Delivery of the IOTOD 2022 Conference

PCM Scientific delivered the 20th annual Improving Outcomes in the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (IOTOD) conference on the 11th – 12th May, welcoming 290 delegates from 17 different countries.

The IOTOD 2022 conference offered a range of exciting and interactive sessions. It involved thought-provoking talks and expert-led panel discussions in the field of opioid dependence, equipping our audience with the tools to improve their quality of care in their day-to-day clinical practice. For the first-time, the virtual conference was delivered with live Spanish translation via Cogora’s platform, HCP Connect.

Feedback from delegates and our international expert faculty has been fantastic so far.

  • “I thought it was very good and I enjoyed the meeting.”
  • “I thought the content related very well together thematically and holistically.”
  • “The team had flawless grip over the development of the meeting and its content.”
  • “This was fantastic, really well planned and I thought that the guidance with the slides and support to polish them was excellent, thank you team.”
  • “No technical problems and I thought the technical support side was tremendous.”

Further feedback will be collated following our evaluation survey surrounding the live event and the on-demand period, as well as insights into the likely positive impact on clinical practice, via our Commitments to Change.

Making a comeback this year, IOTOD hosted its very own poster session where delegates featured their latest research and findings in the field of opioid dependence. Returning to the conference was our popular complex case studies discussion, where delegates discussed opioid dependence and co-morbidities with international colleagues and world-leading experts.

The European Accreditation Committee in CNS (EACIC) has granted 7 CME credits to this event.

Pulse PCN roundtable success

The Pulse PCN roundtable on enhanced access was the best attended roundtable since Cogora launched the brand last year.

There were 12 participants, including 10 PCN clinical directors, from across England representing areas including Devon, Bedfordshire, Hampshire, Lancashire, and London.

The hour-long discussion, held virtually in April and chaired by Pulse PCN editor, Victoria Vaughan, shed light on the reaction to the new PCN Network Direct Enhanced Service (DES) contract.

It focussed on the requirement that PCNs must provide appointments in the weekday evenings between 6.30pm and 8pm and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays.

The delegates were largely positive about the move with most feeling it was well funded and within their capabilities. For others though, this latest demand nearly saw their network break-up.

A full report of the roundtable will be out in the summer edition of Pulse PCN in June and also available online here.  Previous topics covered in roundtables include place-based partnerships and population health management.

Expert-led online CME education in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

The HCM Academy provides free CME courses for GPs, family physicians, nurses, and community cardiology teams. The programme, created and launched in November 2021 by PCM Scientific, focuses on best practice care for people living with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). It allows users to learn directly from leading HCM experts and hear from HCM patients about their experiences.

HCM Academy offers expert-led online CME education in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy via two main learning streams: live digital CME workshops and online CME courses. This free online CME education offers on-demand and interactive learning. Multiple digital CME workshops have already been delivered by HCM specialists and to date, hundreds of healthcare professionals have attended.

The second stream of learning is the online CME courses, consisting of 6 educational CME learning modules and 5 on-demand case studies. Alongside these resources, 5 real-life patient journeys are available to view and explore. All of these resources provide greater insight into specific aspects of quality HCM care and disease management.

“I think the HCM Academy offers a substantial opportunity to improve outcomes – when you look at what is being offered, it’s truly the full gamut of disease. Whether it’s age, symptoms, or treatment, or missed opportunities. I would encourage everyone to take advantage of this unique offering via the HCM Academy” John Lynn Jeffries – National Faculty, The HCM Academy

The HCM Academy is developed in partnership with and endorsed by the HCMA and targets family practitioners, nurse practitioners, GPs, internists, and community cardiology teams across the United States of America.

The Pharmacist extends coverage to pharmacy in general practice

Cogora’s digital publication for pharmacists has extended its news and clinical content to include pharmacists working in general practice and in Primary Care Networks (PCNs).

Plans have kicked off with the launch of The Pharmacist PRACTICE newsletter, bringing regular news, updates and CPD to the growing general practice pharmacy sector.

