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GP experts at Essentials clinical guidance course

See a clip of two of our expert GP speakers talking about clinical guidance at one of our one-day courses for GPs held in London in June 2016.

MIMS Learning Essentials GP Experts


Dr Raj Thakkar

Raj is Chair of the MIMS Learning Essentials editorial advisory board. His varied roles include working as a GP partner since 2004, clinical commissioning director for Chiltern CCG in planned care, cardiac lead for Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network and atrial fibrillation champion for NHSIQ Thames Valley. He was also worked as a presenter on BBC Radio and is a medical writer and adviser. Raj has written and published over 100 articles and several books including the MIMS Consultation Guide which won the BMA book award for medicine 2012.

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Dr Louise R Newson

Louise is a part-time GP in Solihull, as well as a writer for numerous medical publications. She compiles and updates patient information leaflets for Patient UK. She has authored several books on evidence-based medicine for general practice and contributed to numerous other books for GPs. She is an editor for a number of journals and regularly writes articles in the medical press. Louise is an editor and reviewer for various e-learning courses for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and is a regular author of the RCGP's Essential Knowledge Updates. She also writes articles and courses for


Dr Elizabeth Angier, GP and clinical assistant, Department of Immunology and Allergy, NHS Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Dr Farooq Ahmad, GP, Colliers Wood
Dr Mais Al-Hity, GP, Bingley Medical Practice, Bradford
Dr Ivan Benett, GPSI cardiology, Manchester
Dr Iain Brew, GPSI substance misuse and hepatitis C, Leeds
Dr Richard Brice, GPSI diabetes, Whistable
Dr Louise Clarke, GP, Horton Bank Top Surgery, Bradford
Dr Martin Duerden, clinical senior lecturer, Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation, Bangor University
Dr Jessica Garner, GP, Worcester
Professor Roger Gadsby MBE, GP Clinical Lead for National Diabetes Audit and Honorary Associate Clinical Professor, Warwick Medical School
Professor David Haslam CBE, Chair of NICE
Dr Toni Hazell, GP, London
Dr Ian Hill-Smith, GP, Luton
Dr Steve Holmes, GPSI respiratory care, Shepton Mallet
Dr Sally Hope, clinical assistant in osteoporosis, Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital, Oxford and former GP principal
Dr Neil Iosson, locum GP, Sussex
Dr Tillmann Jacobi, GP, York
Dr Colin Kenny, GP, Dromore, Co Down
Dr Suneeta Kochhar, GP, Bexhill
Dr Carrie Ladd, RCGP Clinical Fellow Perinatal Mental Health and GP, Oxfordshire
Dr Rachel Pryke, GP, Redditch, Chair of GPs Interested in Nutrition Group and Fellow NICE
Dr Mark Rickenbach, visiting professor, healthcare and education innovation, Winchester University and GP, Chandlers Ford
Dr Pipin Singh, GP, Northumberland
Dr Nigel Stollery, GPSI dermatology, Kibworth, Leicestershire
Dr Alison Tavare, GP, Bristol
Dr Louise Warburton, GPSI rheumatology and musculoskeletal medicine, Telford/senior lecturer, Keele University


Dr Richard Brice

Richard is a GPSI in diabetes and is chairman of Whitstable Medical Practice in Kent. The practice, one of the country's largest, with 20 doctors and over 35,000 registered patients, was recently given vanguard status by NHS England's New Models of Care team and has been widely cited for its success in delivering a multitude of services in primary care that can traditionally only be accessed in hospitals. Richard developed an interest in diabetes as a medical student and has lectured and published on the subject widely.

Dr Jessica Garner

Jessica is a part-time GP in Worcester and works as a GP with the West Midlands ambulance service, as part of an innovative local scheme. She is a regular contributor to the Patient UK website, has a popular health blog and writes for a number of medical publications. She is passionate about empowering patients to take control of their own health, particularly when it comes to lifestyle changes. She has interests in paediatrics, mental health and women's health. She has also had involvement in medical education, and has been guest speaker at local vocational training events.

Dr Sally Higginbottom

Sally is an experienced salaried GP at James Wigg Practice, a large teaching and training practice in London. She does a mixture of clinical sessions, working as an appraiser and writing and editing learning modules for the Royal College of General Practitioners. Sally has a particular interest in medical education and is a trainer of specialist trainees in the practice. Clinically, Sally enjoys her special interest in women's health and regularly fits coils and implants. She is also the child protection lead for the practice and sees many paediatric patients both for acute and ongoing care.

Dr Sarah Jarvis

Sarah is a GP, GP trainer, Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and Women's Health spokesperson for the RCGP. She is an active medical writer and broadcaster, and is clinical consultant to the patient health education website She appears regularly on UK television and radio programmes. In addition, she is the resident doctor to Good Housekeeping and other UK consumer magazines. She has also been a regular contributor to a variety of medical journals and newspapers. Sarah has a particular interest in diabetes, cardiovascular disease and women's health, and has authored over 500 patient information leaflets and a number of books.

Dr Gill Jenkins

Gill works part-time as a GP in a large city practice in Bristol and as part of the NHS out-of-hours service. She has a special interest in lifestyle health, in particular obesity and its sequelae including diabetes, hyperlipidaemia and cardiovascular disease. Gill also has a role as LTC clinical lead for Bristol CCG, works in the media and works for an international air ambulance/repatriation service. She has written several articles in the medical press and has reported on health for radio and TV stations. In 2002 Gill set up her own media company, Multimedia Medicine to produce medical education films.

Dr Terry McCormack

Terry is a family doctor in the Whitby Group Practice, medical adviser for the Whitby Lifeboat and honorary reader in Primary Care Medicine at Hull York Medical School. His main role is in developing primary care research, particularly in cardiovascular preventative medicine. He is active in commercial phase three studies and recently received a national award for this work. Apart from the NICE hypertension guideline CG127, he has published a guideline for the management of blood pressure before elective surgery. He is secretary of the British Hypertension Society and editor of the British Journal of Cardiology.

Dr Catherine Millington-Sanders

Catherine is the Royal College of General Practice (RCGP)/Marie Curie National End of Life Care Champion. She is Kingston CCG's Macmillan GP and is a GPSI in palliative medicine. Catherine chairs the London EoLC CCG Leads Advisory Group. Catherine is the RCGP South London Faculty educational chair and co-founder of Difficult Conversations, providing training to NHS and social care staff on how to have compassionate conversations with people and their families at the end of their lives. She is passionate about improving care of people with cancer, end of life care and those in vulnerable groups.

Price: £200

N.B. Prices include a one-day event plus a   year's access to the Essentials Syllabus.

Syllabus content

  • Bronchiolitis in children
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease in children
  • Diabetes in children
  • Bipolar disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia in children
  • Female genital mutilation
  • Menopause
  • Suspected cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Prostate cancer
  • Care of the dying adult
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Hypertension
  • CVD risk assessment and lipid modification
  • Venous thromboembolic diseases
  • Chronic kidney disease: anaemia
  • Familial hypercholesterolaemia
  • Chronic heart failure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Diabetic foot problems
  • Coeliac disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Headaches
  • Medicines optimisation

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