Monday 14th March

10:30 AM - Supporting patients to self-manage COPD
Session speaker: Anne Rodman

This session will cover the importance of empowering patients to self-manage their COPD. Key factors that can affect self-management will be explored, including health literacy, health beliefs and behaviour change theories. Understanding patient education needs is vital: these could include the benefits of tobacco reduction, increasing physical activity, maintaining a healthy BMI in COPD and coping with breathlessness. Another key aspect of successful self-management is recognition of flare-ups and positive actions to take, alongside goal setting to encourage positive health behaviours.

11:45 AM - COPD and rescue packs
Session speaker: Beverley Bostock

1:00 PM - The Essential Knowledge For Managing COPD Patients in Practice (This session contains Promotion) - Sponsored by Chiesi 
Session Speaker: Professor Omar Usmani

This session includes:
1. The Challenges with inhalers
2. Inhaler choice “The right patient, the right device”
3. The role of the large and small airways
4. New treatment options in COPD
5. Inhalers and the environment

Tuesday 15th March

10:30 AM Transforming asthma care - sponsored by AstraZeneca
Session speaker: Dr Vince Mak & Joanne Hamilton

This session is made up of two talks and a live panel Q&A at the end.
The first talk is on improving patient and environmental outcomes in asthma from Dr Vince Mak.
The second is on managing asthmatic patients – putting the evidence in to practice from Joanne Hamilton.

These sessions will cover:
• Current asthma outcomes
• SABA over reliance, sustainability and the GP contract
• Asthma guidelines and development in asthma management
• The patient and virtual asthma clinics
• Asthma patient case studies
This session has been sponsored by AstraZeneca and includes promotional content.

11:45 AM - Greener respiratory healthcare & inhalers
Session speaker: Darush Attar

Doing the right thing clinically for individual patients must remain the primary focus of clinicians and there’s plenty we can do to on a personal level too. Greener respiratory healthcare that is kinder to the environment should be:

  • Patient-centred, putting patients at the heart of systems and decision-making processes so that they are more likely to adhere to appointments, prescribed medications, and self-care advice.
  • Focused on achieving and maintaining disease control including appropriate prescribing and holistic care to enable patients to understand and adhere to their prescribed regimen/s. Inhaled respiratory medications should be delivered using the inhaler with the lowest carbon impact that is appropriate for an individual and alongside safe disposal/recycle schemes.
  • Supporting a reduction in outdoor pollution and indoor air pollution (in the home or workplace and including secondhand tobacco smoke) is recognised as a priority for the prevention of respiratory disease.

1:00 PM - Post pandemic holistic breathing recovery - non clinical support for breathless people
Session speaker: Heather Henry

As part of post-pandemic recovery, the health and care system will be encountering even larger numbers of people experiencing chronic breathlessness. This session outlines the research evidence for how such people may best be supported.

Why is that two people with the same level of respiratory disease experience differing levels of dyspnoea?
What can be done to support them?
How has the evidence shaped the development of a holistic breathing recovery programme in Trafford?
Wednesday 16th March

10:30 AM - Endometriosis and Primary Care 
Session speaker: Liz Bruen

  • Introduction to Endometriosis Signs and Symptoms
  • Options of diagnosis; medical and surgical management
  • Developments within Wales

11:45 AM - Understanding intrauterine contraception
Session speaker: Sarah Kipps

What is Intra uterine contraception. Mode of action and efficacy. Risks and benefits of the method. What is available for women in the UK and who can have it. What myths and controversies are they about intra uterine methods.

1:00 PM - Contraception for women aged 40 and over: key considerations
Session speaker: Dr Katie Boog

When do you no longer need contraception?
What contraception is safe in individuals over 40?
Can you use contraception alongside or instead of HRT?
What is the advice about extended use of LARC in older individuals?

Individuals aged over 40 have different contraception requirements because the safety profile for contraception is different to that of younger women, and contraception may alleviate or masks symptoms of perimenopause. This presentation will give you an understanding of:
  • How to assess the risk:benefit of contraceptive options in individuals over 40
  • How and when to stop contraception
  • How and when to use contraception alongside HRT
  • To give you the knowledge and skills to confidently discuss these questions with your patients

Thursday 17th March

10:30 AM - Wound care in crisis
Session speaker: Leanne Atkin

11:45 AM - Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injuries (MARSI): with a Primary Care Focus
Session speaker: Fiona Downie

This presentation will look at:
• What is a MARSI
• How to assess for, to include skin assessment
• How to prevent a MARSI looking at prevention strategies and products
• Patient & staff education

Friday 18th March

10:30 AM - Is there a role for probiotics in infant feeding issues? Exploring the evidence and implications for practice - Sponsored by Nestle Nutrition
Session speaker: Lucy Jackman 

In this webinar, Specialist Paediatric Dietitian, Lucy Jackman, will review the role of probiotics in infant functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs), including infantile colic, regurgitation and functional constipation. Lucy will include a specific focus on the link between gut dysbiosis and infantile colic; discussing the scientific evidence and practical recommendations for the use of probiotics.

11:45 AM - Constipation in older people
Session speaker: Gerri Mortimore 

Nurse practitioners are autonomous practitioners who are required to manage clinical care in partnership with patients, families, and carers. This requires analysis and synthesis using evidence to undertake complex decision-making. This presentation will examine the issue of constipation, with particular emphasis on the older patient group.  The aetiology and epidemiology of constipation will be examined, the pathophysiological manifestation considered and the diagnosis and management within this population will be discussed to ensure autonomous, safe management of this condition.

1:00 PM - Management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease - Sponsored by Tillotts
Session speaker: Dr Anups De Silva

Dr Anups De Silva, a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, gives a brief overview of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), discussing the use of mesalazine in the treatment of ulcerative colitis and locally acting steroids in the treatment of Crohn’s disease. Dr De Silva speaks about ways in which IBD therapy can be optimised in primary care, methods to support IBD patient self-management and approaches which may aid admission avoidance. Tillotts products will be discussed during the presentation.