The initiative reflects the increasing value that pharmacists bring to the general practice team, with the number of pharmacist roles being rapidly expanded by NHS funding.

Over 3,000 pharmacists in PCNs and general practice in England now work closely with GPs – bringing their specialist knowledge of medicines, side effects, cost effective prescribing and the support of patients with their medication and long-term conditions.

The Pharmacist has a long track record in delivering news and information to community pharmacy, championing the information needs of independent pharmacy teams. The value of the profession has only been reinforced during the Covid pandemic.

The Pharmacist will work to help grow synergy in the pharmacy community, across PCNs, general practice and community pharmacy.

This year, The Pharmacist team has also relaunched the brand’s website, thepharmacist.co.uk, enhancing the content, structure and usability of the site.

PCRA 2022 events

We are delighted to welcome back our Primary Care Respiratory Academy (PCRA) virtual and face-to-face events this year.

The PCRA 2022 Clinical face-to-face events, delivered by Cogora: The Agency, will consist of a full day of respiratory content in London (Friday 17th June), Birmingham (Tuesday 21st June), and Manchester (Monday 28th June). This much awaited face-to-face event series brings an exciting opportunity to discuss an excellent selection of clinical content amongst peers.

This year we have four excellent sessions interspersed with interactive working groups and discussions, including:

  • Important updates of asthma diagnosis and management
  • Paediatric asthma, COPD, and the updated post-Covid-19 guidelines
  • Looking to the future: important updates in COPD, deconditioning and addressing the review back-log
  • New guidelines that matter in clinical practice: post-Covid syndrome, breathlessness in athletes, ILD, bronchiectasis, and fitness to fly 

PCRA 2022 also includes a selection of Quality Improvement webinars on greener healthcare (Wednesday 8th June) and how to shorten the respiratory waiting list (Wednesday 5th October), as well as two case-based Clinical webinars covering tricky aspects of COPD diagnosis (Wednesday 14th September) and asthma diagnosis (Thursday 29th September). 

The events will promoted to our audience of primary care healthcare professionals via Pulse, Nursing in Practice, The Pharmacist, Management in Practice and Healthcare Leader. The 2022 Primary Care Respiratory Academy has been developed in partnership with PCRS, and is funded by Chiesi.

A series of eight interactive and educational webinars which took place throughout 2021 are available for on-demand viewing.


Two weeks to go until IOTOD 2022

With only two weeks to go, the PCM Scientific team are gearing up to deliver the 2022 Improving Outcomes in the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (IOTOD) virtual conference on May 11th – 12th

Following the success of our 2021 virtual conference, the IOTOD 2022 conference will offer a range of exciting and interactive sessions. It will involve thought-provoking talks and expert-led panel discussions in the field of opioid dependence, equipping our audience with the tools to improve their quality of care in their day-to-day clinical practice.

Making a comeback this year, IOTOD will host its very own poster session where delegates can feature their latest research and findings in the field of opioid dependence. Returning to the conference will be our popular complex case studies discussion, where delegates can discuss opioid dependence and co-morbidities with international colleagues and world-leading experts.

Topics to be addressed at IOTOD 2022:

  • Opioid dependant patients: Profiles past and present
  • Psychosocial treatments and beyond ODT medication
  • Opioid analgesia dependence: is it being managed?
  • How has treatment provision in opioid dependence evolved?
  • Viral hepatitis: uncovering the unknown
  • Complex cases: panel discussion

Accessing our community of healthcare professionals via our media brands Pulse, Nursing in Practice, The Pharmacist, Hospital Pharmacy Europe and Hospital Healthcare Europe, as well as the well-established IOTOD community, the IOTOD 2022 conference welcomes addiction specialists, psychiatrists, GPs, community pharmacists, primary care nurses and other healthcare professional managing patients with opioid dependence and associated comorbidities. 

The European Accreditation Committee in CNS (EACIC) has granted 7 CME credits to this event.

