About this event

  • Date and time Wed 10 Nov 2021 from 9:15am to 12:30pm
  • Location Online

Hosted by the Royal Society of Medicine and the Health Education Kent Surrey Sussex (HEKSS) Deanery, this webinar aims to provide topics to cover acute medical presentations in immunology, palliative care and haematology.

This programme is most relevant for GIM trainees at specialist registrar level, but will also be relevant to internal medical trainees, international medical graduates and all grades of medical doctors working in the frontline.

Registration is free for RSM members and KSS trainees.

Learning objectives include:

  • Immunology - identify patients with a suspected primary or secondary immune deficiency using the acronym SPUR, appreciate the burden of secondary immune deficiency in hospital adult patients, and be able to arrange and interpret first-line investigations for a patient with a suspected immune deficiency
  • Palliative care - identifying dying patients, discussion with family, coordinating patient’s care with palliative support, and RESPECT process
  • Haematology - clotting disorders for acutely ill medical patients, and non-surgical management of acute bleeding

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 Anna Cowley

Dr Anna Cowley

Haematology Consultant, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Speaker's biography

Dr Anna Cowley is a consultant in haematology based at Eastbourne District General Hospital. Her work covers all aspects of general haematology and she has a particular interest in myeloma and lymphoid malignancies. She is the local year 5 lead for Brighton and Sussex Medical School and the clinical research lead for the Trust.

Dr David Barclay

Dr David Barclay

Palliative Care Consultant, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Speaker's biography

Dr David Barclay took up a post as consultant in East Sussex in 2007, he has been Medical Director at the Hospice since the beginning of his time which has included a move into a purpose build new Hospice in 2013. In the past few years, he has also become Clinical Lead in the East Sussex Hospitals and has been a key player in rolling out the ReSPECT process there. He is passionate about MDT working, supervising junior medical staff and ensuring the patient’s voice is always heard in planning care.  

Dr Rachael O’Brien

Immunology Consultant, Frimley Park Hospital Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Speaker's biography

Dr Rachael O’Brien qualified from the University of Birmingham in 2006. After completing foundation and core medical training in the West Midlands, she undertook specialty training in clinical immunology in Leicester and Nottingham. She has worked at Frimley Park Hospital since 2018. She looks after patients with primary and secondary immune deficiencies and complex allergies. She has also completed an MSc in Infectious Diseases through the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has a keen interest in medical education, currently studying for an MSc in this through UCL. She is a member of the UK Primary Immunodeficiency Network (UKPIN), the European Society for Immune Deficiency (ESID) and the British Society for Allergic and Clinical Immunology (BSACI).


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Dr Sathianathan Panthakalam, KSS General Internal Medicine Deanery Training Programme Director, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Dr Nadia Matei, Specialty Trainee Year 5, Respiratory Medicine and KSS General Internal Medicine Trainee Representative and Professor Nik Patel, Consultant Cardiologist, Eastbourne and Head of School of Medicine KSS Deanery

Primary and secondary immune deficiencies for General Medicine

Dr Rachael O’Brien, Immunology Consultant, Frimley Park Hospital Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

End of life care: Identifying and planning

Dr David Barclay, Palliative Care Consultant, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Anticoagulation for acute medical take

Dr Anna Cowley, Haematology Consultant, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Question and answer session and closing remarks
End of the webinar



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 weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain 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.

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.

All webinars will be available for registered delegates 60 days after on 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. 

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