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Health and ageing in a post-Covid NHS

GM Conference 2022

18th October 2022 | Hallam Conference Centre, London


The Covid-19 pandemic led to substantial changes in healthcare systems and the care of older patients. With further reform from the Heath and Care Bill on the horizon and the non-Covid backlog to tackle, this GM Conference looks at the likely impact on services and management of older patients going forward.


Time                                           Session                                                                                            

09.30 – 10.00                         Registration and coffee

10.00 – 10.30                         Chair’s introduction                                                               

10:30 – 11.00                          The frail patient in the age of Covid-19

Speaker: Professor Margot Gosney, Honorary Consultant in Elderly Care Medicine at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

                                                This session will cover:   

  • The role of hospital at home/community geriatrics in the NHS
  • The importance of the comprehensive geriatric assessment in avoiding admission into hospital
  • How management of ageing patients will be affected by new health and social care legislation
  • How integration with social care will affect clinical practice and community care

11.00 – 11.30                          Sarcopenia and frailty: what are the new challenges?     

Speaker: Dr Sanjay Suman, Consultant Geriatrician, Kent

                                                      This session will cover:   

  • The challenges of screening for sarcopenia post pandemic
  • How sarcopenia can be better managed to keep up with new scientific advances
  • Why sarcopenia is one of the ‘frailty giants’

11.30 – 11.45                          Coffee break

11:45 – 12.15                         New advances in dementia

Speaker: Professor Aimee Spector, Professor of Old Age Clinical Psychology, UCL

                                                      This session will cover:   

  • New drug developments on the horizon
  • How current management has adapted during the pandemic including virtual clinics and how appropriate they are for this group of patients
  • Improving pathways for early diagnosis
  • Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia

12.15 – 12.45                          Sponsored talk

12:45 – 13.15                          Panel discussion

13.15 – 14.15                          Lunch

14.15 – 15.15                          Cardiovascular disease: a new era post-Covid

Heart failure: improving outcomes for patients

Speaker: Dr Yassir Javaid, GPwSI cardiology cardiovascular and diabetes lead, Northamptonshire CCG, RCGP clinical adviser for cardiology          

Atrial fibrillation: current developments

Speaker: Professor Ahmet Fuat, GP, GPSI in Cardiology Darlington and Honorary Professor of Primary Care Cardiology at Durham University

                                                      This session will cover:   

  • How cardiovascular disease management has changed for older patients since the pandemic
  • Impact of health inequalities on disease prevention.
  • Whether we are seeing a new cohort of younger heart patients
  • Heart failure: management in primary care                                                    

15.15 – 15.30                          Coffee break

15.30 – 16.00                          Fractures services and bone health: changing times for core services

Speaker: Dr Madhavi Vindlacheruvu, Consultant Orthogeriatrician, Cambridge

This session will cover:   

  • How osteoporosis services can be rebuilt and reset following the Covid-19 crisis
  • The role of primary and secondary in delivering care in the community
  • Management of complex cases
  • The role of Fracture Liaison Services
  • The importance of managing falls risk


16.00 – 16.30                          The ageing patient in an integrated NHS     

Speaker: Tom Gentry, Senior health influencing manager (policy), Age UK

                                                      This session will cover:   

  • How management of ageing patients will be affected by new health and social care legislation.
  • Will more integration with social care affect clinical practice?
  • How to improve the mental wellbeing and independence of older people

16.30 – 17.00                          Panel debate     

17.00 – 17.30                          Chair’s closing remarks


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