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Conference: Towards a Safer Journey in Older Age

RCPE Symposium Edinburgh

Date: Wednesday, 15 March 2017


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
9 Queen Street,


As the population ages and frailty becomes more prevalent, maintaining health is as important as ever. Often overlooked by doctors simple measures in basic care of vision, hearing and oral health can benefit greatly. When things do go wrong it is important that we keep our patients as safe as possible on their journey through hospital, balancing that with independence, enablement and person-centred care. We plan to explore the journey of one 84 year old lady from the measures we can utilise outside hospital to maintain wellbeing through common issues that many older people face within hospital and back home again, all the time trying to make sure that the patient remains as safe as possible.

Dr Matt Thomas
Chair of the Organising Committee


Organising Committee members:
Dr Matt Thomas, Chair (Poole)
Dr Amir Ahmad (West Bromwich)
Dr Clare Bostock (Aberdeen)
Dr Gordon Duncan (Edinburgh)
Dr Hui Sian Tay (Aberdeen)
Dr Joseph Kwan (Hong Kong, China)
Dr Olivia Davies (Poole)

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Wednesday 15 March 2017


Registration and Coffee


by Professor Derek Bell, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Session 1 - Maintaining health 

Chair: Ms Dawne Garrett, Lead Nurse for Older People, Royal College of Nursing 

“Mrs Stewart is 84 years old and is keeping well in her own home, in the face of sensory impairment.”


Sensory impairment: vision
Dr Michael Gavin,Consultant Ophthalmologist, Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow
* common problems * latest treatments for older people * aids and adaptations 


Sensory impairment: hearing 
Ms Varda Hood, Audiologist, Aberdeen 
* communication tips * hearing aids for the uninitiated * other tips and tools


Oral health
Professor Angus Walls, Director of the Dental Institute, University of Edinburgh
* I have my own teeth * oral function and foods choice * dry mouth and dysgusia


Coffee / tea

Session 2 - Getting it right when things go wrong

Chair: Dr Matt Thomas, Consultant Geriatrician, Poole Hospital NHS Trust

“Mrs Stewart falls and sustains a fracture.  She is admitted to hospital and complications ensue.”


Hip fracture/ osteoporosis update
Dr Roger Jay, Consultant in Geriatric & General Medicine, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals  
* national hip fracture database update * latest treatment options


Anaesthetic assessment of the older person
Dr Irwin Foo, Consultant Anaesthetist, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
* frailty and anaesthesia * predicting risk * post-operative confusion


Latest developments in stroke
Professor Tom Robinson, Professor of Stroke Medicine, University of Leicester 
* clot retrieval * computerised tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at presentation * national clinical guideline update as it applies to older people update



Session 3 - Recovery from illness

Chair: Professor Marion McMurdo, Emeritus Professor of Ageing and Health, University of  Dundee

“Mrs Stewart is keen to optimise her recovery.”


Intravenous fluid use in the older adult
Dr Graeme Hoyle, Consultant Physician, NHS Grampian* NICE guidance
* common problems in the older patient * common errors in fluid prescription 


Nutrition and sarcopenia
Dr Helen Roberts, Associate Professor & Honorary Consultant in Geriatric Medicine, University of Southampton
* risk factors for sarcopenia * nutrition and its relationship to illness * access to food in hospital


Chair: Professor Derek Bell, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Keeping strong: rehabilitation – in hospital or at home
Dr Adam Gordon, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Nottingham
* evidence for rehab at home * evidence for rehab in hospital



Session 4 - Keeping safe

Chair: Dr Clare Bostock, Consultant Geriatrician, NHS Grampian


Keeping safe – Trainee talk 1 
Speaker details TBA


Keeping safe – Trainee talk 2
Speaker details TBA


Keeping safe – Trainee talk 3 
Speaker details TBA





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Online booking for this event closes on Monday 13 March 2017 but places may still be available after that date - please contact the Symposium Co-ordinator for further information.

An early bird discount applies until Tuesday 14 February 2017.

Registration fees


Early Bird fee
until Tues 14 Feb 

from Wed 15 Feb 

Standard fee



RCPE Fellow



RCPE Collegiate / Associate / Foundation Member



Nurse / AHP / Pharmacist / Postgraduate student



Retired FRCPE, including lunch



Retired FRCPE, no lunch



Medical student (refundable deposit)



Medical student – deposit refunded to those who attend the event.

Unpaid post – Nil, if confirmation of status provided – please contact the Symposium Co-ordinator.

Long term / other leave – Fellows and Members, please contact the Symposium Co-ordinator as some discretion may be available.

Collegiate and Associate Members of the RCPE in clinical research posts may be eligible for funding - please contact the Symposium Co-ordinator for further information.

Trainees – Scotland Deanery medical specialty trainees can attend any number of eligible symposia for a one-off payment from their study leave budget (block grant scheme).

Further details can be obtained from the Event Co-ordinator.

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Further Info

This event is open to all grades of medical, health care and scientific staff and to students. If you are unsure about eligibility, or the correct fee category, please contact the RCPE member of staff responsible for the event (see Fees page).

All relevant events are approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). A certificate of attendance with CPD information will be issued electronically to individual delegates via email. Please note - certificates can only be issued to attendees who have signed against their name on the CPD Register/Delegate List available at each event and completed feedback forms have been received.

Please note that on occasion event programmes may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

A professional photographer may be in attendance at this event. Photographs may be used by the College in digital and printed publicity material. If you do not wish to be photographed, please let a member of staff know at the registration desk.


As a listed building, the College has restricted disabled access. A wheelchair lift is provided at the rear of the College giving access to the Conference Centre and the main historic rooms, but not all of the smaller rooms used for educational events. For further information and assistance please contact the RCPE Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

An induction loop system is available in the conference centre and Great Hall

Accommodation and Directions to the College

The College has negotiated special rates with a number of local hotels.

Download pdf map and directions

Bicycle racks are available for cyclists at the door to 8 Queen Street. For access to further bicycle racks, please ask at reception.

Local walking routes

Three short walks can be enjoyed from the College. So if you are visiting us, why not explore the local area. Details can be found at Medal Routes.

Commercial Sponsorship

Many events are supported by commercial companies taking stand space. Health professionals and NHS managers are invited to visit the company stands during the breaks. Companies interested in sponsoring this, or other events listed on the Calendar, should contact the Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

Exhibitors/sponsors play no part in the planning or delivery of the event and the College has developed an Ethical Sponsorship Policy to support organising committees and committee chairs in their negotiations with potential commercial partners for education and other events.


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