North West Region July Webinar

13 Jul 2021 16:30 - 18:00
This meeting has applied for 1 credit of CPD accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP)
A free BGS webinar on managing COVID from a community geriatric perspective. This webinar will cover a core area of interest to all specialists responsible for the health care of older people and is open to attendees from near and far.

From 16.30 - 18.00

Who should join:

  • All professionals providing healthcare to older people
  • Although this conference is being organised by BGS North West all healthcare professionals are welcome to register regardless of geographical location for the educational session


  • Improve attendees' knowledge on the managing COVID from a community geriatric perspective
  • Inspire attendees to achieve personal excellence in the healthcare of older people in the community
  • Share focused best practice presentations and the latest research in healthcare of older people
  • Takeaway new activities and ideas to advance attendees' workplace services

16.30 – 16.40 Registration and welcome

16.40 – 16.50 Overview of research in older people in Greater Manchester

Professor Chris Todd, Professor of Primary Care & Community Health, University of Manchester

16.50 – 17.00 Greater Manchester community delirium pathway

Helen Pratt, Project Manager, Dementia United, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

17.00 – 17.10 Safer Steps

Professor Martin Vernon, Consultant Geriatrician, Clinical Director and Clinical Advisor Greater Manchester SCN and London Whipps Cross, Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

17.10 – 17.20 Oximetry at home

Dr Bushra Alam, Acute Physician, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

17.20 – 17.30 Closing comments

17.30 - 18.00 Social discussion 



  • Professor Chris Todd, Professor of Primary Care & Community Health, University of Manchester

Chris Todd is Professor of Primary Care and Community Health in the School of Health Sciences, The University of Manchester, where he leads the Healthy Ageing Research Group.
Chris is Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Older People and Frailty Policy Research Unit and leads the Healthy Ageing Theme of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Greater Manchester (NIHR ARC-GM). Chris is a NIHR Senior Investigator, Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh. Chris has a portfolio of research funding from UK and European funders. He sits/or has sat on funding committees in UK and EU and serves on national advisory panels. Chris is author/co-author of more than 250 publications. Nearly all of his teaching is at postgraduate level; he has supervised 30+ PhD students and mentors a number of early and mid-career researchers.

  • Professor Martin Vernon,  Consultant Geriatrician, Clinical Director and Clinical Advisor Greater Manchester SCN and London Whipps Cross, Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Martin qualified in 1988 in Manchester. He trained in Geriatric Medicine in the North West and acquired an MA in Medical Ethics and Law from King’s College London. Since 1999 he has worked as a Consultant Geriatrician and clinical leader in Greater Manchester.
He was the British Geriatrics Society Champion for End of Life Care for 5 years and was a standing member of the NICE Indicators Committee. He advises on multiple NIHR research programmes and is a clinical and policy advisor to the NIHR Frailty Policy Research Unit.
He also holds an Honorary Academic Post at Salford University and was appointed as Visiting Professor at the University of Chester in 2016.
Between 2016 and 2019 Martin was National Clinical Director for Older People at NHS England. He led the implementation of national frailty identification in the GP contract in 2017/18. In 2018 to 2020 he led development and implementation of the national NHS Ageing Well Programme.
Martin currently works as a consultant geriatrician for Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT. He is also a senor clinical advisor to Whipps Cross Hospital redevelopment programme (Barts Health) Greater Manchester Strategic Clinical Network.