Find out more about the IOTOD experience here.

The Pharmacist has launched a new website

The Pharmacist has launched a new website with an impactful and user-friendly design, with new functionality.

Readers can now access the latest pharmacy news and updates on a fresher and faster-loading site, explore revamped clinical categories, and vote on the most important issues of the week in a new online poll feature. 

As well as informative news, analysis and clinical content, written by expert journalists and practising pharmacists, The Pharmacist has also refreshed the Clinical Ambassadors services zone, where community pharmacists can learn about delivering clinical services from the UK’s most forward-thinking pharmacy contractors.

Carolyn Scott, editor of The Pharmacist, said: ‘We are proud to launch this exciting new website – and hope our pharmacist readers like it just as much as we do. Our plan for this project was not just to refresh the look and feel of the site, but also to improve the user experience and make it easier for readers to access the information that’s important to them.’

Soaring number of NHS webinar registrants

With NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I), the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC), and Oxford Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), Cogora: The Agency have been working on delivering a series of live webinars to our community of healthcare professionals via Pulse.

Since announcing their exciting new Consensus Pathway for the Management of Uncontrolled Asthma pathway, NHSE&I, the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC), and Oxford Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) have received a staggering number of registrants for the three live webinars set to air in March.

So far, the NHS webinars have had a combined 2,663 registrations, with registrations still open for the remaining webinar on Wednesday 23rd March.

Advanced Nurse Practitioner Beverly Bostock and Respiratory Nurse and Clinical Lead Claire Adams kicked off the series with a focus on identifying and managing uncontrolled asthma. The webinar was an outstanding success with over 400 attendees. 

Next up was Consultant Pharmacist Grainne d’Ancona and Professor Anna Murphy who presented an insightful webinar on improving adherence to asthma treatments. Grainne and Anna delved into patient psychology and detailed how to bring up non-adherence with patients.    

To wrap the series, the final webinar will present the brand-new Consensus Pathway for the Management of Uncontrolled Asthma. Join Prof Andrew Menzies-Gow, Dr Hitasha Rupani, Dr. Steve Holmes, Dr Deepak Subramanian, and Dr David Jackson on Wednesday the 23rd March 7-8pm.

In addition to the three live NHS webinars, healthcare professionals can access a range of educational resources including CPD modules, podcasts, and posters all via the NHS England and NHS Improvement sponsored hub on Pulse. Accessing our community of GPs via Pulse, Cogora: The Agency have been able to achieve high level engagement for the live webinars, but also drive traffic to the hub on Pulse which GPs can access at their own convenience.

Pulse: The hospital GPs

This month, our new look Pulse magazine focuses on the health secretary’s plan to have GPs working under hospital trusts. We look in detail at how this has been implemented in various pockets of England, how it has affected patient satisfaction and recruitment.

The March issue of Pulse magazines provides an analysis of what is happening with the GP contract in England, plus look behind the headlines at a claim GPs are not referring enough suspected cancer cases. We also feature our new Pulse Checker page – a not-entirely-serious news page.

In the clinical section, as we enter spring, we answer key questions on Lyme disease, provide a guide on remote consultations for orthopaedic presentations and avoiding a clinical clanger around thrush.

Elsewhere, in conjunction with Pulse Intelligence we give guides on starting and refining electronic repeat dispensing and appointing a non-clinical QOF lead.

IOTOD Spring webinar, ‘Improving outcomes for opioid-dependent women’

This week the PCM Scientific team hosted the IOTOD spring webinar: ‘Improving outcomes for opioid-dependent women: addressing problems, perceptions and practices within treatment services and beyond’. 

This spring educational session was led by Australian-based Dr Shalini Arunogiri and joined by Dr Bern Hard who is UK based, where they discussed problems faced by opioid-dependent women and their specific needs from treatment services. Furthermore, to share best practice approaches for transferring female patients on daily dose methadone or buprenorphine to long-acting buprenorphine (LAB) and the associated benefits of these treatment formulations in this patient population. Both speakers shared their own examples of their own personal patient stories and the impact this treatment has had on their patients. The webinar was a great success with 84 healthcare professionals across Europe in attendance.

