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2017's Programme Overview

Best Practice is designed to give the very best value for primary care professionals by delivering two days packed with content touching on every area of running a modern practice and gives GPs and Practice Managers free clinical CPD points.

Time away from the consulting room is precious. By combining practical advice on the business side of general practice, with free CPD accredited clinical updates, inspirational case studies of innovations that are already delivering better patient outcomes and strategic advice on getting the most out of primary care commissioning, Best Practice will make the very best use of two days for the whole team.

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Keynote Theatre

The Best Practice Keynote Theatre, chaired by award winning journalist and presenter John Stapleton, has a packed agenda to inform, inspire, entertain and engage you in the biggest evolution in primary care ever witnessed within the NHS.

Radical new models of primary care at scale are the catalyst for transforming healthcare across the UK and building a strong, sustainable services for the future. There will be case studies from areas that are leading the way in creating strong, population-based care wrapped round the needs of patients. This includes examples from the NAPC’s own Primary Care Homes (PCHs) programme that has gathered huge momentum since it was launched by NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens at Best Practice in October 2015. From the 15 original rapid-test sites, there are now more than 160 sites across England, covering seven million patients – 12% of the population. Hear evaluation, practical tips and personal stories from a wide range of healthcare professionals working within PCHs and find out why this change has brought the joy back into their working lives.

Keynote Theatre speakers for Best Practice 2017 will update you on NHS England and new Government priorities for primary care and bring you live examples of how primary care strategy, including the GP Forward View, is being put into action on the frontline. We will also look at why ‘beefed up’ primary care is key to the success of transformation plans delivered via Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships and the new Accountable Care Systems.
Finally, the Keynote Theatre is the place to engage in stimulating debate on hot topics for primary care, including access, funding, breaking down barriers, regulation, demand, workforce and morale. Hear the views of thinkers and doers from a wide range of professions working within scaled-up primary care and have your say as well.

Key speakers confirmed to date include Dr Nav Chana, Chair of the NAPC, Dr James Kingsland, President of the NAPC, Chris Hopson, Chief Executive of NHS Providers, Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation and Crystal Oldman, Chief Executive of the Queen’s Nursing Institute and Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector for General Practice, CQC. 


Practice Business and Finance

Presented in partnership with the Practice Management Network

Practices are closing at an alarming rate despite the NHS England’s £500 million turnaround package for struggling surgeries. GPs and practice managers are facing every-growing patient demand without the funding or workforce to deal with it. Desperate times are leading to rapid mergers to save practices from going under. We are also seeing the rapid development of primary care at scale, including the NAPC’s Primary Care Home (PCH), new care models, GP super practices, super partnerships and federations. This seismic shift in the NHS landscape demands a whole new style of practice management and breed of practice manager. 

Sessions in the Practice Business and Finance Theatre will take a practical look at the skills, leadership qualities and new technologies needed to manage the provision of primary care at scale in the 21st century. There will be practical case studies focussing on the pros and cons of practice mergers, federations and new care models, including multi-specialty community providers (MCPs), primary and acute care systems (PACS) and PCHs. Sessions will offer practical advice and skills training to prepare you for the changing demands of general practice and you will be updated on the latest legal, contractual and financial developments that impact directly on your business, workforce and patients.

Key speakers in this theatre include Dr Michelle Drage, Chief Executive of Londonwide LMCs, who estimates that her organisation is rescuing a practice a week from closure. She will be stressing the importance of holding onto the core values of general practice amidst a sea of change. Dr Arvind Madan, Director of Primary Care, NHS England, will update the conference on implementation of the GP Forward View roll-out and the BMAs General Practitioners Committee will reveal what’s on the negotiating table for the profession for 2017/18. You will also hear from Steve Willams and Jo Wadey, co-chairs of the Practice Management Network that strives to raise the profile of the modern practice manager and give the profession a voice.  GPs and practice managers attending this theatre will have plenty of opportunity to have their say, share learning with peers and get advice for their practice.

