Lifestyle Medicine: Science & Art of Healthy Longevity
In 2018 our Conference is in the beautiful and accessible festival city of Edinburgh, in the shadow of the historic Edinburgh Castle. With great eateries, plenty of green spaces, famous museums and lots to see why not make a long weekend of it and enjoy some active relaxation!
Date & Time
23 June 2018 • 0900 to 1800 GMT
2 W Tollcross
Edinburgh EH3 9BP, UK
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Reasons to Attend
6 CPD Hours
Prof Garry Egger AM, MPH, PhD, MAPS
Prof Garry Egger is known around the world as one of the pioneers of Lifestyle Medicine. He is a Professor of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University and an Advisor to the World Health Organisation and several Government and corporate bodies in chronic disease prevention. He has qualifications in behavioural biology and epidemiology. He has worked in public, corporate and clinical health for over 4 decades. He is the author of 30 books (including five texts) over 160 peer-reviewed scientific and research articles and numerous popular media articles on health and fitness. In the 1990s Dr Egger initiated the GutBusters, men’s waist loss program, the first of its kind in the world. He started training programs for Fitness Leaders in Australia in 1982, was one of the initiators of the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association (ALMA) in 2008 and runs training programs in Lifestyle Medicine for doctors and allied health professionals around Australia and the Pacific. He recently received an Australia Medal for his services to medical education and health promotion. His recent interests and publications concern the link between obesity, climate change and economic growth.
Prof Robert Thomas Mb ChB MRCP MD FRCR
Professor Robert Thomas is a practicing consultant, cancer specialist, with 30 year’s experience in patient care. After formal training at the Royal Marsden, National Hospital for Neurology, Royal Free and Middlesex Hospitals London, he now leads chemotherapy services at the Primrose Oncology & Research Unit, Bedford and treats patients with radiotherapy at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where he is also teaches Medical Students in his role of Senior Clinical Tutor, Cambridge University.
At Addenbrooke's he lead the introduction of prostate brachytherapy and now manages patients with radiotherapy using conventional, conformal, intensity modulated (IMRT), image guided (IGRT) and tomotherapy techniques. His systemic medical practice is based at Bedford at the designated cancer (The Primrose Unit) and at The Manor Hospital Biddenham. Specialist interests include the care of patients with breast, prostate, bladder, kidney, Skin and bowel cancer using chemotherapy, hormone therapy and biological agents. He treats private patients with radiotherapy at he Genesis Health Care units at Milton Keynes and Elstree.
Mr Robert Skey
Robert Skey is a leader in public policy and delivery whose current focus at the Scottish Government is the structural reform of the Scottish public health landscape, including the production of related high level national priorities and the creation of a new single body for public health. His accomplishments range from the design and delivery of the world’s first major national connected schools intranet (recognised by the George Lucas Foundation as a global leader) through to the creation of single police and fire services in Scotland and the launch of Revenue Scotland. Outside work, Robert is the proud father of two sons and enjoys writing music and appreciating fine malt whisky.
Dr Rob Lawson BSc MBChB MRCGP FRCG
BSLM Trustee and Chairman
Having qualified in the 1970s, Rob has gained extensive experience as a GP in Scotland. His principal interest is primary and secondary prevention of disease and the specialty of Lifestyle Medicine. As well as leading his NHS team to the highest awards for quality (2003-2013) he also founded a charity in 1991 providing rehabilitation in venues around East Lothian for sufferers of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, lung disease and frailty. He has retired from NHS practice to concentrate on the applications of Lifestyle Medicine to holistic healthcare.
