Online registration for the ICGP Winter Meeting is now closed. Onsite registration will be available on the day.


This year’s Conference runs over two days, with a packed programme of clinical updates, courses and topical issues.

  • Women’s Health, substance abuse, nursing home medicine.
  • Cervical Smeartaker’s Course, Dermatology & Opthalmology sessions
  • CME Tutor Networks


Come and listen to expert analysis from well-known experts.

  • Friday 25th: Overmedicalisation with Dr Richard Lehman.
  • TBC


Saturday’s College Forum looks at the hot topic of “Recruitment, Retention & Replacement”

  • TBC speakers here
  • How to retain our younger GPs
  • Political analysis of Slaintecare.

About The Event

The theme for the conference is “The art of generalism in practice”, the conference programme reflects on the ability of GPs to be a generalist while developing other skills and interests all while managing a business. 

The content of the meeting includes clinical updates on prescribing, sexual and reproductive health, mental health, chronic disease and practice management.  

This is a great opportunity for GPs at all stages in their career to make meaningful connections with colleagues while getting clinical and non-clinical updates for practice. 

We look forward to meeting you at the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone on the 16 November, 2019.

This event is accredited for:

  • 7 External CPD credits
  • 1 Day GMS Study Leave




Friday 15th November 2019 
19:00 – 20:30Nursing & Care Home Special Interest Group
The Nursing and Care Home group is now in its third year and caters for the needs of GPs who work in Nursing and other long term care homes. This type of work presents unique challenges for GPs and our group attempt to improve the quality of care we deliver to this vulnerable group of patients.
This meeting is open to anyone with an interest in nursing homes. We will be reviewing the work done to date by the group, discussing our proposed course on nursing home care for GPs and there will be time set aside for individual GPs to raised issues or concerns about their work in nursing homes. If you have any particular issue you would like to raise at the meeting please e-mail a brief description of the issue to [email protected] in advance of the meeting.
Saturday 16th November 2019
9:00 – 10:00Adolescent Gynaecology
Addressing the unmet needs of the adolescent consultation in gynaecology
Geraldine Connolly, Consultant Obs & Gynae, Rotunda & Temple St
Self-Harm and Crisis Intervention
The National Clinical Programme for the Assessment and Management of Patients presenting to the Emergency Department following Self-Harm has 4 main components – a compassionate empathic response, an expert biopsychosocial assessment including an emergency care plan, next of kin involvement and connecting to next care. There are plans to expand the Clinical Programme to Primary care and Community mental health teams. Data from the clinical programme will be presented; safety planning will be described in detail and finally an interactive session will discuss future expansion of the Clinical Programme.
Dr Anne Jeffers, National Clinical Lead for the Clinical Programme for the
Assessment and Management of Patients presenting to the Emergency Department following Self-Harm
Chronic Disease Management and the over 75s - case studies and a structured approach
Dr Joe Gallagher & Dr Mark O’Kelly, ICGP HSE Primary Care Leads for
Integrated Care Programmes
Dr John Carroll Research Award
Presentations from shortlisted projects on topics relating to rural general practice
Dr Rory Stewart, “Donegal Going Against the Flow: National differences in long-term urinary catheterisation rates in men (> 65 years) with benign
prostatic hypertrophy”
Dr Stephanie Dowling, “Impact of participation in Continuing Medical
Education small group learning (CME-SGL) on stress, morale, and
professional isolation of rural GPs”
Chair: Dr Claire Collins
10:00 – 11:00Did I stumble or did I fall?
Understanding the nature of falling
Prof. Tara Coughlan, Consultant Geriatrician & Stroke Physician, Tallaght University Hospital
Chronic Disease Management and the over 75s - case studies and a structured approach
Dr Dermot Nolan & Dr Diarmuid Quinlan, ICGP HSE Primary Care Leads for Integrated Care Programmes
How can GPs lead on planetary health?
WONCA has recently issued a global declaration calling on family practice to lead on the evolving concept of planetary health, but what does planetary health in the context of Irish general practice really mean? What practical steps can we take to minimize our environmental footprint? And why are healthcare professionals being called upon to lead the way?"
Dr Andree Rochfort (Director of Quality Improvement and Doctors Health Programme)
Dr John Allman (GP Trainer, Sutton) Dr Sean Owens (NEGS)
Dr Louise Halpenny (GP Trainee)