Clinical Updates

The Best Practice two-day programme of quick-fire clinical updates will bring you the latest guidelines, research and best practice in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of a range of conditions seen in everyday practice. The sessions are 30 minutes, including Q&As and will be delivered by highly esteemed clinicians with a passion for their chosen specialty, including GPSIs, consultants working as part of multidisciplinary teams in primary care and GPs leading cutting-edge community-based clinics within Vanguard practices. 

Areas covered by clinical updates include: women’s health and contraception; chronic heart failure; AF; neurology; early diagnosis in cancer; common CAMHS problems seen in primary care; implementing the NICE multi-morbidity guidance in primary care; tackling alcohol and liver-related harm and much more. One of many programme highlights will be Dr Matt Kearney, GP and National Clinical Director for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, NHS England, advising on CVD prevention in primary care, including steps you can take at practice and population level to avoid strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular conditions. 


Clinical Masterclasses

The half-day clinical masterclasses at Best Practice each consist of four 30-minute sessions, allowing for a more in-depth look at some of the conditions that place the greatest burden on general practice and how you can manage them more efficiently and effectively. Speakers will cover all aspects of the topic from prevention to long-term management and self-care. They aim to provide you with best practice tips for improving management, cost efficiency and outcomes and action points that you can take away and implement immediately. 

Diabetes – a series of practical and comprehensive sessions led by Dr Waqar Malik, Consultant Diabetologist, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and colleagues from local hospitals. The programme will include a focus on risk factors, managing complex cases in the community and an update on the latest guidelines.

Dermatology – led by Dr Tracey O'Shea, Lead GP, Modality Partnership Dermatology Service, Birmingham and covering topics including fighting chronic inflammatory disorders, weighing up the risk of skin lesions and managing procedures of limited clinical value in general practice.

Respiratory – delivered in partnership with the Primary Care Respiratory Society and bringing you the very latest in asthma, COPD and a potpourri of other respiratory conditions. 

MSK – brought to you by a team of GPs with passion and expertise in MSK led by Dr Louise Warburton, Clinical Lead for Telford MSK Service (TEMS). The diverse programme will include: top tips on diagnosing early inflammatory arthritis; supporting self-management in osteoarthritis and practical advice on implementing the latest NICE guideline on Low back pain and sciatica.

Dispensing Doctors Association Annual Conference 

The DDA Annual Conference, held in conjunction with Best Practice, offers dispensing practices so many reasons to attend: an unrivalled opportunity to network with a much larger pool of colleagues as well as a valuable opportunity to fine-tune a wide range of dispensary management skills.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Dispensing: the power behind rural general practice’. This has been chosen to highlight the importance of dispensing for rural general practice as a whole, and also to individual rural general practices at the coal-face of patient care.

As a result, delegates visiting the 2017 DDA annual conference will enjoy an inspiring, challenging and educational mix of politics and practice.


Nursing Conference

Best Practice in Nursing offers your nurses mandatory training, clinical updates, practical skills, professional development, careers advice and more in a lively two-day programme. The agenda is designed so nurses can create your own personalised 12-hour CPD educational programme from the 38 hours on offer across multiple conference streams. Therefore, by attending both days of BPiN nurses could build up 12 of the 40 hours that is proposed will be needed towards Revalidation. Attendees will be able to boost their CPD hours by logging into the Best Practice website after the conference to catch up on sessions they missed. Conference streams include plenary nursing sessions, clinical updates, advanced clinical practice, practical training, mandatory training and workshops



  • "Best Practice is an important event which enables GPs to come together to network, interact with different organisations, raise their questions and get their views across."
    Dr Maureen Baker
  • "Come together to network, interact with different organisations, raise their questions and get their views across."
    Dr John Baker
  • "I attended last year and was impressed. It is really useful to get details on the national and strategic agenda. It’s also great to have the DDA incorporated so I can attend some sessions there too, plus it is a time to speak to the suppliers you want to, when you have time, unlike in the practice!"
    Judy Cole
    Practice Manager
  • "Best Practice has been great to get up to date with clinical, admin and technology aspects. There is a good variety of talks here."
    Dr Daniel de Brauw