About this event

  • Date and time Mon 16 Nov 2020 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Sleep Medicine, British Sleep Society

This interactive webinar will address the most common forms of sleep disorders seen routinely within the NHS, and aims to provide support with tackling areas of difficult decision making and recent scientific advances.

Join us for a unique meeting experience that will be conducted in a debate setting, with a speaker for and against the motion, and giving audience the opportunity to ask questions and cast their votes. 

Hear from Professor Jerome Siegel, a world expert in the mysteries of REM sleep on the current and future directions of REM sleep research and narcolepsy. His talk on 'Sleep, an evolutionary perspective' will not be recorded.

Learning objectives include:

  • Treatment of mild obstructive sleep apnoea given unprecedented demand on sleep services and a very recent review of the evidence base for investigation and management of obstructive sleep apnoea by NICE
  • Challenges of sleepy drivers, the known science to help advise patients and the medical, legal and ethical issues around driving, sleepiness and road safety in an increasingly challenging blame culture
  • Are painkillers more dangerous than sleep tablets? Understand the impact of hypnotics and painkillers. The mismatch between strict prescribing restriction on hypnotics but less regulation of other sedatives and opioid painkillers. 
  • The challenges of diagnosing and treating idiopathic hypersomnia, understanding of the limitations of the tests and potential side effects of the therapies

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 is the first combined meeting of the British Sleep Society and the Sleep Medicine section of the RSM, bringing together two different groups of health professionals.

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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. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

Key speakers

Dr Annabel Nickol

Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, Sleep and Ventilation Lead, Oxford Centre for Respiratory Medicine, Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Jerome Siegel

Director of the Center for Sleep Research, UCLA Department of Psychiatry, California

Speaker's biography

Professor Siegel works at one of the oldest and most prestigious sleep research institutes in the world attracting many researchers and clinicians. He is internationally known for his decades of work on the control and disorders of REM sleep.

Professor Mary Morrell

Professor of Sleep and Respiratory Physiology, Faculty of MedicineNational Heart and Lung Institute

Speaker's biography

Having previously trained and practiced as a Nurse at St Mary's Hospital, Mary Morrell received her PhD in Physiology from London University. As a student in the Department of Respiratory Medicine at Charing Cross Hospital she developed an interest in the control of breathing during sleep which continues to drive her research.

Professor Morrell was awarded a Wellcome Trust Prize International Travelling Research Fellowship that got her a place at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for Post-doc. She has also collaborated with clinical colleagues to set-up the Academic Unit of Sleep and Breathing, at the Royal Brompton Hospital, for which she received Career Development and University Fellowships from the Wellcome Trust; funding from the British Heart Foundation and the NIHR.

Dr Paul Reading

Consultant Neurologist, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough 


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Kirstie Anderson, President, Sleep Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Professor Joerg Steier, Professor of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and President of the British Sleep Society


The motion: Should we treat mild obstructive sleep apnoea

For – Professor Mary Morrell, Imperial College London

Against – Dr Ari Manuel, Aintree Hospital, Liverpool

The vote
The motion: The best judge of sleepy driving is the driver 

For – Dr Annabel Nickol, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, Sleep and Ventilation Lead, Oxford Centre for Respiratory Medicine, Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust,

Against – Dr Paul Goldsmith, Consultant Neurologist, Medical Defence Union 

The vote
The motion: Painkillers are higher risk than sleeping tablets

For - Dr Kirstie Anderson, Consultant Neurologist, President of the Sleep Medicine section of the Royal Society of Medicine

Against – Jasvinder Singh Kaler, Trust pharmacist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


The vote
Comfort break
The motion: Idiopathic hypersomnia is over diagnosed (usually by non-psychiatrists)

For – Dr David O’Regan, Consultant Psychiatrist, Sleep Service, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust 

Against - Dr Paul Reading, Consultant Neurologist, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough 

The vote
Sleep, an evolutionary perspective

Professor Jerome Siegel, Director of the Center for Sleep Research University of California, Los Angeles

Panel discussion

Led by Professor Siegel – current debate in the sleep clinic 


Concluding remarks


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

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.

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 COVID-19 online events are available 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. 

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