GP education evenings

Croydon Health Services hosts frequent GP educational events, aimed at keeping GPs up-to-date on the latest service developments, guidelines and referral pathways.

Our educational evenings are a great way to find out more about our services and to meet the clinicians involved.  It is also a good opportunity to network with other practitioners in the borough.

Run in partnership with Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group, these popular educational events cover a wide range of topics, treatments and initiatives.

Each event is worth 1.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

All events take place in the Post Graduate Medical Centre at Croydon University Hospital.

Educational evenings are preceded by a sponsored complimentary dinner, which is served from 6.45pm and the lecture will commence at 7.30pm. There is complimentary car parking.

Sign-up to our GP mailing list to receive details of future events. You can call 020 8401 4236  for more information.

Presentations from recent GP education events can be accessed via the drop-down menu on the right.

Our full programme is here.                          



Thursday 19 September 2019 -  Obstetrics in Primary Care
Thursday 17 October 2019 - Paediatrics
Thursday 21 November 2019 - TBA

Please note: 

  • Certificates (1.5 hours CPD) will be available on the presentation of your completed feedback questionnaire
  • A registration link will be sent out approximately three weeks before each planned session
  • If you have an interesting topic, which you would like to see added to our programme of events, please let us know
  • No meetings are planned for August or December



Medical Ethics  

Thursday 11 July 2019

The event included an introductory welcome by Dr Kamran Khan, GP Educational Lead and presentations delivered by Dr John Spicer and Dr Benedict Hayhoe on some ethical perspectives on the care of patients who are, or might be, approaching the end of life:

  • Introduction and primary care end of life with John Spicer
  • Decision-making in primary care with Benedict Hayhoe
  • Benefits and burdens with Benedict Hayhoe
  • Ordinary and extraordinary treatments with John Spicer


Rheumatology - Inflammatory Spondyloarthropathies

Thursday 13 June 2019

The event included an introductory welcome by Dr Kamran Khan, GP Educational Lead and presentations delivered by:


  • Introduction: Dr Natalie Horwood, Consultant, Rheumatology
  • Psoriatic Spondyloarthropathies: Dr Sarah Levy, Consultant Rheumatology
  • Imaging in PSA: Dr Tazeen Ahmed, Consultant, Rheumatology
  • Hints and tips for examining the back: Beverley Jerome, Practitioner, Rheumatology
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis and non-radiographic SpA: Dr Rosh Sathananthan, Consultant, Rheumatology
  • Imaging in SpA: Dr Tazeen Ahmed, Consultant, Rheumatology 
  • Support for those with SpA: NASS


Multidisciplinary Management of Osteporotic Vertebral Fractures

Thursday 23 May 2019

  • Welcome and introduction: Dr Kamran Khan, GP Educational Lead
  • Medical management: Dr R Rajak, Osteoporosis Lead and Rheumatology Consultant
  • Surgical management: Mr M Kotrba, Orthopaedic Consultant
  • Pain management: Dr B Nejad, Pain Consultant
  • Physical management: Mrs S Peerman, ES Physiotherapist


Perinatal Mental Health Champions’ Event

Thursday 25th April 2019

  • Welcome and introduction by Dr Kamran Khan, GP Educational Lead.
  • Dr Annie Murphy and Dr Monal Wadhera (GP Champions in Perinatal MH): Perinatal Mental Health GP Spotlight Project
  • Dr Catherine Hinds, Consultant Psychiatrist, Community Perinatal Mental Health (Croydon), South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust: Perinatal Mental Health Service in Croydon & Prescribing in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
  • Dr. Nicola Vousden, Academic Clinical Fellow in Public Health, Croydon Council: Mapping perinatal mental health services across the borough: identifying successes and challenges in primary care


Primary/Secondary Care Cancer Speed Networking Event

Thursday 21st March 2019

GP advice from secondary care MDT members on improving quality two week wait referrals for cancer.


Ischaemic Heart Disease: Stable Angina - Guidelines & Common Sense

Thursday 28th February 2019 

With Dr Sanjay Kumar, PhD MRCP, Consultant Cardiologist

Dr Sanjay discussed the 2016 updated NICE guidance, interpreting findings and the role of different treatments.



