Irish College of General Practitioners Conference 2018

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Conference Highlights

Foundation Lecture: The "Continuity" Principle: General Practice as a key driver of medical education

Prof. Liam Glynn. Liam is well known for both his clinical and academic experience, including a deep understanding of the challenges of rural practice, and a large volume of published research, mainly based in front line Clinical General Practice.


Plenary: SUM: Sharing the Understanding of Medicine (Overmedicalisation)

Dr Richard Lehman, Prof. of Shared Understanding of Medicine, University of Birmingham, Richard is an articulate and compelling international speaker, having spent over 30 years in General Practice. Professor Richard Lehman emphasises the need for better tools and skills to utilise evidence based medicine during consultations and avoid information overload.

College Forum: Recruitment, Retention, Replacement

The ability of general practice to continue to provide high quality patient care is in jeopardy reflected in the situation where GPs are unable to retire, the closure of lists and or waiting lists; the failure to reverse FEMPI cuts and as yet no conclusion of negotiations for a new GMS contract. Training for General practice is still seen as attractive to new entrants but the retention of GP graduates and filling vacancies on a national basis continues to prove challenging.

The gap between Government aspirations of the Slainte Care Report - a GP led Primary care health service - and commitment of the necessary resources continues to widen.

This ongoing situation is neither good for patients nor GPs as the care provider.

Addressing the three R's: Recruitment, Retention and Replacement – the themes of our Forum are the pivot points on which solutions to the current situation rests. The Forum will explore solutions for how the Specialty, the

Profession and the College can ensure that there is a future for General Practice to enable it to continue to provide care for patients that they deserve.

Presenters: Dr. Austin Byrne, Dr. John O'Brien Panel: Dr. John Gillman, Dr. Richard Brennan, Dr. Rita Doyle, Dr. Sinead Feeney, Dr. Rukshan Goonewardena


Doc in the Dock: 

The Coroners Court, dramatised account of a Coroner's Inquest based on a typical clinical scenario. Many GPs are requested to prepare a report for the Coroner and often to attend the subsequent inquest. This can be a stressful event for the GP, particularly where the death was unexpected. This dramatization of events aims to demystify the Coroner's Inquest for the GP and to assist the GP in understanding their role in the proceedings, along with that of the Gardai, the bereaved family and their legal representatives.

Social Events
Social events include:

Yoga - Chair Yoga: Start both days with Yoga – Nourishing mind, body and heart.

Jazz Reception - Friday evening: After an exhilarating day, relax and socialise with colleagues at a complimentary jazz reception in the Convention Centre.

Gala Dinner - Saturday night: Gala Dinner (Black Tie) Mansion House (Tickets: €60) Booking deadline: Friday 18th May, 2018.

Early bird rates are available until Friday 27th April. Please see this link to view the full conference programme and/or undertake booking: