About this event

  • Date and time Thu 8 Jul 2021 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
  • Location Online

Join us to hear the most up-to-date clinical knowledge about Long Covid from leading researchers, expert clinicians, and patient voices.

With over 1m people in the UK estimated to be experiencing Long Covid symptoms, the CMO Professor Chris Whitty has said we are still “in the foothills of our understanding of the long term effects of Covid”.

This special extended programme from the COVID-19 Series will spotlight the latest clinical understanding and evidence surrounding Long Covid, looking at the various syndromes associated with it, and what the leading research has discovered about this complex condition.

During this webinar delegates will:

  • Understand the big picture impact of Long Covid and the health challenge it presents
  • Hear insights and experiences from Long Covid clinics
  • Hear the latest clinical knowledge about the causes and symptoms of the various syndromes and different pathways associated with Long Covid
  • Hear the latest understanding about the rehabilitation and treatment of Long Covid

We are delighted to welcome a multidisciplinary faculty of speakers. Browse their biographies to find out more about their backgrounds and their work during the pandemic.   

Do you have a question for our panelists? If so, please submit your questions in advance here and they will be answered during the live webinar.  This Sli.do page will close on Friday 9 July and will not be used for questions during the live session.

CPD accredited: A CPD certificate with 2 CPD credits will be issued to those joining each webinar live and will be automatically issued after 7 days to those who watched the webinar live in its entirety. Those who watch the webinar on-demand will receive a CPD certificate 30 days after the webinar has gone live.  

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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Key speakers

Dr Elaine Maxwell

Dr Elaine Maxwell

Scientific Advisor at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), and lead author of the NIHR's Long Covid review

Speaker's biography

Dr Elaine Maxwell is Scientific Advisor at NIHR. Prior to this she was a content lead in the NIHR’s dissemination centre and is the lead author on the two dynamic reviews of evidence on Long Covid, published in October 2020 and March 2021.

 

Elaine has also been both an Executive Director and a Non-Executive Director in NHS Foundation Trusts.

Dr Melissa Heightman

Dr Melissa Heightman

Clinical Lead for Post-Covid Services at University College London Hospitals (UCLH)

Speaker's biography

Dr Melissa Heightman specialises in interstitial lung disease and integrated respiratory medicine. She qualified from the University of Cambridge in 2000 and trained in respiratory medicine at the Brompton Hospital and in North London and held a Wellcome Trust Clinical Training Fellowship from 2007 to 2011.

 

She is a member of the clinical leadership group of the London Respiratory Clinical Network which develops guidance for London in meeting respiratory priorities in the NHS long term plan and relating to the COVID19 pandemic.

 

Dr Heightman has been clinical lead for the COVID follow up service at the trust which is a multi-professional and multispeciality service that integrates with community assessment and community rehabilitation services. She is a member of the NHSE task force considering COVID follow up service development and the NICE guideline group looking at the management of the long-term effects of COVID19. She has a broad interest in the transformation of outpatient services and in developing new models of care for long term conditions across the integrated care system.

Professor Paul Elliott

Professor Paul Elliott

Director of the REACT programme, Principal Investigator of the REACT-Long COVID (REACT-LC) study, and Director of the MRC Centre for Environment and Health at Imperial College London

Speaker's biography

Paul Elliott is a clinical professor of epidemiology and public health medicine in the School of Public Health at Imperial College London, and an honorary consultant in public health at the Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust. His research program focuses on improving the understanding of the role of environmental and genetic factors in human health. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and recently awarded CBE for services to public health.

 

Paul Elliott is Director of the MRC Centre for Environment and Health at Imperial, a major international collaborative centre for environmental sciences research and training, and Director of the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit for Chemical and Radiation Threats & Hazards. He is an associate director of Health Data Research UK London, a founding member of the UK Biobank and a UKDRI Professor at the Imperial College Dementia Research Institute leading a programme in molecular epidemiology.  

 

He is director of the REal time Assessment of Community Transmission (REACT), a national programme of home testing for COVID-19 to track the progress of SARS-CoV-2 viral infections across England. He is also PI of two related studies: REACT-GE study “Multi-omics to identify biological pathways underlying severity of SARS-CoV-2 infection” working in collaboration with Genomics England”; and the REACT-Long COVID (REACT-LC) study, which is recruiting participants from REACT for follow-up to investigate variations in health, symptoms and experiences and testing samples for genetic and biological markers. 

Agenda

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Session 1

Understanding the big picture impact of Long Covid and the health challenge it presents

Chaired by Graham Lawton, Staff Writer at New Scientist

Setting the scene

Dr Elaine Maxwell, Scientific Advisor at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), and lead author of the NIHR's Long Covid review

View from a Long Covid clinic

Dr Melissa Heightman, Clinical Lead for Post-Covid Services at University College London Hospitals (UCLH)

Session 2

The latest clinical knowledge about the causes, symptoms and treatments of the various syndromes associated with Long Covid

Chaired by Graham Lawton, Staff Writer at New Scientist

Post-intensive care syndrome

Dr David McWilliams, Clinical Academic Physiotherapist and Associate Professor at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Centre for Care Excellence

Post-viral syndrome

Professor Danny Altmann, Professor of Immunology at Imperial College London

Long-term organ damage

Dr Betty Raman, Lead of C-MORE study, and British Heart Foundation Oxford Centre for Research Excellence Intermediate Transition Clinical Research Fellow at the John Radcliffe Hospital, University of Oxford

Long-term Covid symptoms

Dr Nathalie MacDermott, NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics (Infectious Diseases) at King's College London

Psychological impact

Dr Victoria Miller, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Long Covid Clinic in Newcastle Hospitals

Session 3

Panel discussion featuring representatives from key studies researching the long-term impact of Covid on physical and mental health

Chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wessely, past-President of the Royal Society of Medicine

Professor Paul Elliott, Director of the REACT programme, Principal Investigator of the REACT-Long COVID (REACT-LC) study, and Director of the MRC Centre for Environment and Health at Imperial College London

Professor Nish Chaturvedi, Director of MRC Unit for Lifelong Health & Ageing at University College London, and Lead of ‘Characterisation, determinants, mechanisms and consequences of the long-term effects of COVID-19’ study

Professor Esther Crawley, Professor of Child Health at University of Bristol, and co-author of ‘Non-hospitalised Children & young people with Long Covid’ (The CLoCk Study)

Dr Shamil Haroon, Clinical Lecturer in Primary Care at the University of Birmingham, and Co-Principal Investigator of ‘Therapies for long COVID’ (The TLC Study)

Professor James Chalmers, British Lung Foundation Professor of Respiratory Research at Dundee University, and Scottish Lead of Post-Hospitalization COVID-19 study (PHOSP-COVID19)

End of programme

Location

Online

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. There are small charges to register for some of our online education which enables the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

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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.

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