The Ageing Patient: Midlife and Beyond


A GM Conference

Join us for the 2019 GM conference, bringing you the latest practical guidance on diagnosing, treating and managing a range of key conditions commonly faced by the 50+ population.

Date: Wednesday October 9 2019
Venue: 11 Cavendish Square, London

Early bird release now open. Use code EARLY30 before midnight, 31 July 2019 to save 30% on all delegate rates.




The focus of our 2019 GM conference, The Ageing Patient: Midlife and Beyond, is maintaining wellness in midlife and beyond.

This year, we are dividing the programme into two sessions. During the morning session we will review primary and secondary prevention strategies for patients aged over 50 years. Then in our afternoon session we will focus on promoting and maintaining independence in frail older populations.

If you are a healthcare professional with an interest in the older patient, this programme is for you.

Peter Passmore, Professor of Ageing and Geriatric Medicine at Queen’s University, will be chairing the day’s programme. Speaker sessions will bring you updates on national guidelines, new treatments, early identification of age-related disease, and best practice in managing frailty, sarcopenia and falls.

We expect this programme to be awarded six CPD points, the maximum applicable for a one-day medical conference. This is the same number awarded to one-day GM conferences in previous years.

The Ageing Patient: Midlife and Beyond is brought to you by GM, the website for healthcare professionals working with patients aged 50 and over.


The Ageing Patient: Midlife and Beyond brings practical advice to GPs, geriatricians, old age psychiatrists, specialists with an interest in 50+ medicine, specialist nurses, commissioners, Clinical Commissioning Group members, and associated healthcare professionals.


Morning session: Prevention strategies in midlife patients

09.30–10.00: Registration and coffee
10.00–10.30: Chair’s introduction
10.30–11.15: Bone health and the prevention of fractures, Dr Michael Stone, Consultant Physician and Director of Bone Research at the Bone Research Unit, Cardiff
11.15–11.45: Cancer prevention, screening and diagnostic red flags, Professor Margot Gosney, Honorary Consultant in Elderly Care Medicine at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
11.45–12.00 Coffee break
12.00–12.30: Improving The Physical Health for People with serious mental illness, Kate Dale, Project Lead, Bradford District Care Trust
12.30-13.00: Diabetes-related diseases and how to prevent them? Dr Martin Hadley-Brown, GP partner in Norfolk
13.00–14.00: Lunch

Afternoon session: Managing frailty in a comorbid patient

14.00–14.45: Falls prevention, Professor Cameron Swift, Emeritus Professor of Health Care of the Elderly, King’s College School of Medicine, London and Past President of the British Geriatrics Society
14.45–15.30: What’s new in sarcopenia? Dr Sanjay Suman, Consultant Physician, Medway NHS Foundation Trust
15.30–15.45: Coffee break
15.45–16.30: Polypharmacy and deprescribing: where to start? Dr Jennifer Stevenson, Clinical Academic Pharmacist, King’s College, London and Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital
16.30–17.00: Frailty and cognitive impairment, Professor Peter Passmore, Consultant Physician, Belfast City Hospital
17.00–17.30: Chair’s summary

*Please note the order of sessions is subject to change.


Kate Dale

Kate DaleSession:  Improving The Physical Health for People with serious mental illness

Kate Dale has 40 years’ experience working in mental health both with in-patients and as a community psychiatric nurse (CPN). This has included working as Assertive Outreach Lead covering 500 square miles of the Yorkshire Dales.

Over the past 16 years Kate Dale has taken a passionate interest in the physical health of people who have a SMI. This has included involvement in a national pilot and more recently in local implementation of a process to make a difference in the way we address and intervene with the physical health of this population.

In Bradford and Airedale they have developed and implemented a template both in Primary and Secondary Care which guides clinicians through a standardised systematic physical health check.

This work is now gathering national interest and is in line with the “Lester tool”, which is a national recognised tool to support improvement when carrying out physical health monitoring for patients with SMI.

Professor Margot Gosney

Professor Margot GosneySession: Cancer prevention, screening and diagnostic red flags

Honorary Consultant in Elderly Care Medicine at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

Margot Gosney began her studies in medicine at the University of Liverpool. She decided on a career in Geriatric Medicine during her undergraduate days and spent her final year elective researching adverse drug reactions and potential interactions in elderly hospitalised people. This resulted in her first publication in The Lancet.

In 1992, she was appointed Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool, in 2003 appointed Director of Clinical Health Sciences, University of Reading and Honorary Consultant in Elderly Care Medicine at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

She has published extensively in oncology, nutrition and influenza.

She is one of a few Geriatricians in the United Kingdom who is also trained in Medical Oncology. She has set up and run a Comprehensive Care for Older People with Cancer service in Berkshire and has advised the Department of Health and Macmillan Cancer Care on the management of older people with cancer. She has written books, chapters and peer reviewed papers as well as guidelines on the management of cancer in older people.


Dr Martin Hadley-Brown

Session: Diabetes related diseases and how to prevent them

Martin Hadley-Brown was one of the founder members of the PCDS and then its Chair from 2005 to 2012. He is a six-session GP Partner in Norfolk and also is contracted by the University of Cambridge Clinical School, where he is heavily involved in teaching, principally on the Graduate Entry Course. He works with GP Trainees in the practice and undertakes multi-professional training work in the Eastern region.

He was a member of the NICE type 2 diabetes guidelines group for the 2008–10 publications, and he continues as a Clinical Adviser to the Royal College of General Practitioners. He also represents the PCDS within the “General Assembly” of Primary Care Diabetes Europe, where the PCDS is the largest national group.

Chair: Professor Peter Passmore

Professor Peter PassmoreSession: Frailty and cognitive impairment

Professor of Ageing and Geriatric Medicine, Queen’s University Belfast

Dr Jennifer Stevenson

Session: Polypharmacy and deprescribing: where to start?

Dr Jennifer Stevenson is a Clinical Academic Pharmacist specialising in the optimisation of medicines in older adults. Her research, more specifically, has focused on advancing our understanding of medication related harm in older patients living with frailty and how to identify those at greatest risk of harm. Her clinical speciality, as a pharmacist at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital, is older adults. She also supports teaching across undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy courses at King’s College London.

Dr Mike Stone

Dr Mike StoneSession: Bone health and the prevention of fractures

Consultant Physician and Director of Bone Research at the Bone Research Unit, Cardiff

Dr Sanjay Suman

Dr Sanjay SumanSession: What’s new in sarcopenia?

Consultant Physician, Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Cameron Swift

Professor Cameron SwiftSession: Falls prevention in the frail patient

Emeritus Professor and Consultant Physician, King’s College London and Committee Member Falls Prevention Quality Standard, NICE

Event Details

Date: 9 October, 2019

Start time: 09:30

End time: 17:30

Venue: 11 Cavendish Square, London

Phone: +44 (0)1273 434 943