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
Conference: 23 June 2018 • 0900 to 1800 GMT
Dinner: 23 June 2018 • 1830 to 2300 GMT
2 W Tollcross
Edinburgh EH3 9BP
Stewart’s Melville RFC Pavilion
533 Ferry Road
Edinburgh EH5 2DN
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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.
Presentation Title: Planet Obesity: Why the Environment shouldn't be ignored in Lifestyle Medicine
Unlike infectious diseases, it is hard to attribute 'causality' to chronic disease. It is more appropriate to consider a hierarchy of 'determinants'. When this is done it becomes clear that the distal determinants of chronic disease, particularly through their often obvious 'marker', obesity, are the broader social, political and economic environments in which we live. Obesity and climate change for example have similar roots in the economic successes that have facilitated material advancements in modern societies. Like climate change, obesity is merely 'collateral damage in the battle for modernity'. As we (Boyd Swinburn and myself) state in the book 'Planet Obesity', it is a 'canary in the coal mine' signalling bigger problems in the broader society. Whether this, and related chronic diseases can be turned around with even greater increases in world population and affluence, or whether this is merely a 'Ponzi' scheme, is yet to be seen. In the meantime, Lifestyle Medicine would do well to include the distal drivers of both climate change and chronic diseases as well as individual behaviour, and shift towards correcting these, such as through returning to include economic 'externalities' to the corporate bottom line, to ensure health, well-being and economic growth do not become totally discordant.
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.
Presentation Title: Nutrition in Cancer
The World Cancer Research Fund, WHO and Cancer Research UK all estimate that over half of the 3 million people presenting with cancer each year could have been prevented by a healthy lifestyle. There is also strong evidence that lifestyle factors can improve the chance of being cured and reduce the troublesome toxicities common after cancer treatments. On top of this, many other chronic disease such as type two diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, stroke and dementia are strongly influenced by lifestyle.The trouble is that it is not always clear, from the published literature, what the optimal lifestyle should be which leads to confusion among both health care providers and the public. The BSLM is perfectly situated to bring together scientific experts and practitioners to discuss and unravel the evidence in order to produce sensible advice and guidance.
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.
Presentation Title: Public Health Reform
An update from the Scottish Government's policy lead about how they, local government and NHS Scotland are coming together to create a shared purpose and new national arrangements which empower local communities in improving the public's health.
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
Mr. Laurence Stewart MD, FRCS, FRCS (UROL)
BSLM Trustee and Treasurer
Mr Laurence Stewart graduated from Aberdeen University Medical School in 1982. He gained a wide experience across all surgical disciplines before training in Urology in Aberdeen and Belfast and subsequently specialising in female and reconstructive urology in Cardiff, Christchurch New Zealand and Duke University in North Carolina USA. He took up a post as Consultant Urological Surgeon in 1996 and has introduced a wide range of reconstructive treatments to Edinburgh, most recently establishing botulinum toxin (Botox) treatment for urinary incontinence.
He was a research fellow in Belfast for two years, studying bladder cancer, achieving his MD thesis in 1994. He has published widely on this and other urological topics. He has authored the chapter on Urological Surgery in Principles and Practice of Surgery and co-authored the chapter on Kidney and Genito-Urinary Disease in Davidson's principles and practice of Medicine. He retains an active interest in training and is the convener of the Core skills in Urology course in the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. He is Chairman of the Science Committee of ICS.
He was the Lead clinician for Urology in Edinburgh from 1998 to 2007, during which time he helped establish minimal access surgery and promoted the role for laser prostatectomy and specialist physiotherapy in both male and female urinary incontinence.
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.
Presentation Title: What to eat - looking back to move forward
The question of what to eat has never been more confusing to the public than it is today. Yet it need not be. With so many sources of nutrition information, often giving conflicting advice, we have a situation the media loves, but leaves us with the very real risk that sound nutrition science research is misunderstood, misinterpreted or lost in the sea of opinion. This session will bust a few myths, outline a few past mistakes, but ultimately leave you assured that we do understand the basics of how to feed the human race! Finally, it will focus our attention to the future and the challenges that face us in feeding the world while looking after our planet.
I am a registered acupuncturist with the British Acupuncture Council and a PhD researcher at Southampton University. My research is in behaviour change techniques in the context of holistic approaches to health such as traditional Chinese medicine. I practise an integrated style of medicine using traditional Chinese approaches to healthcare informed by current evidence-based research.
My first degree was in cognitive psychology and during this time I also began to practise tai chi. This sparked my interest in traditional East Asian approaches to health and, as I studied this area more, I found the whole-person perspective to be incredibly illuminating. As much as I love cognitive psychology and using the mind to make positive personal change, once I had started to look at health through the holistic lens of Chinese medicine it became clear how useful it is to consider our body, emotions and mind as one system. From this perspective when you treat someone who is anxious or depressed you’re not only thinking about their mind, you also look at their muscles, their digestion and how much exercise they do. You might suggest regular walks or sea-swimming and offer a treatment which relaxes the body and calms the mind.
