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Jaimie Kaffash

editor, Pulse

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Jaimie is editor of Pulse, having joined in 2012. He had previously held positions of deputy editor, news editor and senior reporter. He has won awards from the prestigious British Society of Magazine Editors and Medical Journalists Association, and was shortlisted for deputy editor of the year.

He had previously worked for accountancy titles and public sector trade magazines.

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Dr Joe McGilligan

senior GP partner in Surrey and former chair, East Surrey CCG

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Dr Joe McGilligan qualified in Birmingham in 1990 and has wide medical experience including time as a flying doctor in Australia. He is a GP partner at Greystone House Medical Practice in Redhill, Surrey, and has a special interest in Minor Surgery. He is an experienced Trainer of GP’s and medical students and an LMC member for Surrey.



As an advocate of an integrated approach to healthcare, Dr McGilligan brought together the eighteen East Surrey practices to form ESyDoc LLP for practice based commissioning.



Between March 2012 and March 2014, he was co-chair of the Surrey Health and Wellbeing Board and following on from this role he has become a Health and Wellbeing Champion for the LGA. Dr McGilligan is keen to link health and social care in a proper partnership approach and was awarded system leader of the year by Kent Surrey and Sussex Leadership recognition awards 2013.



He is a Council member of the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) and a founding member of the National Primary Care Network (NPCN). In those roles he is involved in all the new models of care being proposed from Vanguards to Primary Care Home, accountable care organisations and the Strategic Transformation Plans. As the LMC member for Surrey has involvement with the local plans as the favoured model is the Multi-discipline Community Provider (MCP) model of care. Actively involved in the Federation Alliance for Better Care (ABC) who will be commissioned to provide the care.



Dr McGilligan is a regular columnist for The Healthcare Leader magazine and Editorial Board member. He previously chaired the Editorial Board of the Commissioning Review and sits on the Editorial Board of Guidelines in Practice and sits on multiple Advisory Boards for the NHS and the Pharmaceutical Industry and speaks at multiple conferences.



Dr McGilligan is former chairman of East Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group which has been authorised as an NHS organisation to commission healthcare from 1 April 2013. He is motivated by a strong desire to improve the care of local residents and to realise his long held vision for high quality patient services which deliver the right health care, at the right time, by the right healthcare professional and in the right environment. In the process, he aspires to bring back pride in the medical profession and the NHS.

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Dr Geetha Chandrasekaran

GP partner, GPSI Urology, founding director of Pennine GP Alliance and Clinical Director, North Halifax Primary Care Network

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Geetha studied medicine in India and trained in Surgical specialties to get her MRCS prior to becoming a GP.



Geetha has been a partner at Plane Trees Group Practice since 2014, helping to pilot various projects and playing a key role in keeping the practice at the forefront of innovation, making best use of all workforce options. As a GPwSI in Urology Geetha also holds a weekly community vasectomy clinic. Geetha is a founding director of Pennine GP alliance, and recently stepped down from her position as Co-Chair in June 2019 when she became the Clinical Director for North Halifax Primary Care Network. Her interests are in making General Practice sustainable by embracing change and new models of care.



Outside of her busy schedule Geetha loves to relax by baking for her friends and family.

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Dr Bill Laughey

GP and clinical educator, Hull York Medical School

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Bill is a GP and educator in York. He was GP partner, GP trainer and research lead at Haxby Group Practice. He now works clinically as GP in A&E, York. He is also an appraiser. Bill tutors medical students and PA students at Hull York Medical School. He also tutors doctors and other health professionals undertaking medical education qualifications. He has published research in headaches and COPD and his current research interest is in clinical empathy.



Outside of work, Bill enjoys acting and running.

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Dr Kevin Barrett

GP partner in Hertfordshire, RCGP & Crohns and Colitis UK Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Champion 2017-2020

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Dr Kevin Barrett is a General Practitioner in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire and former Clinical Lead for Gastroenterology at Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (HVCCG). The first medical job Kevin had was in gastroenterology and he has maintained an interest in this clinical area since becoming a GP in 2002. He is particularly keen to find ways to improve the detection and early diagnosis of all forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.



He is the current Royal College of General Practitioners and Crohn’s and Colitis UK Clinical Champion for the 2017-2019 Inflammatory Bowel Disease Spotlight Project. In November 2017, Dr Barrett became chair of the Primary Care Society of Gastroenterology.



Dr Barrett was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2005.



@drkbarrett

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Dr Omar Usmani

Reader in respiratory medicine, Imperial College London, Consultant physician, Royal Brompton Hospital

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Dr Diab Haddad

consultant paediatrician with special interest in allergic and respiratory disorders

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Dr Diab F Haddad is a Consultant Paediatrician with special interest in allergic & respiratory disorders with an NHS base at St Peter’s Hospital – Chertsey and private practice at The Princess Margaret Hospital in Windsor and Runnymede Hospital in Chertsey.



He started hispaediatric training in Jordan before moving to Scotland for further training where he later worked as a lecturer in child health at Ninewells Hospital & Medical School. During this period Dr Haddad authored several chapters on paediatrics and was one of the main editors of a textbook on general paediatrics “Core Paediatrics & Child Health”.



He has extensive experience in general paediatrics and a special interest in allergic and respiratory disorders in children. Dr Haddad is based at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey and holds an honorary senior lecturer status with Imperial College – London. Prior to that, he held an honorary consultant status with the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS trusts.



