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Chronic Conditions Month 2024

Join us for a series of interactive webinars and podcasts to help you optimise care for people with chronic conditions.

May 2024 13:00-15:00

What is it all about?

Research and development leads to new diagnostic technologies, innovative treatment options, and an ever-increasing evidence base – but clinical time, resources and staff are still limited. How do we ensure that a new guideline or a new therapy can be realistically implemented in everyday practice?

Join us for Chronic Conditions month 2024 for a close look at what the latest understanding of screening, diagnostic and treatment interventions means for a range of chronic conditions commonly seen in primary care. The series opens with a live debate where our faculty will explore the delicate balance between realistic and ambitious medicine, and between short-term affordability and long-term improvements in care.

A series of seven interactive clinical educational sessions follows, each one focusing on the most recent evidence, guidelines and developments in a different therapeutic area.

What does this series offer?

  • An introductory panel discussion on what new screening programmes and technological solutions mean for primary care clinicians in practice
  • A series of seven webinars covering a wide range of common long-term conditions:
  • Hear hot topics and latest updates on detection, diagnosis and management of the most common chronic conditions

    Watch a lively panel debate on balancing gold-standard care with the realities of working in the current healthcare climate

    Listen to podcasts on various topical issues in the management of chronic conditions

    Get your burning questions answered during live Q&As


    The Big Debate

    The Big Debate – Breaking boundaries or breaking the bank? Technology and innovation in medicine

    • Innovations in diagnostics and treatments: Improving care or spending money for the sake of it?
    • Incidentalomas due to improved imaging and screening programmes: Patient impact and management decisions
    • Can affordability in the short term be balanced with value in the long term?
    • “Value-based medicine” and “realistic medicine”: Are they not the same thing?
    • Using data and dashboards to go beyond highlighting areas of poor practice: Potential to emphasise areas needing investment or to promote good practice



    The advancing role of immunotherapy in cancer treatment

    • Comparing immunotherapy with more “traditional” cancer treatments
    • Managing cancer immunotherapy in Primary Care: When does cancer immunotherapy management need escalating?


    Health inequalities and cancer

    • The impact of health inequalities on:
      • The whole cancer pathway
      • Underserved populations: The role of tailored support

    Mental Health

    Cost effective medicine for mental health: What works?

    • Dementia prevention: The role of medication versus other interventions
    • Treatments for depression: Recently developed medication versus exercise
    • Cost effective treatments for other conditions (e.g. erectile dysfunction, type 2 diabetes)

    Hot topics in mental health

    • Acute psychiatric symptoms in children and young people
    • Post-COVID cognitive deficits
    • American Geriatrics Society (AGS) 2023 Updated AGS Beers Criteria® for potentially inappropriate medication use in older adults
    • Treatment options for depression



    Hot topics in cardiovascular disease, part 1

    • ‘Weird and wonderful’ electrocardiograms (ECGs)
    • Menopause and women’s cardiovascular health

    Hot topics in cardiovascular disease, part 2

    • Using artificial intelligence to interpret ECGs



    Hot topics in the respiratory world – part 1

    • New guidance on diagnosis and care for people with asthma and COPD

    Hot topics in the respiratory world – part 2

    • Essential updates on the management of cough and breathlessness



    The “5 S’s”: Benefits of physical behaviours in type 2 diabetes and how to empower people to make changes

    • A look at the 24-hour physical activity and sleep recommendations from the ADA/EASD consensus statement 2022
    • The cardiometabolic benefits of changing physical behaviours such as prolonged sitting
    • Which exercise has the greatest impact on cardiometabolic risk, and what is the evidence for 10,000 steps a day?