Accessing our community of healthcare professionals via our media brands as well as the well-established IOTOD community, the spring webinar welcomed addiction specialists, psychiatrists, GPs, community pharmacists, primary care nurses and other healthcare professional managing patients with opioid dependence and associated comorbidities. The event concluded with a lively Q&A session.

The IOTOD spring webinar was supported by arms-length funding from Camurus and the archived version will soon be available on the IOTOD website.

Enduring resources and expert-led digital workshops from the HCM Academy

At the end of 2021, PCM Scientific launched a peer-to-peer and online educational programme, the HCM Academy. The website now hosts a series of enduring resources and expert-led digital workshops. 

HCM Academy is a free-to-access CME initiative for family physicians and community cardiologists focusing on the diagnosis and management of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM).

This programme is aimed towards our community of physicians, community cardiologists and healthcare professionals within the USA. With enduring resources created with HCM experts, users can learn best practice in the treatment of patients with HCM, including management of heart failure symptoms and strategies to improve quality of life. 

Resources currently available on the HCM Academy website:

  • 6 online learning modules (1 hour CME per module)
  • 6 online case-study discussions (1 hour CME per case study)
  • Video clips of patient journeys
  • Digital workshops led by 24 regional educators (1 hour CME per workshop)

The digital workshops, targeting three regions of the US, have begun and will run until May 2022. 134 people have participated in the 7 workshops ran so far with another 27 workshops currently booked in until May 2022.

Pulse: End of the road for overmedicalisation?

This month has seen a complete redesign of Pulse magazine. We have redesigned the magazine to make it more digestible, and showcase everything we are doing online on our various publications. We will continue to provide the same award-winning investigations and analysis, hard-hitting news, clinical CPD and support for readers in running their practice.

The Pulse cover feature focuses on overmedicalisation, and asks whether the Covid pandemic has given us a chance to reassess our reliance on medicalising so many patient problems. We also look at how the £250m winter fund has been spent.

The redesign has brought some new features, including ‘Mythbusters’, which looks at dubious claims around GPs (this month on them issuing DNRs to teenagers with learning difficulties) and ‘Pulse Checker’, a light-hearted look at general practice.

In our clinical section, we have a casebook on complex asthma presentations, we look at the new Covid therapeutics available, a Clinical Clangers piece looks at the potential for misdiagnosing hallucinations in the elderly.

Pulse PCN wins ‘Launch of the Year’ at the BSME Awards

Pulse PCN has won ‘Launch of the Year’ at the prestigious British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME) awards.

Pulse editor Jaimie Kaffash and Pulse PCN editor Victoria Vaughan scooped up the award at yesterday’s ceremony, which celebrates ‘editorial excellence’ among the top consumer, professional and customer magazines and websites. The judges commended the Pulse PCN team for identifying a ‘genuine need in their audience’ and getting them ‘involved in shaping and providing content from the outset’.

They said: ‘The team did not just identify a genuine need in their audience, they also reached out to that audience and got them involved in shaping and providing content from the outset. ‘The result being a rare print launch that tapped into its readership so well that it resulted in significant new revenue for the brand.’

Pulse PCN was launched in print with Pulse’s May issue alongside a new section on the Pulse website and a weekly newsletter. It aims to provide a community and up-to-date news and resources for PCN clinical directors, recognising how important PCNs will become with plans to concentrate future funding on networks rather than practices.

Pulse PCN also hosts events for clinical directors, roundtables and a podcast series.

Pulse was also shortlisted in three further categories: ‘Editor of the Year (Trade and Professional)’ for Jaimie; ‘Art Director of the Year (B2B)’ for James Depree; and ‘Cover of the Year (B2B)’ for both Jaimie and James.

