About this event

  • Date and time Tue 5 Oct 2021 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Medicine and Me, Fifth Sense

Jointly organised with Fifth Sense, this webinar will hear from people living with a smell and/or taste disorder, healthcare professionals, and Fifth Sense staff who support and work with those people.  

Pre Sars-COV2 (COVID-19), smell disorders were thought to affect approximately 3million people in the UK. This has increased significantly throughout 2020 and 2021. There are many causations, viruses are just one, and there are varied and limited medical treatments and interventions to support recovery. The physical challenges of living in a world without smell/taste are difficult to live with for those who experience it, and the social and psychological impact is huge – imagine never being able to smell your children or fully appreciate the flavour of your favourite dish. 

In this webinar, we will discuss the approaches to diagnosis, active treatment and symptom management of smell and taste disorders from ENT and neurological perspectives, the importance of nutrition, and the psychological impact it has. We will hear from patients and what they want their medical professionals to understand about their condition.  

Topics to be discussed during this webinar include:

  • The causes of smell and taste disorders 
  • The psychological impact of smell and taste disorders 
  • The importance of food and nutrition 
  • Patient experiences of living with a smell/taste disorder 
  • Challenges faced when engaging with healthcare professionals 

CPD learning applied.

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

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About Medicine and Me

Medicine and Me meetings aim to provide an outline of current best practice, future updates of important conditions, and give a direct voice to patients and their carers and enable them to discuss their concerns and reflections on the impact of diagnosis, investigation and management. Physicians, surgeons and indeed all healthcare professionals, continue to learn from and be inspired to greater efforts to improve care by hearing directly from patients.

We would like to thank our anonymous donor for their generous support enabling this platform for patient focused charities and free access to the Medicine and Me series.


Standard pricing available until 05 October 2021.


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£0.00 £0.00 £0.00 £0.00 £0.00

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Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Non Healthcare Professional Trainee Student Patient / Carer / Relative
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Welcome and introduction

Duncan Boak, Founder and Chair, Fifth Sense

An overview of the aetiology and management of smell and taste disorders

Professor Carl Philpott, Director of Research and Medical Affairs, Fifth Sense, Professor of Rhinology and Olfactology, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon and Rhinologist, James Paget University Hospital, Great Yarmouth

The importance of nutrition and the challenges with food and drink

Sian Riley, Nutrition and Dietetics, Red Pepper Nutrition

What I want medical professionals to understand – the impact on life

Carl Hughes, Patient, Head injury anosmia

Lucy Thomas, Patient, Post COVID anosmia and parosmia

The psychological impact of smell loss

Dr Rachel Herz, Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour, Brown University, Rhode Island, Part-time Faculty, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Boston College, Massachusetts

What I want medical professionals to understand – the value of mindfulness

Debs Davies, Patient, Congenital anosmia and Life Coach

How does neurology fit in?

Dr Richard Rees, Clinical Research Associate, Institute of Neurology, University College London

Questions and answers

Including a discussion on how to improve patient outcomes

Chair: Professor Carl Philpott


  • Dr Richard Rees
  • Dr Rachel Herz
  • Sian Riley
  • Duncan Boak
  • Carl Hughes
  • Debs Davies
Closing remarks
Close of meeting



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

Special rates for difficult times
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain 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.

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.

This webinar will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on 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. 

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