    Case studies in diabetes

    • Managing complex cases of type 2 diabetes, with a focus on cardio-renal-metabolic risk reduction
    • Two illustrative case studies discussing work-up and management


    Management of obesity: Primary care update

    • Obesity in the UK: statistics, impact, assessment and current options in management
    • The effects of lifestyle intervention and weight management on diabetes prevention and sustained glycaemic control: results of clinical trials
    • Summary of significant advances in the medical treatment of obesity

    Managing the obese/overweight patient: a case study

    • Practical tips for assessing the ideal weight loss plan for the individual patient
    • The 5 As of the consultation: Ask, Assess, Advise, Agree, Assist



    Improving the care of people with chronic kidney disease (CKD)

    • Treatment approaches to prevent or delay progression of CKD and the role of Primary Care
    • Developing an integrated approach to the management of people with CKD (e.g. new models of care, optimising patient education, addressing multiple long-term conditions and healthcare inequalities)

    Removing barriers to the care of people with CKD

    • Removing the barrier of hyperkalaemia to optimisation of CKD

    The Chronic Conditions Faculty

    Kashif Ali

    GP Partner and Primary Care Lead for Diabetes MCN

    Kashif qualified in 2001 from the University of Glasgow and has been practicing as a GP since 2005. He is currently a partner at the Nithsdale Merryvale Group and primary care lead for Diabetes in NHS Glasgow. He is a GP trainer and a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion.

    Kashif has an interest in Obesity and hold SCOPE (Strategic Centre for Obesity Professional Education) certification.

    Peter Bagshaw

    GP and NHS Somerset Clinical Lead for Mental Health, Autism, Learning Disability and Dementia

    Peter Bagshaw has been a GP for over 30 years. He has held posts as Senior Clinical Fellow at the Department of Primary Care at Bristol University, the national Improvement and Assessment Framework Board and the Director of the South West Dementia Clinical Network. He is a co-author of the NHS publication “Older Persons Mental Health, a Practice Primer” and author of “Daggers of the Mind”, a novel, as well as being a regular contributor to Pulse and other magazines.

    He is NHS Somerset Clinical Lead for Mental Health, Autism, Learning Disability and Dementia, and the national clinical coordinator of the DEMON network which uses AI to improve dementia research.

    His outside interests include painting, Shotokan Karate and quantum mechanics.

    Sarah Davies

    GPwSI in Diabetes, Cardiff

    Sarah is a GP in Cardiff with a special interest in diabetes. She qualified at the University of Wales College of Medicine in 2003 and initially trained as a physician, before making the move into general practice and never looked back! She has continued her interest in diabetes and presents regularly on the subject to colleagues at local and national meetings. She is passionate about general practice, particularly great quality diabetes care in the primary care setting.

    She is the Clinical Director for Diabetes in primary care for Cardiff and Vale UHB and All Wales lead for diabetes in primary care. She is a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion, Primary Care Diabetes Society committee member and a presenter for NB Medical Hot Topics, leading their diabetes course.

    Steve Holmes

    GP, Shepton Mallet and Clinical Respiratory Lead, NHS England South West and NHS Somerset

    Steve has been a GP partner since 1989 and continues working clinically 5 sessions per week. He is a passionate generalist – but has a respiratory specialist interest. Steve has worked nationally and internationally on respiratory issues – and has more than 200 publications on respiratory topics. He has been involved in national and international guidelines and has worked to promote good quality care for people with long term conditions. He works on educational issues in primary and secondary care – and has regular involvement with Asthma and Lung UK as well as more local patient groups in encouraging change in practice.

    He has worked in service development since fundholding in the 1990s through many changes and remains passionate to make a difference.

    Steve enjoys music, running, watching rugby and time spent with his wife and two daughters.

    Dr Yassir Javaid

    GPwSI Cardiology, Northampton

    Dr Javaid qualified from Cambridge University and completed his VTS training in Northampton. He has a specialist interest in cardiology and echocardiography and was a clinical lead in the Northamptonshire Community Cardiology service, which had a focus on patients with heart failure and valve disease.

    He was named Pulse “GP of the Year” in 2015 for his work in reducing stroke emergency admissions in the East Midlands. He is on the editorial board for the British Journal of Cardiology.

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