RSM Venous Forum annual meeting 2018


Monday 25 June 2018
to Tuesday 26 June 2018

2 day

Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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Venous Forum


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about this event

This meeting will provide delegates with an update on a wide range of venous diseases. 

The Venous Forum annual meeting is back again, this year with another programme that will intrigue everyone that attends. The programme presents a series of symposia's that will each discuss important aspects of venous disease; including wounds and their healing, varicose vein treatments and the EVRA trial results. 

This programme promises to be insightful and informative for all delegates. 


topics include:

  • Best practice and management of venous diseases
  • Cosmetic vein treatment and how to manage early chronic venous disease
  • Debates surrounding modern training in venous diseases
  • Key lessons and methodology used in the EVRA trial
  • Treatment and neurological effects of foam sclerotherapy in the 21st Century
  • Management of rare venous conditions
  • Imaging insights into chronic venous disease
  • 21st Century varicose veins treatments


Trainee Masterclass

In addition to the annual Venous Forum meeting, there will be a Trainee Masterclass on Wednesday 27 June 2018. 

Trainees and Nurses that are attending both days of the annual conference (Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 June), can have a complimentary place at the Trainee Masterclass on Wednesday 27 June 2018. If you would like to claim your place, please email and the Event Coordinator can register your place. 


Optional Dinner

Price: £75 per person

Please note that the optional dinner will be held outside of the RSM at The High Timber

Details on travelling to the restaurant will be available soon. 


We would like to express our sincere appreciation to our headline sponsor Medtronic for their support of this meeting.

We are grateful to the following companies for supporting this meeting:

  • Boston Scientific 
  • Frontiere Medical
  • L & R
  • STD Pharmaceutical Products LTD

Please note that none of the companies listed have had any influence or involvement over the agenda, content or organisation of this meeting.

* Following registration you will be contacted appropriately by email with; your booking confirmation, feedback survey and attendance certificate. For full details of the RSM privacy policy, click here 

*Programme subject to change


Monday 25 June 2018

8.30 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.15 am


Mr Isaac Nyamekye, President, Venous Forum, Royal Society of Medicine

Symposium 1: Deep Venous Thrombosis Challenges

Mr Stephen Black, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and Mr Manj Gohel, Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon, Cambridge University Hospitals

9.20 am

Optimal management of DVT in pregnancy

Professor Catherine Nelson-Piercy, Consultant Obstetric Physician, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust

9.30 am

Iliofemoral deep vein thrombosis: Percutaneous endovascular treatment by pharmaco-mechanical thrombectomy

Mr Stephen Black

9.38 am

Anticoagulant therapy in the 21st Century Warfarin versus direct oral anticoagulant agents in prevention of recurrent venous thromboembolism

Dr Francis Matthey, Consultant Haematologist, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

9.48 am

Post-thrombotic syndrome management: Past and present

Mr Richard Bulbulia, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Cheltenham General Hospital

9.56 am

Clinical indications for non-thrombotic deep vein intervention

Mr Manj Gohel

10.04 am

Varicose veins and PTS: A dangerous liaison

Dr Olivier Pichot, Medical Doctor, Grenoble, France

10.15 am

Panel discussion

10.30 am

The Royal Society of Medicine Venous Forum Lecture: Diagnosis and management of Lymphoedema in 21st Century

Professor Peter Mortimer, Professor of Dermatological Medicine, St George’s University of London - Introduced by Mr Ian Franklin, Secretary, Venous Forum, Royal Society of Medicine

10.50 am

Tea and coffee break

Prize Paper Session

Mr Isaac Nyamekye and Mr Ian Franklin

11.20 am

Importance of early duplex surveillance in predicting risk of re-intervention following ilio-femoral stenting for the treatment of post-thrombotic syndrome

Mr Adam Gwozdz, Clinical Research Fellow, St Thomas' Hospital, King's College London

11.28 am

Are there differences in post-operative pain following closure fast, radiofrequency-induced thermal therapy and endovenous radiofrequency treatments?

