March 2016 | Márta 2016

AUDGPI / ICGP 19th Annual Scientific Meeting

Wed, 30 March 16 17:23

Delegates at the 1st AUDGPI/ICGP Joint Annual Meeting ; Prof Max Watson, Mrs Pamela Bradley, Prof Susan Smith, Prof Gerard Bury, Prof Brendan Drumm, Prof Tom O'Dowd, Dr Margaret O'Riordan, Prof Colin Bradley, Prof William Shannon, Prof Walter Cullen


The School was delighted to host a joint annual scientific meeting of the Association of University Departments of General Practice in Ireland (AUDGPI) and the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP).  The first time that these two organisations have combined their meetings, the 19th Annual Scientific Meeting took place at the UCD Student Centre on the 10th and 11th March 2016. 

The meeting attracted delegates from all university departments of general practice across the island of Ireland as well as a broad representation of practicing GP’s from Ireland and abroad.  It was designed as a forum to present high quality research studies and audits in areas of general practice and primary care. GP trainees and medical students were also welcomed to present both completed projects and current work in progress.

The meeting, based around the overarching theme of 'Enhancing General Practice to Enhance Patient Care', featured sessions on prescribing and management, chronic disease, opioids, prevention, innovation, and education and training. In the meeting opening address Prof Andrew Deeks (UCD President), Prof Walter Cullen (UCD Professor of Urban General Practice) and Prof Cecily Kelleher (Principal, College of Health & Agricultural Sciences) highlighted the importance of high quality education, research, innovation and developmental activities in primary care in Ireland.  A range of keynote speakers addressed delegates on Friday morning, including Prof Brendan Drumm who offered his perspective on transforming health services through maximising quality.  Dr Liam Glynn (NUI Galway) followed with an inspirational presentation on the 'No Doctor, No Village' campaign which advocates to protect general practice services in rural Ireland. Dr. Margaret O'Riordan of the ICGP spoke from a GP perspective on how best to enhance general practice in order to improve patient care.

Fiona Bradley Award

The Fiona Bradley Award for individuals or groups who have made a sustained difference in healthcare either in Ireland or internationally was also presented at the meeting. The award celebrates the contribution of the late Dr Fiona Bradley to promoting better medical practice. This year's recipient of the award, which is in its 7th year, was Prof Max Watson, Consultant in Palliative Care, Director of Medical Services at the Northern Ireland Hospice and Chair of the RCGP End of Life Care Committee, who has made a substantial contribution to end-of-life care both in Ireland and internationally.  Prof Watson acts as a special advisor to the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme in Dublin and has recently led on the palliative care 'PROJECT ECHO' in Northern Ireland. He has also authored many books including the 'Oxford Handbook of Palliative Care' and is series editor of the Oxford specialist end of life handbooks. In addition he is the creator of the European Certificate in Essential Palliative Care, which is currently delivered in Nepal, India, Kyrgyzstan and the UK, and has trained over 5,000 doctors and nurses worldwide. Previous recipients of the Fiona Bradley award have included Dr Austin O' Carroll, Dr Declan Bedford, Dr Don Coffey and Dr Margaret Bourke.

Research & Presentation Awards

  • William Shannon Prize for best Presentation by GP Trainee was presented to Dr Tomas Mc Guinness (Western GP Training Scheme) for his presentation of Point of Care Testing in the West of Ireland - Testing who cares, T Mc Guinness, C Cox, A Heerey, L Varzgaliene, E O'Shea, G McGuire, M Kelly
  • George Irwin Prize for best Education Project was presented to Dr GJ Gormley (QUB) for his presenation of Getting behind the scenes: an exploration of roles and relationships in the OSCE triad, GJ Gormley, M Corrigan, K Cullen, JL Johnston
  • James McCormick Prize for best Research Project was presented to E Lawlor (QUB) for her presentation of The effect of community-based cardiovascular disease prevention interventions on behavioural risk factors: A systematic review and meta-analysis, E Lawlor, D Bradley, M Tully, M Cupples
  • AUDGPI Bursary for best Conference Presentation was presented to Dr GJ Gormley (QUB) for his presenation of Getting behind the scenes: an exploration of roles and relationships in the OSCE triad, GJ Gormley, M Corrigan, K Cullen, JL Johnston

Adapted from ICGP Report with additional reporting by host organisers UCD Centre for Emergency Medical Science