He has strong research and service links with the paediatric allergy team in St Thomas (Evelina) hospital. Dr Haddad is the co-author of papers on nut allergy and anaphylaxis. He is heavily involved in teaching undergraduate medical students from St George’s and Imperial College medical schools.

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Dr Pipin Singh

GP trainer and clinical author for Pulse

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Dr Singh works as a GP Partner, GP Trainer and clinical author for MIMS, GP online and Pulse, alongside teaching roles at University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and is also involved with National Recruitment for General Practice.



Dr Singh’s training posts included Acute Medicine at North Tyneside General Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, Accident and Emergency, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Psychiatry and Community Diabetes.



His interests include General medicine, Mens health (e.g prostate problems, sexual health) and diabetes.



His hobbies include tennis, running, general fitness training, cooking and travelling. He is an active member of local tennis club and keen chess and snooker player.

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Dr Helen Howells

GP WER Paediatric Allergy, Southampton

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Dr Howells qualified from Southampton University in 2005. After rotating through several hospital posts, she undertook GP training and completed this in 2015. She is a portfolio GP working for the Bournemouth GP Urgent Treatment Centre and as a visiting GP for several local surgeries. Dr Howells became interested in allergy due to her own experiences of managing a child with milk and nut allergies. As a result, she commenced the MSc in Allergy at Southampton University and completed her studies almost two years ago. Dr Howells has been working with the paediatric allergy team at the University Hospital of Southampton for the last four years. She is the chairperson of the primary care group of BSACI (British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology). She spends a great deal of her free time running allergy education sessions for primary care staff and is an Honorary Lecturer at Southampton University.

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Dr Surina Chibber

portfolio GP in London and regular blogger, Pulse

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Dr Surina Chibber started working as a GP locum 18 months ago after completing her training from the St Marys VTS scheme in London. The first few months of work were a steep learning curve.



Dr Surina Chibber had many questions when starting work. What is the best way to find work? How can she stay organised with her locum admin? What should she do with the pension forms? How could she create Invoices? What tax information would be required for her tax return and how could she do this in the most tax efficient way possible?



She found that it was difficult to get all this information in one place and she would often resort to asking friends and colleagues or doing searches on google!



So she decided to join forces with other experienced locum doctors and created a simple, effective solution – MyLocumManager. With MyLocumManager doctors can manage all their locum admin on their phone or tablet. Doctors are all notorious for not being very tax efficient with their hard earned money so they have incorporated money saving features like their finance centre and expense system to ensure it will be easy to record everything doctors and accountants will need for their tax returns. Dr Surina Chibber and her collaborators began sharing MyLocumManager with friends and colleagues and it has quickly grown from there!

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Dr Louise Warburton

clinical lead for Telford MSK Service, associate medical director, Shropshire Community NHS Trust

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Dr Louise Warburton graduated from Manchester University in 1985 and has worked as a GP since then. She obtained the Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine in 2009. She is a fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and currently a GPwSI in Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine for NHS Telford and Wrekin and Medical Lead for Telford MKS service, seeing a wide variety of patients with MSK and Rheumatology problems.



Dr Warburton is an Associate Medical Director for Shropshire Community NHS Trust and is involved in research at Keele University and as one of their GP champions working in Primary Care MSK research and dissemination.



She is past President of the Primary Care Rheumatology Society and a trustee of ARMA .



Dr Warburton was one of the Clinical Guidelines Group who prepared the NICE Guidelines for the Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis in Adults which was released in 2009, and is now involved in the Guidelines for Spondyloarthropathy and also a review of the Rheumatoid Arthritis NICE guidelines.



She has edited a textbook of musculoskeletal disorders for Primary Care for the Royal College of GPs; this is part of their curriculum series.



Dr Warburton has been involved in GP education for a number of years; Rheumatology and MSK education in the main and has arranged several MSK conferences for the RCGP and Keele University. She is a member of the British Society for Rheumatology Education and Training Committee.

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Professor Martin Marshall

chair, RCGP

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Professor Martin Marshall is Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a GP in Newham, East London. He is also Professor of Healthcare Improvement at UCL in the Department of Primary Care and Population Health. Previously he was Programme Director for Population Health and Primary Care at UCLPartners (2014-2019), Director of Research & Development at the Health Foundation (2007-2012), Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England and Director General in the Department of Health (2006-2007), Professor of General Practice at the University of Manchester (2000-2006) and a Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy.



He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine and was a non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission until 2012. He has advised governments in Singapore, Egypt, Canada and New Zealand, has over 230 publications in the field of quality improvement and health service redesign and his primary academic interest is in maximising the impact of research on practice. In 2005 he was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for Services to Health Care.



A co-founder and driving force of the Rethinking Medicine movement, Martin has a passionate commitment to the values of the NHS, patient care and ensuring the GP voice is central in a time of great change. When he’s not working he likes being outside, preferably on a mountain or a coastal path with his wife Sue and their puppy.

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Dr Robert Varnam

GP, director of primary care improvement, NHS England and NHS Improvement

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As a GP in a large practice in inner city Manchester, Dr Robert Varnam has led a large multiprofessional team and pioneered improvements in quality, safety and patient experience. He has broad experience of leadership in the local NHS, through roles in PCT leadership, practice based commissioning, service redesign and public health. His service design work in diabetes has attracted international interest. His research at the University of Manchester employed both epidemiological and sociological perspectives on quality and safety. His PhD examined patient safety in general practice from the patient’s perspective.



