About this event

  • Date and time Wed 3 Feb 2021 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Gastroenterology and Hepatology, General Practice with Primary Healthcare

Both generalists and specialists can struggle to identify how best to manage patients with GI problems given the myriad of investigations and treatment options, which can lead to uncertainty as to who is best placed to look after the patient.

The COVID-19 crisis has made this worse. This joint webinar will be useful to both generalists and GI specialists caring for a group of patients with unmet needs and limited access to specialist investigation and treatment. Effective communication and coordination of care can fill the gap between community and hospital services.

Key learning points for this meeting include:

  • Getting the most from the telephone consultation with gastroenterology symptoms. Learn how to best adopt and adapt these skills and identify those patients needing face to face consultation
  • Effective liaison between general practice and specialist services
  • Effective engagement with coding and getting the most from data-driven research
  • Making the most of non-invasive tests and electronic consulting technologies

Both GPs and GI Specialists will learn from each other as well as all those with an interest in caring for patients struggling with gastroenterology issues. This webinar has CPD accreditation.

Our provisionally agreed speakers include:
Dr Helen Salisbury
, University of Oxford, BMJ Writer and Oxford GP, and Robert P H Logan, Consultant Gastroenterologist, King’s College Hospital, Prof Anton Emmanuel, UCL London, Dr James Turivll, Consultant Gastroenterologist York, Prof Joe West, University of Nottingham, Prof Willie Hamilton, Prof of Primary Care Diagnostics, University of Exeter.

We would like to thank our sponsor Dr Falk Pharma U.K. Ltd for their support of this webinar. Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsor.

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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Key speakers

Dr James Turvill

Consultant Gastroenterologist, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 

Speaker's biography

James Turvill is a consultant gastroenterologist at York. He has a research interest in faecal biomarkers, early diagnosis and disease monitoring. He has worked with the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN to develop, implement and roll out nationally a primary care faecal calprotectin pathway. More recently he has completed diagnostic accuracy studies into the role of FIT and during covid he is leading the national colon capsule evaluation.

Professor Willie Hamilton

Professor of Primary Care Diagnostics, University of Exeter

Speaker's biography

Willie Hamilton, CBE, MD, FRCP, FRCGP, is professor of primary care diagnostics at University of Exeter. http://medicine.exeter.ac.uk/people/profile/index.php?web_id=Willie_Hamilton The major part of his work is in cancer diagnostics in the symptomatic patient – the one sitting in the GP’s consulting room. He leads the DISCOVERY team, with staffing varying from 6-10, plus 8 PhD students, all supported by his grant awards. These grants total over £67m, including CRUK’s first Catalyst award. He has over 310 publications, including the 2010 and 2015 overall Research Paper of the Year for studies on ovarian cancer and on the public appetite for cancer testing. He also was the cancer category winner in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. His recent paper, on the risk of cancer with  thrombocytosis, was the most downloaded and read paper in 2017 in the BJGP. He was clinical lead on the NICE guidance on suspected cancer, NG12, published in 2015. This governs around £1bn of annual NHS spending. He was awarded a CBE in the 2019 New Years’ Honours List for services to improving early cancer diagnosis.

Professor Anton Emmanuel

Professor of Neuro-Gastroenterologist, Consultant Gastroenterologist, University College London.

Speaker's biography

Anton Emmanuel obtained his medical degree from London University. He is A Professor of Neuro-Gastroenterology at University College London and Consultant Gastroenterologist at University College Hospital at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (Queen Square). His current clinical work encompasses being the Director of the GI Physiology Unit at University College Hospital as well as providing specialist gastroenterology service for patients with neurological illness. His areas of research interest include gut neurophysiology, the aetiology, and management of functional gastrointestinal disorders of upper and lower gut, management of gut symptoms in neurological and muscle disorders, use of in vitro gut organoid studies as a model of developing new therapies.

He currently supervises five postgraduate research fellows. He was appointed as editor in chief of Clinical Medicine and Commentary (the journals of the Royal College of Physicians), having served a similar role for eight years at Frontline Gastroenterology. He is deeply committed to developing the journals as a valued asset for members of the College.

Anton was appointed Lead of the Workforce Race Equality Standard in December 2020. On a personal basis, he is a father of four, immigrant of African-Asian origin, Londoner, multiple amateur (guitarist, homebrewer, record collector).


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Introduction: Patients, tests, services and research

Dr Robert Logan, President Elect, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Remote consultation for GI symptoms: making the best of it

Dr Helen Salisbury, General Practitioner, Communication Skills Tutor, Oxford University Medical Sciences Division and Professor Anton Emmanuel, Professor of Neuro-Gastroenterologist, University College London and Consultant Gastroenterologist, University College Hospital

Near  patient tests – how they can help (and hinder) outcomes

Dr Dan Cottingham, Macmillan General Practitioner, Vale of York CCG, Cancer Research UK General Practitioner, Humber Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance and Dr James Turvill, Consultant Gastroenterologist, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 

Bridging the gap between generalist and specialist care -the technological solutions 

Dr Amanda Quine, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth and Dr Nick Moore, General Practitioner, Portsmouth

Does big data actually help practising clinicians?

Professor Willie Hamilton, Professor of Primary Care Diagnostics, University of Exeter and Professor Joe West, Professor of Epidemiology, Honorary Consultant
Gastroenterologist, University Of Nottingham and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Panel discussion
Dr Falk Pharma & the Importance of Optimising Mesalazines - Sponsored Industry Presentation from Dr Falk Pharma UK Ltd

Sittu Patel, Senior Medical Liaison Specialist at Dr Falk Pharma

Close of meeting




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Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

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