Update in medicine - Liverpool

When and where

15 March 2018
Liverpool Medical Institution
114 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5SR

Past event

Update in medicine - Liverpool

The Mersey region's annual flagship conference for fellows, members and other physicians is designed to provide high-quality education and professional development, as well as a guest lecture on a topic not frequently covered by physicians.  

Please note registration for this event has now closed.  If you wish to attend please contact the Mersey regional team on 0151 794 9191 or email mersey@rcplondon.ac.uk

This year the update is back in the Liverpool Medical Institution and has a packed agenda full of educational and celebratory elements.  The day will include an open forum with Professor Jane Dacre, president of the Royal College of Physicians and other invited officers.  There will also be a lecture by the winner of the trainee Quincentennial Lecture Scheme in the Mersey Region.  

In celebration of the RCP's 500 anniversary year, we will have a travelling exhibition by our library, archive and museums services team, and our registrar, Andrew Goddard (Bod) will be back on his bike to give you the opportunity to sign the RCP500 Charter.  You can see how far he has been by visiting the RCP500 Charter page

This event is aimed at all levels of the profession; consultant physicians, SAS doctors and trainees in all medical specialties.  The event is often very popular, so we would encourage you to book early.  






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09:00 - Coffee and registration
09:25 - Welcome and introduction

09:30 - The future of Internal Medicine? – a new curriculum for 2019  Dr Alastair Miller, deputy medical director, Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board
09:50 - Frailty in older people – Dr Asan Akpan, Aintree University Hospital 

10:30 - Tea/Coffee

10:50 - Regional Lecture: The Liverpool Healthy Lung Programme  Dr Martin Ledson, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital
11:40 - Open forum with the president and college officers

12:30 - Lunch

13:30 - Human induced pluripotent stem cells: beating disease with precision medicine  Dr Claire Hopton, University of Manchester
14:10 - Updates in tuberculosis – Dr Sylviane Defres, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

14:50 - Tea/Coffee

15:10 - Vasculitis for the general physician  Dr Janice Harper, Royal Liverpool University Hospital
15:50 - An update in the management of heart failure  – Dr Jay Wright, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

16:30 - Event close

We would like to invite you to stay on for a short drinks reception, held in the Liverpool Medical Institution, in celebration of the RCP's 500 year anniversary.  Please indicate at the time of booking whether you wish to avail of this.  

**please note this programme and speaker biographies are subject to change.


Speaker biographies

Jane Dacre was elected president of the Royal College of Physicians in April 2014. 

She is an honorary consultant physician and rheumatologist at the Whittington hospital in North London, Professor of Medical Education and was Director of UCL Medical School in London before taking a secondment to become PRCP.  Professor Dacre was also the medical director of MRCPUK until December 2013 and prior to that academic vice president of the RCP.

Professor Dacre was a GMC council member, and chaired the GMC education and training Committee (2008-2012) and leads a research programme in medical education focussing on assessment. Professor Dacre was the clinical lead for the development of the first Clinical Skills Centre in the UK, and was a co-author of the GALS screen.  She has been instrumental in the development, implementation and evaluation of assessment systems in medicine. 

Professor Dacre won the medicine and healthcare category for the 2012 Women in the City Women of Achievement Award; was names on the Health service journal’s inaugural list of 50 inspirational women in healthcare in 2013; was named in the science and medicine category for people of influence Debrett’s 500 in 2015 and 2016; and was name on the Health service journal’s top 100 list in both 2014 and 2015. Professor Dacre is married with three children.

Alastair Miller trained in medicine and law at Cambridge University and in clinical medicine at Westminster Hospital, London. He specialized in Infectious Disease at Birmingham and London. He served in the Royal Navy as Consultant Physician and Professor of Medicine. After leaving the Navy he was a Consultant in General Internal Medicine & Infectious Disease in the West Midlands and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Birmingham University. From 2005 till 2014, he was Consultant in the Tropical & Infectious Disease Unit at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital in 2005, an Honorary Fellow at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Infection & Global Health at Liverpool University and an Honorary Consultant to Public Health England. He was Director of the Liverpool Biomedical Research Centre Clinical Research Facility and PI on several trials of new antiviral agents in hepatitis. He retired from full time NHS practice in May 2014 but retains his academic links with Liverpool.