- Fellow and Examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners - International Editor of American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine - Secretary UK Shared Medical Appointment Contact Group
Dr Frances Elliott
Dr Elliot returned to NHS Fife as Medical Director in November 2014 having served as Deputy Chief Medical Officer in Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates for nearly 2 years. Dr Elliot trained in general practice and she was a partner in Methilhaven Practice from 1987-1998. She moved into medical management as Medical Director of Fife Healthcare NHS Trust in 1998 and became Interim Chief Executive of the Primary Care Trust from 2002-2004. Dr Elliot is currently in her second spell as the Board’s Medical Director having served in the role from 2004 to 2009 before leaving to become Chief Executive of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland, which later became Healthcare Improvement Scotland. Dr Elliot’s current executive lead responsibilities are for patient safety, clinical governance, primary care and information governance. Dr Elliot is also the Board’s Caldicott Guardian.
Professor Kamalini Ramdas (tbc) BSc (Delhi), MS (Delaware), PhD (Pennsylvania) Professor of Management Science and Operations; Deloitte Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Professor Kamalini Ramdas is an expert in the innovation arena. Her current research examines new ways to create value through innovation, including: service innovation, operational innovation and business model innovation. She has also examined the amount of product variety and component-level variety that firms should offer, and how variety can be managed effectively through design.
She has served as co-principal investigator on a $1.2M grant to model and implement profitable cardiac preventive care via delivery innovation. She has also examined delivery innovation in an array of service industries supported by a grant from the UK Economic and Social Research Council.
Professor Ramdas’s work has been published in Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Harvard Business Review, and other journals. She has served as Departmental Editor of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Department of Management Science.
Her expertise has seen her consult on innovation and operations management in a variety of industries, including healthcare, telecoms, consumer packaged goods and assembled products.
Dr Fraser Birrell
Dr Birrell is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Institute of Cellular Medicine, and is part of the Musculoskeletal Research Group in Newcastle Biomedicine. Dr Birrell is part of the team looking at monitoring and measuring age-related musculoskeletal decline (WP2).
He has been pioneering Group Clinics, a form of Shared Medical Appointments, for 5 years and is academic lead of the UK SMA Contact Group.
Dr Joanna McMillan
Joanna’s ever-growing following is the result of her high profile within the media, health and fitness industries.
Having completed a Bachelor Degree in Science with First Class Honours in Nutrition and Dietetics in Scotland, Joanna moved to Australia and won a scholarship to complete her PhD with The University of Sydney.
Today, Joanna is the founder of Get Lean and a regular on Australian television and radio. She has authored 6 books with the latest being Get Lean Stay Lean. She has a weekly column in Sunday Life and writes for several magazines and online blogs. She is also a proud ambassador for Diabetes Australia, The Skin & Cancer Foundation and FoodBank NSW/ACT.
Clinic Director and Osteopath
Gavin graduated as a Gold Medallist in 1991 and is now a Vice Patron of the British School of Osteopathy. Co-author of “The Back Book” with Gavin Hastings OBE in 1996, and author of "active X backs - and effective solution for lower back pain"; he has an MSc in The Clinical Management of Pain from the University of Edinburgh. He's passionate about helping to move people as far from illness and pain as possible, and in January 2015 set himself the target of helping a million people get a better back.
I have pioneered an original approach to Self Management in a health setting for many years. I have gained unparalleled experience in this important field with 7000+ group sessions delivered throughout Scotland and Northern England. My speciality is Chronic Pain but this work is also valuable for all long term conditions. Most of my work is with patients in a community setting which varies from remote and rural to urban. I also deliver professional education to clinicians and work with them as a point of referral.
I currently run a network of community based groups and deliver intensive short courses. I am particularly keen on building a strong therapeutic relationship with people based on a natural open approach using story and metaphor to communicate in a credible and effective way that helps people to deal with change and improve their quality of life and well-being. In amongst this there is always room for humour and getting people to support each other.
The work I deliver is largely based on my practical experience of what works in a group setting and importantly, what doesn't. My approach is broadly based on a Bio-Psycho-Social model of health which is informed by ideas from CBT, ACT, NLP, Philosophy, Positive Psychology, Relaxation, Hypnotherapy, Holistic health, Motivational interviewing and Coaching. I also write original material that communicates complex ideas simply and effectively.
