The ABCD of Acute Medicine

Thursday 16th February 2023
Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground, Cardiff, CF11 9XR


Registration and Refreshments


Session A: Acute…

Chair: Chris Subbe

Acute Kidney Injury
Aled Williams, Consultant in Renal Medicine, CAVUHB

Acute Liver Injury
Rhodri Stacey, Consultant in Gastroenterology, SBUHB

Acute Confusion
Rob Martin, Consultant in Elderly Medicine, CTMUHB

Acute Oncology
Carys Phillips, Welsh Acute Medicine Registrar with a special interest in Oncology

Refreshments & Industry Exhibition

Session B: Bring them to Ambulatory Care!

Chair: Alice Hoole

A showcase of what ambulatory care can (and sometimes can’t!) deliver…

  1. The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Zebra
    John Watts, Acute Medicine Registrar, CTMUHB
  2. Bilateral ptosis?…Sure, bring him to AECU!
    Sarena Thakkar, Physician Associate in Acute Medicine, CTMUHB
    Caz Burford, Consultant in Acute Medicine CTMUHB/Critical Care CAVUHB
  3. To Admit or not to Admit? – That’s the Question
    Naomi Dennehey & Alex Sinclair, Trainees on Acute Medicine team, SBUHB
  4. Big and Scary Numbers
    Tom Cozens, Consultant in Acute Medicine, ABUHB

Lunch & Industry Exhibition

Session C: Culture

Chair: Caroline Burford

Changing Culture in the Workplace
Simon Fleming (Of #HammerItOut fame), Orthopaedic Surgeon, London

Refreshments & Industry Exhibition

Session D: Diversity at the Front Door

Chair: Madhu Kannan

A collection of talks from our fantastic teams at the front door

  1. Tracey Roberts, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, ABUHB
  2. Daniel Greenwell, Acute Medicine Pharmacist, SBUHB
  3. Katie Cobain, Physician Associate, ABUHB
  4. Wendy Mashlan, Advanced Clinical Practitioner, CTMUHB

Together Stronger: The Health Board Perspective on Diversifying the Workforce 
Nerys Conway, Consultant in Acute Medicine & AMD for Workforce, CTMUHB

Please join us for a post event gathering at Brewhouse & Kitchen opposite the venue


Caroline Burford
Dr Caz Burford is a graduate of the University of Southampton. Having undertaken ACCS Acute Medicine training in Wessex Deanery, she returned home to Wales (as most Welsh girls do!) to pursue her career in Acute and Intensive Care Medicine. She works as a Consultant in both specialties across two UHBs in South Wales: Cardiff & Vale and Cwm Taf Morgannwg. Outside of medicine she is a keen badminton player; what skills she lacks on court she certainly makes up for with enthusiasm.

Katie Cobain
Katie is a Physician Associate in Acute Medicine in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. Upon qualification in 2018, her career began in Emergency Medicine before making the transition to Acute Medicine, where she has worked for the last few years. Her main interests are leadership, research and teaching.  When she is not at work she can often be found running around a rugby pitch.

Nerys Conway
Nerys Conway is a Consultant in Acute Medicine in the Royal Glamorgan and Assistant Medical Director for Medical Workforce in Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board. She lives in Cardiff with her husband and two small children. Her greatest achievement is beating Caz Burford (once) in 800 m freestyle at age 12.

Tom Cozens
Tom is one of the first half dozen graduates of the Welsh Acute Internal Medicine training scheme and has been Training Programme Director for a few years now. He is currently dealing with the consequences of an unexpected sequence of events culminating in him becoming Clinical Lead for acute medicine in ABUHB.

Naomi Dennehey
Naomi is currently a second year Internal Medical Trainee at Morriston Hospital. She is planning a career in Cardiology in Wales with an interest in intervention and heart failure. Naomi is a Welsh trainee, having completed her medical degree at Cardiff University and her foundation training in south-west Wales.

Simon Fleming
Simon is a London-based Trauma and Orthopaedic registrar, medical education Ph.D and culture change advocate. He is a founding member and the trainee representative for the International Orthopaedic Diversity Alliance (IODA). He is on the Executive board for the NIHR Clinical Education Incubator and Associate Editor for Medical Education and The Clinical Teacher. He is a past Vice Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Trainee Doctors’ Group (ATDG) and past President of the British Orthopaedic Trainees’ Association (BOTA). He is also Clinical Advisor to the Methuselah Foundation, supporting the NASA Deep Space Food Challenge. While passionate about orthopaedics, clinical education and mentoring, he has special interests in hand surgery, competency decisions and combating bullying, discrimination, harassment and the lack of diversity and equity in healthcare.

Robin Martin
Dr Rob Martin is a Consultant Geriatrician in the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. Born in Pembrokeshire, Rob trained in Cardiff and worked across the M4 corridor before settling into a consultant post in the Rhondda valley. His interests include community geriatrics and acute frailty. As the RCP College Tutor for the Royal Glamorgan he is heavily involved in education and pastoral care for trainees. Outside of work he is father to two children, a motor racing fanatic and a self-confessed geek.

Wendy Mashlan
Dr Mashlan is the Lead Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) in Acute Frailty/Care of Elderly Medicine in Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend. She qualified in 1994 and worked in community medicine, rehabilitation and palliative care. Having completed a diploma in Ageing Society & Health Care and BSc(Hons) Nurse Practitioner at Swansea University, Wendy moved to the Nurse Practitioner role in Bridgend in 2002. Since then, she has completed a MSc Gerontology and independent prescribing qualifications. She has done research around the impact of the Acute Frailty ACP role in acute hospital admission services and is an Honorary lecturer for the University of South Wales, supporting the MSc Advanced Practice. She is the clinical lead for the CTMUHB Advanced Practice board and nationally been part of the RCN Older Persons and Advanced Practitioners Education Forum. Currently she is the co-lead for the Welsh British Geriatrics Society for Nurses and AHPs and also Chair of the Welsh Advisory Group for Advanced Clinical Practice.

