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2019 Speakers

Chair: Dr Roger Henderson

Dr Roger Henderson is a senior GP, recently retired from his long-standing position as the head of a 16,000-patient general practice in Shropshire where he was also a GP trainer, running his large main surgery and two branch surgeries.

He now works as a sessional GP in order to concentrate on his health PR and media work. One of the UK’s most respected media medics, writing columns for national newspapers, magazines and blogs, he appears regularly on television, radio and the internet discussing health-related issues.

He chairs and speaks at many health conferences both in the UK and globally and is the UK Medical Director for LIVA Healthcare – winner of the Health IT firm of the year at the Health Investor Awards 2018 and also the Healthtech Innovators of the Year for Europe at the GHP Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Awards 2018. He is also a member of the steering committee of the Primary Care and Community Neurology Society that helps spearhead the development of community neurology services.




Dr Mark Glover

Mark trained in pre-clinical pharmacology and clinical medicine at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. His clinical and research interests are in hypertension and the identification of novel anti-hypertensive drug targets by understanding the molecular pathophysiology of sodium reabsorption in the distal nephron. He leads the hypertension clinic in Nottingham.

Mark’s current research is focussed on the molecular pathophysiology of sodium reabsorption via the thiazide-sensitive pathway, based on genetic analysis of individuals with the Mendelian Gordon syndrome and Thiazide-Induced Hyponatraemia in those with essential hypertension.

Mark’s other interests are in medical education and general (internal) medicine. He is a member of the Prescribing Safety Assessment Board for UK medical students, an associate member of the Higher Education Academy, a member of NICE Technology Appraisal Committee B, the NICE hypertension in adults guideline committee and the MHRA Pharmaco-vigilance committee.


Prof Ahmet Fuat

Prof Ahmet Fuat has been awarded an Honorary Chair in Primary Care Cardiology from the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health at Durham University. As well as being a GP appraiser, The North East and North Cumbria Clinical Research Network Primary Care Lead and Primary Care Trust Cardiology Lead, Prof Fuat is a GP Specialist in cardiology and, for 15 years, has run an integrated heart failure service across primary and secondary care.
Holding a PhD from Durham University, he is an active researcher and educator in cardiology. Prof Fuat is a member of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Journal and British Journal of Cardiology Editorial Boards and has been instrumental in reviving the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society (PCCS), for which he is the elected President.


Dr Dominique Thompson

Dr Dominique Thompson is a GP, young people’s mental health expert, TEDx speaker, author and educator, with over 20 years of clinical experience caring for students, including as a police and expedition doctor, and most recently as Director of Service at the University of Bristol Students’ Health Service. It was for this work that she was named Bristol Healthcare Professional of the Year 2017.

Dominique has helped design apps to support student mental health, and is the author of the Student Wellbeing Series of books. She has been interviewed widely, including by the Guardian and Radio 4’s Today programme.

Her TEDx talks include “What I learnt from 78,000 GP consultations with university students” highlighting possible causes behind the recent rise in young people’s mental health distress, and “Understanding the Why” suggests ways in which everyone can better support the younger generation.

She is a Clinical Advisor for NICE, the Royal College of GPs, and for Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity. She was the GP member of the NICE Eating Disorders’ guidelines development group, and the Universities UK StepChange and Minding Our Future  committees, as well as the Office for Students’ Challenge Fund advisory panel. Dominique is also a member of the UK Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education group (MWBHE). In 2019 she was nominated as one of the Top 100 West Women of the Year.

Dominique has now launched her own student health and wellbeing consultancy, Buzz Consulting, to assist organisations in improving their student support offer.  You can follow her on Twitter @DrdomThompson and on Instagram as drdom99


Dr Ana Pokrajac

Dr Pokrajac is a Consultant in Diabetes, Endocrinology and General Internal Medicine at the West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust, UK. She graduated cum laude and completed an MSc from the University of Belgrade, Serbia. Dr Pokrajac holds Medical Doctorate in Endocrinology from the Manchester University, UK where she also completed her specialty training. She has published and presented nationally and internationally in both fields: endocrinology and diabetes.

Dr Pokrajac is West Herts and Herts Valley CCG lead for diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD). She has special interest in complex diabetes, healthcare system performance and cost-efficiency. She teaches medical students and is an educational supervisor to junior doctors.

Nationally, Dr Pokrajac is a committee member of the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD) and an ABCD-Renal Association special interest group core member producing guidelines for management of diabetes and CKD. She was appointed National Clinical Champion with Diabetes UK in 2013. This role was awarded to her for contributions to the integration of diabetes care through education (co-founded Herts Diabetes Education Charity) and work on improved and shared standards of patient care. With Diabetes UK she has worked on legalisation and standards by presenting the evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes. For her contributions to excellence in medicine, she is an elected Fellow of Royal College of Medicine (London).

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