Dr Paul Travis
Dr Paul Travis retired a little early after a 25 career in General Practice in UK. He became increasingly frustrated with enforced protocol-driven medicine with no evidence base or common sense, and being regarded as a maverick by colleagues. He could not understand how doctors in primary care could practice without a good knowledge of nutrition and health. Although he does not have patient contact now, he hopes that through his ongoing research of the medical/nutrition literature, he can contribute to the debate and help people make better choices regarding their health through nutrition and lifestyle.
Alison offers a training and business solutions focus that adopts a highly skilled training and facilitative approach which is innovative, unique, logical and expertly delivered This is supported by over 25 years’ experience gained through working within the healthcare environment at both public and private sector. This gives Alison great insight into the challenges currently facing the NHS. Alison also has a passion for working with patient advocacy groups to support them in delivering their vision. This has led to her current work with Group Consultations.
I have 35 years’ experience in life coaching and this includes both work & community based well-being programs. The range of experience includes the two opposing ends of the human performance scale... elite managers/directors/athletes to youth gang members. My objective is always to take the person/organisation from where they are (but don't want to be) to a place that is much better.
Specialties: Ancient and Indigenous processes towards healing and well-being. Specialise in story led interventions involving focused motivational interviewing and adversity therapy.
Rod is a composer, pianist, french hornist, singer, community musician and workshop leader with over 40 years’ experience with all ages and abilities. He recently retired after 44 years teaching, lecturing and researching, latterly at the University of Chichester where he led programmes in improvisation, composition music therapy and community music. His range of expertise in vocal techniques is broad and works across numerous styles, including jazz and blues, world music, cross-over styles and free improvisation.
Rod founded the Lifemusic method in 1988 and now runs regular workshops and a training programme for practitioners and workshop leaders. The new ‘Vox Anima’ project launched successfully in June 2013 focusses on unaccompanied vocal groups, improvisation and deep listening. His most recent projects include ‘Running Wild’ (vocal chants and hockets for Regents’ Park Theatre summer production in 2016) and ‘Lifesongs’ in collaboration with Klawitter Theatre Group, Dublin, bringing to life through song and theatre the stories and memories of older people living in care homes.
Dr Yasmin Ohlsson
I'm a medical doctor and coach who works with other health professionals, helping them create lives and careers they love. As a family medicine doctor, I understand the challenges and pressures a career in health presents, right from medical school all the way through to specialisation and beyond. I work with people from all over the world via Skype and telephone. I'm a firm believer in the power of Lifestyle Medicine and am involved in community wellness, educating and empowering individuals, families and groups to create lasting health solutions. I continue my medical work part-time in London where I'm passionate about promoting healthy living and preventing lifestyle related conditions. I am also involved with international university medical education.
Dr Ali Khavandi
Dr Ali Khavandi is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at the Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Foundation Trust. He specialises in complex angioplasty and advanced rhythm device implantation. He is part of the Consultant team providing 24/7 emergency treatments for the regional heart attack service at the Bristol Heart Institute. Additionally he implants complex pacemakers and defibrillators at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon. He has a special interest in minimising pacemaker scars and the role of diet in cardiovascular conditions. This has lead to appearances on BBC Horizons and he currently writes on the subject of diet and health, most recently for the Observer.
Zoe's an expert in lifestyle and preventative medicine, including the fields of 'Physical Activity in Medicine' and 'Obesity and Weight Management'. She works with Southwark CCG as the clinical lead for obesity - designing and strategically planning and the development of Obesity NHS services in the borough.
She also works with Public Health England as a clinical champion for physical activity. Her role is to develop material and deliver educational sessions in line with PHE's 'Everybody Active Everyday' framework' which was released in October 2014.
Zoe's passion for educating and influencing people to lead healthier lifestyles extends to children. She is the founder and director of Fit4Life. An organisation which delivers educational workshops to children to 'Inspire, Educate and Motivate' them to lead healthier lives.