Carys Phillips
Carys is an Acute Medicine SpR in Wales. She has chosen Acute Oncology as her specialist skill during training and is interested in improving acute care for patients with cancer and new diagnoses of cancer. Carys is currently on parental leave, but when she has time she’s often outdoors walking, running or cycling.

Tracey Roberts
Tracey Roberts is currently an advanced nurse practitioner for Acute Medicine working between NHH and GUH. She has a background of 23 years in Acute/Emergency Medicine with a career progression from Staff Nurse to Deputy Ward Manager and Nursing Practitioner and ANP.

Alex Sinclair
Having graduated from St George’s in London in 2019, Dr Sinclair undertook her foundation training in Kent working in intensive care throughout the pandemic. She is currently a CT1 ACCS Anaesthetic trainee in Swansea Bay with particular interest in intensive care and medical law.

Rhodri Stacey
Rhodri Stacey is a consultant Gastroenterologist at Morriston Hospital, Swansea. He qualified from St George’s Hospital Medical School, London in 2006 and trained in London and Wales. He completed a fellowship in Pelvic Radiation disease during his registrar training and was appointed as a consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist in 2019. He is the current Gastroenterology and Endoscopy lead for Swansea Bay UHB, Treasurer of the Welsh Association of Gastroenterologists and Endoscopists, and the Welsh Representative on the British Society of Gastroenterology’s Registrar to Consultant transition advisory group. He regularly lectures at Swansea University, is a faculty member of the Welsh Institute of Minimal Access Therapy and has delivered Endoscopy training courses both in the UK and abroad.

Sarena Thakkar
Sarena Thakkar did her Masters in Physician Associate studies at Swansea University.  She has worked in Acute medicine at the Royal Glamorgan hospital (CTM UHB) for the last two and a half years.  She enjoys running half marathons, marathons, trails, orienteering and on occasion running towards the nearest dance floor to show off her dancing moves.

John Watts
John is one of our ST4 trainees currently enjoying his first season on the Acute Medicine training programme at Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend. After an encouraging 6 month stint in Acute Medicine, though with some questionable Christmas do decision-making showing he still has room to improve, he has been sent out on a several-year loan to continue his development. Subsequent to which he hopes to cement his place in the starting line-up. When not getting excited over a modestly positive ANCA in ambulatory care, he somewhat predictably enjoys football, anything vaguely food-related and adding to a list of books he never finds time to read. Despite a love for travelling, he is yet to experience a safari – until then, he’ll continue to search for the many zebras that can be found within the confines of ambulatory care.

Liz Wilcox
Liz Wilcox in an Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Care of the Elderly Medicine/Acute Frailty in Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend. Liz had 13 years experience as a Physiotherapist, across all acute and community settings, before deciding, in 2017, to expand her role within Frailty and train as an ACP. Liz is passionate about diversity within teams and, in particular, seeing more AHPs working in Advanced Practice roles. Given her clinical background Liz is also involved with improving outcomes around inpatient falls, locally and nationally.

Aled Williams
Dr Williams is a consultant nephrologist in Morriston Hospital with a particular interest in Diabetic Kidney Disease and dialysis access. He has spent the majority of his Nephrology training in South Wales including 5 years as an honorary clinical academic in Cardiff University whilst completing a PhD on Renal Replacement Therapies. His main interests outside medicine are family orientated, enjoying world-wide travel. He is a keen skier and can often be found supporting the Llanelli Scarlets rugby team, where he holds a season ticket.

The Welsh Acute Physician’s Society

Our society was formed in 2014 and is dedicated to furthering the specialty of Acute Medicine within Wales, and supporting our local trainees. It was established by a group of Welsh Acute Medics – both trainees and consultants, predominantly with the aim of raising the profile of the specialty and providing a network via which all Welsh trainees can come together to support each other and enhance their education and training opportunities.

Thus far, WAPS has been associated with the all Wales annual residential training week, national symposia and delivering the acute internal medicine curriculum to our trainees. We have a strong relationship with the Society of Acute Medicine (SAM), especially when hosted in Wales.

Our hope is that WAPS and the Acute Medicine family, including our nursing, physician associate and allied health colleagues, continue to flourish and develop together over the coming years. We are passionate about our chosen specialty and are keen to attract similarly motivated individuals; so if you wish to learn more about the society, our plans, or training in Acute Medicine in Wales, then please chat to any one of us.




We are extremely grateful to our pharmaceutical colleagues and industries that have supported this event through the purchase of exhibition stand space only. They have had no input to the agenda/speakers/content for this meeting. Please take the time during your refreshment breaks to visit their stands and learn about their latest products.

  • A. Menarini
  • Amgen
  • Astra Zeneca
  • Bayer
  • BMS
  • Daiichi Sankyo
  • Kyowa Kirin
  • Novartis
  • Pfizer

We would also like to thank the Society of Acute Medicine for their support and promotion of our society and event.

Feedback and Certificates

We would be grateful if you could provide feedback – a link to the online form will be emailed at the end of the day. Electronic certificates will be emailed along with the RCP CPD code (6 points) in due course.