The neurology of systemic disease

When and where

13 November 2017
Royal College of Physicians of London
11 St Andrews Place, London, NW1 4LE

Past event

The neurology of systemic disease

This 1-day medical conference will provide a convenient update on the current management of acute neurological problems as they present to an acute physician or those involved in unselected on call.

The interactive and case-based programme is designed to be clinically applicable covering a diverse range of subjects, including:

  • coma
  • epilepsy
  • functional disorders
  • stroke mimics
  • headache
  • other acute neurological problems.

Delegates will leave the day with greater confidence in assessing acute neurological problems and when to get more specialist input with examples of how an acute neurology service can be set up effectively and collaboratively.


The programme will include:

  • increasing the confidence of those attending and managing acute neurological problems on MAU
  • knowing when to get specialist input and why
  • management of coma and epilepsy
  • recognition of stroke mimics
  • headache differential diagnosis and management.

Programme organiser: Dr David Nicholl, University Hospital Birmingham

Who should attend?

  • consultants and trainees who are involved with acute take
  • neurologists
  • stroke physicians
  • critical care physicians.

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RCP conferences

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.


Programme organiser: Dr David Nicholl, University Hospital Birmingham
09.30 Registration and coffee

09.55 Welcome and opening remarks - Professor Jane Dacre, president, Royal College of Physicians

Session 1: Disorders of consciousness
10.00 Reduced consciousness on ITU: why is my patient not waking up? - Dr Robin Howard,  Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital

10.30 Transient Loss of Consciousness - Is it a seizure - Dr Rebecca Liu, Royal Free London

11.00 Coffee

Session 2: Cancer, mimics and weakness

11.20 Neurology on the oncology ward- what does a non-neurologist need to know - Dr Allyson Parry, Oxford University Hospitals

11.50 Stroke mimics and chameleons on MAU - Professor Cathie Sudlow, The University of Edinburgh

12.20 ‘Weakness’ on the medical and surgical wards - Dr Wojtek Rakowicz, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

12.50 Lunch

Session 3: Headache, obstetrics and somatisation

13.50 Can I send this headache patient home? - Dr Nicola Giffin, Royal United Hospitals Bath

14.20 Obstetric, intra- and peri-partum neurology - Dr Doug McCorry, University Hospitals Birmingham

14.50 What can I do for patients with functional neurological symptoms attending the MAU? - Professor Markus Reuber, University of Sheffield

15.20 Tea

Session 4: Immunosuppression and acute neurology at the front door

15.40 The neurology of immunosuppression - Dr Nick Davies, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

16.10 An acute neurology service- how can it help your MAU - Dr Thomas Peukert, Royal Belfast Hospital

16.40 Closing remarks by the Chair

16.45 Close of conference