Virtual Group Consultations Webinar 3
Free Webinar

21 May 2020 Online Virtual Webinars


The covid-19 pandemic has raised a new series of challenges for health professionals treating patients with chronic conditions. Crucially, how can we continue to deliver continuity of care for patients with non-communicable illnesses during the international lockdown?

Virtual group consultations offer an innovative solution - which has the potential to benefit both patients and clinicians.

Join us on Thursday, May 21st 2020 for the third in our series of free webinars on virtual group consultations during covid-19.

The webinar is brought to you by the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and the Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance in partnership with the Group Consultations programme.

Group consultations (also known as shared medical appointments) have always been an integral part of the lifestyle medicine approach - however the way we deliver them is now changing in response to the covid-19 pandemic.

The webinar will provide an overview of Virtual Group Consultations, and will provide clinicians with the skills and resources to safely and efficiently support patients with chronic disease during the international lockdown.

It will help clinical teams to:

  • Inform and empower patients at high risk of Covid-19
  • Manage triage of Covid-19 symptomatic patients safely and efficiently
  • Provide continuity of care for chronic disease patients you are normally seen face to face
  • Consider virtual groups for antenatal care
  • Motivate and engage staff who are self-isolating or infected by contributing to the effort and safely delivering care
  • Assist post-Covid-19 pandemic care for patients with deferred routine care
All resources from the webinar including videos of speaker presentations will be made available to view online shortly after the session.


View resources from previous virtual group consultations webinars


May 21 Webinar Timings

  • 2pm UK BST
  • 9am USA EDT
  • 11pm Australia (AEST)

Click here to register for the webinar


Speakers and topics

  • Introduction and Welcome - Stephen Penman, ASLM
  • Update on Virtual Group Consultations During COVID - Dr Fraser Birrell, BLSM Director of Science & Research
  • Embedding innovation into guidelines and routine practice - Jeanette Ickovics, Yale
  • Going fully virtual: treatment and support groups for Psychiatry at UCSF, Prof. Matt State, UCSF
  • Lessons from Scaling COVID Virtual Group Consultations Dr John Stevens, Southern Cross
  • Scaling video group clinics across NHS England, Chysanthi Papoutsi, Oxford
  • Resources and support for virtual group consultations - Alison Manson, Group Consultations Programme
  • Panel Q&A - facilitated by Stephen Penman


Virtual Group Consultations: Frequently asked questions

During the webinar, we will be asking those taking part to submit their questions to speakers. We will use these to compile a FAQs document to support those looking to implement virtual group consultations and this will be made available after the event.

You can access the FAQ from the first webinar here.


BSLM Annual conference

For further discussion around group consultations please join us this September for BSLM2020, the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine’s virtual conference at bslm.org.uk/event/bslm2020-virtualconference.