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January 2019

Next Generation GP Programme - Emerging Leaders in General Practice

When: 31 January, 12 February, 28 March, 4 April, 8 May

Where: Buckfast Abbey, Northwood Ln, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0EG.

Course outline: Next Generation GP is a programme for emerging leaders in general practice designed by, and for, a group of early-career GPs and trainees designed to inspire early career GPs to be informed leaders with the insight and connections they need to change and improve the system in which we work.

More information: The agenda and details how to apply are available here.

February 2019

‘Getting going as a GP’ – for First5s and ST3s

When: Wednesday, 6 February, 2019. Food and drinks from 7pm

Where: Nuffield Health Exeter Hospital, Wonford Road


Sessions on:

  • Research opportunities in general practice
  • Working in or out of hours for Devon Doctors
  • Finances for new GPs

Register online:

University of Exeter Collaboration for Academic Primary Care Seminar

Should clinicians measure blood pressure in 2019? Prof Richard McManus, Professor of Primary Care Research, University of Oxford

When: Friday, 8 February, 1-2pm 

Where: JS07, St Luke’s Campus, Exeter EX1 2LU

Contact: Joy Choules 01392 722743

More information:

Infant colic, feeding and reflux – Dr Jim Hart

When: Tuesday 26 February, Smeal Building, University of Exeter Medical School, St Luke’s Campus, Exeter

Where: Food and drinks from 7pm

Register online:

GP ‘Train the Trainer’ Workshop – The Enhanced role of Primary Care in Cancer Control. What does this mean for GP trainers and programme directors?

When: Thursday, 28 February, 2019, 9.30am-4.30pm

Where: Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, Devon, TQ110EG

Registration: For TPDs and APDs only. Register online:

The management of allergies in children for the GP – Dr Yahya Mubashar

When: Thursday 28 February 2019, food and drinks from 7pm

Where: Mount Stuart Hospital, Torbay

Register online:

March 2019

Spring Update Meeting of the Devon and Cornwall Branch of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health

Sexual Health from Menarche to Menopause

When: Saturday, 2 March, 9am-4.30pm

Where: Plymouth Medical Centre, Derriford Hospital, Derriford Rd, Plymouth PL6 8DH

Registration and Course Information: Sandra Phillips, Course Administrator, Plymouth Medical Centre, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth PL6 8DH Tel 01752 430501

Programme 2019

Registration 2019

Management of uterine fibroids – Toby Cave

When: Wednesday 6 March 2019, Nuffield Health Plymouth

Where: Food and drinks from 7pm

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GPC Roadshow - Devon

When: Thursday, 7 March, 6:45-9:30pm

Where: Exeter Racecourse

Information: The General Practitioners Committee (GPC) will hold a roadshow in Devon shortly about the GP contract – which is set to be pivotal to the future of general practice – and local GPs and practice managers are encouraged to ‘save the date’.

The agenda is available here.

RCGP Tamar Faculty Survive and Thrive Programme

MBTI Workshop (Full Day)

When: Friday, 8 March, 9-5pm

Where: The Arundel Arms, Lifton, PL16 0AA

Facilitator: Dr Vik Mohan

One day MBTI Workshop

When: Friday, 8 March, 2019, 9am-5pm

Where: Arundell Arms, Lifton

Register online: Devon RCGP members £55, non-members £90

Focus on lung, bowel and prostate cancer - GP update

When: Tuesday, 12 March, 6:30-9:30pm

Where: Postgraduate Medical Education Centre, Derriford

Registration and information: The event will be a speed dating format with specialists, who will provide a personalised learning experience and an opportunity to improve communication between primary and secondary care.

Banish the Brexit Blues with the RCGP Tamar Faculty Pub Quiz

When: Thursday, 14 March, 2019. Food and drinks from 7pm

Where: Broomhill Art Hotel, Muddiford, Barnstaple

Register online: Free to RCGP members, non-members £10

Pan Devon GP Safeguarding Leads Conference

When: Wednesday, 27 March, 2019, from 9am-4:15pm.

Where: Cullompton Community Centre, Pye Corner, Cullompton, EX151JX

Register: The agenda is available here. You can register here.



You are invited to attend the following Primary Care programmes. A Certificate of Attendance will be issued along with a Personal Development Plan summary form, which will be supplied for your portfolio. Any lecture notes provided by the speakers will be available to download. There will be no charge for attending these meetings.