Ms Natasha Milinkovic, Worcester Acute Hospital NHS Trust

11.36 am

Global management of venous leg ulceration: Just pre EVRA publication

Miss Francine Heatley, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London

11.44 am

Association of concomitant disease in the profundal and femoro-popliteal veins to cumulative patency and re-intervention rates following ilio-femoral venous stenting of limbs with post-thrombotic occlusion

Mr Adam Gwozdz

11.52 am

Are venous leg ulcers an under recognised problem? An analysis conducted in a large teaching hospital

Mr Edward Lewis, 5th Year Medical Student, University of Cambridge

12.00 pm

Venous disease a research Cinderella?

Dr Aleksandra Staniszewska, Academic Foundation Programme Trainee, Academic Section of Vascular Surgery, Imperial College London

12.08 pm

The characterisation and investigation of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations and cerebral abscess risk factors within a rare vascular disease: Results from a targeted 125-questions, international patient survey

Ms Emily Boother, 4th Year Medical Student, Imperial College School of Medicine

12.16 pm

An evidence review determining the efficacy of Novel Oral Anticoagulants (NOACs) compared to Warfarin at reducing venous thromboembolism (VTE) recurrence

Miss Diya Baker, 4th Year Medical Student

The EVRA Trial Results

Mr Isaac Nyamekye

12.25 pm

The Eschar Trial: key lessons learnt

Mr Jamie Barwell, Consultant Vascular and Renal Transplant Surgeon, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

12.30 pm

What was the rational for an(other) ulcer healing trial

Mr Manj Gohel

12.35 pm

The EVRA trial: Methodology

Miss Francine Heatley, Clinical Trial Manager, Imperial College London

12.40 pm

The key results of EVRA for the delivery of ulcer services

Professor Alun Davies, Professor of Vascular Surgery, Imperial College London

12.45 pm

Implications of EVRA for delivery of UK ulcer Services

Professor Dame Nicky Cullum, Head of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester

12.50 pm

Panel discussion

1.00 pm


Symposium 2: Joint SVN, LUC (leg ulcer coalition) and RSMVF on wounds and their healing

Dr Una Adderley, Lecturer in Community Nursing, School of Healthcare, University of Leeds and Professor Gerard Stansby, Professor of Vascular Surgery, Newcastle Upon Tyne

2.00 pm

What do the surface features of a leg ulcer add to diagnosis and management

Miss Nikki Fenwick, Vascular Nurse Specialist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

2.08 pm

Challenges of managing ulcers with heavy exudate

Mrs Jane Todhunter, Vascular Nurse Practitioner, Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle

2.16 pm

Which compression system for my active venous ulcer, which hosiery for my healed venous ulcer?

Dr Una Adderley

2.24 pm

Challenges of managing the painful venous ulcer

Mrs Alison Hopkins, Chief Executive, Accelerate Community Interest Company

2.32 pm

Patient compliance with compression therapy: Tips for winning the battle

Miss Rebecca Elwell, Macmillan Lymphoedema Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Team Leader, Royal Stoke University Hospital

2.40 pm

Sclerotherapy, thermal ablation or both for venous leg ulcers

Mr Simon Hobbs, Vascular Surgeon, Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Hospital

2.48 pm

Skin grafting in Nurse-led clinics: Which ulcers, when and how?

Mr Colin Davies, Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist (Leg Ulcers), Cheltenham General Hospital

2.56 pm

Management of legs ulcers: An original French experience

Dr Fannie Forgues, Vascular Doctor and General Surgeon, Clinic Pasteur Tolouse, France

3.04 pm

Panel discussion

3.15 pm

American Venous Forum Prize paper

Dr Christopher Pannucci, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Microsurgery, University of Utah, Introduced by Professor Gerard Stansby

3.30 pm

Tea and coffee break

The RSMVF Debates with interactive voting

Professor Gerard Stansby

4.00 pm

RSM Venous Forum Innovation: Short video presentation

4.45 pm

Debate one: Direct needle puncture (rather than limb cannulation and elevation) is the optimal method of foam sclerotherapy

