2018 Autumn IGS Educational Symposium Update

‘Delivering a new model of stroke care across borders’

We hope you are all looking forward to joining us in Cavan from September 27th to 29th for our society’s  66th annual autumn meeting.  It promises to be an exciting, educational and informative few days.

This year we are joined in partnership at our annual meeting with our colleagues from the British Geriatrics Society Northern Ireland and the British Society of Gerontology Northern Ireland.  This brings a new energy and dimension to the meeting, affording us all the opportunity to share our combined learning and experience throughout the programme.  The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Hospital Group is our academic partner for this meeting.

As you know, the success of all our meetings is dependent on your support and attendance and on the support of a variety of industries. We are working hard on your behalf to secure new philanthropic sponsorship.

Each year at our annual educational symposium we take a specific area of care and focus on it in more detail.  This year the symposium will focus on Stroke Disease.  We are very grateful to Professor David Williams and the scientific committee for organizing this and to our symposium sponsors A. Menarani for their support.

This year’s Educational Symposium will kick off our scientific conference on Thursday evening, 27th September, in the Erne suite at 7.30pm, in the Slieve Russell in Cavan.  It will be chaired by Professor Ronan Collins the National Clinical Lead for Stroke.

The meeting will address the challenges to delivering equitable stroke care in an era of recent advances in acute stroke management.  Earlier this year on our IGS Blog you will have read about the DAWN Trial and the changes required in delivering acute stroke care in the 21st century.  As a follow up to this, the speakers at the Symposium will highlight a number of key areas in Stroke Care

  1. Ms Imelda Noone (Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Stroke) will discuss the key role the ANP has in the management of stroke
  2. Dr Eamon Dolan (Consultant Geriatrician) will discuss the role of hypertension in stroke
  3. Dr Paul Burns (Consultant Neuroradiologist) will discuss stroke thrombectomy in Northern Ireland
  4. Prof David Williams (Consultant Stroke Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist) will discuss the different models of care in providing a national stroke service.

This unique symposium will be of interest to the broad range of disciplines involved in providing immediate and follow-up care to people who have had a stroke.  It promises to be an informative, and interesting evening. 

The meeting is accredited by the RCPI and ICGP for 12 External CPD points and will also provide us all with an easy way of keeping up with our continuous professional development.    

We are all looking forward to seeing you in Cavan.

Diarmuid O’Shea, President IGS