When: 20 March 2019

Where: Newton Abbot - Pathology, Passage House Hotel, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Devon TQ12 3QH

When: 21 March 2019

Where: Plymouth - Ophthalmology, The Future Inn, 1 William Prance Road, Plymouth Int. Business Park PL6 5DA

Details: Please see flyer and registration form here.

University of Plymouth, Peninsula Medical School

When: Wednesday 20 March 2019

Where: University of Plymouth Peninsula Medical School

Details and registration: See flyer here.

April 2019

Devon LMC's Induction to General Practice

When: 3 April, 9 July and 7 November

Where: Devon Local Medical Committee, Deer Park Business Centre, Haldon Hill, Kennford, Exeter, EX6 7XX

Details and registration: The LMC has designed and commissioned a one day induction package for new GPs, PMs and other members of the GP leadership team who are new or relatively new to general practice.

The day will include briefs from external organisations such as the clinical commissioning group, Devon Doctors, NHS England, the Community Education Provider Network and the Care Quality Commission as well as a facilitated introduction to GP finance, strategic policy development and the Quality Outcomes Framework.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided and the whole day should be a great networking opportunity.

The LMC plans to run three courses as a pilot to gauge how valuable they are viewed by participants before running them on a permanent basis. The day will be free for delegates. The dates this year are 3 April, 9 July and 7 November. Places are limited, so please register as soon as possible. You can register here.

January 2019

Next Generation GP Programme - Emerging Leaders in General Practice

When: 31 January, 12 February, 28 March, 4 April, 8 May

Where: Buckfast Abbey, Northwood Ln, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0EG.

Course outline: Next Generation GP is a programme for emerging leaders in general practice designed by, and for, a group of early-career GPs and trainees designed to inspire early career GPs to be informed leaders with the insight and connections they need to change and improve the system in which we work.

More information: The agenda and details how to apply are available here.

BMA Pensions and Taxation Update for Consultants, GPs and SAS doctors - West Devon

Thursday 4 April 2019, Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, Treliske TR1 3HD

Tuesday 16 April 2019, Future Inn, Derriford, Plymouth PL6 5ZD

[Refreshments from 18:30; Seminar 19:00 – 20:00]

BMA Pensions and Taxation Update for Consultants, GPs and SAS doctors - Devon

Tuesday 2 April 2019, Broomhill Art Hotel, Muddiford Road, Barnstaple EX31 4EX

Tuesday 16 April 2019, Future Inn, Derriford, Plymouth PL6 5ZD

Tuesday 30 April 2019, Horizon Centre, Torbay Hospital, Torquay TQ2 7AA

[Refreshments from 18:30; Seminar 19:00 – 20:00]

The full gravity of the Government’s recent change to the annual pension savings allowance may recently have hit home for many doctors. Those who have paid more into their pension(s) than the allowance permits may well have received unwelcome news from the NHS Pension Agency, confirming they have a tax liability. It’s important to know where you stand.

Not everybody affected would have been contacted. The Agency only knows about your NHS earnings and not your private earnings, for example from private practice, investments or rental property. Now that the annual allowance is tapered based on your total taxable earnings, your situation may well have changed.

The BMA’s financial adviser partner Chase de Vere Medical can help to make things clearer.

Over 60-minutes, Chase de Vere Medical will explain: what’s changed and how to work out if you are affected the options available to those who breach the allowance, and different ways to manage your pension contributions in the future how you could minimise and potentially avoid the annual allowance tax charge altogether the lifetime allowance, what it means for you and what can be done to mitigate its impact. You’ll also be able to ask the presenter any questions that you have on these important topics.

Places are limited, and we expect demand to be high, so register your attendance now to avoid disappointment. This event is free to attend, and you are very welcome to bring a guest.

Please email Aron Jones: to reserve your place, stating place of work, email address and GMC number.

To ensure we cater appropriately, please consider registration a firm commitment to attend this seminar.

BMA Negotiating Skills for GPs

Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, Buckfastleigh, Devon TQ11 0EG

Friday 12 April 2019

Registration 09:30. Workshop 10:00 – 16:00

Refreshments and lunch included

The BMA is hosting a one-day course in Devon on how to develop Negotiating Skills that will enable you to become an effective and successful negotiator. The course is to enable understanding of different types of negotiating principles; identifying the different phases of negotiation; recognising the habits of success; understanding the importance of preparation, as well as recognising ways to handle breakdowns. Whether buying items of office furniture or dealing with major contracts this course is a must for GPs.

