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

This meeting aims to explore how sleep disorders are common in primary care, typically underdiagnosed and often have simple and highly effective therapies. At least 25% of “tired all the time” patients have conditions such as undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnoea, sedative medications or insomnia disorder. Less common conditions like narcolepsy can go undiagnosed for years and yet have effective, often life-changing therapies. Many routine medications cause either insomnia or hypersomnia.

This practical overview of normal and abnormal sleep will help a busy GP pick out the different causes of young or old patients who are sleepy, sleepless or complain of things that go bump in the night. An accurate clinical history and some simple primary care screening tools may be all that is needed to diagnose and treat many sleep disorders.

For those needing 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.

Finishing with small groups and real-life cases will allow for interactive discussions for all participants. The quick-fire video quiz at the end has prizes for those who have avoided a power nap earlier in the day!

During this session, participants will be able to:

  • Learn about the common sleep disorders as they present in primary care
  • Understand an accurate initial history, and the simple assessments that can be carried out in general practice and liaison with secondary care sleep services.
  • Learn about the causes and treatment of insomnia, hypersomnia, parasomnia and circadian rhythm disorders -how to diagnose and treat in both children and adults

Can’t attend in person on the day? This event is available to watch on-demand for up to 60 days. Please register for the pre-recorded webinar here. 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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Early bird pricing available until 04 October 2022.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£77.00 £46.00 £46.00 £46.00 £24.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee Student
£141.00 £84.00 £84.00 £44.00


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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

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 Ari Manuel, Consultant in Sleep and Ventilation, Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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

Dr Jane Hicks, Dr David O’Regan, Dr Kirstie Anderson, Dr Hugh Selsick

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 1:00 am on Monday, 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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