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WAPS Webinar 2020

Thanks for attending! We hope to see you again at our next event!

Consultants/SAS £20; Others £10

About this Event

Our annual symposium will be going ahead as an online event for 2020.

We understand that during these unusual and unprecedented times for healthcare workers, it is vital to continue learning and sharing amongst our peers. So we are pleased to once again provide a programme of both clinical and non-clinical talks relating to acute and general medicine.

We would like to thank our inspirational group of speakers for taking the time and effort to contribute to our programme, enabling virtual learning and connections, whilst we eagerly anticipate meeting face-to-face once again.

Who is it for?

  • Doctors of all grades and medical specialities
  • PAs/ANPs/AHPs working in Acute Medicine
  • We would especially welcome anyone interested in acute medicine as a career

N.B. For trainees in Wales please see HEIW website for information on taking study leave


Thursday 2nd July

12:30 Checking In

13:00 NICE & Fast: Guidance you might have missed during lockdown

During three months of lockdown, NICE has published no fewer than 45 guidelines: we will curate a whistle-stop tour of new guidelines relevant to acute medicine, including asthma, epilepsy, AKI, venous thromboembolic disease and artificial intelligence in radiology. N.B. There will be no mention of the 23 guidelines on COVID-19!

14:00 Skills for the 21st Century Clinician

This session will cover telemedicine and imaging techniques for the non-radiology clinician. Our esteemed speakers will be:

  • Telemedicine 2020Patricia Mary ‘Trish’ Greenhalgh OBE (GP and Professor of primary care health sciences at the Nuffield Department in University of Oxford) You may have seen her guide to video consultations in the BMJ earlier this year. If you missed it… here is your chance to benefit.
  • Tele-Consultations for RealChris Subbe (Acute Physician, Ysbyty Gwynedd) Having been an advocate for telemedicine well before COVID-19, this is your opportunity to hear him speak about the ‘Attend Anywhere’ software package rolled out for all clinics throughout Wales – does it work for patients, clinicians and training?… Let’s find out.
  • Technical Skills Acquisition for EchocardiographyJohn Glen (Anaesthetic/Intensive Care Consultant and EMRTS Doctor, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd) At a time when imaging techniques are now compulsory for training in several specialties and no longer the prerogative of radiologists, here is an insight into life in 3D.

15:15 Break and Chatter

15:30 Life & Death: Effective care at the extremes of life

This session covers breaking bad news when we are unable to be face-to-face with relatives and the clinical frailty scale from the man himself. Our inspirational speakers will be:

  • Breaking Bad News over the PhoneMark Taubert (Clinical Director, Consultant Physician & Honorary Senior Lecturer in Palliative Medicine, Cardiff) In the absence of body language, tissue and cups of tea, how do we best support grieving relatives? We hear from the writer of ‘Letter to David Bowie’ published by the BMJ which has been widely quoted as a commentary on dignified death and modern medicine.
  • How Kissing a Frog can Save your Life: Matt Morgan (Intensive Care Consultant in Cardiff, BMJ Columnist and Author of ‘Critical – Science and Stories from the Brink of Human Life’) links basic sciences to breakthroughs in the delivery of life-saving treatments.
  • Frailty & Intensive Care: Kenneth Rockwood (Professor of geriatric medicine & community health and epidemiology, Dalhousie University in Canada) Very few have contributed more to our understanding of ageing and its impact on surviving acute and critical illness. After the heightened use of his ‘Clinical Frailty Scale’ for decision making in critical care admissions, we are delighted to welcome the man himself to our programme.

17:00 Close

What do you get?

  • Join us live for an opportunity to take part in the conversation with our exceptional speakers
  • Certificate of attendance for the live event
  • Access to recorded talks after the live event
  • RCP CPD (Application in progress for 4 points) N.B. As per recent RCP guidance, delegates accessing the archived version of the event may record this in their CPD diary using the approval code provided for the live event for up to four weeks after the event date.

(Once registered you will receive details of how to join the webinar live and access content after the event)

What does my money contribute to?

Your money goes directly towards teaching and training our acute medicine trainees and furthering development and support for our teams across Wales.

Online Event Disclaimer

There may be those who are unable to attend the webinar live despite registering and making a payment. In order to allow this cohort to benefit from the contributions of our faculty, we are planning to record the webinar and allow access to this content for those delegates. If you are registering for the event, we will accept this as consent to the recording and distribution of the content to delegates.

Unfortunately we are unable to accept refunds after the event has taken place, but you will be able to benefit from access to the recorded talks.

Symposium 2019 final programme released

We’re pleased to confirm the final programme for our annual symposium on 20th June 2019 is now available. If you haven’t yet registered, there’s still space to join us in the Gower for the day!

All of the money raised from the symposium goes toward supporting acute medicine training in Wales. Full details of the day are available on the symposium page and you can register online at Eventbrite. We hope to see you there!

Headache conference

Mohamed Hassan (an acute physician from Prince Charles, Merthyr) is organising a conference on headaches in Cardiff on Friday 18th October. Headaches are his special interest and regardless of whether they might interest you personally or not, they’re certainly a common and important problem that we see a lot of in acute medicine!

We’ll provide an update when we get further details of the day.

Symposium 2019: Tickets still available!

Tickets for our annual symposium on 20th June are selling well but we still have plenty of space available at the King Arthur. Why not join us for a day which will include:

  • External Speaker: Dr Chris Turner (Co-Founder of Civility Saves Lives) – How incivility robs teams of their potential
  • Value-based and Prudent Healthcare with Dr Sally Lewis (National Clinical Lead)
  • What’s hot in Rheumatology with Dr Julian Nash
  • Hot Heads in Neurology with Dr Charlotte Lawthom
  • What to do with a febrile Haematology patient with Dr Ali Mahdi
  • What you need to know about the new Internal Medicine Curriculum
  • What’s hot about Oncology? with Dr Ricky Frazer

All of the money raised from the symposium goes toward supporting acute medicine training in Wales. You can see further details and register here.


Team Wales was a bit smaller than usual at the Society of Acute Medicine meeting in Gateshead last week but we still had an excellent time! Over 450 people attended making it the largest SAM spring meeting to date! We’re already looking forward to the next SAM conference in Harrogate on the 10th and 11th October 2019.

If you missed it, you should be able to find copies of the posters and presentations on the SAM website soon.