Perils in Practice. 10 difficult patient interactions
Discussion of 10 real life scenarios, presenting legal and ethical dilemmas. Opportunity for audience participation.
Ruth Shipsey, CEO
11:00 – 11:30Morning Refreshments
11:30 – 12:30Irish GPs in Zambia – The Neri Clinics
Ronan Flynn and Patrick McSharry are two Irish GPs who founded the Neri Clinic in Zambia 10 years ago. They will share their experience of establishing a clinic and discuss how Irish general practice could partner with opportunities with colleagues in Zambia
Your Repeat Prescribing Journey
This workshop will help you to understand the potential for error in your own repeat prescribing process. Participants will identify areas for improvement and discuss solutions to mitigate the risks
Ms. Suzanne Creed, Clinical Risk and Education Manager, Medical Protection
'Bringing Colour into the Consultation' – practical tips on encouraging more plant-based foods among our patients
Dr John Allman, GP in North Dublin and GP Trainer on the UCD GP Training
The Chop Shop – Setting up for Community Surgery within Your Practice
An overview of how to set up for provision of community surgery in a GP practice setting – including room set-up, required equipment, costs to consider, integration to day-to-day practice.
Dr Justin Kwong, GP, Kilkenny, PCSA Committee Member
The GP as an Employer: Avoiding the obstacles
 Employer/Employee Relationship
 Who’s in charge?
 Open Door Policy
 Management & Reporting Structures
 Expectations & Responsibilities
 Probation, Appraisals, Staff Reviews
Asumpta Gallagher is the owner and founder of Best Practice
12:30 – 13:10Prescribing in everyday Irish General Practice
Dr Paul Ryan, GP & Pharmacist
13:10 – 13:20Welcome: Dr Rukshan Goonewardena Network of Establishing GPs, Director
13:20 – 14:15Lunch
14:15 – 15:30Benzodiazepines “But I really need that tablet doctor!”
Building on the recent Medical Council recommendations, our panel of experts explore the complications around benzodiazepines prescribing
Edel McGinnity, Deepend GP
Tom O’Dowd, GP Tallaght former Primary Care Professor in TCD Colin Bradley, Prof of General Practice, UCC
Tony Cox, Medical Director, ICGP
Chair: Ide Delargy, Director of the Addiction Management in Primary Care Programme
15:30 – 16:30Whirlwind update on antibiotic prescribing for busy GP with a focus on safe prescribing
What has changed for common and uncommon conditions?
Protecting patients- How to minimise risk adverse events when prescribing antibiotics. How are we doing with helping to keep antibiotics effective for future generations ?
Community resources to help the busy GP
Easy audit tool for this year Medical Council Professional competence scheme PCS and lots audit ideas
Dr Nuala O Connor ICGP Lead Antibiotic resistance
GP lead Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection control Division (AMRIC) HSE Health Protection and Surveillance Centre (HPSC )
Haemochromatosis: all you need to know
Dr John Ryan, Consultant Hepatologist, Beaumont Hospital
Dr Diarmuid Quinlan, ICGP HSE Primary Care Lead for Integrated Care
Eating Disorders
AFRID- Avoidant/ Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, OSFED- Other Specific Feeding or Eating Disorder and Orthorexia are emerging diagnosis and patterns in Eating Disorders. We will look at some of these and their management.
Gestalt Therapy strongly encourages the client to take responsibility for making changes in their life and it encourages them to tap in to their own resources and their own inner strength, thus empowering them.
Dr Attila Szigeti Clinical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist at Lois Bridges Eating Disorders Treatment Centre, Sutton, North County Dublin.
Mr Gerry Kelly Psychotherapist at Lois Bridges Eating Disorders Treatment Centre.
An Adverse Event in the Practice – How would you cope
Dr Andree Rochfort, Director of Quality Improvement and Doctors’ Health
in Practice Programme, ICGP
Dr Deirdre Kinlen & Dr Monica McWeeney, Representatives of the Retired and Semi-Retired GP Discussion Group

Oh, Please don’t forget to invite your friends too!


We invite you to get involved and build a mutually beneficial relationship with the ICGP. The Winter Meeting offers you the opportunity to communicate and network with GPs, Practice Nurses and other Practice Staff, while creating brand awareness for your organisation. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jana Pickard at [email protected]

Venue & Accommodation

Accommodation is reserved with the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone. There is limited room availability. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

To reserve accommodation please contact: Sheraton Reservations Telephone: 090 645 1060

Accommodation Rates are:

  • Single €110
  • Double Twin €160

Sheraton Hotel

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