About this event

  • Date and time Wed 3 Jun 2020 from 1:00pm to 4 Jun 2020 at 1:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Military Medicine

Enjoy this opportunity to update your knowledge across the broad spectrum of military general practice. From Pre-Hospital Emergency Care, through lifestyle medicine and best practice clinical care, to future research that will translate into daily practice, this conference will be packed with useful information relevant to every GP working in Defence. GP trainees and Primary Care Nurses will also benefit from the updates and insights brought by top speakers.

This unique event will update the Defence GP cohort about changes occurring in medicine relevant to general practice, communicate new technology and processes designed to support operational military general practice, and Promote communication between GPs of the different Services.

The meeting objectives include:

  • To know about current best practice in military general practice
  • To be able to introduce and audit the adherence to best practice in the individuals' medical centres
  • To be able to understand and describe medical innovations that are being introduced in the operational arena
  • To know how to develop an individual special interest within Defence general practice

Defence GP Update Course Poster Prize

Prize: TBC

Submission deadline: Sunday 3 May 2020

Open to: General Practitioners and General Practitioner trainees

Application guidelines

Submit a poster presentation; showcase your excellent quality improvement initiatives or research projects to share best practice throughout the defence medical community. The submission can include diagrams and pictures. The poster should be submitted as a single page MS Word or PowerPoint document, either single or double-column format.

Poster design templates can be requested from PS.GP@rcdm.bham.ac.uk.

Your posters will be displayed during the GP Update conference, the best will receive a prize.


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Standard pricing available until 02 June 2020.

Claim a 40% discount when you book to attend both days. Discount will auto-apply at the checkout.


RSM Fellow
Day 1 Day 2
£30.00 Day 1
£30.00 Day 2
RSM Trainee
Day 1 Day 2
£15.00 Day 1
£15.00 Day 2

Non - Member

Consultant / GP
Day 1 Day 2
£42.00 Day 1
£42.00 Day 2
Day 1 Day 2
£21.00 Day 1
£21.00 Day 2


View the programme 03 June 2020

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Col Mike Smith, Professor of Military General Practice

On general practice

General practice on operations and deployment

Chair: Col Rob Burley, Defence Consultant Advisor in General Practice

Operational overview update

Sqn Ldr Laura Jarvis, PJHQ

Firm base preparing for contingency
Deploying as a general practitioner for the first time
Public health update
Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Practicing in the firm base

Chair: Col Phil Carter, Defence Primary HealthCare Delivery

To be confirmed

Surg Cdr Charlie Evans

Head injury and concussion
Endocrine medicine
Conflict related sexual violence

Surg Lt Cdr Ela Stachow

Panel discussion
Closing remarks
View the programme 04 June 2020

Welcome and Introduction

Air Cdre Rich Withnall, Head of Research and Clinical Innovation

The view from the bridge – executive address

Mr Peter Homa CBE, Director General Defence Medical Services

Translating research into delivering primary care

Chair: Air Cdre Rich Withnall

Women’s health

Maj Elaine Walker

Opiate prescribing and chronic pain
Contraception choices in recruits
Research update

Col Mike Smith

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Opportunities and challenges working in the firm base

Chair: Dr Kat Peebles

DPHC update

Col Rob Burley

Whole force by design – how do we promote inclusivity for CMPs?
CQC success
A case of lead exposure at BRNC

Surg Lt Cdr Tom Herod

The challenges of leading multidisciplinary teams
Panel discussion
Concluding remarks

Air Cdre Rich Withnall

Close of meeting


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