In his role at NHS England he provides input on system transformation, commissioning and primary care development. He is responsible for mobilising programmes of development to promote, support and sustain primary care innovation and improvement.

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Rob Hendry

medical director, Medical Protection Society

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Robert was born and brought up in Glasgow and studied medicine at Dundee University. After graduating in 1981 he undertook a number of hospital appointments before becoming a partner in an urban teaching practice in Dundee in 1986.



He developed an interest in medical law and completed an MPhil in Law and Ethics in Medicine at Glasgow University in 1992. Having done some consultancy work for the Medical Protection Society and having taught part-time at Dundee University, he took up a permanent appointment as a medicolegal adviser with the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland in 1996 and remained there until he moved to the Medical Protection Society to set up their Edinburgh office in 2009.



Robert is a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine and continues to have an interest in teaching, having honorary positions at a number of universities. He has an interest in mediation and has served on a number of governmental working parties looking at alternative approaches to dispute management.



Having completed his MBA at Strathclyde University Graduate Business School in 2001 he has continued to develop his business interests. In 2011 he was appointed Deputy Medical Director and in 2013 became Medical Director of the Medical Protection Society and is currently responsible for medicolegal services delivered by the Medical Protection Society to its members worldwide.

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Dr Nicholas Grundy


GP partner, GP trainer and chair of GP Survival

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Dr Nick Grundy is a GP partner and trainer in South-West London, chair of the campaign group GP Survival, and a board member for his local Federation. Since 2017, he has headed a grassroots campaign on GP Pensions designed to expose the many failings of the system designed to take money from NHS staff’s salaries into the pensions system via Capita/PCSE.



He feels the current state of the pensions system is fundamentally a workforce issue, as it drives people out of the scheme through fatigue with the bureaucracy it entails.

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Dr Gavin Jamie

GP partner, writer and owner of QOF Database website

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Gavin is a GP partner in Swindon serving some of the most diverse population in the South West. He set up the QOF Database website in 2004 to present data fairly online. He has run it ever since. In that time he has also written guides to almost every aspect of QOF, most recently for Pulse Intelligence. He has also recently published a book introducing Snomed CT.

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David Robson

science writer, journalist and author of The Intelligence Trap

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David Robson is the author of The Intelligence Trap, which examines our most common thinking errors and how to avoid them. He was a features editor at New Scientist for five years before joining BBC Future as a senior journalist, where he specialised in psychology, neuroscience and medicine. He regularly features on the radio discussing scientific issues, and his writing has also appeared in the Guardian, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Atlantic and the Washington Post.

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Dr David Kernick

GPSI headache and former chair, The British Association for the Study of Headache

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David Kernick has been a general practitioner in Exeter for 32 years having started off life as a chemical engineer. He was lead research GP at St Thomas’s Medical Group, where his interests were health economics, complexity theory and more recently headache. He was the RCGP headache champion, a previous NICE Fellow and has sat on a number of NICE guideline groups including headache. He sits on the council of the British Association for the Study of Headache (BASH) and chairs the BASH GPwSI group. ​

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Dr Adam Connor

portfolio GP and farmer

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Dr Adam Connor is a GP in Hucknall, Nottingham and has experienced locum, salaried and (long term) partnership, working in practices ranging from 2,500 patients to 51,000! The majority of his GP career has been caring for students in Nottingham and Lincoln Universities and with this he developed (through necessity) a passion for and considerable experience in Mental Health care. A strong interest in self harm and suicide assessment developed along with roles as a section 12 approved mental health doctor. Dr Adam Connor was a knowledge broker for CLARHC nottingham in mental health research/suicide risk assessment.



Other areas of medical interest include running a private medical company for Occupational Medicine, Diving Medicine, Offshore Medicine and Medico-legal Expert.



On the side Dr Adam Connor has a small holding and keeps pigs, sheep, chickens and makes award winning bacon and sausages in spare time!

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Anne Holdoway

consultant dietitian and chair, Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community and Managing Malnutrition in COPD expert panels

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With a 30 year career spanning NHS dietetics, private practice, industry and research, Anne currently combines freelance work with private practice, and is dietetic lead for Dorothy House Hospice where she is undertaking qualitative research in diet in palliative care as part of her Doctorate.

Anne has been Chair of the multi-professional ‘Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community‘ panel since its inception in 2011 and in recent years has dedicated time to work with national organisations including NICE, BAPEN, BDA, BSG and the RCGP, with the aim of influencing standards and provision of nutritional care across the UK. She was awarded the prestigious fellowship of the British Dietetic Association in 2016.

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Dr Ross Dyer-Smith


GP partner at the Hurley Group and creator of the GP eHub

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Dr Ross Dyer-Smith is GP Partner at the Hurley Group, a GP Partnership serving 100,000 patients across 11 GP practices in London and 4 urgent care sites as well as providing health care services to sick doctors through the Practitioner Health Programme and GP Health Service. The group has been a pioneer in the digital primary care space having created eConsult, an online consultation tool, and more recently eTriage – an emergency online triage system within urgent care.

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Dr Toni Hazell


GP, medical writer, editor and regular contributor to Pulse Learning

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Dr Toni Hazell qualified from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London and did her VTS at Northwick Park Hospital. She is a GP in Tottenham and has a particular interest in women’s health and HIV, having worked as a clinical assistant in these areas for eight years. As well as being a GP, she is a medical editor and writer for various organisations including Pulse, MIMS, BMJ and the RCGP; examples of her work can be found at www.tonihazell.com .