Pulse has won a number of awards in recent years, most recently scooping up two gongs in November when Pulse was named ‘Business Publication of the Year’ and Jaimie was named ‘Editor of the Year’ at the PPA Independent Publisher Awards.

Jaimie was also awarded ‘Editor of the Year (trade and professional)’ at last year’s BSME awards, when the judges praised Pulse’s response to the Covid pandemic.

Secondary care congress coverage services

To support our audience of healthcare professionals stay up-to-date with the latest news and developments in science, Hospital Healthcare Europe and Hospital Pharmacy Europe are committing to a range of congress coverage services, sharing more congress review content from key therapeutic areas together with our partner HOPE.

A recent audience survey on how habits and requirements have evolved during the pandemic demonstrated how engaged our community is and highlights an appetite for more congress related content delivered directly and online.

As such, we have newsletters scheduled in and around key congress dates and limited congress coverage opportunities to engage with our audience directly. Further, considering the ongoing challenges, the pandemic has caused in travelling to congresses and meeting with healthcare professionals, we are launching a range of options designed to help you reach and engage our community of specialists digitally to ensure your key messages are disseminated and land with the right audience directly and efficiently.

 

  • Haematology ASH*
  • Radiology ESR March 
  • Pharmaceutical EAHP March 
  • Rheumatology EULAR June 
  • Oncology ASCO June 
  • Allergy EACCI July 
  • Cardiology ESC August 
  • Respiratory ERS September 
  • Gastroenterology UEG October 

*2022 dates to be confirmed

Please email edwardburkle@cogora.com discuss our range of congress coverage packages to help amplify your messages and engage our community of healthcare professionals.

What’s coming up in 2022 from our events team?

After the successes of 2021, our events team are well underway with plans to deliver the most comprehensive educational programme we’ve ever compiled with the launch of our brand-new education platforms Pulse 365 and Nursing in Practice 365. Find out what’s coming up in 2022 from our events team.

Last year, we were delighted to be able to return to holding face-to-face events and seeing our healthcare professional  community and clients in person once again. We also continued to provide virtual programmes due to their success during the pandemic and the positive feedback we received. Our events calendar welcomed over 5,000 delegates, which was a fantastic response given the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 and the pressures that our healthcare community faced.

Our events team look forward to the launch of Pulse 365 and Nursing in Practice 365 this year, centralised learning hubs that combine all the educational content from our events and learning brands in one place, offering our community a single access point for all their professional development needs.

The 2022 calendar will include a selection of CPD-accredited, face-to-face events as well as live and on-demand virtual programmes, spanning our Pulse, Nursing in Practice, Management in Practice, and Pulse PCN brands. Offering a variety of formats, dates throughout the year, at locations across the UK, we’re sure to have an option to suit you.

We also have a fantastic schedule of e-learning modules for 2022, covering a great range of clinical and professional topics. And last but certainly not least, the General Practice Awards will be back for its 14th edition, celebrating the outstanding work taking place across primary and community care.

Our portfolio offers unique and tailored solutions to maximise your investment and help you achieve your goals. For further information on how to participate, please contact Cogora on 020 7214 0573 or email nickhayward@cogora.com, and if you are an HCP interested in attending our events or signing up for our new platforms, please contact events@cogora.com.

 

 

 

Registration is open for the IOTOD 2022 conference

Registration is now open for the ‘Improving Outcomes in the Treatment of Opioid Dependence’ (IOTOD) 2022 conference which returns virtually on 11th – 12th May for its 20th year.

Following the success of our first virtual conference last year, the IOTOD 2022 conference will again provide a range of educational and interactive sessions from the comfort of your own home.

Through expert-led panel discussions and talks from leading figures in the field of opioid dependence, the conference will leave our audience feeling equipped, well informed and ready to improve quality of care in their clinical practice.

Accessing our community of healthcare professionals via our media brands Pulse, Nursing in Practice, The Pharmacist, Hospital Pharmacy Europe and Hospital Healthcare Europe, as well as the well-established IOTOD community, the IOTOD 2022 conference welcomes addiction specialists, psychiatrists, GPs, community pharmacists, primary care nurses and other healthcare professional managing patients with opioid dependence and associated comorbidities. 