For: Dr Matthieu Josnin, Vascular Doctor, La Roche sur Yon, France and Against: Mr Simon Ashley, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Plymouth Vein Clinic, Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital

5.00 pm

Debate two: Compression is necessary after foam sclerotherapy

For: Professor Bruce Campbell, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and Against: Dr Jean-Luc Gerard, General Practitioner, Henri-Mondor Hospital, France

5.15 pm

RSM Venous Forum business meeting

5.50 pm

Close of day one and drinks reception

Annual dinner

7.00 pm

Annual conference dinner to be held at the High Timber

For those who have pre-registered only

Tuesday 26 June 2018

8.00 am

Registration, tea and coffee

Symposium 3: With SFP -21st Century Varicose Veins Treatments

Mr Isaac Nyamekye and Dr Jean-Luc Gillet

8.30 am

Modern varicose veins Surgery: LA stripping, CHIVA, ASVAL, isolated phlebeclaneies: a view from Europe

Dr Paul Pittaluga, Vascular Surgeon, Riviera Veine Institut, Monaco

8.38 am

Foam, steam and thermal therapy: Which treatment for which veins?

Dr Réne Milleret, Vascular Surgeon, Clinica Ven Art, Cluj, Romania

8.46 am

Does compression modify outcomes of interventional treatments for varicose veins

Professor Bruce Campbell

8.54 am

Randomised controlled study of EVLA and Foam in the SSV: A study from SFP (Fovelass Study)

Dr Claudine Hamel-Desnos, Vascular Medicine, Saint Martin Private Hospital, France

9.02 am

Sclerotherapy in patients at thrombotic risk

Dr Jean-Jérome Guex, Certified Specialist in Vascular Medicine, France

9.10 am

Tips for treating Varicose veins in anticoagulated patients

Dr Matthieu Josnin, Vascular Doctor, La Roche sur Yon, France

9.18 am

Specific patterns of recurrence after different endovenous techniques

Mr Tristan Lane, Clinical Lecturer and ST7 Vascular Surgeon, Imperial College London

9.26 am

Thrombo-embolic complications of endovenous Varicose veins treatments: A review

Dr Jean-Luc Gillet, Vascular Medicine and Phlebology, Bourgoin-Jallieu, France

9.34 am

Panel discussion

Symposium 4: Joint SVT and RSM Venous Forum session: Imaging insights into chronic venous disease

Mr Stephen Black and Ms Helen Dixon, President, The Society for Vascular Technology of Great Britain and Ireland

9.40 am

Duplex assessment in patients presenting with C1 veins

Ms Helen Dixon

9.48 am

Investigation on diameters of the GSV: A study from SFP (Diagraves study)

Dr Claudine Hamel-Desnos

9.58 am

Should the primary endpoint for varicose veins treatments be based on duplex findings?

Mr James Scurr, Consultant Surgeon, Royal Liverpool University Hospital

10.06 am

Imaging diagnosis of acute DVT, is the NICE guidance protocol adequate

Mr Prakash Saha, Clinical Senior Lecturer and Consultant Vascular Surgeon, St Thomas’ Hospital

10.14 am

Cross sectional imaging of ilio-caval veins

Mr Chung Lim, Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon, Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

10.22 am

A sonographic look at pelvic vein incompetence

Mrs Charmaine Harrison, Medical Sonographer, Self-employed at The Whiteley Clinic

10.30 am

Panel discussion

10.40 am

Tea and coffee break

Symposium 5: Cosmetic vein treatment: How to manage early chronic venous disease from C0s to C1s

Professor Saroj Das and Professor Alun Davies

11.00 am

Sclerotherapy for Co and C1 veins: Is photo documentation important?

Dr Stephen Tristram, Associate Specialist Department of Surgery, North Hampshire Foundation Trust

11.08 am

Foam or liquid sclerotherapy for C1 treatments?