She has also contributed to such esteemed medical journals as Marie Claire and Take a Break! When not working, her two small children keep her busy and she enjoys running and swimming when she has the time.

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Dr Elizabeth Martin

GPSI diabetes and clinical champion, Diabetes UK

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Dr Finbar McGrady

GPwSI dermatology, sessional GP and clinical teaching fellow, Queens University, Belfast

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Dr McGrady is currently a Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Centre for Medical Education at QUB; GPwSI Dermatology, Southern Trust, NI; Sessional GP and Clinical Lead for Practice Based learning at the Federation Support unit.



He has been involved in reform of elective dermatology services in Northern Ireland and establishment of a photo triage service.



Dr McGrady established GP Dermoscopy NI in 2014 and run educational events on dermoscopy and lesion recognition. He was awarded best Poster Prize at World Congress of Dermoscopy in Thessaloniki, Greece in June, 2018 for his work in education of GPs in lesion recognition.

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Dr Wendy Molefi

GP, menopause specialist, wellbeing coach, mindfulness teacher

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Wendy is a highly experienced GP with a specialist interest in women’s health and wellbeing. With her background in wellness coaching and mindfulness teaching, she brings an integrated approach to her clinical practice.



As a practicing GP and Appraiser with many years working in the NHS, Wendy has the personal experience, professional insight and great appreciation of the many challenges faced by healthcare professionals on a daily basis, not least the mounting workload crisis and the soaring rates of burnout, stress and depression. Wendy embarked on her mindfulness journey nearly ten years ago as a means of dealing with stress and life’s usual travails.



Wendy teaches and supports trainees and fellow healthcare professionals on the merits of nurturing their own self-care and wellbeing. She views self-care as the critical ingredient that supports and sustains wellbeing in the workplace, NOT an optional extra.



Wendy is an accomplished international speaker and advocate for increased mental health awareness and training on self-care. She has a Masters degree in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) from the University of Oxford. Her dissertation on ‘The role of Mindfulness Based Intervention in facilitating psychological adjustment in the menopause’ was published in the British Menopause Society Journal and presented at the International Mindfulness Conference in South Africa.

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Dr George Moncrieff


GPSI dermatology and chair, Dermatology Council for England

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In January 2018 Dr George Moncrieff retired from his General Practice partnership in rural North Oxfordshire where he had been a GP partner since 1985.



His interests include Dermatology, Child Health and Medical Education. He was a GP trainer for 19 years and an undergraduate tutor at Oxford University for 12 years. He was an examiner for the DCH for 10 years and an external examiner for the Cardiff Diploma in Practical Dermatology until 2005. He has been Chair of The Dermatology Council for England since 2013 working closely with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Skin disease. He was the Dermatology Curriculum Guardian for the RCGP from 2009 for four years and he is a committee member of the PCDS (Primary Care Dermatology Society).



From 2000 until retiring he ran an interface Dermatology service from his practice, receiving about 15 new referrals each week from the local GPs, covering a population of 80,000. He now works one day a week in a private practice in Oxford city and provides locum support as needed to a number of local practices. This means he can now concentrate on his interests in teaching dermatology, as well as spending time pursuing his non-medical interest and looking after his grandchildren.

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Dr Sohail Munshi


GP partner and chief medical officer, Manchester Local Care Organisation

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Dr Munshi has been a GP in Manchester for 23 years. He was awarded a BEM in the queens honours in 2017 for services to the community and primary care in Manchester. In 2018 he was further awarded a community honours award at the House of Lords for his work with communities.



Dr Munshi has been named in the Pulse 50 for the past 2 years recognising his new role as Chief medical officer of the Manchester Local Care Organisation which brings together all out of hospital providers in the city including community services, primary care, mental health and social care. MLCO is a pioneering public sector organisation aimed at improving population health through partnership and integration and with residents and is the largest integrated care organisation in Europe.

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Dr Julie Oliver


GPSI gynaecology, Durham

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Dr Julie Oliver completed her medical degree at Leeds and endeavoured to pursue a career in obs and gynae. A 12-month post working at the prestigious Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle consolidated her desire for this career path until it dawned on the fresh-faced junior doctor that her sleep would be interrupted for the rest of her working life. A swift change to general practice soon followed, along with marriage and two children.

Following graduation from Bradford’s postgraduate diploma in gynaecology she was part of a team to set up the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum, helping spread the word across the primary care community of changes and developments. Having persuaded the PCT to pay for her training she then found the opportunities to work within the PCT had disappeared so set up a company called Durham Gynae to deliver a community gynaecology clinic. She enjoys training colleagues in women’s health and travelling, but mostly getting 8 hours uninterrupted sleep.

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Dr Mahibur Rahman


Portfolio GP and medical educator

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Dr Mahibur Rahman is a portfolio GP in Birmingham. His clinical work has included roles as a GP partner and a locum, community drug and alcohol detox, prison GP, sexual health and global / humanitarian medicine, having been on deployment to Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Greece and Bangladesh.



His non clinical portfolio includes medical education, being a GMC examiner, author for the prescribing safety assessment and OSCE examiner for Liverpool medical school. He is the medical director of Emedica and has written and taught extensively on GP careers, MRCGP and communication and consultation skills.

