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RCPE: Birmingham

RCPE Regional Symposium Birmingham

Date: Wednesday, 5 September 2018


Alan Walters Building Lecture Theatre
University of Birmingham
B15 2SB


The RCPE organises a number of conferences 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 is the fifth RCPE conference in Birmingham.

This year's conference has been organised by Dr Neeraj Bhala, Dr Leong Lee and Dr Moe Oo and and topics covered on the day will include gastrointestinal and liver medicine, cardiology, geriatric medicine and medical education, and quality improvement and safety in medicine.

The William A Alexander Lecture will be delivered by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Chair, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

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Wednesday 5 September 2018


Registration and Coffee


by President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Session 1 - Gastrointestinal and liver medicine

Chair: Dr Neeraj Bhala, RCPE West Midlands Link Fellow, Symposium Organiser & Consultant Gastroenterologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham


The microbiome and GI Tract
Prof Tariq Iqbal, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and University of Birmingham
*Burden of C. difficile and complications *new and established treatments * role of faecal microbiota transplantation


The gut and liver axis
Professor David Adams, Dean of Medicine, University of Birmingham
*immunology of liver disease: mechanisms of disease * novel immunotherapies * current and future therapies


Facing the burden and costs of liver disease in the UK
Professor Roger Williams, CBE, Professor of Liver Medicine, University of London
*Burden of alcohol: Lancet Liver Commission * NAFLD and viral hepatitis * cost and measures to tackle


Coffee / tea

Session 2 - Cardiology

Chair: Dr Leong Lee, RCPE Council Member, Symposium Organiser and Consultant Cardiologist, Sandwell and West Birmingham


Update on antithrombotic therapy for coronary disease
Professor Robert Storey, Professor & Honorary Consultant Cardiology, University of Sheffield
*Newer Antiplatelet Agents (Presugrel, Ticagrelor) *NOACs for coronary disease *dual antiplatelet duration in patients undergoing PCI.


Cardiac imaging in the 21st Century
Dr Emily Ho, Consultant Cardiologist, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust
*different imaging cardiac imaging modalities in cardiomyopathies, *echo, *cardiac MRI 


Chair: President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Opportunities and threats for the NHS
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Chair, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
*the current healthcare landscape * policymaker perspective * future: best value for patients?



Session 3 - Geriatric Medicine and Medical Education

Chair: Dr Moe Oo, Consultant Physician and Geriatrician, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital NHS & Symposium Organiser


Medical education: the current landscape and future
Professor Helen Cameron, Chair and Dean of Medical Education, Aston University
*the drive to generalisation *studentship or apprenticeship *what effect the national licensing exam


The practice of integrated geriatric care and safe discharge in acute hospitals
Dr Robert Wears, Vice President, British Geriatrics Society
Consultant Physician and Geriatrician, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
*what we should do to minimise delayed discharge *how we reduce risk of failed discharge and frequent admissions *concepts of Interface Geriatrics


The future of geriatric medicine on the front door
Dr Nigel Page, Chair of British Geriatrics Society (West Midlands)
Consultant Physician and Geriatrician, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS
*what demand for geriatric medicine *good exemplars of practice * research in acute and geriatric medicine


Coffee / tea

Session 4 - Quality improvement and safety in medicine

Chair: Dr Neeraj Bhala, RCPE West Midlands Link Fellow, Symposium Organiser & Consultant Gastroenterologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham


Quality improvement
Dr Ian Woolhouse, Consultant Physician and RCP Lead, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
*QI at scale * interactive clinical vignettes * latest evidence and quality improvement


Patient safety at scale in the NHS
Professor Meghana Pandit, Medical Director, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire
*burden of iatrogenic risks in the UK * clinical cases * implementation of Virginia Mason




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Online booking for this event closes on Monday 3 September at 9.00am but places may still be available after that date - please contact the Event Co-ordinator for further information.

Registration fees

Standard fee - £50

Trainee/Nurse/AHP - £30

RCPE Fellow/Member - £30

Reduced fee for GIM Trainees - £25

Student/ Retired - £12


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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.


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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