About this event

  • Date and time Wed 11 May 2022 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by General Practice with Primary Healthcare

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of primary care at the core of health systems to manage demand and maintain continuity of care. This is compounded by shortages of family physicians and general practitioners to meet the healthcare needs of a growing population and provide regular preventative and patient-focused care to ensure potential and current health problems are managed at an early stage. As a result, the roles in primary care have been evolving to encourage a more collaborative and multidisciplinary approach with allied healthcare professionals to deliver effective care and meet this demand.

This conference will aim to explore what is being done in primary care worldwide, especially with the challenges of the pandemic - new ways of working, success stories locally and internationally with a view to how we can adapt it for our practices in the UK. It will highlight the success stories of our global medical colleagues in providing innovative practices using an inter-professional approach to deliver care in the community and general practice.

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During this session, you will be able to:

  • To determine if integrated care tackles the labyrinth of scattered health services and improves patient outcomes
  • To explore whether the reconfiguration of primary health care, which has multiple professionals with advanced skills working in teams and supported by digital technology, enabling seamless coordination of services delivered and engaging in preventative care
  • Understand whether leveraging digital tools a=such as AI technology and telemedicine maintain continuity of care in treating patients remotely
  • Review whether we can expand efforts to ensure resilience in future public health challenges, especially the growing burden of chronic conditions and ensure the sustainability of innovative developments in primary care
  • Explore current innovations in practice by healthcare professionals working in inter-professional teams within advanced roles globally and consider whether these success stories can be successfully adapted into local healthcare systems

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Opening address workforce development and transformation of roles in interdisciplinary practice

Ms Jeshni Amblum-Almer, President, General Practice with Primary Healthcare Section, Royal Society of Medicine

A global perspective on interprofessional team working and its impact on primary care

Professor Shabir Moosa, Family Physician, Johannesburg Health District

Machine learning integration into healthcare and its use in remote consultations: The role of AI technology in developing collaborative models of care

Dr Maithra Raghu and Dr Jay Verma

Implementing immunisations and covid vaccine clinics using a coordinated inter-professional approach – managing misinformation and population engagement

Ms Kirsty Armstrong, Primary Care Lecturer and Practitioner

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Paediatric Integrated care with shared learning – using a cost neutral approach in general practice

Dr Jaikumar Ganapathi, Paediatric Consultant, The Hillingdon Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 

Developing a collaborative approach to HIV management in children and pregnant women in rural Africa

Dr Pravi Moodley, Virologist, South Africa


COVID-19 pandemic as a “destroyer and teacher”: Understanding the role of Primary care and strategies to manage masses in the world’s second most populated country – India

Dr Zakaria Abbas, India

Panel discussion
Lunch and poster presentations
Workshop 1
The role of physiotherapists in improving patient outcomes in general practice

Chair: Julia Mingay

Speaker: Marije Bolt, Occupational Therapist, Department of Home Health Care, Cordaan

Co ordinating care and education of healthcare professionals in nursing homes In Slovenia

Ms Metka Zitnik, Nurse Practitioner

Understanding the distinct experience of rural interprofessional collaboration in developing palliative care programs
Workshop 2
Mental Health: Interprofessional and cross-organisation care in developing mental health services - homelessness, immigrant populations, refugees

Chair: To be confirmed

Speaker: To be confirmed

Mental health in adolescents and children

Speaker to be confirmed

Workshop 3
Women’s health and children

Chair: To be confirmed

Speaker: To be confirmed

Developing a sustainable women’s health programme during the pandemic

Dr Hayley Jenkins, General Practitioner, Walnut Tree Health Centre, Milton Keynes

Models of maternity care working in a rural environment; barriers and attributes of interprofessional collaboration with midwives

Ms Gergana Nikolova, Deputy Director for Midwifery and Maternity, University of Portsmouth

Question time and highlights from workshops
Tea and coffee break
Role of youth in primary healthcare during COVID-19 pandemic

Dr Marie Claire Wangari, General Practitioner, Nazareth Hospital, Kenya and Executive Board Member, The African Forum for Primary Care

Developing a collaborative approach to safeguarding in England and Wales

Mr Kenny Gibson, Director of Safeguarding, NHS England

Patients’ experiences of interprofessional collaborative practice in primary care

Chair: John Horton

Concluding remarks and poster prize winners announced
Close of meeting


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 or the speaker's organisations.

Registration for this event will close at 12:00am on 11 May 2022. Late 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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