Clinical CPD programme finalised for RCGP Annual Conference 2016

The RCGP has finalised the clinical learning programme for the 2016 annual conference in Harrogate, covering a wide range of key CPD topics for GPs.

Harpal Kumar of Cancer Research UK on the role of GPs (Glasgow 2015)
Harpal Kumar of Cancer Research UK on the role of GPs (Glasgow 2015)

Upto 1,600 GPs are expected to attend the conference from 6-8 October 2016, with its clinical programme proving a major attraction. The ten streams of concurrent sessions include Clinical Learning, Clnical Challenges and Mental Health Focus.

Clinical Learning

Essential Knowledge Updates and Challenges for 2016 – produced by GPs for GPs

The RCGP’s EKU programme focuses on new and changing knowledge which is central to everyday general practice and impacts on patient care. This is the first live EKU seminar at the annual conference, which will highlight the 6-8 most impactful modules on day-to-day general practice from EKU releases in 2016, plus top tips and hot topics.

Advances in gynaecological management in primary care

Management of women with gynaecological problems is now predominantly medical rather than surgical and the care of these women is moving increasingly into the community. This session will aim to energise their management in primary care, including menopause, cervical screening, contraception, prolapse and incontinence.

What’s new in respiratory medicine in 2016? Top tips for management in primary care

About 25% of primary care consultations are respiratory related. This session will present new findings from national guidelines and research, and interpret these in practical ways that can be used in clinical practice. Conditions covered will include asthma, COPD and respiratory infections.

Whose illness is it anyway? The new NICE guidance on multimorbidity

Between 30-80% of GP consultations are with people who have multiple long-term conditions, and more than half of acute medical admissions are for people with multiple morbidities. This session will explore this growing problem and give delegates a valuable insight into the new NICE guidance ‘Multimorbidity: clinical assessment and management’, due in September 2016.

Dermatology: Practical tips on diagnosis, treatment and management in primary care

Up to 20% of GP consultations have a dermatological element but GPs receive little or no training in dermatology. This interactive session aims to build confidence in diagnosis and treatment, covering new ideas in eczema management, antibiotics and acne, infections and cellulitis, and lesion recognition and dermoscopy.

The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme: Supporting behaviour change in those at high risk of type 2 diabetes

The NHS DPP is being rolled out nationally to help individuals with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This session will share current and emerging evidence of what works in prevention, and share learning and case studies from the demonstrator sites.

Clinical Challenges

Chronic kidney disease: Overdiagnosis or undertreatment? Getting it right for our patients

This presentation on the recognition and management of CKD will embrace controversy, debate the subject and offer practical evidence and advice for GPs to optimise care for individual patients. Two clinical speakers will give different perspectives alongside a patient expert/advocate.

Towards better care of dementia in the community

Primary care professionals are facing daily challenges caring for patients with cognitive impairment and/or dementia. This interactive workshop will provide updates on research in dementia, in the pre-diagnostic, diagnostic and post-diagnostic phases, and discussion will focus on ensuring optimal management of these often complex individuals.

Stopping Over-Medication of People with Intellectual Disability (STOMP-ID)

Psychotropic drugs, and particularly antipsychotics, are overused in people with intellectual disability and evidence suggests they are being used as a ‘chemical restraint.’ Many GPs oversee their management and prescribing, and this workshop will provide the knowledge and resources to confidently review prescribing in this group of patients.

Mental Health Focus

Safe and sound: Reducing risk in vulnerable patients

This session guides GPs through the main legal and regulatory frameworks surrounding the complex issues of safeguarding and incapacity. We will use an MDDUS case study to explore the many challenges, from patient consent to communicating with family and carers, and suggest practical ways in which GPs and practice managers can successfully handle these situations and minimise the risk of patient harm and practice complaints.

The generalist awakens: revitalising your mental health consultations

Our model of care offers individually tailored assessment and management of common mental health problems, helping GPs to reconnect with their generalist values and professional identity. This interactive workshop uses role play to translate our research findings into practical support for clinicians.

To prescribe antidepressants or not? The science and the craft

GPs are the main prescribers of SSRIs but at least 20-30% of patients do not respond to standard treatments and concordance is low. This session introduces some rules of thumb, as well as an effective, evidence-based algorithm for GP prescribing of antidepressants.

The acceptability of metaphors in the management of people with Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS)

Metaphors can be used to convey the complex principles of CBT, making them easier for the patient to understand and the practitioner to use. They encourage the patient to view their symptoms – and respond to them – differently. This workshop will discuss the acceptability of these metaphors, and how they can be used in consultations.

View the full Clinical Learning programme or find out more about the RCGP Annual Conference and book your place in Harrogate

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