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Dr Ahmed Kazmi

GP, Dermatology Specialty Doctor and Comedian

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Dr Ahmed Kazmi is a London based GP and dermatology speciality doctor. He is very passionate about health care provider wellbeing and  believes firmly that well NHS staff make well patients. In a working environment which is now more challenging than ever he believes health care professionals, doctors in particular, need to take steps to look after their own wellbeing. He speaks regularly on subject of doctor wellbeing and loves to impart pragmatic and empowering advice to his peers.

When he is not seeing patients or giving wellbeing talks, he is performing stand up comedy or cabaret.

For more information: www.doctorahmed.net Twitter @drahmedkazmi

Speaker at Pulse LIVE Newcastle 2019

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Dr Sam Tromans

 

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Dr Roger Henderson

Senior GP and Medical Broadcaster

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Dr Roger Henderson was born in 1960 and raised in Cumbria. He qualified as a doctor from St Bartholomew's Hospital, London in 1985, and as a general practitioner in 1990.He entered the media world in 1995, and within 2 years was the medical columnist for the Sunday Times. He is now health columnist for the Spectator and appears regularly on the television, radio and online.He is a senior GP, recently retired from his long-standing position as the head of a 15,000-patient general practice where he was also a GP trainer, running his large main surgery and two branch surgeries including a University campsite. He now works as a sessional GP in order to concentrate on his health PR and media work.He is the UK Medical Director for Liva Healthcare(winner of 'Health IT Firm of the Year' at the Health Investor Awards, and 'Health Tech Innovators of the Year - Europe' at the 2019 Global Health & Pharma Awards) and is a judge for the national 2020 General Practice awards.Speaker at Pulse LIVE Newcastle 2019 and Pulse LIVE Glasgow 2019

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Dr Nicky Longley

consultant physician and clinical lead in travel medicine, Hospital for Tropical Diseases, University College London Hospitals

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Dr Manjit Kaur

consultant dermatologist, lecturer and founding member of the British Hair and Nail Society

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Having completed her undergraduate training at the University of Nottingham with honors in 2000, Dr Kaur completed her general medical training in the West Midlands and obtained membership of the Royal College of Physicians, London in 2003. Since then she has exclusively worked in Dermatology and obtained full accreditation as a Consultant Dermatologist in 2008. She has worked as an honorary consultant at the world famous ‘St Johns Institute of Dermatology’ in London where she nurtured an interest in hair and scalp disorders, medical dermatology and photodermatology. Since 2009, she has worked as a Consultant Dermatologist at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and has been committed to improving care for patients – especially those with hair disease. She has authored 30 publications in peer reviewed journals and regularly participates in clinical research She is a founding member of the British Hair and Nail Society, and taught on the inaugural training course. She runs a specialist tertiary referral alopecia service, helped write patient information on hair disease for the British Association of Dermatologists, and has written the specialist registrar national training curriculum for hair disease. She regularly lectures on dermatology topics locally, regionally snd nationally. She works privately at Spire Little Aston Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, and the London Hair and Skin Clinic.

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Dr Farzana Hussain

GP, Clinical Director Newham Central 1 PCN & LMC committee member

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Dr Nikita Kanani

acting director of primary care NHS England

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Dr Nikki Kanani is a GP in south-east London and is currently Acting Director of Primary Care for NHSE England. Prior to joining NHS England as Deputy Medical Director of Primary Care, she was Chief Clinical Officer of NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).Nikki has held a range of positions within healthcare to support the development of innovative models of care, highly engaged clinical, patient and public leadership and is passionate about supporting primary care, improving service provision and population wellbeing.She is a member of The King's Fund General Advisory Council and holds a MSc in health care commissioning. With her sister she co-founded STEMMsisters, a social enterprise supporting young people to study science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine. She has two young children.Speaker at Pulse LIVE London 2019

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Dr Sarah Logan

consultant physician, hospital for tropical diseases, University College Hospital London

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Dr Sarah Logan is an Infectious diseases physician at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases part of UCLH NHS Trust. She has been part of the UCLH COVID-19 Response since January 2020 and is constantly failing to keep up with the tsunami of publications in the field as well as looking after patients from the front door in ED to follow up in Long COVID clinics.

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Dr Catherine Houlihan

consultant physician and clinical lecturer, hospital for tropical diseases, University College Hospital London

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Dr Donald McGregor

consultant paediatrician and senior lecturer in child health

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Dr Donald Macgregor achieved his BSc from St Andrews University in 1978 and MBChB from University of Manchester MBChB three years later. He was House Officer and then Senior House Officer at the then Alder Hey Childrens Hospital in Liverpool before moving to Stirling Royal as Medical Registrar. In 1985 he was appointed Paediatric Registrar at Tayside.

In 1986 Dr Macgregor moved culture and continent to take up a post as Senior Paediatrician for Highland Provinces in Papua New Guinea followed by a Research Fellow position at BC Children’s Hospital Vancouver two years later.

He returned to Scotland in 1990 as Senior Registrar and Lecturer at the RHSC Edinburgh and then Consultant Paediatrician, Lancaster & Kendal Hospitals.

Since 1996 Dr Macgregor has been a Consultant Paediatrician/Senior Lecturer at Ninewells Medical School NHS Tayside and Honorary Lecturer University of Lancaster. His current roles include:

Clinical Lead North of Scotland Paediatric Unscheduled Care

(using Telehealth for sick children in rural locations Orkney,Shetland,Caithness,Hebrides,Skye etc

General Paediatrics with special interests Respiratory & Allergy, Child Protection

Senior Examiner, Royal Medical Colleges

Member SIGN Council, Advisor to Scottish Public Service Ombudsman and Central Legal Office

Immediate Past-President, Scottish Paediatric Society

Outside of medicine, Dr Macgregor was the first to run the New York Marathon in a kilt, raising funds for Autism Scotland. He has cycled Vancouver-Seattle(2002), LA to SanDiego (2004 & 2006), Lake Eyrie-Niagara Falls- Toronto(2008) Mississippi-Baton Rouge-New Orleans(2011) all in his kilt for Lung Research.