 

IOTOD Spring webinar

Following on from the success of our autumn webinar and annual conference, we are pleased to announce that the IOTOD Spring webinar ‘Improving outcomes for opioid-dependent women: addressing problems, perceptions and practices within treatment services and beyond’ will be taking place on Wednesday 23rd February 19:00 GMT on Zoom.

This spring educational session will be led by Australian-based Dr Shalini Arunogiri and joined by Dr Bern Hard who is based in the U.K. This webinar will be looking at the problems faced by opioid-dependent women and their specific needs from treatment services. Furthermore, to share best practice approaches for transferring female patients on daily dose methadone or buprenorphine to long-acting buprenorphine (LAB) and the associated benefits of these treatment formulations in this patient population. The event will conclude with a lively Q&A session.

Accessing our community of healthcare professionals via our media brands Pulse, Nursing in Practice, The Pharmacist, Hospital Pharmacy Europe and Hospital Healthcare Europe, as well as the well-established IOTOD community, the IOTOD Spring webinar welcomes addiction specialists, psychiatrists, GPs, community pharmacists, primary care nurses and other healthcare professional managing patients with opioid dependence and associated comorbidities. 

The IOTOD webinar ‘Improving outcomes for opioid-dependent women: addressing problems, perceptions and practices within treatment services and beyond’ is supported by grant funding from Camurus. The educational programme is run at arm’s length from the financial supporters and all content is created by the faculty. No funder has had input into the content of the materials or presentations used in the educational programme. PCM Scientific is the medical education company acting as scientific secretariat and webinar organiser.

Nursing in Practice: Keeping it moving

The latest issue of Nursing Practice looks at how the demands of the lengthy Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a huge backlog of care in the UK, which could take years to clear.

While the national focus is most often on workload stresses in secondary care, teams in primary care – including nursing staff – are also facing significant problems. An anonymous nurse from London, also a PCN director, told Nursing in Practice they were annoyed that the situation in general practice wasn’t being highlighted as much, saying: ‘Not only are we dealing with our own backlog, but the fallout from secondary care as well.’

To make matters worse, Bradford-based practice nurse Naomi Berry is concerned that workload in general practice is now so high that many nurses have been suffering burnout. She shared that she has was working weekends at another practice giving vaccinations, alongside her usual work. ‘And yet patients don’t seem to understand how busy we are,’ she says.

Despite this, the challenges of Covid-19 have been met with swift action from nurses and their colleagues to improve access for patients, provide more efficient care, and to make every contact count.

Practice nurses across the country have been working hard with limited resources to improve patient access – for example, to make every face-to-face contact more efficient, as well as to support patients to access care remotely by phone or video. Ms Berry commented: ‘We’ve changed clinics around to fit more people in, created more appointments for them; changed timings so it’s easier for them.’

Practice nurses have been focusing on people with long-term conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, where usual arrangements for care have been disrupted by the pandemic. Nurse-led cervical screening has been in focus, amid the backdrop of current concerns about delayed cancer diagnosis.

Kat Darby-Walsh, nurse and clinical director of Yeovil PCN, described how a young adults diabetes clinic set up to allow young adults to access care, including mental health support and social prescribing.

The Nursing in Practice team have also been working to connect with hard-to-reach groups during the pandemic. ‘There’s a load of people out there who need support and may not have been seen during lockdown. Nurses are on the frontline of that,’ she said.

With no immediate end in sight to extra work and challenges posed by Covid, we continue to applaud the work being done by practice and community nurses around the UK.

Private eyes on the prize

This year, Pulse looks at the private health companies who are thriving due to the pandemic. The January issue looks at how their marketing strategies are focusing on the increase in waiting times, and potentially creating a two-tier health service.

