About this event

  • Date and time Tue 15 Nov 2022 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Sleep Medicine

Sleep disorders are common in primary care, with at least 25% of “tired all the time” patients suffering from a condition that affects their sleep. Unfortunately, many of these disorders go undiagnosed and untreated for many years while simple, often life-changing therapies are available.

At this event, you will learn about the causes and treatment of insomnia, hypersomnia, parasomnia and circadian rhythm disorders; and how to diagnose and treat children and adults. For those who do need a referral, we will cover which tests are done, how to support patients in secondary care clinics, and how to get the best advice and guidance from your local sleep clinic.

During this session, you will:

  • Learn about the common sleep disorders as they present in primary care
  • Learn the current best practice guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of insomnia, obstructive sleep apnoea, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy and the parasomnias
  • Understand the history, screening questionnaires and investigations within primary care.
  • Get the best out of your local sleep service - Advice and guidance, referrals to and joint management with secondary care sleep clinics 

The RSM Library has created a tailored reading list for this event. RSM members can access the full reading list. Become a member to tap into these extra resources and extend your learning further.  

Can’t attend in person on the day?  Please register for the pre-recorded webinar here, available to watch on-demand for up to 60 days. The link to watch the webinar will be sent via email within a week of the live in-person event on Tuesday 15 November 2022 so that you can view it on-demand.

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We would like to thank our sponsors Idorsia and S-Med for their support of this meeting. Please note that the main scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsors.



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Session 1

Registration, tea and coffee

Dr Kirstie Anderson, Consultant Neurologist and Sleep Specialist, Royal Victoria Infirmary

Sleep – what is it and why do we do it

Dr Hugh Selsick, Consultant Psychiatrist and Sleep Specialist, Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, University College Hospitals

Spotting sleep disorders – history, examination and screening tests in a GP surgery

Dr Dipesh Mistry, Consultant Psychiatrist and Sleep Specialist, Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, University College Hospitals

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Insomnia – diagnosis and treatment in primary care

Dr Kirstie Anderson

Restless legs – diagnosis and treatment in primary care

Dr David O’Regan, President, Sleep Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine, Consultant Psychiatrist and Sleep Specialist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer, King’s College London

Panel discussion
Idorsia sponsored symposium – The role of hyperarousal in insomnia

Inês Carreira Figueiredo, UK Medical Advisor, Idorsia Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd



Session 2


Dr David O’Regan

Excessive daytime sleepiness – sleepy heads, narcolepsy and the CNS hypersomnias

Dr Hugh Selsick

Excessive daytime sleepiness- obstructive sleep apnoea

Dr Amar J Shah, Sleep Medicine Fellow, University College London

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Clinical cases – small group teaching

Dr Jane Hicks, Dr David O’Regan, Dr Kirstie Anderson, Dr Hugh Selsick, Dr Lucinda Richards, Mrs Louise Berger

Panel discussion and quiz
Close of meeting



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


Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on 14 November 2022. Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time

If the event is recorded, we are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. There is no guarantee that all sessions will be available after the event, this is at the presenter’s and RSM discretion.

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations.

This event 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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