About this event

  • Date and time Thu 20 Jan 2022 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
  • Location Online

According to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), an estimated 1.2 million people in England reported suffering from long COVID in September, with rates rising fastest in teenagers and young people. The prevalence of self-reported long COVID has remained highest in people living in more deprived areas and those working in health or social care. 

Six months on from our first Spotlight on long COVID, this second episode will look at the current prevalence and cases of long COVID, how our understanding of symptoms and treatments has moved on, and the challenges around access to care.

 This episode will: 

  • Advise health professionals on how to continue managing and supporting patients with long COVID using the latest research and treatments  
  • Showcase how long COVID has impacted children and young people 
  • Discuss the challenges and solutions around access to care, and rising referral rates to long COVID clinics 
  • Address the various barriers that different population groups like minority ethnic communities are facing around long COVID 
  • Find out how healthcare workers are being affected by long COVID e.g. morale, workforce turnover, wellbeing 
  • Understand how other countries are coping with long COVID and what they are doing differently to the UK 

In addition, we are offering all those who book another chance to watch the first episode of Spotlight on Long COVID with a free link to the recording.  

A CPD certificate with 3 CPD credits 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.

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered delegates up to 60 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 Bola Owolabi (1)

Dr Bola Owolabi MB BS DFFP MRCGP MSc

Director of Health Inequalities at NHS England and NHS Improvement and General Practitioner.

Speaker's biography

Dr Bola Owolabi MB BS DFFP MRCGP MSc is Director of Health Inequalitiesat NHS England and NHS Improvement. She works as a General Practitioner in the Midlands.

Bola has particular interests in reducing health inequalities through Integrated CareModels, Service Transformation and using data & insights for Quality Improvement.

Bola has held various leadership roles at the local, system and national levels. She was until recently, National Specialty Advisor for Older People and Integrated Person Centred-Care at NHS England and Improvement where she led the Anticipatory Care Workstream of the National Ageing Well Programme. She has worked with teams across NHS England/Improvement and the Department of Health and Social Care as part of the Covid 19 Pandemic response. 

She is an alumnus of Ashridge Executive Education/Hult International Business School and holds a Masters degree with distinction in Leadership (Quality Improvement)

She holds an NHS Leadership Academy Award in Executive Healthcare Leadership for Clinicians. 

Bola is a generation Q Fellow of the Health Foundation, an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK.

Dr Elaine Maxwell

Dr Elaine Maxwell

Scientific Advisor at NIHR

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 Graham Burns

Consultant Physician in Respiratory and General Medicine at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary

Speaker's biography

Dr Graham Burns is a Consultant Physician in Respiratory and General Medicine at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary where he specialises in COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), Asthma and Physiology. 

Dr Burns is COPD Lead for Newcastle Hospitals and Chair of the Regional COPD Guideline Development Group. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University. 

Dr Kiren Collison

Dr Kiren Collison

Interim Deputy Medical Director for Primary Care for NHS England and Improvement. Clinical Chair of Oxfordshire CCG, Co-Chair of her ICS Primary Care Board and board member of NHS Clinical Commissioners. General Practitioner.

Speaker's biography

Dr Kiren Collison is a GP in Oxfordshire and the interim Deputy Medical Director for Primary Care for NHS England and Improvement. Kiren is also the Clinical Chair of Oxfordshire CCG, Co-Chair of her ICS Primary Care Board and board member of NHS Clinical Commissioners. She trained at Cambridge University and University College London. Kiren has a particular interest in strengthening primary care, preventing illness and tackling health inequalities. By writing a weekly magazine health column, Kiren is also keen to spread important health messages to a national and international audience. 

Graham Lawton

Graham Lawton

Staff writer and columnist at New Scientist, and the author of The Origin of (Almost) Everything

Speaker's biography

Graham Lawton is a staff writer and columnist at New Scientist, and the author of The Origin of (Almost) Everything. After a degree in biochemistry and a MSc in science communication, both from Imperial College, Graham Lawton landed at New Scientist, where he has been as a columnist and feature writer. His writing and editing have won a number of awards. He is interested in the environment, wildlife, biomedicine, food and all things Finnish.   

Roz Shafran

Professor Roz Shafran

Chair in Translational Psychology at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Speaker's biography

Professor Roz Shafran is Chair in Translational Psychology at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. She is an honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist, a member of the Health Professions Council and an accredited therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. Professor Shafran founded the Charlie Waller Institute of Evidenced Based Psychological Treatment in 2007 at the University of Reading and was its director until 2012. She is a Trustee of the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, Patron of 'No Panic' and recipient of prizes such as the Positive Practice 'Making a Difference' Award, British Psychological Society Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in Practice and Marsh Award for Mental Health for research that has made a difference to clinical practice. Professor Shafran is a former associate editor of 'Behaviour Research and Therapy' and currently serve on the NIHR HTA Mental Health panel and am a NICE Expert Advisor. 


View the programme 20 January 2022

Welcome and introduction

Graham Lawton, Staff Writer at New Scientist

Session 1 - Where are we now?

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

Implementation of Long COVID Plan

Dr Kiren Collison, GP, Chair of the National Long Covid Taskforce and Deputy Medical Director of Primary Care, NHS England & NHS Improvement

Q&A session

Session 2 - A look into key health topics

Chaired by Graham Lawton, Staff Writer at New Scientist

Children with long COVID

Professor Roz Shafran, Chair in Translational Psychology, Population, Policy & Practice Department, UCL GOS Institute of Child Health

Rehabilitation treatments
A different perspective
Supporting staff with long COVID in the workplace

Session 3, Panel discussion - Assessing access

Panel members

Dr Bola Owolabi, Director, Health Inequalities, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Graham Burns, Consultant physician, Lecturer, Royal Victoria Infirmary and Newcastle University, National Specialty Adviser for Long Covid, NHS




Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

Registration for this webinar will close at 11:00am on 20 January 2022. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

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