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Dr Nav Chana

senior GP partner and clinical director, National Association of Primary Care

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Professor Clare Gerada

GP, co-chair of NHS Assembly, burnout expert and former RCGP chair

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Dr Clare Gerada had just passed her 26th year mile stone working in the same GP practice in South London. She began working there having first trained in psychiatry and the Maudsley Hospital (where incidentally she met her husband, Simon Wessely).

Clare has worked at the interface between mental health and primary care ever since with a special interest in the care of substance misusers, the homeless and currently mentally ill doctors. for the last decade she has led the largest physician health service in Europe and too date the service has had over 5000 doctors and dentists with mental illness present to it. Clare led the Royal College of General Practitioners between 2011-2013, only the second women in its history to at its head.

Clare trained in group analysis, obtaining the diploma of Group Analysis in 2014. She uses her experience from this field to help understand why doctors are so unhappy Clare is proud that other than when on annual leave she is still a front line GP and even does her fair share of out of hours work. In 2019 Clare was elected the Co-Chair of the NHS Assembly.

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Dr Ian Sweetenham

GPSI ENT

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Dr Ian Sweetenham has been a partner in General Practice since 1992. He has worked in ENT since 2002 having both hospital and community clinics. He enjoys talking and teaching about both ENT and General Practice. He also works as a GP Tutor, an appraiser and an examiner of Cambridge Medical Students.



In the past he has been a clinical assistant in Medicine for the Elderly and a QoF inspector. He has also worked in the medical department of a cruise liner and done ENT work in Prisons.

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Dr Laith Al-Rubaiy

consultant gastroenterologist and hepatologist, St Mark's hospital

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Dr Laith Al-Rubaiy is a consultant Hepatologist and Gastroenterologist at St Mark’s Hospital in London. Shortly after graduation, he won two highly competitive scholarships to complete his post graduate medical studies at the State University of New York in the USA and then at King’s College London in the UK. He then pursued his clinical academic trainings in the UK leading to accreditation in Hepatology, Gastroenterology and General Medicine. He did part of his advanced hepatology and liver transplant training at the Royal Free Hospital in London. He was awarded a PhD from Swansea University School of Medicine for his work in applying health informatics in Gastroenterology health service research and clinical trials to assess and measure patients’ reported outcome measures (PROMs).



Dr Al-Rubaiy is an award winner doctor and have been awarded 3 competitive national and local awards for my work in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He has also been awarded 12 grants and 2 highly competitive scholarships throughout his career. In 2017, Dr Al-Rubaiy was competitively selected to be named the “Young Gastroenterologist of the year: Emerging Leader” by the British Society of Gastroenterology for his clinical work, research, medical education and collaborations. He published more than 30 peer reviewed articles, 14 case reports and 37 abstract and conference presentations. He was also involved in writing 3 books/ chapters.

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Dr Shanthi Paramothayan

consultant physician in respiratory and general medicine, and author of "Essential Respiratory Medicine"

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Dr. Shanthi Paramothayan is a Consultant Physician in Respiratory and General Medicine with extensive expertise and experience in all aspects of respiratory medicine. She has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and completed her undergraduate studies at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital medical school, University of London. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is a member of the British Thoracic Society and an examiner for the PACES examination.

She has been actively involved in teaching and training undergraduates and postgraduates for 20 years. Dr. Paramothayan has a Masters in Medical Education and a Masters in Medical Law (LLM). She was commissioned to write a textbook entitled “Essential Respiratory Medicine” by Wiley-Blackwells which was published in December 2018. This is aimed at medical students, junior doctors, general practitioners, respiratory nurse specialists and allied health professionals. Full biography available on www.paramothayan.com

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Dr Alia Ahmed

consultant dermatologist and honorary lecturer in psychodermatology, University of Hertfordshire

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Dr Alia Ahmed is a Consultant Dermatologist working for Frimley and Barts Health NHS Trusts. She graduated from Barts and the Royal London School of Medicine in 2008 and completed her Dermatology training in London, including a research fellowship in Psychodermatology, becoming a consultant in 2017. Dr Ahmed also has a BSc in Psychology with Clinical Psychology (University of Kent).In addition to her NHS work, Dr Ahmed is an honorary lecturer in Psychodermatology at the University of Hertfordshire. She is active in research and has presented internationally, as well as having several peer-reviewed publications and a research fellowship with the UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network. Dr Ahmed is on the executive committee for Psychodermatology UK, and a spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation, as well as a contributor to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin. She is a regular contributor to several periodicals and enjoys writing about the link between mind and skin.Her specialist interest is in the psychological effects of chronic skin disease, specifically the link between the skin and stress. Her other interests include inflammatory dermatoses (e.g. acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis), paediatric and genital dermatology, skin cancer and skin infestations.Dr Ahmed is part of the Psychodermatology team based at The Royal London Hospital, where she sees tertiary referrals. This clinic is specifically for people whose lives have been severely affected by their dermatological disease. Dr Ahmed provides holistic care to her patients, and strongly believes the interaction between the brain, skin and mind is key to achieving healthy skin.Dr Ahmed sees private patients at Epsom Skin Clinic, Surrey; The Bridge Clinic, Windsor.

