI in Sports Medicine and has served as medical officer to Bath Rugby Club, British Army and South-West England Rugby.

Session Description: This respiratory update will focus on recent developments in 3 high prevalence conditions in primary care using case histories:

  • Asthma: Asthma care is currently going through “The most important change in asthma management in 30 years.” The global asthma guideline and implications for UK primary care will be discussed.
  • Chronic cough: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the management of cough to the fore. The presentation will look at the new proposed British Thoracic Society Guidelines for the management of chronic cough in adults.
  • COPD: The session will provide a brief overview of COPD management in primary care and particular indications for the use of Inhaled corticosteroid therapy.

Toni Hazell
GP, E-learning Development Fellow, Royal College of General Practitioners and freelance writer; United Kingdom

Dr. Toni Hazell qualified from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School and did her VTS at Northwick Park Hospital. She is a GP in Tottenham. Toni has a strong academic background and works for the Royal College of GPs as an eLearning fellow and deputy medical director for eLearning. Her particular clinical interests include women’s health, HIV and sexual health; she is on the executive committee of the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum. She also writes CPD for a variety of organisations, is an appraiser and sits on the LMC for Haringey. When not at work, she is kept busy by her two young children; in the odd moment of spare time, her hobbies include running, playing the piano and trying to brush up on her foreign language skills.

Twitter: @tonihazellgp

Martin Leyland
Job Title: Consultant Ophthalmologist, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust; United Kingdom

Session description: Red eye: conditions, what GPs can treat themselves and when to refer, loss of vision and an interactive mini quiz: who is sent to eye casualty?

Clifford Lisk
Consultant Physician in Acute Medicine and Geriatric Medicine, Barnet hospital, Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Pan London Lead, Stage one Internal Medicine training, Lead Training Programme Director, North-central London, Health Education England, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, UCL Medical School; United Kingdom

Dr Clifford Lisk is a Consultant Physician in Acute Medicine and Geriatric Medicine at Barnet hospital, Royal Free NHS foundation trust in North London. He works in Acute Medicine with his colleagues with a focus on early Physician input into adult patients of all ages presenting to hospital. As part of this service, he provides Specialist Geriatrician input into older adults. He also works with General Practitioner colleagues, Community matrons, nurses and Allied Health professionals in Hertsmere providing a service to community dwelling older adults living with frailty. His main interests are in Medical Education where he is currently Pan London Lead for Stage one Internal Medicine Training (IMT), Health Education England, Quality Lead Specialty advisory committee, stage 1 IMT training Royal College of Physicians, Visiting lecturer to the Non-Medical prescribing programme at the University of Hertfordshire and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at UCL medical school. He is particularly interested in appropriate Medicines use in older adults particularly in relation to addressing inappropriate Polypharmacy and sits on the London Regional Medicines Optimisation Committee Polypharmacy group. Clifford Lisk is a Consultant Physician in Acute Medicine and Geriatric Medicine at Barnet hospital, Royal Free NHS foundation trust in North London. He works in Acute Medicine with his colleagues with a focus on early Physician input into adult patients of all ages presenting to hospital. As part of this service, he provides Specialist Geriatrician input into older adults. He also works with General Practitioner colleagues, Community matrons, nurses and Allied Health professionals in Hertsmere providing a service to community dwelling older adults living with frailty. His main interests are in Medical Education where he is currently Lead Training Programme Director for Internal Medicine Training (IMT) in North Central London, Health Education England, Quality Lead Specialty advisory committee, stage 1 IMT training Royal College of Physicians, Visiting lecturer to the Non-Medical prescribing programme at the University of Hertfordshire and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at UCL medical school. He is particularly interested in appropriate Medicines use in older adults particularly in relation to addressing inappropriate Polypharmacy and sits on the London Regional Medicines Optimisation Committee Polypharmacy group.

Philip Lodge
Palliative medicine consultant

I have been a consultant in palliative medicine at the Royal Free and Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead for 17 years, having trained as a GP before specialty training in North London. I am fortunate to work across a hospital, community and hospice which, I hope, gives me some awareness of the challenges for colleagues working in all settings. My areas of interest include medical education and the management of chronic pain.
I am happy to be distracted by most sports involving a ball and still kick one while ignoring my dodgy knees.

Session Description: Full description coming soon, but you can look forward to learning about managing common symptoms of advanced disease, advance care planning – acknowledging the challenges, dilemmas of end of life care at home, and anticipatory prescribing in the community.

Simon McLaughlin
Consultant Gastroenterologist at University Hospitals  Dorset

Dr Simon McLaughlin has been a consultant gastroenterologist for more than 10 years. He has undertaken research in inflammatory bowel disease and published over 20 papers and 3 book chapters. Simon’s clinic interests include all aspects of luminal gastroenterology, video capsule endoscopy (upper GI, small bowel and colon capsule) and advanced therapeutic colonoscopy.

Session Description: Investigation and management of diarrhoea, Coeliac disease mini masterclass, SBBO (small bowel bacterial overgrowth), Investigation and management of Iron deficiency anaemia, A brief overview of video capsule endoscopy. Other useful gastro tips and tricks

Nishchay Mehta
Ear, nose and throat surgeon, Royal National ENT Hospital; United Kingdom

Nish Mehta is a paediatric and adult ENT Consultant Surgeon at the Royal National ENT hospital, UCLH. He has a specialist interest in Otology and Auditory Implants. He has an honorary Associate Professorship at the Ear Institute, UCL, funded by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre where he undertakes clinical and data research on hearing health.

