Thursday 12th May 2022

Nursing and Care Homes String of Pearls PM

Speakers: Dr Nick Ardagh-Walter, Ziad Suleiman, Dr Sonia Vaz Fernandez

The GGPET Committee have planned this session with our speakers below:

1. Dr Nick Ardagh - Walter Consultant Psychiatrist covering main/common mental health presentations in a care home setting
2. Ziad Suleiman covering medication reviews/ deprescribing perspective.
3. Dr Sonia Vaz Fernandez, Community Geriatrician.

1. To illustrate an approach to assessing and managing nursing/care home residents with multiple comorbidities
2. To highlight primary care support services available to aid in the management of patients in nursing/care homes locally
3. To formulate an approach to medication reviews in nursing/care homes
4. To identify common mental health presentations in a nursing/care home setting and how these can be managed.


Date: Thursday 12th May 2022

Time: 13:30

Duration: Half Day

Location: F2F at Sandford Education Centre

Members' Price: £0

GP Price: £70

AHP Price: £30

About the speaker

Dr Nick Ardagh-Walter

After training in hospital medicine and then in Bristol and Nottingham, Nick has worked as an old age psychiatrist in Gloucester for 22 years, including spells as clinical director, and has chaired his Trust’s Drugs and Therapeutics committee for ages. Within his specialty, he enjoys maintaining his general medical skills and being a generalist . He has a particular interest in difficult cases of depression but also diagnostic challenges with dementia.

About the speaker

Ziad Suleiman

Ziad is the senior PCN pharmacist at NSG PCN in Gloucestershire, the PCN now has 6 pharmacists and 2 technicians covering 50,000 patients. He has a background of CCG work, community pharmacy, intermediate care homes and started a care home medication review service covering the county. He has worked in general practice for 8 years in total with 5 years as an IP. Ziad is now a partner in his base practice - Churchdown Surgery and has taken on the prescribing lead, QOF lead roles, and oversees the cardiovascular management of patients within the practice, as well as his senior PCN role. Clinically, his main area is cardiovascular disease, however Ziad believes the role will naturally progress to a ‘generalist role’ in the future.

About the speaker

Dr Sonia Vaz Fernandez

Sonia Vaz Fernandes trained in Medicine at Birmingham University, and worked as a junior doctor in the West Midlands. She was a jobbing Geriatrician at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, before moving to Gloucestershire, where since 2018 she has been working across the Acute Sector and the Community. Her acute work is based within the Frailty Service at Gloucester Royal Hospital and her community work is in the Cheltenham locality, working with the Complex Care at Home team and Care Homes. She is passionate about understanding "what matters most" to patients in order to enable them to live their remaining lives with purpose whilst juggling their multiple long-term conditions. Her Interface role helps with her focus on breaking down barriers and promoting integration of Systems and Services to provide the best care for our frail elderly population in Gloucestershire, whilst also making it easy for staff to DO THE RIGHT THING with minimal effort and perhaps even enjoy their work! She aims to learn something and have fun each day at work, endeavouring to live by her Christian faith and to explore God’s purposes in the everyday and for her own life. She loves any creative pursuit that involves colour and texture and attacks her garden vigorously. She has two young children who test her juggling skills, reminding her of the domestic realities of her patients, their families and caring teams!

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