RCGP Annual Conference - Day 1 highlights

Publication date: 24 October 2019

Almost 2,000 GPs and primary care professionals will gather in Liverpool today for the first day of the RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard will take to the stage for her final annual address as RCGP Chair, reflecting on her three years in office and giving her 'message of hope with a note of caution' for the future.

Dame Clare Marx, Chair of the General Medical Council and Becky Malby, Professor of Health Systems Innovation at London's Southbank University will also speak – and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, is due to give a video address.

Other sessions today will explore:

Artificial intelligence

A session looking at the arguments for and against the use of AI in clinical settings based on real-life experiences – it will discuss the patient safety, moral and ethical considerations of AI for healthcare.

New and emerging roles in general practice

Expert GP speakers will explore some of the challenges, cautions and opportunities from emerging roles across healthcare including occupational therapists, social prescribers and clinical practitioners and what needs to be done to ensure they have a positive impact on general practice and patient care.

Learning from military training

Immersive, hi-fidelity simulation to re-create and teach battlefield care has been used in military GP training for decades and is now being applied to civilian scenarios. This session will discuss the benefits, challenges and limitations of this learning method for trainee

Short papers will also be presented on topics including the impact of weather variations, sporting events and the media on patient demand in general practice; effectiveness of B12 testing; latest thinking around sudden unexplained death in childhood; standing desks in consultation rooms; and digital interventions for children's healthcare.

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7574 / 7575 / 7633 / 7494
Out of hours: 0203 188 7659

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 53,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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