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Long Covid - improving patient care and access to support, progress in service development, and priority areas for research

Morning, Tuesday, 22nd March 2022


This conference will examine developments in Long COVID research and treatment and follows the updated NICE guidelines for managing the long-term effects of Long COVID.


Delegates will discuss policy priorities for furthering clinical understanding, improving care provision, and supporting the health workforce.


It will be an opportunity to discuss the implementation of the NHS Long COVID plan for 2021/22, how to utilise funding set out for the expansion of services and management of Long COVID within primary care, the future outlook for Long COVID research, and the impact of new NIHR-funded projects.


We are pleased to include keynote sessions with Professor Nick Lemoine, Chair, Long COVID Funding Committee and Medical Director, Clinical Research Network, NIHR; and Dr Gail Allsopp, Clinical Lead for Clinical Policy, Royal College of General Practitioners.


Key areas for discussion include:

  • delivery of the Long COVID Plan and the utilisation of allocated funding
  • priority areas for research to further improve understanding of Long COVID and the effectiveness of services developed for the condition
  • care pathways within local health systems - leadership, implementation and commissioning, service development, rehabilitation, the impact of health inequalities, and integrating care
  • Long COVID assessment clinics:
    • assessing progress and what more is needed to improve accessibility and support referrals from primary care
    • priorities for the development of services for children
  • support for the health workforce - training and education priorities and sharing best practice in Long COVID care
  • utilising data - scaling up its use and improving understanding of Long COVID and its prevalence
  • involving patients - the development of Long COVID services, driving awareness of expanded online support, and improving equal accessibility to information

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the DHSC; the DWP; the FCDO; the MHRA; and the NAO - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the Scottish Parliament.



Keynote Speakers

Professor Nick Lemoine

Chair, Long COVID Funding Committee and Medical Director, Clinical Research Network, NIHR

Dr Katrina Delargy

Managing Director, TIYGA health

Dr Gail Allsopp

Clinical Lead for Clinical Policy, Royal College of General Practitioners

Sammie Mcfarland

CEO and Founder, Long Covid Kids

Keynote Speakers

Professor Nick Lemoine

Chair, Long COVID Funding Committee and Medical Director, Clinical Research Network, NIHR

Rebecca Logan

Long Covid Patient

Dr Katrina Delargy

Managing Director, TIYGA health

Professor Brendan Delaney

Chair in Medical Informatics and Decision Making, Imperial College London

Dr Gail Allsopp

Clinical Lead for Clinical Policy, Royal College of General Practitioners

Professor Chris Brightling

Clinical Professor in Respiratory Medicine, University of Leicester

Claire Hastie

Co-Founder, Long Covid Support

Sammie Mcfarland

CEO and Founder, Long Covid Kids

Chairs

Dr Daniel Poulter MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Global Health

Baroness Thornton

Shadow Spokesperson for Health, House of Lords

Speakers

Dr Peter Bagshaw

Mental Health and Dementia Clinical Lead, Somerset CCG

Dr Andrew Potter

Clinical Lead, Post COVID Assessment Service, NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care System

Dr David Strain

Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Exeter

Dr Ekpemi Irune

Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat, Head & Neck and Thyroid Surgeon, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust