About this event

  • Date and time Thu 8 Oct 2020 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by General Practice with Primary Healthcare

The aim of this webinar is to foster awareness of how professional duties in a pandemic manifest for general practitioners in the UK. This is an educational event aimed at GPs and anyone who works with GPs to understand some of the professional challenges arising during the COVID pandemic. Chaired by the section president, the discussion features practice-relevant insights from three expert speakers in Medical Ethics, Journalism and Academic General Practice.

  • Know how to find ethical guidance on pandemic medicine as it applies to frontline doctors.
  • To be aware of how national ethical guidelines are developed for doctors in the pandemic setting
  • Know what shapes ethical guidance on pandemic medicine as it applies to frontline doctors.
  • Be able to recognise ‘fake news’ in healthcare and medicine media reports
  • Know how to help patients recognize and critique ‘fake news’ in the media.
  • Know about changes to death certification during pandemic lockdown that have been piloted
  • To understand and have a strategy for the concept of ‘fake news’ in a healthcare context
  • To examine the specific case of death certification in the pandemic and how this has been adapted

A CPD certificate with CPD credit will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording. 

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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. 

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

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

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

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The RSM is offering this webinar at no charge to delegates, in order to help healthcare professionals to easily access COVID-19 related education material & resources during the pandemic.  However, we are asking people to support the RSM in these unprecedented times.  Now more than ever, as a charity we need your help to continue our work and mission in advancing healthcare through innovation and education. Please consider  making a donation  for joining this free webinar. Thank you for your generosity 


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Andrew Papanikitas, President, General Practice and Primary Healthcare Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Fake news in a pandemic

Mr Trevor Treharne, Journalist and Postgraduate Student, University of Oxford

Issues in death certification for during lockdown

Dr Selena Knight, Academic General Practitioner, Kings College London

How pandemic ethics guidance is produced

Dr Alexis Paton, Chair, Royal College of Physicians Ethics Committee

Question and answer session
Closing remarks