Thursday 17th January 2019

  • Dr Ameesh Patel, GP and Clinical lead for Digestive Diseases spoke about Quantitative faecal immunochemical test to guide referrals for colorectal cancer in primary care
  • Mr Said Mohamed, Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon  presented on GP and consultant collaboration for management of routine colorectal and gastrointestinal referrals
  • Dr Mike Mendall, Consultant Gastroenterologist spoke about a new clinical approach for the management of patients with inflammatory bowel disease
  • Mr Abulafi, Consultant, Colorectal also spoke at the session


Ear, nose and throat GP education update evening 

Thursday 22nd October 2018 6.45-9pm

With Mr Giri Wijayasingam, Consultant ENT Surgeon at CHS

Mr Wijayasingam discussed 

  • Tinnitus
  • Hearing tests using Weber's tuning fork
  • Glue ear, ear wax and hearing loss pathways


Cardiology GP education update evening 

Thursday 11th October 2018 6.45-9pm  

With Dr Husain Shabeeh, Consultant Cardiologist at CHS.

Dr Shabeeh discussed heart rhythm disorders and ECGs.

Biochemistry and haematology GP education update evening 

Thursday 13th September 2018

With Dr Les Perry, Consultant Clinical Biochemist and Pathology Lead at CUH and Dr Arne Dekreuk Locum Consultant Haematologist at CHS.

Dr Perry spoke about ‘Demand management: carrot or the stick’ - Croydon GP Biochemistry test requesting and how through evidence base GPs can demand manage without compromising patient care.

Dr Dekreuk discussed a practical approach of an abnormal blood count in primary health care; to refer or not to refer?

Sickle Cell Anaemia GP education update evening 

Thursday 19th July 2018

Dr Arne Dekreuk, Locum Consultant Haematologist at CHS presented a practical case-based discussion on sickle cell disease, which included the following areas:

-           Prevention of sickle cell related complications; annual review

-           Identification of those at (high) risk

-           Role of the GP

-           Pain management

CHS Trauma & Orthopaedics and SWLEOC GP education update evening 

Thursday 21st June 2018

With Mr Anestis Iossifidis, Mr Kumar Kunasingam and Mr Christian Kinmont, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeons at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust.

The following talks updated on some of our Trauma and Orthopaedic expertise at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust and arrangements with the South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre:

Modern advancements in foot and ankle - a practical review

Mr Kunasingam will spoke about a new, less invasive operation for bunions, done under general anaesthetic which he started to perform at the start of the year. This advancement now means that patients can start walking a few hours after surgery, rather than days later.

Update on current treatment of shoulder conditions

Mr Iossifidis, a senior upper limb specialist in the unit in all aspects of the shoulder from trauma to keyhole/arthroscopic shoulder surgery and replacement surgery spoke about minimal invasive procedures in total shoulder replacement and arthroscopic surgery.

Management of OA of the knee: the roles of CUH and EOC

The diagnosis and management of OA of the knee was presented by Mr Kinmont, along with management options of clinic and surgery at CUH and the EOC. This was an opportunity to hear about knee patient pathways in the Croydon area.  


"I'm sorry, your kidneys are about to fail" Kidney disease GP education evening – book your place!

Thursday 10th May 2018

Dr Vipula De Silva, CHS Consultant Nephrologist spoke about preparing patients for end stage kidney disease and the options available to them.

Osteoporosis update GP education evening 

Thursday 19 April 2018

Talks by CHS staff:

  • 7:00 - 7:25 -     Bisphosphonate Drug Holiday (Case and local guideline) and a talk about Vitamin D + 5 minutes for discussions (Dr R Rajak,Consultant Rheumatologist)
  • 7:30 - 7:55 -     Aromatase Inhibitors and Osteoporosis (Case and local guideline) + 5 minutes for discussions (Miss S Horn, Consultant Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Breast Surgeon )
  • 8:00 - 8:25 -     Atypical Femoral Fractures (Case and local guideline) + 5 minutes for discussions (Dr J Rehman, Consultant Geriatrician)
  • 8:30 - 8:55 -     Falls and Bone Health (Case) + 5 minutes for discussions (Dr W Tan, Falls Lead, Consultant Geriatrician).


