6th Manchester Medicine Update

Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport

19/20th March 2019


Programme – Day 1 (19th March)


Registration and coffee

Morning Session

Chair: Dr John Anderton, Consultant Nephrologist, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


How to use Oxygen Safely

Dr Ronan O’Driscoll, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Salford Royal Foundation Trust


"Inappropriate tests on AMU. Let’s stop wasting Time and Money"

Dr Kevin Jones, Consultant Acute Physician, Royal Bolton Hospital




Rheumatology for the Acute Take

Dr Marwan Bukhari, Consultant Rheumatologist, Royal Lancaster Infirmary


Management of Abnormal Coagulation Tests

Dr Jecko Thachil, Consultant Haematologist, Manchester Royal Infirmary



Afternoon Session

Chair: Dr Anton Sinniah, Consultant in Acute and Respiratory Medicine, The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust


Point of Care Ultrasound –
When will you be FAMUS?

Dr Philip Lawrenson, Consultant Acute Physician, Wirral University Hospital


Falls are Not Mechanical!

Dr Raj Parikh, Consultant Orthogeriatrician, Royal Oldham Hospital




Management of Decompensated Liver Disease for the Acute Take

Dr Venkata Lekharaju, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Wirral University Teaching Hospital


'Stroke Mimics'

Dr Chris Douglass, Consultant Neurologist, Salford Royal Foundation Trust


Closing Remarks and Feedback

Programme – Day 2 (20th March)


Registration and coffee

Morning Session

Dr Tahir Nazir, Consultant Acute Physician, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


CVS risk in CKD

Prof Philip Kalra, Consultant Nephrologist, Salford Royal Foundation Trust


Legal Update for the Acute Hospital: What you can do, What you can't do and What you should do

Dr Ross Overshott, Consultant Psychiatrist, Salford Royal Foundation Trust




Urgent Eye Conditions

Prof Ahmed Sadiq, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital


Acute Oncology: Bringing Cancer Care to the Coal Face

Dr Richard Griffiths, Consultant Oncologist, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre



Afternoon Session

Chair: Dr M Munavvar, Consultant Chest Physician/ Interventional Pulmonologist and Clinical Director, Respiratory Medicine, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals


The Changing Face of Diabetic Emergencies and Admissions and How Do We Improve Their Management

Prof Frank Joseph, Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, Countess of Chester Hospital


Management of Aortic Stenosis

Dr Douglas Fraser, Consultant Cardiologist, Manchester Royal Infirmary




Pick your Poison

Dr Ashraf Kamour, Consultant Acute Physician and Clinical Toxicologist, Cardiff


Imaging of Lung cancer

Dr John Howells, Consultant Radiologist, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Closing Remarks and Feedback






Both Days

19th March

20th March





Professor Philip KalraProfessor Philip Kalra graduated from Cambridge University and is Professor of Nephrology in Salford and the University of Manchester. He has major research focus on renovascular disease and cardiovascular disease in CKD. He is Academic Vice President of the UK Renal Association. He has been involved in development of several large UK clinical trials in nephrology and cardiology and has played a role in amalgamating Cardio-Renal education and research within the UK.

Dr O’Driscoll trained in Galway, London and Manchester. He has been a consultant respiratory physician in Salford since 1993 and has a wide range of clinical and research interests including asthma, COPD, bronchoscopy, lung fibrosis and oxygen therapy. He is author of 96 publications and editorials. He was lead author of the European Nebuliser Guideline (2001) and of the BTS Emergency Oxygen Guideline (2008, updated in 2017) and was also a contributor to the emergency asthma section of the BTS Asthma Guideline. His most substantive commitment at present is as co-chair of the BTS Emergency Oxygen Guideline Development committee which has completed updating the BTS Emergency Oxygen Guideline (Published in June 2017).

Dr Kevin Jones FRCP MD originally worked as a Consultant in Respiratory and General Medicine at the Royal Bolton Hospital before switching to become the lead physician in Acute Medicine in 2008.
He helped set up the Acute Medicine Department in Bolton and was heavily involved in setting up the Acute Medicine training posts and curriculum for the North West Deanery.

He now works three days a week in Acute Medicine as well as being recognised as an excellent teacher and lecturer.