Elsewhere, Pulse‘s investigation reveals the damaging effects that the removal of MPIG funding has had, and we have a look at the new NICE depression guidelines and how this year’s health bill will affect GPs.

Our bloggers gaze into their crystal balls to give their predictions for 2022, while Copperfield and Nabi both cover the distressing case of the GP who was sued for not advising folic acid to an expectant mother.

The clinical section features a casebook on sports injuries, and we launch our new ‘clinical clangers’ feature.

Introducing the HCM Academy

Introducing the HCM Academy, our brand-new medical education programme from PCM Scientific. 

PCM Scientific have recently launched a brand-new medical programme, the HCM Academy. A free-to-access CME initiative for family physicians and community cardiologists focusing on the diagnosis and management of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM).

This new programme is aimed towards our community of physicians, community cardiologists and healthcare professionals within the United States of America. Alongside leading HCM experts, users can learn best practice in the treatment of patients with HCM, including management of heart failure symptoms and strategies to improve quality of life.

It will run until May 2022 and will offer two main learning streams: live digital CME workshops and online CME modules. Included on the HCM Academy platform will be 60-minute live workshops delivered by a regional educator and HCM expert, online educational modules, case studies, and patient videos.

 

A.S.K webinar series

Three webinars from A.S.K, PCM Scientific’s medical education programme, took place across November 2021. With each expert-led webinar providing in-depth discussions around the adaptation and usage of biosimilars medication in the treatment of patients with cancer.

Following the success of the three live webinars in November, a 10-chapter educational handbook was developed and is available to download on the website. This handbook closely investigates the use of in monoclonal antibody biosimilars to promote best clinical practice of treating patients with solid tumours.

ASK consists of dynamic, interactive, and multi-format educational activities, and in 2022 the website will feature the 10 learning chapters, a library of 30 abstracts, local guideline summary documents, and an archive of the three webinars. All educational resources will be translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese. This programme specifically targets clinicians in Western Europe, Canada and Japan. Other members of the multidisciplinary team are also encouraged to make use of these resources.

The programme’s resources will be marketed through paid social media campaigns, newsletters and online ads through the ASK social media platforms and with the help of faculty and worldwide societies. Marketing avenues also include our media brands Hospital Pharmacy Europe and Hospital Healthcare Europe.

Emergency response project, Covid Protect, wins GP Team of the Year!

On Friday 10th December the winners of this year’s General Practice Awards were announced at a gala dinner hosted by comedian and actor Tom Allen.

As always, our judges had the unenviable task of choosing winners from hundreds of worthy and deserving submissions. We say every year how truly valuable it is to have a night like the Awards where we recognise those who have gone above and beyond, but in the current climate, these words have never been more appropriate. 

This year our finalists, and all healthcare professionals, have had no choice but to go beyond their normal duties.

From delivering covid vaccination programmes with little notice, doing more remote consultations, to endeavouring to treat vulnerable and elderly patients who are shielding, scared and isolated, they have had to think quickly and innovatively about how to better protect patients and staff.

And all this against a backdrop of the usual challenges; getting to grips with primary care networks, tackling staff shortages, the dumping of workload from secondary care. We are truly in awe.

So without further ado, here are the 2021 General Practice Awards winners:

Clinical Improvement Award: Chronic Conditions
Winner:
Newton Medical Centre, SSP Health

Clinical Improvement Award: Mental Health
Winner: Ansh Pal Singh, Lynwood Medical Centre

Clinical Improvement Award: Public Health and Prevention
Sponsored by Atrumed
Winner:
Dr Maggie Kirk and the HealthBus Team

Technology or Digital Solution Provider of the Year
Winner: X-on

Extended Practice Team Member of the Year
Winner: Liz Rose, Social Prescriber, Gillingham Medical Practice

GP Trainee Rising Star of the Year
Sponsored by Atrumed, supported by Pulse
Winner: Dr Devina Maru, National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow, GP Specialty Registrar, London

General Practitioner of the Year
Sponsored by mjog by livi, supported by Pulse
Winner: Dr Christopher Griffin, Chief Executive Officer, Milton Keynes Urgent Care Services