Digestive surgery at CUH

Thursday 22 March 2018

A series of talks looking at the wide range of specialist skills and expertise we offer for digestive surgery at Croydon University Hospital:

​An update on acute management of gallstones: Mr Rhys Thomas, Consultant Upper GI Surgeon

Acid reflux surgery: Mr Aggelos Laliotis, Locum Consultant Upper GI Surgeon

Haemorrhoids and their management: Mr Said Mohamed, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Overview of the the Croydon colorectal polyp MDT and a summary of their surveillance pathways: Mr Ian Swift, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Diverticular disease: Mr Arun Shanmuganandan, a Colorectal Consultant Surgeon

Two week referral pathways and home faecal immunochemistry testing for colorectal cancer, FIT study: Mr Muti Abulafi, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon


New development on AKI and management for Primary Care – a talk about what you need to know before changes take place

27 February 2018

Dr Charles Soper, Consultant Nephrologist and AKI lead at CUH and Dr Manu Prakash Consultant Nephrologist and Acute Med Physician at CUH

Inflammatory Arthritis – “getting it right!”

22nd February 2018

Dr Natalie Horwood, Consultant Rheumatologist and the Rheumatology Team at CHS gave an update on best management, treatments and referral pathways for early arthritis.

Headache management and neurology examination 

25 January 2018

With Dr Fred Schon, CHS Consultant Neurologist 


Obstetrics and Gynaecology

16 November 2017

Gynaecology referrals: Getting it right first time - Miss Bini Ajay, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at CHS and Miss Ranee Thakar, Consultant Urogynaecologist 

Vulval Clinic at CHS - Mr Ahmed Kamal Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at CHS

Managing abnormal menstrual bleeding - Mr Vivek Nama, Consultant Gynaecologist at CHS

Fertility and Endometriosis services in CUH - Mr Emmanuel Ofuasia, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Update on Croydon Maternity Services - Ann Morling, Director of Midwifery

Measuring symphysio - fundal height - Gina Short, Consultant Midwife

Obstetric referrals – Right place right time - Beckie Board, Intrapartum Matron



19 October 2017

Dr Valeria Pergola Consultant Cardiologist at CHS, spoke about Aortic Stenosis, and Dr Husain Shabeeh Consultant Cardiologist at CHS spoke about Heart Rhythm.

A new strategy for ENT in Croydon with practical advice for GPs

14 September 2017

Mr Robert Harris, ENT Consultant at CHS.

Mary O’Hara, Professional Lead for Adult Speech and Language Therapy at CHS.


Trauma and Orthopaedics

13 July 2017

A talk on minimally invasive forefoot surgery by Mr Kunasingam, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in foot and ankle conditions at CHS  


Prostate cancer, haematuria, uti and sterile pyuria

15 June 2017

Recent updates on prostate cancer - the evidence behind the headlines. How to manage UTIs and haematuria with a discussion on sterile pyuria with Mr Mark Lynch, Consultant Urological Surgeon. 


Paediatric nutrition 

2 May 2017

Dr Kamran Khan, GP Tutor, Croydon CCG

Changes to the Prescribing of specialised infant formula - Claudette Allerdyce – Croydon CCG

Reflux, Lactose Intolerance or Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy? Update on management and case studies - Sarah Baker, Paediatrician Dietician CHS

Question and Answers - Dr Trish Radia Consultant Paediatrician & Sarah Baker, Paediatrician Dietician CHS

Next Steps - Claudette Allerdyce- Croydon CCG


Hypertension urgencies and emergencies

20 April 2017 

Dr Srikanth Akunuri, Acute and General Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist at Croydon University Hospital.

Discussion included: epidemiology, pathophysiology and the management including suitable parental and oral agents.

Obstetrics and Gynaecology at CUH 

23 February 2017

Miss Ranee Thakar, Consultant Urogynaecologist, CBU Lead

Rapid access service in gynaecology - Improving efficiency: Mr Vivek Nama, Consultant Oncology Lead

Antenatal screening: Miss Heather Allen-Coward, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Stella Sebuwufu, Antenatal Screening midwifeWorking together to improve maternity care in Croydon: Miss Bini Ajay, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Lena Karam, Clinical Midwifery Manager, Rebecca Board, Clinical Midwifery Manager 

Everything you need to know about the LAS and how to get the most out of the service

19 January 2017

Dr Agatha Nortley-Meshe, Assistant Medical Director at the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust, who is also a GP will discuss how GPs can get the most out of the London Ambulance Service. Dr Nortley-Meshe has worked in Croydon for several years.


