SAM London 2021: Day one

An excellent day at our 15th annual international conference being held at the QEII Centre in London today (05 October).

Day one kicked off with fantastic speakers to convey important messages around our conference theme of equality and diversity.

These included Professor Bod Goddard who gave a Royal College of Physicians’ perspective, Michael Farquhar on the NHS rainbow badge and Jacob Bayliss, CEO of Switchboard, a confidential listening service for LGBTQ+ communities.

Former SAM president Dr Chris Roseveare was awarded on honorary SAM fellowship and Professor Hugh Montgomery discussed climate change as a medical emergency.

Other fascinating talks included sport and exercise medicine in the acute take, delivering postgraduate medical education in Gaza, palliative care and cultural diversity at the end of life, post bariatric surgery care and the care of other tertiary patients on acute medical units including liver and renal transplant and those requiring CPAP.

Other areas covered included nutrition for busy NHS staff, intravenous iron therapy for iron deficiency anaemia, physios on the acute medical unit and the role of pharmacy during Covid-19.

Day two tomorrow will see another packed schedule with a research and quality programme, the president’s invited lecture delivered by Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, Jeremy Hunt, Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee on resetting the NHS post-Covid and the role of the Ministry of Defence in supporting the NHS during the pandemic.

SAM president Dr Sue Crossland will deliver her conference address and the next SAM president, Dr tim cooksley will conclude with the poster presentation awards.