GP Team of the Year
Sponsored by X-on
Winner: Covid Protect – Norfolk and Waveney

HCP Education Programme of the Year
Winner: Inspira Health and Medtronic

Medical Supplier of the Year
Winner: Dene Healthcare

Pharmacist or Pharmacy Team of the Year
Winner:
Mr Viral Doshi FRPharmS, Consultant Pharmacist – Public Health

Practice Manager of the Year
Sponsored by PSUK
Winner: Stephanie Tedstone, Management Partner, Compass House Medical Centres

Practice Nursing Award
Winner: Maggi Bradley, General Practice Nurse, Aughton Surgery; Nursing clinical lead Sefton Training Hub; Queens Nurse

Receptionist or Reception Team of the Year
Sponsored by Premier Patient Line
Winner: Jill Nicholls, College Lane Surgery, Ackworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire

Staffing Agency of the Year
Winner: Menlo Park Recruitment

Telecoms Provider of the Year
Winner: EVAD

Huge congratulations to all our winners and a huge thank you to our judges and sponsors – without you the General Practice Awards simply wouldn’t be possible!

If you are interested in entering the 2022 General Practice Awards please contact generalpracticeawards@cogora.com to be added to the mailing list.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2022 General Practice Awards or would like to nominate your company, team, or colleagues – please get in touch today: nickhayward@cogora.com.

Hospital Healthcare Europe: Haematology

Hospital Healthcare Europe: Haematology is the fourth supplement from the 2021 issue, covering the latest clinical education and developments in healthcare across Europe. 

Our latest supplement covering Haematology is now available. Read this to:    

  • Learn how technology around CBC testing is evolving by leveraging innovative digital microscopy in blood diagnostics 
  • Access guideline summaries and recent key research in the fields of sickle cell disease, reducing relapse after transplantation in AML, and how using precision medicine improves progression-free survival in haematological cancers.   

Hospital Healthcare Europe, in association with HOPE, continues to provide high-quality, clinical education and detail the latest developments in healthcare in 2021. Previous supplements released this year include: 

  • Radiology and Imaging: Learn how innovative technologies have transformed the standard of care in high level disinfection in ultrasound  
  • Emergency Care: Learn how an AI-driven triage tool leverages routine clinical data collected at the point of care to rule out COVID-19 within an hour of patients arriving at hospital EDs 
  • HOPE: Get an accurate, up to date picture of healthcare within the EU member states before the pandemic, including the situation in long-term and ambulatory care 

Coming soon, the Diagnostics supplement, the final in this year’s series.

Hospital Healthcare Europe: Diagnostics

The final supplement of Hospital Healthcare Europe 2021 covers diagnostics and is available to read online now. 

The Hospital Healthcare Europe: Diagnostics supplement is now available. Read this to:    

  • Learn how pioneering technology is expanding decentralised healthcare by providing lab-grade CBC testing at the point of care  
  • Access guideline summaries and recent key research covering potential biomarkers for cognitive decline, the 100,000 Genomes project and the diagnosis of certain rare diseases, and the potential of whole genomic sequencing in diagnosing mitochondrial disorders.   

Hospital Healthcare Europe, in association with HOPE, continues to provide high-quality, clinical education and detail the latest developments in healthcare. Previous supplements released this year include: 

  • Radiology and Imaging: Learn how innovative technologies have transformed the standard of care in high level disinfection in ultrasound  
  • Emergency Care: Learn how an AI-driven triage tool leverages routine clinical data collected at the point of care to rule out COVID-19 within an hour of patients arriving at hospital EDs 
  • HOPE: Get an accurate, up to date picture of healthcare within the EU member states before the pandemic, including the situation in long-term and ambulatory care  
  • Haematology: Learn how technology around CBC testing is evolving by leveraging innovative digital microscopy in blood diagnostics 

We look forward to publishing further supplements in our 2022 issue!