17 November 2016

Barrett's Oesophagus – Dr Sanjay Gupta

Viral Hepatitis – Dr Zinu Philipose 

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease – Dr Parth Paskaran

Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Dr Mike Mendall & Nurse Specialist Dee Braim

Iron Deficiency Anaemia - Dr Panagiotis Stamoulos

Foot and Ankle update

20 October 2016

Croydon Foot and Ankle Service - Mr Kumar Kunasingam, Foot and Ankle Surgeon at CHS

 A presentation about the service, common conditions seen, case scenarios and surgical management.

MCATS & T&O pathway: Steve Bramson, Orthopaedic Practitioner, MCATS at CHS

Practical workshop: Led by Mr Kumar Kunasingam with the MCATS team and physiotherapists. 

Integrated Management of Osteoporosis at Croydon Health Services

29 September 2017

Medical Therapies for Osteoporosis and Reducing Fracture Risk 
Dr Rizwan Rajak (Osteoporosis Lead and Consultant Rheumatologist at CUH)
Vitamin D replacement 
Dr Natalie Horwood (Consultant Rheumatologist at CUH)
‘What we do in Falls Clinic’ 
Dr Wallace Tan (Falls lead and Consultant Geriatrician at CUH)
Lifestyle optimization: Exercise & Diet 
Mrs Suzie Peerman (Physiotherapist, CUH) & Mrs Kay Eaton (Dietician, CUH)

New developments in epilepsy & neurology for Generalists

14 July 2016

Bridget MacDonald Consultant Neurologist at Croydon University Hospital and St George's Hospital

A Stroke Management GP Education Evening 

16 June 2016

Dr Karen Kee, a Consultant Physician in Stroke & Elderly Care at CHS. Topics include: Stroke pathways, with an update on thrombectomy

Stroke management, with an update on DOAC and other medical interventions

TIA - a reminder about the TIA clinic and referral pathway

A Gastroenterology education evening 

19 May 2016

Gastroenterologists at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, Dr Sanjay Gupta, Dr Mike Mendall, Dr Zenu Philipose, Dr Panol Stamoulos and Dr Parth Paskaran spoke about a range of GI topics during the evening; from IBS to liver disease, and the referral pathways in Croydon.

One Croydon (Outcome Based Commissioning): A new way of providing services for people aged over 65 in Croydon

21 April 2016

We have formed an exciting new alliance in Croydon to transform the provision of services, and deliver more seamless care for older people in the borough. Croydon CCG and Croydon Council have identified the care of people aged over 65 as a priority for introducing Outcome Based Commissioning (OBC). Our GP Education Evening at Croydon University Hospital is an opportunity for practices to develop a better understanding of OBC, joint working across the Alliance and the emerging model of care. It is also an opportunity to influence it. Come along to find out more and to ask your questions.

Speakers include: Alyson McGregor, Director, Altogether Better and Dr John Chan/ Dr Ashish Dwivedi, Croydon GP Collaborative.


Haematology Education Evening 

10 March 2016

Haematological cases and discussion, led by Dr Betty Cheung, Trust Consultant Haematologist
Management of the Noval Oral Anticoagulants in Primary Care, Led by Dr Carol Buttriss, Trust Clinical Lead for Anticoagulation

New Iron Deficiency Anaemia Service, Led by Jackie Green, Trust Haematology Nurse Consultant &Dr Betty Cheung


The ethics of patient decision making

21 January 2016

During this evening we will examine the various issues underlying why patients make the decisions they do, with reference to professional, legal and moral aspects. Presentations include: Mental Capacity, Resuscitation/DNAR and everyday decisions will be wrapped around case discussions led by the three presenters.

Led by Dr Joanne Bramble - Consultant in Elderly Care, CUH

Dr John Spicer - GP, Croydon and HEE

Dr Debra Swann - Consultant Palliative Care, CUH and St Christopher’s Hospice