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Dr David E. Albert

Founder and Chief Medical Officer at AliveCor

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David E. Albert, MD, an Oklahoma native, is a physician, inventor and serial entrepreneur who has developed life-saving technologies and products over the last 30 years, turning a number of those innovations into tech startups. Today, he is a founder of three technology companies, InnovAlarm, Lifetone Technology, and AliveCor. His previous startups include Corazonix Corp (sold to Arrhythmia Research Technology) and Data Critical (sold to GE). Dr. Albert left GE in 2004 as Chief Scientist of GE Cardiology to disrupt several new markets.His latest invention, AliveCor’s KardiaMobile personal ECG technology, became a global sensation via a YouTube Video in January 2011 around the Consumer Electronics Show. He was featured on ABC, CBS, CNN and Fox News among many other media outlets. Dr. Albert has 32 issued US patents, a large number pending and several new “secret inventions” in development. He has authored or co-authored over 50 scientific abstracts and publications, principally in the cardiology literature. Dr. Albert has lectured at the Entrepreneurship programs at the MIT Sloan School and the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Albert graduated with Honors from Harvard College and from Duke University Medical School.His latest invention, AliveCor’s KardiaMobile personal ECG technology, became a global sensation via a YouTube Video in January 2011 around the Consumer Electronics Show. He was featured on ABC, CBS, CNN and Fox News among many other media outlets. Dr. Albert has 32 issued US patents, a large number pending and several new “secret inventions” in development. He has authored or co-authored over 50 scientific abstracts and publications, principally in the cardiology literature. Dr. Albert has lectured at the Entrepreneurship programs at the MIT Sloan School and the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Albert graduated with Honors from Harvard College and from Duke University Medical School.

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Simon Appleyard

Senior Area Manager, Wesleyan Financial Services

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Dr Matthew Gaskell

Clinical lead in addictions, Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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Matthew Gaskell is a Consultant Psychologist and Clinical Lead for addiction services with the Leeds & York Partnership Foundation Trust. He is Clinical Director of the NHS Northern Gambling Service, which has clinics in Leeds, Manchester, and Sunderland. He has twenty years’ experience working with addiction problems and co-occurring complexity, in both secure and community settings, as well as several years’ experience leading high quality NHS addiction services.

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Dr Jon Rees

GP

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Dr Shahzadi Harper

GP and women's health doctor

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Dr Shahzadi Harper is a GP and Women’s Health Doctor interested in optimising women’s wellbeing and health, empowering them to be their best. Her areas of expertise include Perimenopause and Menopause, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Healthy Ageing and Weight Management.



Dr Harper graduated from University College London in 1994 and is an experienced GP of 16 years with an expertise in women’s wellbeing. She believes in the early management of symptoms of the perimenopause and menopause. She has an understanding of the symptoms and concerns that women face with an interest in healthy ageing and aesthetics and believes in a positive approach to dealing with the menopause. She believes in an integrative approach to optimising hormonal health, enabling women to stay confident and feel sexy and to look their best.



Qualifications and Memberships:



Certificate in Menopause Management

Member of British Menopause Society

Member of European Andropause and Menopause society

RCGP Certificate in Alcohol and Substance Misuse Management

Member of Primary Care Society of Gastroenterology

Certificate in Functional Medicine

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Dr Anant Sachdev

GP partner, Cancer Research UK GP, Thames Valley Cancer Alliance Clinical Lead for Prevention and Early Diagnosis, End of Life Care Specialist GP

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Dr Anant Sachdev is a full-time GP and trainer in Bracknell Berkshire, Cancer Lead for the Thames Valley Cancer Alliance Primary Care Clinical Lead, CRUK GP, GP Specialist in Palliative Medicine in Berkshire, a Senior Appraiser, and has developed strategy and guidelines locally for Clinical Commissioning Groups in in various fields of Medicine, and delivered educational events in EOL, Cancer, Cardiology, MSK, Urology and Dermatology. Holistic medicine apart, holistic life means lots of interests in Wellbeing, Vegetarianism (but not great cook, just eating), Sports (Squash and Golf – not great here either), music (fusion and Bollywood), together with family life (teenagers, in- and out-laws too).

“I am driven by the firm ethos of “making a difference” and “do things that make the heart sing” ... . And am constantly learning from patients, colleagues, friends, family and others alike!”

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Anna Hemmings

Chief Executive Officer, GamCare

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Anna joined GamCare in January 2018. She has extensive experience in working in health and social care, with a focus on addictions. Anna has extensive senior management and board level experience, in large and complex organisations. In addition, she has previously worked with a range of commissioners, grant givers and external partner organisations to deliver influential and insightful third sector services. Most importantly, Anna is committed to the delivery of effective, safe and well led services that improve the quality of life of beneficiaries.

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Dr Catherine Millington Saunders

RCGP and Marie Curie National Clinical End of Life Care Champion

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Dr Iain Small

GP specialising in respiratory, Peterhead,

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Dr Iain Small is a General Practitioner in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. He is Clinical Lead for Grampian Managed Clinical Network for COPD, is a trainer for Education for Health and Honorary Lecturer at the Department of General Practice, University of Aberdeen. He has a career long interest in Respiratory Medicine and has presented and published widely on the subjects of asthma, COPD and allergy.