Session Description: The latest evidence, guidelines and pathways in the management of hearing and balance problems commonly seen in primary care such as wax, hearing loss, earache, ear discharge, tinnitus and especially dizziness. After taking part in this session, you will be able to appropriately manage common ear problems in primary care, and know when to refer to secondary care.

Angus Nightingale
Consultant Cardiologist and Senior Clinical Lecturer, Bristol Heart Institute

Angus Nightingale is a Consultant Cardiologist at the Bristol Heart Institute and Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Bristol. He leads teams in heart failure and hypertension; aiming to put into practice the insights from research to improve the quality and length of life of his patients. Dr Nightingale qualified as a doctor from Cambridge University. Working in Kerala, India, after completing medical training convinced him that cardiology was a fascinating subject combining academic and practical skills. He loves teaching and helping healthcare professionals and students grasp new ideas and find ways to continually innovate to enjoy our work as well as make it more effective.

In this session we will look at:
What are the new drugs in heart failure and how do i use them?
What to do with a patient with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction when the heart failure clinic doesn’t have capacity to see them?
How to achieve target BP in people with drug resistance or drug intolerances?
Which patients with high cholesterol do i need to refer?
whats new that i need to know about in AF and aortic valve disease?

Louise Price
GP with special interest in gynaecology; United Kingdom

Louise qualified from Bristol University in 2003. She completed 4 years as an Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialist trainee before changing career path to become a GP. She has maintained her interest and passion for women’s health and became accredited as ‘GP with Special Interest’ in gynaecology in 2013. She set up a successful community gynaecology clinic in west London where she worked for several years. She is now based in Bath as a GP but also works as a specialty doctor in gynaecology. Her main area of interest is menopause, and she works closely with Dr Sarah Gray and Dr Jane Davis as a board member for the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum.

Session description: Join this session to ask Women’s health experts your questions regarding menopause and HRT basics. Participate in discussions with your colleagues on pressing health matters surrounding menopause.

Philip Smith
Consultant neurologist, University Hospital of Wales; Co-editor, The Journal of Practical Neurology; Panel member, The NICE epilepsy guideline panel; United Kingdom

Dr. Phil Smith is a Consultant Neurologist at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. In addition to his clinical role, mainly in epilepsy, he co-edits the journal Practical Neurology, is the lead for undergraduate written assessments for Cardiff Medical School and is a member of the NICE epilepsy guideline panel. He was President of the Association of British Neurologists (2015–17) and of the UK Chapter of the International League Against Epilepsy (2008–11).

Session description: The clinical diagnosis of an epileptic seizure requires detailed history taking, including an eyewitness account.
In children and teenagers, interictal EEG, ideally within 24 hours after a first seizure, is particularly important. All patients who have had a suspected focal-onset seizure should undergo detailed MR imaging of the brain. A 12-lead ECG is essential following a first seizure or an unexplained blackout spell.
Patients who have had an epileptic seizure should be informed about factors that may provoke seizures (e.g., sleep deprivation and alcohol use), the risks of seizures and the legal restrictions on driving.
Data from long-term pragmatic trials suggest that the first-line medication for patients with focal-onset seizures is either lamotrigine or levetiracetam, although other reasonable options are available; for patients with generalised-onset seizures, the first choice is sodium valproate, except for women of reproductive age, in whom the first-line medication is usually levetiracetam.

Dr Richard Smith (Salisbury)
MBBS, FRCP, BSc, MSc Rheumatology, PGDip SEM

Dr Richard Smith is a consultant Rheumatologist at Salisbury Foundation Trust and visiting consultant to King Edward memorial hospital in the Falkland Islands. He trained in London and, following that, spent a year at the New South Wales Institute of Sports Medicine. He has sat on both the clinical affairs committee and education committee for the British Society of Rheumatology and the council and education committee for the British Institute of musculoskeletal medicine. He is junior secretary for the RSM Sports and Exercise Medicine council. He lectures for the BMJ Musculoskeletal, Rheumatology and General Masterclasses, He helped set up and run a dedicated psoriatic arthritis biologics clinic in Salisbury. He is an inaugural member of the Wessex Psoriatic disease network and is a member of GRAPPA (Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis) helping to create guidelines for co-morbidities in Psoriatic arthritis. In his spare time, he is the doctor to the World’s Strongest Man and Superstars tournaments.

Elspeth Wise
Job Title: Salaried GP, Talbot Medical Centre South Shields, Clinical Editor, South Tyneside Health Pathways; United Kingdom

Elspeth Wise currently works as a salaried GP in South Shields and as a Clinical Editor for South Tyneside’s Health Pathways site. She developed a special interest in musculoskeletal disorders during her GP training and went on to be awarded an Arthritis Research Campaign Educational Fellowship looking at GP registrars’ musculoskeletal education. Since then she has continued to maintain her interest by working in both hospital and community clinics, being an active member of the Primary Care Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine Society and representing primary care in different musculoskeletal initiatives.

Session Description: This session will cover the up-to-date management of back pain, shoulder pain, gout and tendon disorders.

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