About this event

  • Date and time Tue 1 Sep 2020 from 8:30am to 3 Sep 2020 at 6:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by General Practice with Primary Healthcare

This event has been cancelled; however, you can still apply for the prizes listed below and these will be presented at a future GP event. 

This year we are celebrating the 40th Primary care update, join us and further your knowledge and understanding of a wide range of topics relevant to general practice over three days.  

We will explicitly state that understanding the role of machine learning and AI in family medicine and how other countries are addressing this will enhance practitioners' ability to engage and with and critique developments in the UK workplace.

There will be a number of key speakers including Professor Ross Upshur who will be a panel discussant and judge the poster prize. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss topical general practice issues with speakers and colleagues. 

CAIPE John Horder Student Award - Apply here

General Practice with Primary Health Care Section and CAIPE John Horder Student Award


  • First prize: £150

Submission deadline

Monday 1 June 2020

Open to

Pre-qualifying students from all health care professions

Application guidelines

This annual essay award will be offered to a student who has been involved with interprofessional learning or working, within the community. The essay will reflect the experience and learning achieved. 

The award is being offered jointly by the General Practice with Primary Healthcare Section, RSM and the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education.

Applicants are asked to comply with the following

  • Submit an essay of no more than 2000 words
  • Essays should follow the set title Describe and discuss an example of inter-professional working or learning with which you have been involved
  • Essays should include:
    • Description of the student's experience of interprofessional learning and collaborative working
    • Application of academic learning to the case described. References to the literature must be included
    • Degree of reflection on the student's experience
  • Only one author per submission

CAIPE John Horder award - Apply here

This award is being offered jointly by the General Practice with Primary Healthcare Section, RSM and the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE).

Prize: £600

Submission deadline: Monday 1st June 2020 

Open to: An interprofessional team working within the primary health care community.  

Applicants are asked to produce one documents consisting of:

  • A factual and descriptive report on all or part of their interprofessional team working being presented for consideration.
  • Evidence demonstrating how the work presented fulfils the principles of interprofessional team working, (for further details click here).
  • The preparation and presentation of each submission should anticipate further collaborative working with definite outcomes designed to improve patient care.

General Practice with Primary Healthcare Section: John Fry Prize  


  • First prize: £300

Submission deadline

Tuesday 23 June 2020

Open to

GP registrars, postgraduate students based in primary care, medical students and other undergraduates from professional groups involved in primary care and patients with experiences from primary care.

Application guidelines

Submit an essay of up to 3,000 words on the following topic:

  • An account of an audit or quality improvement project carried out by yourself in primary care


General Practice with Primary Healthcare Section: Medical Student and Trainee Poster Prize 


  • First prize: £100
  • Second prize: £50

Submission deadline

Tuesday 23 June 2020

Open to

Medical students and trainees.

Application guidelines

Submit a 250-word abstract describing the nature and purpose of your poster presentation, which should be relevant to a topic which would have been discussed at the 40th Primary Care Update. The abstract should be clearly structured and describe original research, a literature review or case studies.

Please include the title of the poster, the names of presenting and other authors and their professional role and affiliation.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to display their poster at a future meeting for which they will be given a free place to attend.


View the programme 01 September 2020

Registration, tea and coffee

Investigative technology

Welcome and introduction

Dr Edin Lakasing, Convener, 40th Primary Care Update, Royal Society of Medicine, and Dr Andrew Papanikitas, President, General Practice with Primary Healthcare Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Musculoskeletal radiology and the GP

Dr Joseph Papanikitas, Consultant Radiologist, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Interventional radiology and the GP
Tea and coffee break
Direct to consumer genetic testing: A user guide for clinicians

Rachel Horton, Wessex Clinical Genetics Service

Haematology and biochemistry in the management of the acutely unwell patient

Dr Zul Mirza, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, West Middlesex University Hospital, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion

Medical and surgical half-day

Erectile dysfunction and the link with cardiovascular disease

Prof Mike Kirby, Visiting Professor to the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, University of Hertfordshire and the Prostate Centre and retired GP, Letchworth, Hertfordshire

Who needs a colonoscopy

Mr Romi Navaratnam, Consultant Surgeon, Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth

Tea and coffee break
A pain in the neck

Professor David Choi, Consultant Neurosurgeon, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Listen to your sole

Mr Andrew Goldberg, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, London

Evening Keynote: What do we know about the wellbeing of healthcare workers and what should we be doing about it?

Professor Simon Gregory, Deputy Medical Director, Primary and Integrated Care, Health Education England and GP, Northampton

Close of meeting

Drinks reception
View the programme 02 September 2020

Registration, tea and coffee


Welcome and introduction

Dr Edin Lakasing

Primary healthcare and climate change

Professor Paul Wilkinson, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Antimicrobial stewardship: An update

Dr Benedict Hayhoe, Imperial College London

Tea and coffee break

Poster viewing

Prescribing lecture 1

Professor Richard Knox, University of Newcastle

Panel discussion

Poster viewing

Prize presentations

Student and trainee prize presentation
The John Fry presentation
The RSM/CAIPE John Horder award presentation
Tea and coffee break


Delegates to rotate through both workshops

Rotation 1 - Teaching and learning ethics in primary care: A masterclass

Professor Ross Upshur, Director, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, and Dr Andrew Papanikitas

Rotation 2 - Consultation skills: How to give and receive feedback well

Dr Helen Salisbury, Oxford GP, Author and BMJ Columnist

The Albert Wander lecture: Al, machine-learning and their impact on the practice of family medicine

Professor Ross Upshur

Drinks reception

Followed by the Section's annual dinner, pre-bookings only

Dinner speaker: Dr Helen Salisbury

View the programme 03 September 2020

Registration, tea and coffee

Mandatory training: Basic life support and safeguarding children level 3


Dr Ian Brooman, Family Doctor, Self-Employed

Conflict resolution

Dr Balu Pitchiah, Consultant Psychiatrist

Equality, diversity and human rights consent and mental capacity act

Andrew Alonzi, Lawyer

Information governance

Dr Andrew Papanikitas

Tea and coffee break
Safeguarding vulnerable adults and children levels 1 and 2

Fadzai Mashingaidze

Safeguarding level 3 children and basic life support

Kenny Gibson, Safeguarding Lead, NHS England

Tea and coffee break
BLS, anaphylaxis, recovering position, choking patient, use of AED machine and practical training on mannequins

Mr Michael Canete, Senior Lecturer, Kingston and St George's University and Mr Roger Hoare, Resuscitation Trained Officer

Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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