He is the Chair of the National Advisory Group (Respiratory) of the Scottish Government and serves on the Executive of PCRS. He is a former PCRS Chair and is Editor of the Primary Care Respiratory Update publication. He is an Honorary Lecturer at the Department of Academic Primary Care, University of Aberdeen.

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Professor Michael Kirby

GP and former director of Hertfordshire Primary Care Research Network

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Professor Michael Kirby worked as a GP in Letchworth, Hertfordshire from 1973 until 2007 and was Director of HertNet (the Hertfordshire Primary Care Research Network) from 1998 until 2007. He also held two cardiology sessions at the local Trust Hospital and his practice provided an open-access echocardiography service for patients with heart failure for local GP’s. He has been Visiting Professor to the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, at the University of Hertfordshire and his clinical work was at the Prostate Centre in London until the end of 2018.He is now Editor of Trends in Urology & Men’s Health

Professor Kirby qualified at St Mary’s Hospital, London before working as a cardiology registrar at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. He is an Associate Member of the British Association of Urological Surgeons and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. He has been an active member of the Department of Health Prostate Cancer Risk Management Working Party and the Prostate Cancer Advisory Group, also, Trustee and advisor to the Sexual Advice Association. His special interests include cardiology, diabetes, osteoporosis, men’s health, urology, sexual medicine and education. He was Editor in Chief of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Journal, for 12 years & is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Primary Care Nursing, the British Journal of Cardiology, Geriatric Medicine and the International Journal of Clinical Practice. He also holds membership of several NHS advisory boards. He has published more than 400 clinical papers and 30 books.

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Dr Jai Cegla

Consultant in metabolic medicine, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

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After completing internal medicine training in the UK and Australia, she trained in metabolic medicine at Imperial College Trust and Guy’s and St Thomas’. She has a specialist interest in lipidology and cardiovascular risk. The Hammersmith Hospital lipid service is a one-stop centre for the genetic diagnosis and management of lipid disorders and also offers research facilities and access to new medications. Dr Cegla’s current research focuses on cardiovascular risk including clinical trials of novel therapeutic agents. Dr Cegla is a member of the Medical, Scientific and Research Committee of HEART UK, the cholesterol charity. She also sits on the National Cardiovascular Disease Prevention System Leadership Forum, the advisory group of Public Health England for strategy on CVD prevention.

Speaker at Pulse LIVE London 2019

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Prof Rajat Gupta

Consultant paediatric neurologist, Birmingham Children’s Hospital

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Professor Gupta graduated from Manchester Medical School and completed his National Grid training in Paediatric Neurology in the Mersey Deanery.  He was appointed Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in October 2004.  He leads the Paediatric Neurorehabilitation Service at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.  In addition to neurorehabilitation his areas of special interest include epilepsy, cerebral palsy, headache, neuro-ophthalmology and the neurological complications of Wolfram Syndrome.  He has conducted research, published and presented on these topics.

He is a medical advisor for the charity Corpal, which provides support to children and adults (and their families) with dysgenesis of the corpus callosum.

Professor Gupta is also passionate about medical education and training and is a faculty member of numerous courses.  He is the Head of Clinical Teaching Academy for the University of Birmingham Medical School and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.  He is the Medical Director for the Independent Pharmacy Prescriber Course at Aston University.  He is the Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee for the Aston Brain Centre and was appointed Honorary Professor of Paediatric Neurology at Aston University in 2011.  He is Regional Co-Lead for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

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Dr Alpa Kanji

Dermatology Registrar, Charing Cross Hospital

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Dr Alpa Kanji completed an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences, and then undertook research in bacterial genetics for which she was awarded a PhD, both at the University of Cambridge. After a variety of roles in the corporate sector, she attended King’s College London to complete her medical degree. She obtained a training number on the competitive dermatology London rotation after working as a dermatology fellow at The Royal Free Hospital.

As a dermatology registrar, she is regularly involved in teaching medical students. She has a particular interest in atopic dermatitis and the profound impact that this can have on the psychological and physical wellbeing of patients. She is passionate about empowering patients to manage their condition optimally. She has recently re-introduced Habit Reversal at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where it was first used over thirty years ago, to help patients eradicate their eczema.

Dr Firas Al-Niaimi

Dr Firas Al-Niaimi

consultant dermatologist and senior lecturer and researcher 152 Harley street clinic in London and University of Aalborg in Denmark

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Following his broad experience and training in general and acute medical specialties Dr Firas spent 18 months as a senior house officer in dermatology in Glasgow prior to my formal 4 years residency training in Manchester, one of the largest dermatology centres in Europe. During his residency, he was trained in all aspects of dermatology and its subspecialties and was actively involved in academic work which led to a large number of presentations and publications. Subsequent to that Dr Firas moved to London and did a prestigious one-year fellowship in advanced cutaneous surgery and lasers at the world-renowned St. John’s dermatology institute at Guys’ and St. Thomas’ Hospitals which is the largest Mohs surgery and lasers unit in the UK. During his fellowship he gained advanced training in skin cancers and Mohs’ micrographic surgery and various reconstructive techniques with flaps and grafts.

Dr Firaz is a well-trained all-rounded dermatologist with great passion and enthusiasm for his specialty and continually pursuit of knowledge and excellence which was recognised by an award in 2019 from the global excellence award for the title “Consultant Dermatologist of the year 2019 - London”.

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