Event Details

Respiratory Medicine

RCPE Symposium Edinburgh

Date: Wednesday, 6 March 2019


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
9 Queen Street


This one day respiratory symposium is designed for all general physicians, doctors of all training grades across the medical specialties, specialist nurses, physiotherapists and physician associates. And for all practising respiratory physicians and respiratory trainees!

 Given the changes in implementation in health care, the first session discusses how technological advances plus less variation in care can help both clinicians and patients with respiratory disorders; sessions thereafter cover more “bread and butter” topics such as pleural effusions, lung cancer screening, parenchymal lung diseases and matters relating to critical care. 

All lectures will be given in a concise, engaging and snappy manner. Attendees will leave the symposium with enhanced and refreshed knowledge directly applicable to everyday working practice, while it is expected that a stimulus will be provided on how existing practices - irrespective of geographical location - should and could change to improve the NHS and all stakeholders in its 70th year.

Dr Graeme P Currie
Chair, Organising Committee
Consultant Chest Physician

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Wednesday 6 March 2019


Registration and Coffee


Welcome and Introductory Remarks
by Professor Tom Mackay, Vice-President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Session 1 - Realising modern respiratory care

Chair:Dr Hannah Bayes, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, Glasgow Royal Infirmary


Reducing unwanted variation in respiratory care and outcomes
Dr Martin Allen, Consultant Physician, University of North Stafford & NHS England Respiratory Lead for "Getting it right first time" (GIRFT)
*what are the variations in respiratory practice in the UK?  *does this effect patient outcome? 
 *how can this be overcome?


Developing and delivering a virtual lung clinic
Dr John MacLay, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, Glasgow Royal Infirmary
*what is a virtual lung cancer clinic?  *how can it be delivered?  *what are the benefits and risks?


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Speaker tbc
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Coffee / tea

Session 2 - Lung cancer

Chair: Dr Richard Stretton, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee


Malignant pleural effusions
Professor Najib Rahman, Associate Professor of Respiratory Medicine, University of Oxford & Consultant Respiratory Physician and Lead for Pleural Disease, Oxford
*investigation and management of suspected malignant pleural effusions  *benefits and drawbacks of intra-pleural catheters  *latest developments in pleural disease


Chair: Professor Tom Mackay, Vice-President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
The national optimal lung cancer pathway
Professor Dvid Baldwin, Honorary Professor of Medicine, University of Nottingham & Consultant Physician, City Hospital, Nottingham
*what's the evidence for lung cancer screeing?  * the "what, how and why" of the national lung cancer pathway



Session 3 - Parenchymal lung disease dilemmas

Chair: Dr Graeme P Currie, Consultant Chest Physician, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary


Dr Owen Dempsey, Consultant Chest Physician, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
*presentation, differential diagnoses and management strategies


Interstitial lung disease (ILD)
Professor Luca Richeldi, Chair & Head of Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy
*interactive clinical cases *acute ILD  *managmenet of ILD


Pulmonary-renal disorders
Dr Dana Kidder, Consultant Nephrologist, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
*interactive cases on most commonly encountered pulmonary-renal disorders  *how are they diagnosed? 
 *how are they managed?



Session 4 - Respiratory Medicine and Critical Care

Chair: Dr Adam Marshall, Specialist Trainee in Respiratory Medicine, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh


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The what, why and how of extracorporeal membrange oxygenation (ECMO)
Dr Ian Scott, Consultant Intensivist, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
*what is veno-arterial-ECMO? *what is veno-venous-ECMO?  *when are they useful?


Interventional biophotonic technology for the lung: seeing is believing - critical care and beyond
Professor Kev Dhaliwal, Professor of Molecular Imaging and Healthcare Technology, University of Edinburgh
*what is the next generation of tools for probing the distal lung? *what are the advantages? 
*how could it change the way we diagnose and treat infection, inflammation, fibrogenesis and malignancy?



Please note than on occasion the content of the above programme may be subject to change due to unforseen circumstances.

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Online booking for this event closes on Tuesday 5 March 2019 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 5 February 2019.

Registration fees


Early Bird fee
until 5/2/19

from 6/2/19

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).

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

Free places

Unpaid post – Nil, 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 visit our website for instructions on how to join, 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 main historic rooms. For further information and assistance please contact the RCPE Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

An induction loop system is available in the Great Hall.

Accommodation and Directions to the College

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

Parking is available on street (metered) or at the Omni Centre car park, 10 minute's walk from the College.

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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