Acute medicine

When and where

16 April 2018
Royal College of Physicians of London
11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park, London NW1 4LE

Past event

Acute medicine

Acute medicine is a 1-day annual event at the heart of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) conferences programme that ensures delegates have the necessary professional knowledge required on the acute medical take.

What you will learn

The conference covers common clinical conditions which present particular challenges to clinicians working in acute medicine. It will discuss evolving areas in this area, and showcase management of acute decompensated liver disease, approach to the acutely swollen joint and hot topics in the acute management of COPD. It includes interactive sessions and take-home messages that can be applied to day-to-day practice.

By attending this conference, you will:

  1. update your knowledge in the acute management of patients with decompensated liver disease, COPD and acute stroke
  2. learn about the utility of biomarkers in clinical decision making and risk stratification
  3. enhance your skills in joint aspiration and familiarise yourself with how and when to use non-invasive ventilation
  4. optimise the care of the frail elderly patient and patients with mental health problems on acute take.

Programme Organiser: Dr Nikhil Premchand

Topics covered

  • biomarkers – the good, the bad and the ugly
  • management of acute decompensated liver disease
  • hot topics in the acute management of COPD
  • approach to the acutely swollen joint
  • assessment of the frail older patient
  • novel agents for the treatment of diabetes
  • antimicrobial resistance and the need for stewardship
  • acute management of stroke – thrombolysis and thrombectomy
  • mental health on acute take.

Who should attend

All consultants and trainees with ‘front-door’ responsibilities.

Excellent day at the RCP. Shall definitely attend it again next year and recommend it to others.

Dr Tariq Kemal, consultant and delegate at Acute Medicine 2017

Sponsorship and exhibition

For information on sponsorship and exhibition opportunities please contact

RCP events

The RCP runs a comprehensive programme of conferences on a wide range of topics, offering delegates:

  • cutting-edge clinical education
  • CPD credits, helping delegates to prepare for revalidation
  • opportunities to network
  • updated skills and knowledge.


Please find below the presentations from the day. Please note, if there is a presentation missing, RCP does not have the permissions to share the content.

Dr Nick Scriven 3.17 MB

Acute Medicine conference

9.30          Registration and coffee

9.55          Welcome and opening remarks – Professor Jane Dacre, president, Royal College of Physicians

Each speaker slot should include a minimum of 5–8 mins Q&A

Session 1


10.00          Biomarkers: the good, the bad and the ugly – Professor Rick Body, Manchester Royal Infirmary

10.30          Management of acute decompensated liver disease – Professor John O'Grady, Kings College

11.00          Coffee

Session 2

11.20          Hot topics in the acute management of COPD – Dr Nick Scriven, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

11.50          Approach to the acutely swollen joint – Dr Holly Merris, Birmingham


12.20-13.20 Food available +/- networking

13.20-13.50 Networking

Room 1

12.20-12.50 Knee aspiration - practical session

12.50-13.20 Knee aspiration - practical session

13.20-13.50 Knee aspiration - practical session

Room 2 

12.20-12.50 NIV - practical familiarisation session

12.50-13.20 NIV - practical familiarisation session

13.20-13.50 NIV - practical familiarisation session

Room 3

12.50-13.20 Tips and pitfalls in plain film interpretation – interactive session

13.20-13.50 Tips and pitfalls in ECG interpretation – interactive session: Dr Rhid Dowdle

Session 3


13.50          Assessment of the frail older patient – Dr Zoe Wyrko, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

14.20          Newer agents for hyperglycaemia in Type 2 diabetes – Professor Tahseen Chowdhury, Royal London Hospital

14.50          Antimicrobial resistance and the need for stewardship – Dr Nicholas Brown, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge

15.20          Tea

Session 4

15.40          Acute management of stroke: thrombolysis and thrombectomy – Professor Gary Ford, the Oxford Academic Health Science Network

16.10          Mental health on acute take – Dr Emma Barrow, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

16.40          Closing remarks by the chair

16.45          Close of conference