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Gastroenterology Conference

RCPE Symposium Edinburgh

Date: Wednesday, 15 November 2017


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
9 Queen Street,


The last decade has seen further advances in diagnostics and therapy in gastroenterology and hepatology. However, there remain many challenges in implementing the best possible care in clinical practice and adapting to manage a growing burden of chronic, complex disease in a resource-constrained health service.

This symposium brings together experts from across the specialty to provide new insights into the management of conditions from upper gastrointestinal bleeding, to complex functional gastrointestinal disease. The day will provide an opportunity to learn from experiences of treating GI diseases elsewhere in the world, as well as how innovation in Scotland is facilitating chronic disease management in remote communities.

We anticipate the content will be relevant for a diverse audience, including general physicians, GPs, gastroenterologists, medical trainees and students.

Dr Nick Kennedy
Chair, Organising Committee

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Wednesday 15 November 2017


Registration and Coffee


by President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Session 1 - Quality improvement and service delivery

Chair: Dr Stuart Paterson, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Forth Valley Royal Hospital


Novel anticoagulants: management of bleeding risk in the real world
Dr Lyn Smith, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Glasgow Royal Infirmary
*acute management of GI bleeding * when to stop them for elective endoscopy * can we reduce the bleeding risk


Gastrointestinal bleeding: implementing the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) guidelines
Professor Erika Denton, Associate Medical Director, Honorary Professor of Radiology, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
*overview of the document *patient safety *delivery of the guidelines in the context of financial constraints


Managing pancreatic lesions
Dr Norma McAvoy, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
*classifying pancreatic lesions * follow up * when to discharge


Using the 2017 Inflammatory Bowel Disease Guidelines to improve patient care
Dr Nick Kennedy, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS  Foundation Trust


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Session 2 - Looking to a realistic future

Chair: Dr Nick Kennedy, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust


Realistic medicine: how do we deliver population-based improvements in gut and liver health?
Dr Alan Clarke, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow
*preventative medicine in gastroenterology * delivering GI services in a 21st century NHS * the Delivering Outpatient Integration Together (DOIT) programme


Chair: President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Innovation in endoscopy: bringing new techniques into clinical practice
Professor Krish Ragunath, Professor of GI Endoscopy, University of Nottingham
*how are cutting edge techniques changing practice* assessments of endoscopic practice – have we got it right? *new horizons in therapy



Session 3 - Pain in the face of normal investigations

Chair: Dr Gail Masterton, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Royal Infirmary Edinburgh


Managing the complex functional GI disease patient
Dr Wojtek Wojcik, Consultant Psychiatrist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh 
*understanding the pathophysiology of chronic pain * how to make a therapeutic care plan * understanding team dynamics


Functional biliary disease
Dr Kofi Oppong, Consultant Physician, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle
*sphincter of Oddi (SOD) dysfunction investigation * SOD management * functional gallbladder disorder


Guidelines: update on the 2016 NICE guidelines on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
Dr Mike Williams, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh 



Session 4 - Global gastroenterology

Chair:  Professor Syed Hasnain Ali Shah, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi


Worldwide infections: what a gastroenterologist needs to know
Dr Bushra Jamil, Consultant Physician and Infectious Disease Specialist, Aga Khan University, Karachi
*uncommon presentations of common infections * hepatitis round the world * tuberculosis and the gut


Endoscopy and governance in Malawi
Dr Adrian Stanley, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Glasgow Royal Infirmary
*adapting UK practices to sub-Saharan Africa * diagnoses seen * lessons to bring back to the UK


Care of chronic diseases in remote communities: what can Scotland teach the world and learn from elsewhere?
Professor Angus Watson, Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon, Raigmore Hospital and Director of Research, Development and Innovation NHS Highland, Inverness 
*the challenges of managing a chronic disease in rural Scotland * use of modern technology to deliver care in remote regions
* optimal use of specialist nurses and resources in primary care






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Online booking for this event closes on Tuesday 14 November but places may still be available after that date - please contact the Education Co-ordinator for further information.

An early bird discount applies until Tuesday 17 October 2017

Registration fees


Early Bird fee until Tuesday 17 October  

Fee from Wednesday
18 October 2017

Standard fee



RCPE Fellow



RCPE Collegiate / Associate / Foundation Member



Nurse / AHP / Pharmacist / Postgraduate student



Retired FRCPE, including lunch



Retired FRCPE, no lunch



Medical student



Long term / other leave – Fellows and Members, please contact the Event 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 Event 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).

Free places

Unpaid post – if confirmation of status provided – please contact the Event Co-ordinator.

Refugee doctors – free places are available to refugee doctors who are Associate Members of the College. Associate Membership for refugee doctors is available free of charge. Please email g.mcalister@rcpe.ac.uk to join as an Associate Member, and then apply to the Event Co-ordinator for your free place.

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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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