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2017 Speakers

Speaker recruitment for our Pulse Learning Seminars 2018 is in development. In the meantime, take a look at who spoke in 2017. 

Dr Jenny Brotherston (chair)
Dr Jenny Brotherston has 20 years’ experience of working in Contraception, Sexual Health, Community Gynaecology & Menopause services in Hull. This was alongside her career as a GP up until 2005 when she developed the GP Specialist One-stop-shop Sexual Health & Women’s Service – where all specialties are offered at one appointment. This service was developed in the deprived area of North East Hull, and continues to offer a holistic service to those who were previously hard-to-reach.

Other roles include Chair of the local Women’s Health Forum comprising GPs, Gynaecologists, Health Visitors, Midwives and Voluntary Sector. The Forum aims to ensure a joint ownership & partnership approach to improving women’s health across Hull & East Yorkshire and hosts regular educational conferences. Dr Brotherston is the Faculty Training Programme Director for Hull & East Yorkshire; she speaks nationally on the topics of Contraception, Women’s Health & Menopause; and is published in national journals

Dr Judith Bubbear
Dr Judith Bubbear is a consultant rheumatologist at Barts Health NHS Trust and chair of the Rheumatology Training Program Management Committee (UCL academic health science partnership).
Dr Judith Bubbear was appointed as a Consultant Rheumatologist at Whipps Cross University Hospital in 2010 and since 2012 has been the clinical lead for the Osteoporosis service at the Chingford Osteoporosis clinic. She has worked collaboratively with the local commissioners on guidelines for managing Osteoporosis in the community and shared care protocols to enable patients to have their treatment closer to home. As well as her clinical special interest in metabolic bone disease she is passionate about teaching and training. She runs an undergraduate firm, training medical students in rheumatology, a special study module for final year students who may wish to pursue Rheumatology as a career, and is the training programme director for specialist trainees in North East London.

Dr Jane Dickson
Dr Jane Dickson is a consultant in sexual and reproductive healthcare at Oxleas NHS Trust and vice president (Strategy) or the Faculty for Sexual and Reproductive Health (FSRH). 

Dr Richard Ma

Dr Catherine Nelson-Piercy
Professor Catherine Nelson-Piercy trained as a physician, specialising in obstetric medicine. She specialises in the care of women with medical problems in pregnancy. She offers pre-pregnancy counselling for women with pre-existing medical problems and those with problems in previous pregnancies. Catherine runs special joint clinics for women with renal disease, cardiac and rheumatic disorders, hypertension and epilepsy in pregnancy.

She is the immediate past president of the International Society of Obstetric Medicine, editor in chief of the journal ‘Obstetric Medicine: the medicine of pregnancy’ and has over 200 publications. She has been one of the central assessors for the confidential enquiry into maternal deaths in the UK since 2005 and is a trustee for the charity APEC- Action on Pre-eclampsia.

Dr Louise Newson
Dr Louise Newson is a GP and menopause expert in Solihull, West Midlands, as well as a writer and editor for numerous organisations including the British Journal of Family Medicine, RCGP e-learning modules, MIMS Learning, and

She feels passionately about trying to improve awareness of safe prescribing of HRT to healthcare professionals and women and has written many articles, editorials and given local and national presentations on this subject.  She is the West Midlands lead for the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum. She has recently developed the website  Dr Newson works regularly with West Midlands Police and Fire Brigade to provide advice and support regarding menopause in the workplace.

Mr Ertan Saridogan
Ertan Saridogan is a Consultant Gynaecologist at the University College London Hospitals. He was the President of the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy and a Trustee and Chair of Medical Advisory Panel of Endometriosis UK until recently. Currently he is a member of the Executive Board of European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy and the President of International Society of Reproductive Surgery. His clinical interests include endometriosis, fibroids, reproductive surgery and outpatient hysteroscopy. His research interests include noninvasive diagnosis of endometriosis, surgical outcomes of endometriosis and fibroid surgery, and risk reducing strategies for gynaecological malignancies.

Dr Julian Spinks
Dr Julian Spinks has been a full time General Practitioner for over 20 years. He is an experienced writer and broadcaster with over 200 publications and many appearances on Radio and TV. 

Dr Spinks has experience of clinical guideline writing both for NICE and commercial companies and is GP advisor to a professional organisation and a national charity.

He is involved in NHS clinical management and medical politics. and is currently chairman of Kent LMC.

His specialties include continence care and restless legs syndrome. 


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    “A useful and engaging day to update knowledge in mental health at a time where primary care is often the main providers of management of mental health problems”

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    “Very informative and intense course delivered in a relaxed and friendly environment with a chance of networking with fellow colleagues.”

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    “It is an opportunity to meet and network with other professionals in understanding innovative trends in managing mental health issues in the community.”

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    “It was well organised and a great way for continuous professional development. Also enabling the delivering of quality and evidence based care.”

    Ramatu Jalloh

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    “Managed to touch on and cover a wide range of subjects in a useful way and to make it relevant to primary care. Speakers were up to date and knowledgeable about current and future changes in their areas.”

    Clair Moring