Pulse LIVE London took place on 22nd – 23rd March at Olympia London for the first of many events in the Pulse calendar. The conference provided delegates with a fantastic opportunity to access the latest insight, innovation and advice from some of the UK’s leading experts in primary care.
We welcomed over 700 attendees from London, the South East and across the rest of the UK. Attendees were able to create their own, personalised agenda choosing talks and panels from across the Your Practice, Your Patients and Your Skills streams, which provided a great range of sessions, debates and topics.
As Nigel Praities, Editor of Pulse magazine said in his welcome, “it has been a hard 12 months for many in the profession”, and with that in mind, the event looked to specifically provide vital information and skills training to help GPs ensure they are giving the best care they can to their patients.
Some of the highlights from this year included:
· Day 1 sessions looking at GP workload including a debate on the use of non-doctor clinical staff and a session from Dr Robert Varnam, Head of General Practice development at NHS England on strategies for addressing avoidable workload.
· Day 2 seminars focussed on the role of GPs in 2016 with an opening debate on whether impractical clinical guidance could put patients and doctors at risk, workshops on the new Diabetes Prevention Programme, a session from Dr Chaand Nagpaul on the new GP Contract and the chance to put questions to PHE advisor, Dr Charles Alessi on the growing role of public health in general practice.
· Career development workshops for newly qualified and experienced GPs alike assessing the pros and cons of portfolio careers, how to become a locum and advice on emigrating abroad.
· Key clinical workshops including interpreting abnormal LFTs, how to deal with challenging blood test results and paediatric dermatology were hugely popular.
The Pulse LIVE events team are conscious of bringing together the healthcare community with other key stakeholders from the industry, with the event offering an exhibition alongside the conference.
Leading pharmaceutical companies, charitable organisations and innovative providers were able to discuss the latest cutting-edge medications and showcase their latest products and services to attendees.
What did our delegates think of the event?
“Well organised event with lots of different and interesting streams to cater for all – spoilt for choice really!” – Ravi Patel, GP Partner
“A feast of stimulating talks and events.” – Michael Wain, Sessional/Locum GP
“Heart-warming meeting with GPs from all over. Excellent programme, varied and including the latest queries about the future of our profession.” – Dominique Dock, GP
“Some brilliant speakers with really useful information. Can’t believe it’s free!”- Rebecca Moyse, GP Registrar
“Comprehensive coverage of topical issues and important changes in medical practice.” – Julian Mead, GP Partner
Pulse LIVE events are free to attend for GPs. The events have been designed to support healthcare professionals in gaining participatory learning hours, to build their knowledge, and help them to stay at the cutting-edge of the latest treatments and guidance. Still to come this year, Pulse LIVE is set to visitEdinburgh, Liverpool and Birmingham.
More information about the rest of the Pulse LIVE events for 2016 including Pulse Learning Seminars can be found here.