About this event

  • Date and time Tue 21 Sep 2021 from 1:00pm to 22 Sep 2021 at 12:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by General Practice with Primary Healthcare

Now in its 40th year, the Primary care update provides 2-days of collegial continuing medical education to general practitioners and allied healthcare professionals. This years' general update is geared to the 'new normal' of post-COVID primary care and will cover a variety of clinical and professional topics reflecting the recent and current challenging circumstances, with a faculty of expert speakers who will be available for questions and discussion.

The Update will cover current medical ethics issues, medical error, artificial intelligence in primary care, child safeguarding, emergency cases, ENT, and radiology. There will also be presentations by our John Fry Award winner and prize poster presenters on themes related to clinical practice and teamwork.

At the end of day one, you are welcome to join the Primary care update dinner. More information about the dinner and booking can be found here

Can't make it to London for this event? You can also book to watch this event via live stream by clicking here

The RSM is offering a promotional bedroom rate available on a first-come-first-serve basis. For bookings please contact Domus Medica on domus@rsm.ac.uk or 020 7290 2960 and quote “GPConferenceDinner” at the time of the request.

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Due to current government restrictions, the booking capacity of this in-person event is limited. However, we are reviewing this every week. 

We would like to thank our sponsor Medistudents for their support of this meeting. Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsor.

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AGM Meeting - Section Members only

Date: 28 September 2021
Time: 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Marcus Beck Library (RSM) and Online

Our AGM is a time when we pass on the office of President to President-Elect for the next two years and announce a new President-Elect taking office in 2023. We keep the AGM agenda skinny thin to allow time to hear from some of our 3000+ members of the Section about their ideas and requests for us to add to our timetable. All RSM members who have shown an interest in the Section are eligible to attend and it is free.

If you would like to confirm your attendance, please send us an email to gp@rsm.ac.uk to let us know if you will be attending in person at the Marcus Beck Library or if you would prefer to watch it online. If it is the latter, we will send you a Zoom link for you to register.

There is no risk of accidental co-option to be handed a job! But it's an opportunity to see our council in action and maybe one day consider volunteering to assist.

Key speakers

Professor Ross Upshur

Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada

Speaker's biography

Ross Upshur BA (Hons.), MA, MD, MSc, MCFP, FRCPC, FCAHS is currently the Dalla Lana Chair in Clinical Public Health and Head of the Division of Clinical Public Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Scientific Director, Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation and Associate Director of the Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health.  At the University of Toronto, he is a Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Department of Family and Community Medicine, affiliate member of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Member of the Centre for Environment and Adjunct Senior Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. He is a Staff Physician at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, Sinai Health. In 2015, he was named one of the Top 20 Pioneers in Family Medicine Research in Canada by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and was a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair from 2005-2015. He is an elected Fellow of the Hastings Center and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.  His research interests span bioethics, epistemology, research methods and clinical and population health and he has published extensively on these topics in the peer-reviewed literature.

Mr Kenny Gibson

National Head of Safeguarding, NHS England, UK

Speaker's biography

Kenny Gibson is the National Head of Safeguarding for the NHS, overseeing several portfolios including tackling abuse, exploitation, radicalisation and violence. He leads nationally on Contextual Safeguarding; Trauma Informed Care; Prevent in the NHS and Child Protection Information System. 

Having begun his NHS career as a laundry assistant in 1980 at a mental health unit, Kenny was encouraged to become a nursing assistant and then trained as a nurse and then a midwife. 

Kenny has held various operational, management and strategic posts in both community and public health but always with nursing at the heart of these roles.  

Prior to becoming the Head of Safeguarding for NHS England, Kenny was the Head of Public Health Commissioning for London. 

Kenny is passionate about connecting with and listening to patients, carers and health practitioners in order to improve services and experiences within the NHS, as well as to empower people about their own well-being. 

Joseph Papanikitas

Consultant Musculoskeletal Radiologist

Speaker's biography

Joe Papanikitas is a Consultant MSK Radiologist at Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust. He specialises in interventional treatments of sports, rheumatological and spinal oncological musculoskeletal conditions.

Dr Helen Salisbury

General Practitioner and British Medical Journal Columnist

Speaker's biography

Dr Helen Salisbury is a General Practitioner in Oxford. She is a GP trainer and previously led the communication skills course for medical students in Oxford. Currently, she leavens her clinical work with teaching and writing, with weekly columns in the British Medical Journal and Take a Break Magazine.


View the programme - Tuesday 21 September 2021

Registration, posters and lunch
Welcome and introduction

Dr Andrew Papanikitas, President RSM General Practice and Primary Healthcare section

RCGP Committee on Medical Ethics – Ethics in frontline general practice

Dr Andrew Papanikitas

Panel discussion
Dealing with Medical Error with Compassion

Dr Helen Salisbury, General Practitioner and British Medical Journal Columnist

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Albert Wander Lecture (Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and the potential impacts on the practice of Family Medicine)

Professor Ross Upshur, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Panel discussion
Safeguarding in the new normal

Mr Kenny Gibson, RN, National Head of Safeguarding at NHS England

Panel discussion
Close and drinks reception

Followed by the Section’s Annual Dinner – Pre bookings only

View the programme - Wednesday 22 September 2021

Welcome and introducion

Dr Edin Lakasing

General Practice Otorhinolaryngology in the new normal

Dr Rakesh Chopra, GPWSI in ENT

Panel discussion
Reflective Learning from a Significant Adverse Event in Practice

Dr Ian Brooman & Dr Andrew Papanikitas

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
John Fry Presentation

Chaired by Professor Margaret Lloyd

A 5-year Retrospective Audit of Diabetic Retinopathy Screening in Primary Care Patients at Broad Lane Surgery

2020 Winner – Dr Anthony Chung

Tackling the insoluble equation in 21st century general practice

2021 Joint Winner – Arun Thirunavukarasu

Poster Prize awards and elevator pitch from winner
Sustainable Inhaler Prescribing in Primary Care: A Chance to Save the World?

2020 Winner - Dr Richard Cruttenden

Radiology for GPs

Dr Joseph Papanikitas, Consultant Radiologist, Bucks NHS Trust

Panel discussion and closing remarks



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

Disclaimer: All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Registration for this event will close at 12:00am on Monday 20 September 2021Late registrations will not be accepted.

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be  distributed  in future on various internet channels. 

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