Workshop Choices - All are running on Thursday AND Friday apart from the exceptions listed


Health and Inequality: A Different Kind of Medicine

Facilitated by Dr Chris Tiley

We are all trained in the standard medical model when it comes to consulting and assessing our individual patients. But what lies behind the obvious - what makes some people choose poorly and what makes societies inherently better or worse for health?

What have baboons got to do with the civil service?

What gave some Dutch men heart attacks in 1996?

And just where are the missing men of Russia?

If these questions have lifted one of your eyebrows then you should come and find out more.

Maybe we can find some solutions.

Practical Teaching Skillls (Ultimate Frisbee)

Facilitated by Dr Ed Fitzherbert

We will be looking at what makes a good teaching session in a very practical way. Ed plans to use teaching on how to play Ultimate Frisbee as his teaching/learning paradigm (so bring your beach footwear). This is both an opportunity to learn and to teach. If you have a skill or an interest ranging from juggling to French plaiting come along prepared to have fun, learn some skills and hopefully pass on a skill or interest of your own in a small group setting.


Say What You See

Facilitated by Dr Peter Merrin

Sometimes things are so obvious that we don’t see them. How many times have you thought, ‘how did I miss that?’. I have learnt that in medicine, as in life, things are easily missed or overlooked. This is certainly also true in education and training. Why is that and what are the consequences? This workshop will endeavour to try and answer those questions whilst posing a few others. Are you seeing everything that you need to in your own consultations, in your teaching sessions and in your working life? At the end you will be able to say (through feedback) what you have seen – hopefully it will have been worthwhile!


Value of Process

Facilitated by Dr Lucy Melluish and Dr Ruth Boulton

Music therapy uses music and sound to enable psychological, social and/or physical improvements to health. As a dynamic therapy, it uses the availability of a developing interactive relationship to inform the individual’s, family’s or group’s own process and pace of change.

This workshop will involve creatively playing and exploring together ideas and experiences of sound, silence,reflection, and replenishment in a relational context. Here the value is not in the groups’ performance, but in it's process.


SHERPA – A New Model for Decision Making with Patients with Multimorbidity

Facilitated by Dr Ed Jack

Clinical Decision Making with our Patients with Multimorbidity: How do we do it? How can we improve it? How can we teach it?

The SHERPA model, (Sharing Evidence Routine for a Person-centred plan of Action) was developed as a practical framework to help clinicians as they work with patients with multimorbidity. It provides a new three-step method for evidence informed and interpretative decision making. It is particularly focused on those with multimorbidity as their needs are not well met by current guidelines; consultation models or indeed the health system as a whole. This is because guidelines address single conditions; consultation models focus on an individual problem and the system is fragmented. The SHERPA model aims to give clinicians the tools to work in a different way.

The workshop sets out to: describe the SHERPA model and its 3 step approach; try it out and help us refine it. There will be opportunity for further involvement in this exciting local research project.


THURSDAY ONLY - Cornish Marine Life - An antidote to stress and burnout

Facilitated By Dr Chris Whitworth

A film of the marine life underwater off the Cornish coast to help you unwind and relax

FRIDAY ONLY - HYPNOSIS & 5 things you can learn from it to influence your training and patients

Facilitated by Dr Toh Wong

A demonstration of hypnosis and NLP (Neurolinguistic programming) and a breakdown of the techniques used that you can use to influence your trainees – Bring an open mind and keep you can keep your clothes on.


Teaching GPs How to Manage Functional Illness

Facilitated by Dr Stephen Ward-Booth

Patients with significant illness in the absence of traditional biomedical (structural/inflammatory/metabolic disease) explanations are common. They can be associated with difficult consultations, uncertainty, prescribing challenges, high resource use and poor patient satisfaction. This workshop will explore the topic itself as well as the pitfalls and opportunities that come with teaching trainees about it.

Walk for Wellbeing: Innovation and Knowledge in the Wilds -  THURSDAY ONLY

Facilitated by Dr Lucy Loveday

A facilitated walk for wellbeing - and some exercises for tuning into innate resilience along the way.


The Metabolic Syndrome: A Suggested Approach to Tackling this Crisis in Primary Care - FRIDAY ONLY

Facilitated by Dr Peter Foley

This workshop will explore challenges which GPs are faced with when addressing lifestyle related conditions. I will draw on several real-life cases to provide a framework for case-based discussions to allow for discussion around the challenges which each case could present to a GP. The workshop will focus on motivational interviewing techniques and will aim to equip attendees with practical tips and resources to empower their patients to make lasting lifestyle change. The cases will involve patients with metabolic syndrome, and I will address lifestyle factors which can be used to improve these conditions for patients, including stress management, nutrition approaches and physical activity promotion.