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Regional Symposium: Aberdeen

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RCPE Regional Symposium Aberdeen

Date: Wednesday, 28 March 2018


Suttie Centre
University of Aberdeen
AB25 2ZD


Online booking for this event is now closed, and a waiting list is in place. Please contact Marie Allan on m.allan@rcpe.ac.uk for further information.

The RCPE organises a number of regional symposia in different parts of the UK. All grades of medical and other healthcare staff are welcome and you do not need to be a Fellow or Member of RCPE, or from the immediate area to attend.

This year's Regional Symposium, Aberdeen is free to attend and has been organised by Dr Graeme Currie, along with committee members, Dr Hannah Robertson and Dr Joy Miller. 

The Jim Petrie Lecture will be delivered by Professor JJV McMurray and the Clouston Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Dr Tim Anstiss, and topics covered on the day will include diabetes, heart failure, lifestyle and health, and motivational interviewing.

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Wednesday 28 March 2018




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

Session 1 - Diabetes in Practice

Chair: Dr Hannah Robertson, Consultant Diabetologist, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary


Diabetes and realistic medicine
Dr Fiona Strachan, Consultant  Diabetologist and Endocrinologist, Dr Grays Hospital, Elgin
*how we are doing in diabetes* where we need to improve* cases to illustrate the challenges


Think. Check. Act. A national campaign for improvement of inpatient diabetes
Dr Stuart Ritchie, Consultant  Diabetologist, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
*the landscape of inpatient diabetes care * current improvement initiatives * vision for services


Check, Protect, Refer: “CPR” for feet
Mr Duncan Stang, Diabetes Specialist Podiatrist NHS Lanarkshire and Diabetes Foot Coordinator for Scotland
*why we need “CPR” for feet * the cost of getting it wrong* how to implement “CPR”


Coffee / tea

Session 2 - Jim Petrie Lecture

Chair: Dr Andrew Robinson, President, Aberdeen Medical-Chirurgical Society


Chair: Dr Andrew Robinson, President, Aberdeen Medical-Chirurgical Society

Personalising treatment for heart failure
Professor JJV McMurray, University of Glasgow
*many strategies are used to treat heart failure * patients often have comorbidities which require specific treatment * management of heart failure can be complex and must be personalised



Session 3 - Lifestyle and Health Matters

Chair: Dr Joy Miller, Consultant Chest Physician, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary


Electronic-cigarettes: friend or foe?
Dr Owen Dempsey, Consultant Chest Physician, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
*what are e-cigarettes? * benefits vs. risks - what do we know? * what should we say to our patients?


Exercise as a prescription
Professor Nanette Mutrie, Chair of Physical Activity for Health, University of Edinburgh
*all health service contacts should promote physical activity * most patients should start with graduated walking * “next week walk 10 minutes more a day"


Tackling obesity
Dr Kevin Deans, Consultant Biochemist, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
*multidisciplinary management of obesity * where should resource be focused? * where can patients be referred?


Coffee/ tea

Session 4 - Clouston Memorial Lecture

Chair: Professor Derek Bell OBE, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh


Chair: Professor Derek Bell OBE, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Motivational Interviewing; what, how and why
Dr Tim Anstiss, Founder of the Academy for Health Coaching
*who should advocate behaviour change? * how do we encourage behaviour change?” * what is motivational interviewing?




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Admission is free. A complimentary lunch will only be available to those who register in advance.

For any further information - including waiting list - please contact (see below).

Marie Allan
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
9 Queen Street,

TEL: +44 (0)131 247 3680
FAX: +44 (0)131 220 4393

Email: m.allan@rcpe.ac.uk 

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.

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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