I continued to study and practise tai chi and qigong while working in Sydney for a kung fu and qigong teacher, before I decided to return to the U.K. and train in acupuncture. I graduated from Westminster University with a first class degree in B.Sc. (TCM) Acupuncture and a Diploma in Qigong Tuina over 10 years ago. I was previously a director of an integrated health clinic in London and also practised at the Robert & Lisa Sainsbury Wing (private facility) at Hammersmith Hospital. In recent years I moved to Hove with my family where I now live and work.
I believe the most important way we can approach health is through taking the time to look at symptoms in the context of all our body systems, our mind, emotions and lifestyle. This takes time, but if we want to understand and really address the root causes of illness a holistic approach is often essential.
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.
Presentation Title: Cracking Spinal Joints is Only Good for the Manipulator's Bank Balance, (and why I continue to do it)
Winning the patient's confidence and nurturing the "therapeutic relationship" are often cited as justification for interventions with a poor evidence base. Is this ethical? And what does an osteopath with 26 years' experience, and an MSc in the Clinical Management of Pain, actually do with his lower back pain and sciatica patients, after excluding red flags? He coaches them. Find out how to empower your lower back pain patients to get better and stay better. Gavin presents his actual coaching framework and a sample of the content. So bring your sore backs!
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.
Presentation Title: Untangling the Dorsalgian Knot
Phil has been unwittingly delivering a version of Lifestyle Medicine to groups similar to Shared Medical Appointments for the last 18 years. It was only when Fraser Birrell (BSLM member and SMA UK Academic Lead) visited that he realised what he was doing! Phil specialises in group work for chronic pain and other long term conditions. He has developed an original approach based on the experience gained from delivering 7,000 group sessions. He will share some ideas and insights about chronic pain and group work and attempt to update or at least tweak the bio-psycho-social model.
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.
Presentation Title: Alzheimer's Disease: Looking Further Upstream
Better lifestyle and dietary choices undoubtedly help to improve health and well-being. Converging epidemiological, biological and clinical evidence suggests that Alzheimer's Disease can be a consequence of inappropriate lifestyle choices and the often maligned 'Western Diet'. The adage that Alzheimer's is simply the result of living too long does not explain the cellular pathologies and metabolic derangements shown by ongoing research. Insulin Resistance and its effects join many other aetiological suspects associated with this condition. My 'armchair research' has led me upstream to search for the source(s) of the many defects known to cause cognitive dysfunction, and how changes in diet and lifestyle can optimise health, and prevent development and progression of this devastating neurological disease. Today let's explore how we can build on this person centred delivery model and look at how we can bring this to our patients to support not only longevity but a long healthy life. In our session we will: Discover why Group Consultations matter right now; Reflect on what may need to change to ensure we use Group Consultations as a driver for positive lifestyle and behavioural change in our daily practice.
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.
Presentation Title: Group Consultations - Keeping Our Patients (and us) Living Longer, Happier and Healthier Lives?
Group Consultations (also known as Shared Medical Appointments) are gathering momentum in the UK and helping clinicians create time to care. There is a growing body of evidence supporting improved clinical outcomes; increased patient satisfaction and experience; increased efficiency with clinicians reporting that the enjoy delivering care in this way. Today let's explore how we can build on this person centred delivery model and look at how we can bring this to our patients to support not only longevity but a long healthy life. In our session we will: Discover why Group Consultations matter right now; Reflect on what may need to change to ensure we use Group Consultations as a driver for positive lifestyle and behavioural change in our daily practice.
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.
NP Jillie Burns BAppSc, PGradDipHlthSc, MNurs
Jille Burns is a Nurse Practitioner, author, speaker, health coach and professional mentor who thrives on educating and empowering people to make healthier choices in their day-to-day lives.
In addition to a Bachelor of Applied Science and Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science, Jille also holds a Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) and further qualifications in self-management and nutritional and environmental medicine. Jille's areas of interest and expertise include lifestyle medicine, nutritional and environmental medicine, and preventative health care with a special interest in cardiovascular risk factor management and dementia prevention.
Jille lectures for the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. In her mentoring role she provides clinical supervision & training for nurse practitioner interns at Curtin University. For the triennium 2014-2016 Jille created and successfully coordinated a nutritional medicine course for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Founder and Director of Healthy Vitality Nutritional Medicine and Lifestyle Support, Jille provides public talks, continuing professional development for clinicians and consults both locally and nationally from private practice in Fremantle Western Australia
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
Yasmin is a UK-trained GP who recently moved back from Abu Dhabi where she worked with individuals and the community to raise awareness of lifestyle related conditions. A representative of the European Lifestyle Medicine Organization, she is actively involved in promoting Lifestyle Medicine among clinicians and the public.
As a trained coach and a member of the International Coach Federation, she uses coaching to create lasting lifestyle change and also works with healthcare professionals and teams, helping them manage the challenges and pressures that a career in health brings.
She is involved in international medical education and believes that educating and empowering the next generation of doctors on the science and value of Lifestyle Medicine is a key element in combating the growing global burden of chronic disease.
Yasmin also writes on health and wellness related topics for print and online media.
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.