His main research and clinical interests are blood borne viruses and bone & joint infection. He also has a particular interest in medical education and training. He chaired The College of Physicians Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC) on Infectious Disease and Tropical Medicine for 6 years and is an MRCP examiner, a member of the Faculty of Doctors as Educators and has been Deputy Medical Director of the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board since August 2013. He chairs the Internal Medicine Committee at JRCPTB that is developing new medical curricula in response to the “Shape of Training” report.In addition to his work with JRCPTB he now works one day a week as an Acute Physician in Carlisle. His outside interests are sailing, all forms of mountaineering, sport and adventure travel.

Asan Akpan (MBBS MRCPI MPHIL MPH PGCert FRCPI FRCP (UK) FAcadMed) is a consultant geriatrician at Aintree University Hospital and honorary clinical lecturer, Institute of Ageing & Chronic Disease, University of Liverpool. He graduated from the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and completed his specialist training in the Northwest of England in 2005. In 2011 he spent a year at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Harvard University. In 2015 he was awarded a fellowship of the Academy of Medical Educators in recognition of his contributions to medical education. In 2016 he completed a research fellowship at the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement.

He is a member of the University of Liverpool Faculty of Medical Educators, Royal College of Physicians London Quality Improvement Faculty as well as the Ageing specialty research group lead in the NIHR CRN Northwest Coast facilitating and supporting research in older adults with research groups in the Northwest Coast. His interests include health and social inequalities in older adults, community medicine, frailty, pharmacology in older people, clinical service development / improvement and medical education. His publications can be found on Google Scholar https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=mgs44CYAAAAJ&hl=en. He can be followed on twitter at @asanakpan.

Dr Claire Hopton is a British Heart Foundation Clinical Research Training Fellow at the University of Manchester. 

Claire graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2008.  She undertook her foundation training and core medical training in South Yorkshire before moving to Liverpool in 2012 to start her specialty training in Clinical Genetics.  She began her research, which is focussed on modelling inherited cardiac conditions using human induced pluripotent stem cells, in 2014.  She was awarded a prestigious BHF Clinical Research Training Fellowship in 2016 and is now undertaking a PhD at the University of Manchester.  As part of her research, Claire has spent time in Israel working in the laboratory of Prof Gepstein who is a world leading expert in the field of modelling genetic heart conditions using human induced pluripotent stem cells. 

Whilst out of programme undertaking her research, Claire continues to do regular Cardiac Genetics Clinics.  She is also the Clinical Genetics Trainee Representative for the Association of Inherited Cardiac Conditions (AICC).

Dr Sylviane Defres is a consultant in infectious diseases and general internal medicine.  She is also a clinical research fellow on the ENCEPH UK programme which is an NIHR funded programme of studies investigating encephalitis. 

Dr Janice Harper trained in nephrology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and obtained a PhD in vasculitis from Cambridge University. She started a consultant nephrology post at The Royal Liverpool University Hospital in 2000 and became clinical lead for a multiorgan vasculitis service in 2008. Dr Harper maintains a specialist research interest in vasculitis, particularly immunosuppression drug trials.

Dr Jay Wright has been a consultant cardiologist at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital for 14 years specialising in heart failure, device therapy and cardio-oncology. He has overseen the expansion of the complex device service to be the largest in the UK and has roles with the National Technology Adoption Centre and the NICOR national audit. Research interests match his areas of clinical expertise and honorary contracts are held at Liverpool University and Imperial College. He currently sits on the steering committee of several international randomised controlled studies and particularly enjoys the evaluation of new and innovative technologies.