Marwan Bukhari is a consultant rheumatologist at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust and an honorary senior lecturer at Manchester University. His clinical base is at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. Dr Bukhari trained in rheumatology and epidemiology in Manchester. His research interests include inflammatory arthritis and quality of life in patients with arthritis and osteoporosis. Dr Bukhari is educational lead for medicine for students at Lancaster University and associate director for postgraduate medical education at the Royal Lancaster infirmary, He is also the incoming editor in chief of the journal Rheumatology (Oxford). He is the northern regional advisor for NRAS and the North west coast musculoskeletal NIHR lead.

Dr Jecko Thachil Dr Jecko Thachil is a Consultant Haematologist at the Manchester Royal Infirmary working as a specialist who deals with bleeding and clotting problems in various specialities of internal medicine. His special interest is in the mechanisms of thrombosis in different clinical situations. He also serves as a Chair for the Committee for Disseminated Intra-vascular Coagulation of the international Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis and is a member of several national and international working parties. He has also edited books (Haematology in Critical Care) and written several book chapters and has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers on these topics. He also serves as reviewer for 25 Journals.

Dr Lawrenson qualified from the University Of Liverpool and subsequently completed his post-graduate training in the Mersey deanery including a year of work as an SHO in Brisbane, Australia and Specialist Registrar training in Edinburgh. Dr Lawrenson subsequently took a Consultant post in Acute Medicine at Wirral University Teaching Hospital in 2011. He has had an interest in Ultrasound in particular bedside ultrasound and developments in Point of care Ultrasound. He completed a Post Graduate Cert. in Medical ultrasound in 2012 at Kings College London and have continued to utilise ultrasound as a diagnostic bedside tool ever since.

In 2014, he joined a couple of other like-minded Acute Physicians to form an ultrasound working group through the society of Acute Medicine. FAMUS (Focused Acute Medical Ultrasound) has subsequently become recognised nationally as a practical approach and program in developing ultrasound skills for the Physician on the front line, seeing Acute Medical patient and improving patient care.

Dr Parikh graduated from the University of Leicester in 2000. He trained in Geriatric and General (Internal) Medicine in the East Midlands. He is an orthogeriatrician at the Royal Oldham Hospital. His clinical interests are the management of patients who fall, falls prevention and osteoporosis.

He has an interest in medical education (both undergraduate and postgraduate) and is co-module leader for Mental Health of Older Adults (MSc Geriatric Medicine – Salford University). He is an external advisor for G(I)M and is a PACES MRCP examiner for the RCPSG.

Dr Venkata Lekharaju, completed Gastroenterology and General Internal Medicine training in Mersey Deanery in 2014. He was appointed as Consultant in Hepatobiliary medicine and Gastroenterology at Wirral University Teaching Hospital in 2014. As part of his specialist training he completed advanced endoscopy fellowship at Aintree University Hospital. He was awarded BSG travelling fellowship in 2012 to Medical University of South Carolina, USA. His research was on epidemiology of alcohol related liver disease using HES data and presented papers in national meetings. His main focus is improving the management of patients with chronic liver disease and decompensated cirrhosis.

Dr Chris Douglass qualified in 1999 from Oxford University and completed his medical training in Gloucestershire, and speciality training in Sheffield before becoming a Consultant Neurologist in Salford in 2009. His main areas of interest are stroke, functional neurological disorders, headaches and motor neurone disease. He is an Honorary Consultant at Tameside Hospital where he provides outpatient clinics and inpatient ward consultations and is the hospitals clinical lead for the Brain and CNS tumour pathway board. His base hospital is Salford Royal where he is on the consultant on call rota for the Comprehensive Stroke Centre providing hyper-acute stroke care for Greater Manchester. He is the Stroke Mortality Lead for the trust and regularly takes part in the teaching and training of junior doctors and nurse practitioners. He is a member of the Association of British Neurologists, British Association of Stroke Physicians and the British Association for the Study of Headaches.

Dr Ross Overshot Ross has been Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at Salford Royal Hospital for nearly 9 years. The Salford Mental Health service receives nearly 6,000 referrals a year and accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Ross is the co-lead for Liaison Psychiatry for Greater Manchester Combined Authority and also sits on the Liaison Psychiatry Executive Committee at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is a former president of the Psychiatry section of the Manchester Medical Society.

