North East England

18 June 2019

Lily LambWelcome to the North East England Faculty's blog where you can read all our latest news. 

We are delighted that GP Reimagined 2019 was another big success, we had around 130 people in attendance, including medical students, GP trainees, practice managers, allied health professionals and qualified GPs. Helen Stokes-Lampard, our Chair of RCGP opened the day with an inspiring and positive talk on the evolving General Practice landscape, she was followed by Ishani Patel, GP and innovator who spoke on 'Workforce Reimagined, 21st century GP'.

We were also joined by Nishma Manek who told us about her Next Generation GP journey, and Mike Holmes addressed the issue of future models of Primary Care alongside Alex Morton from NHS England. Dr Mathew Noble, Medical Director of Babylon spoke about harnessing the power of technology for the benefit of patients and doctors, and Roy Lilley closed the conference with a lively and thought provoking talk discussing the future of general practice. 

Feedback as always was overwhelmingly positive, here are a couple of comments from attendees that sum up the majority of responses: 'GP Reimagined course is very good and much needed to showcase how important general practice is, we have been energized and empowered to make changes', and 'Thank you for putting on this day, as a trainee I was at the point of wanting to get through training and then do as few sessions to pay the bills- but today has reignited my passion and made me remember why I started medicine years ago, this day is a must for all GPs!'

If you have any suggestions for speakers for next year we'd love to hear from you, please contact Clare Bartram at:

Aside from GP Reimagined in recent weeks we have run a very successful Pilates course, and workshops on men's health, medically unexplained symptoms and pain management.
We recognized our new Fellows of RCGP Dr Krishnan and Feeney at a dinner hosted by Helen Stokes-Lampard, she also awarded a prize to local trainee Emily Cottrell for achieving the top mark in the country for her AKT section of MRCGP. A warm welcome is also extended to our more successful Fellowship candidates, Dr Kay-Worrall and Dr Rahman.

There were some big headlines about the pressures facing General Practice last month and I was featured on 3 episodes of BBC Look North talking to Sharon Barbour, our local health correspondent, about the challenges both our patients and our GPs are facing locally. 

Coming up we have some more great courses, including mastering the 6-8 week baby check, 'in a similar vein'- a haematology update for GPs, heart failure, and liver disease. We will also be running our third Gastroenterology and Hepatology symposium on 20 November 2019 in collaboration with Newcastle Hospitals. This event is always hugely successful, early bird booking rates expire soon.

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Best Wishes

Dr Lily Lamb
Communications Lead, North East Faculty

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