It is also an opportunity to network locally; to spend protected time thinking about your role on the LMC or within your GP Practice; to develop further knowledge and understanding and be able to practice your skills in a safe environment.

Areas that will be covered include:

The principles of negotiation

Common mistakes

Positional bargaining and principled negotiation

Using positive behaviours

Team negotiations

Handling breakdown

Two of the BMA SW Industrial Relations officers will facilitate this workshop –they are expert and experienced negotiators.

BMA members: £40 Non-BMA Members: £60

Registration essential via Eventbrite – 24 places available: 

May 2019

Advance Communication Skills for Doctors (Full day)

When: Friday, 17 May, 9-5pm

Where: Knowledge Spa, The Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, TR1 3HD

Facilitator: Dr Vik Mohan

Register online:  

More information: Alice Sefton, Tamar Faculty Administrator,  Tel: 01392 722744

Applied Knowledge test one day preparation course for ST2 and ST3

When: Wednesday, 20 March, 2019, 8.45am-4.30pm

Where: Roadford Lake, Broadwoodwidger, Lifton

Register online: Free to Peninsula Deanery RCGP members, £165 non Peninsula ST2 & ST3, £225 non RCGP members

One day advanced communication skills for doctors workshop

When: Friday, 17 May, 9am-5pm

Where: Knowledge Spa, Truro

Register online:

June 2019

Cancer update for GPs

When: 7 June, 2019, 1:30-5pm

Where: PMS Lecture Theatre and Atrium, Research Innovation Learning Development (RILD) Building, Royal Devon and
Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Outline: Topics to include:

  • Genetics- Who should we test &why?
  • New Drugs/ New Toxicities
  • Late effects & End of Treatment
  • Summaries – what to look out for
  • Relapses Acute Oncology and Cancer of Unknown Primary
  • What is new in lower GI? (Including FIT Testing)
  • Enhanced Supportive Care
  • Faster Diagnoses Standard

More information is available in the flyer.

Register: Complete the booking form here.

Open Dated Training/Events:

Devon Public Health:Level 2 Stop Smoking Practitioner training

Devon Public Health have announced new training dates for staff to attend Level 2 Stop Smoking Practitioner training. The free courses are suitable for people working in a GP/Pharmacy setting where the organisation hold a current contact with Devon Public Health to deliver services. This training will prepare and enable practitioners to run the smoking cessation service, without having had any previous training. Advisors do not need to be qualified health professionals. On completion of the training (including e-learning modules) advisors will be added to the register of level 2 intermediate stop smoking advisers in Devon.

Refresher training - to ensure compliance with the contract at least one advisor from each setting must attend refresher training annually. The refresher training ensures that knowledge is up to date and can be cascaded to other smoking cessation practitioners within the organisation.

For more information and to see upcoming training dates please visit the Smokefree Devon website here:

Practical Diploma in Primary Care Mental Health

A Flexible Course with Teaching at Times to fit your schedule either as one programme or a combination of:

  • 3 days face to face teaching on Thursdays in London
  • 6 Saturday mornings in the Manchester area
  • 12 Tuesday evenings in your own home via webinar.
  • Designed by experts in primary care
  • RCGP accredited
  • Practical skills that work in a 10-minute consultation
  • Gain 50 hours CPD credits over 2 years
  • Flexibility to defer sessions and catch-up
  • Comprehensive workbooks that support your CPD portfolio
  • Bespoke support available by phone, facetime, skype and email
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded practitioners.

The course will cover topics including:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Maternal mental health
  • Psychosis and complex personalities
  • Medically unexplained symptoms
  • Addictions
  • Children and young people
  • Dementia
  • Learning disabilities.

More information is available at:
Contact: or on 07768196760.

Making Every Contact Count - free training

Making Every Step Count is an accredited behavioral change program encouraging frontline staff to make the most of every contact they have with patients or clients, to positively impact on their health and wellbeing.

Its benefits for frontline staff include:

  • The confidence required to deliver healthy lifestyle messages and the ability to direct customers to local support services
  • The experiences needed to have conversations about health and active listening skills
  • An awareness of their own health and wellbeing
  • An opportunity to develop new relationships with community organisations
  • An understanding of Open Discovery Questions (ODQ).

We recommend all participants complete the two hour online e-learning before attending the training days. For more information on how to access the e-learning or to reserve a place on the next available course please contact