Ahmed qualified from the University of London in 1987, and started training in Ophthalmology in London in 1989. He was a registrar and a fellow in Nottingham, and was appointed as Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in December 1998. He is a visiting Professor at Liverpool John Moores University.

Dr Griffiths is a consultant in Medical Oncology and joined the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in 2010 having previously worked at The Christie Hospital in Manchester. He specializes in the drug treatment of kidney and lung cancers. He is actively involved in research and is principle investigator on a number of phase II and III clinical trials in these diseases. He is the Trust’s Chief Clinical Information Officer and has an interest in healthcare informatics. He also has led the Acute Oncology service at the Wirral University Teaching Hospital since its inception in 2010. This service has expanded from an inpatient advisory service to now offer outpatient capacity for patients with unknown primary cancers and those who do not fit existing Calman pathways. Outside of work, he is married with three children and enjoys sailing, cycling and hill-walking.

Frank Joseph is a Consultant Physician at the Countess of Chester Hospital and Divisional Medical Director for Urgent Care. Frank trained in Merseyside in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Internal Medicine.

He was formerly the Future Hospital Officer at the Royal College of Physicians, London having been responsible for overseeing the delivery of the Future Hospital Program and the learning from the quality improvement undertaken as part of the program. He is now faculty for RCP-QI and leads the northern cohort of the Inpatient Diabetes Collaborative.

He is Chair of the West Cheshire diabetes network and is part of an award winning integrated diabetes service that was ranked outstanding in 2018. He was also previously Chair of the North West pre-gestational diabetes audit group.

Frank is also Visiting Professor at the Institute for Integrated Health Sciences, University of Chester and is Honorary Senior Lecturer at Liverpool University. He leads an active clinical research team and publishes on a regular basis. Current research interests include delivery of integrated care and education and their role in quality improvement to achieve the best patient outcomes and excellent patient satisfaction with person centred care.

Dr Douglas Fraser studied medicine at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. He completed cardiology specialist training in Birmingham, following interventional training in Amsterdam and research in magnetic resonance imaging at Nottingham University for which he was awarded an MD.

He was appointed as interventional cardiologist at the Manchester Royal Infirmary in 2004 and subsequently senior lecturer at Manchester University. His is an internationally recognized expert in transradialaccess for coronary angioplasty, an active council member of the British Cardiovascular Interventional Society and lead for both transcatheter aortic valve replacement and for the cardiac catheter lab at the Manchester Royal Infirmary.
He is actively involved in teaching and research having published over 100 papers

Ashraf graduated from Tripoli University in Libya. Following his internship in Tripoli, he moved to the UK where he completed his core medical and higher specialty training in Acute and General Medicine. He completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Toxicology and a Master degree, with a distinction. He possesses an Advanced Clinical Fellowship in Clinical Toxicology. He is currently working in Cardiff, UK, as acute physician and clinical toxicologist in the National Poison Information Service. Ashraf enjoys sea fishing and reading.

Dr Howells has been a Consultant Thoracic Radiologist at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals since 2004.

Although born locally, he trained in chest medicine and radiology in Scotland. He has previously been Lung NSSG chair, Lung Cancer Lead Clinician and Clinical Director of Radiology, but is currently Foundation Programme Director and Associate Dean.

He has a career long clinical and research interest in Lung Cancer Diagnosis, and has published and presented on this topic.

He loves his job, but would rather be at the cricket.

Who should attend

  • General Physicians
  • Acute Physicians
  • Emergency Physicians
  • Intensivists
  • Trainees

How to Get There

Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport
Chicago Ave, Manchester M90 3RA

By Road

By car from the north

Exit the M60 at junction 4 onto the M56 sign-posted Manchester Airport. Exit the M56 at junction 5 and follow signs for the airport to reach the Radisson Blu Hotel and parking facilities.

By car from the south

Take the M6 to junction 20 and then follow the M56, exiting at junction 5. Follow signs for the airport to reach this venue from the south.


There are limited car parking spaces which cost around £9 per day. Please note if onsite car parking is full, parking at airport can be very expensive.

By Rail

From Manchester Piccadilly trains run every 15 minutes to the Manchester Airport Train Station. Radisson Blu is just few minutes walk via the skylink bridge.

By Air

Manchester airport is one of the UKs major international airports. Radisson Blu Hotel is directly connected to Both Terminal 1 and 2 via the covered skylink.



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