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Devon Local Medical Committee - Annual General Meeting

Dr Nikita Kanani, Deputy Medical Director of Primary Care for NHS England, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at Devon Local Medical Committee’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Nikita, a GP in London, will talk about the challenges and opportunities facing general practice and will field questions from the audience.

The AGM takes place at Exeter Racecourse on Wednesday, 9 May, from 6-8:30pm, and we look forward to a good turnout of local GPs. Please confirm your planned attendance to the LMC at by Wednesday, 25 April.

The agenda is available here. Light refreshments will also be served.


One Small Step to a Healthier You - Health Check Training

Sign up for free Health check training course

Training Outline:

  • Understanding the aims of the NHS Health Check
  • Communication skills used in the NHS Health Check
  • How to carry out a Health Check
  • Understanding of the competence requirements
  • Awareness of the onward referral processes.

When: 19 April, 2018, 9.30am-1.30pm.

Where: The Dining room, Old Forde House, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot, TQ124XX.


When: 22 May, 2018, 9.30am-1.30pm.

Where: The Boardroom, Crown Yealm House, Pathfields Business Park, South Molton, EX363LH.

To book, please request a booking form and send to:

Body Reprogramming Training Course for Patients with fibromyalgia and central sensitivity syndromes

19 and 20 April 2018, Plymouth Postgraduate Medical Centre, Derriford Hospital, PL6 8DH.

The course is designed for all clinical staff who manage patients with fibromyalgia and central sensitivity syndromes. It provides an in-depth and novel approach to understanding and managing these conditions.

Day 1 will focus primarily on the diagnosis and individual based management.

Day 2 will explore group based approaches including implementing body reprogramming within a group setting.

Learning outcomes:

  • Improved understanding of fibromyalgia and central sensitivity syndromes.
  • Understanding symptomology, diagnosis and management both within primary and secondary care.
  • Exploring the Hyland conceptual model.
  • Understanding patient experience and the response of significant others.
  • Understanding psychological mechanisms and techniques relevant to management and recovery including 3rd wave CBT.
  • Implementing body reprogramming in clinical practice.

Course fee: One day £100, both days £150. Includes refreshments and buffet lunch.

Contact: Michaela Slocombe, 01752 437347



BMA: ‘Nuts and Bolts for Sessional GPs starting out in the South West’

When: Thursday, 14 June, 2018, 1:30-6pm.

Where: St Luke’s Room 2, Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, Northwood Lane, Buckfast, Devon, TQ110EG.

The BMA is keenly aware that the transition from specialist training to joining the GP workforce can be challenging. There are lots of new issues to understand, especially if you are considering being self-employed as a Locum GP or seek a Salaried post in a practice in Devon.

In this very practical workshop we aim to fill in some gaps in your knowledge, dispel common myths and help you to prepare thoroughly for the changes you’ll encounter.

Whether you are shortly to graduate and enter general practice, or have been working for a time but still have questions about:

  • Starting out as a Sessional GP
  • Contracts
  • the Performers List, appraisal and revalidation
  • Indemnity insurance
  • Finance and pensions.

Experts in each of these areas will present the facts, during an information-filled afternoon, with time for questions, networking and discussion.

The BMA Local Engagement Trial has organised this workshop for you – come along and find out the facts! Afternoon tea will be served mid-way through the workshop.

Registration is essential via Eventbrite: BMA Members £25; non-Members £50.

Any questions contact Elaine Pavelle, BMA Local Organiser (SW), at:


4th Barbara Starfield Lecture

Professor Jeannie Haggerty PhD, McGill Chair in Family and Community Medicine Research,

McGill University, Montreal Canada

“Continuity of care and the new normal of multimorbidity in primary care”

12.30 Thursday 5 July 2018

SC3.06 South Cloisters, St Lukes Campus, Exeter EX1 2LU

Register here for Lecture/lunch/workshop/afternoon tea

Contact Joy Choules ext 01392 722743

Open Dated Training/Events:

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 Thursdays London
6 Saturday mornings 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