Dr Matthieu Josnin

11.16 am

Prevention strategies and management of iatrogenic pigmentation in phlebology

Dr Jean-Jérome Guex, Certified Specialist in Vascular Medicine, France

11.24 am

Indications for laser (rather than sclerotherapy) treatment in C0 and C1 veins

Mr Mark Whyman, Consultant Surgeon, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

11.32 am

Sclerotherapy for veins of the hand and foot

Mr Marios Valsamis, Private Medical Practice for Venous Diseases, Athens

11.40 am

Cosmetic vein treatment: The doctors obligations, the patient’s rights

Mr Antony Fox, Consultant Surgeon, Deputy Medical Director, Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust

11.48 am

Panel discussion

Symposium 6: Management of rarer venous conditions

Mr Ian Franklin and Professor Bruce Campbell

12.06 pm

Surgical management of Subclavian vein thrombosis

Mr Andrew Garnham, Consultant Surgeon, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

12.14 pm

Managing the chronically thrombosed IVC and iliofemoral veins

Mr Andrew Willis, Consultant Interventional Radiologist, University Hospitals Birmingham

12.22 pm

Idiopathic and Iatrogenic venous thrombosis in children: Management and outcomes

Miss Meryl Davies, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

12.30 pm

Multidisciplinary management of venous malformations and angiomas

Dr Ian McCafferty, Consultant Interventional Radiologist, University Hospital Birmingham and Birmingham Children’s Hospital

12.38 pm

Anatomical and hemodynamic connections between the pelvic venous network and the hemorrhoidal network

Dr Jean Luc Gérard

12.46 pm

Pelvic veins embolization, haemorrhoids embolization and endothermal treatment in hemorrhoidal disease

Mr Manj Gohel

12.54 pm

Thrombosis in unusual sites (portal vein, ovarian vein, sagittal sinus etc.)

Mr Adam Gwozdz

1.02 pm

Panel discussion

1.15 pm


Symposium 7: Joint RSM Venous Forum/bas/sfp: Foam sclerotherapy in 21st century - Session A: Sclerotherapy treatments

Mr Philip Coleridge Smith, Vascular Surgeon, British Vein Institute and Dr Claudine Hamel-Desnos

2.10 pm

How can we improve the results of UGFS for larger varicose veins?

Mr Simon Ashley

2.18 pm

Differing patterns of recurrence after surgery, laser, radiofrequency and foam sclerotherapy

Mr Tom Wallace, NIHR Clinical Lecturer and ST7 Vascular Surgery, Hull Medical School and Health Education Yorkshire and Humber

2.26 pm

Should all foam recanalisations be retreated?

Professor Andrew Bradbury, Sampson Gamgee Professor of Vascular Surgery, University of Birmingham and Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

2.34 pm

Foam sclerotherapy for perineal and pelvic varicosities

Mr Philip Coleridge Smith

2.40 pm

Panel discussion

Symposium 7: Joint RSM Venous Forum/BAS/SFP: Foam sclerotherapy in 21st Century - Session B: Neurological effects of sclerotherapy

Mr Abdusalam Abu-Own, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Ipswich & Colchester Hospitals and Dr Fannie Forgues

3.00 pm

Blood effects on sclerosant activity: relevance to FS

Mr Mike Watkins, EU Qualified Person Pharmacovigilance, STD Pharmaceutical Products Ltd

3.08 pm

Pathophysiology of neurological disturbances after sclerotherapy: current hypotheses ?

Dr Lewis Meecham, Vascular Surgery Registrar, Department of Vascular Surgery, University of Birmingham

3.16 pm

Should patients suffering from migraine be assessed before sclerotherapy

Ms Anne Donnet, Director of the Pain Center, Timone Hospital- Marseille

3.24 pm

Panel discussion

3.45 pm

International Guest Lecture: Management of Varicose veins: Major changes over the last two decades

Dr Olivier Pichot - Introduced by Mr Isaac Nyamekye

4.15 pm

Awarding of prizes

4.20 pm

Closing remarks

Mr Isaac Nyamekye

4.25 pm

Close of meeting

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