Food and Physical Activity in Health

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The Said Business School

Park End Street



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A day for GPs, hospital doctors and allied healthcare professionals/students who want to hear the science and evidence behind the headlines about lifestyle interventions.

Enjoy healthy food, mindful moments, movement "snacks" and meet with others who believe that the evidence for lifestyle interventions need more air time and debate.

Hear about:

  • the evidence for low carbohydrate dietary approaches in diabetes care

  • the role plants play in our diet, in particular for cancer prevention

  • the controversies over fats and cardiovascular disease

  • how when you eat might matter as much as what you eat

  • the effect of what we eat on our microbiome and why this matters

  • the evidence for the benefits of physical activity in health

  • the tools needed in consultations to support your patients to make lifestyle changes

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8:30 am Registration & refreshments

9:00 am Welcome. Dr Ellen Fallows, GP, Oxford Regional Director BSLM

9:15 am Lifestyle Medicine and The British Society of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr Rob Lawson, Chairman BSLM, Board Member of the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine, RCGP Fellow and Assessor.

9:30 am The Plant-Based Dietary Advantage. Dr Shireen Kassam, Consultant Haematologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College. Founder of Plant-based health professionals

10:30 am Movement & mindful snack then refreshments Nikki Jackson, mindfulness & yoga coach.

11:00 am 3 Epidemics: Type 2 Diabetes, NAFLD & Obesity; Is insulin the link and how helpful is a low-carb approach in primary care? Dr David Unwin, GP, "NHS Innovator of the Year" and RCGP Clinical Expert

12:00 am The Fast Way to Metabolic Health. Dr Clare Bailey, GP, Author of Cleverguts and 8 week blood sugar diet cook books

12:45 am LUNCH

1:45 pm Higher Fat Diets for Heart Disease – The Cholesterol Question. Ivor Cummins, Chemical Engineer specialising in Complex Problem Solving Methodology

2:30 pm The Evidence for Physical Activity and Motivational Interviewing. Dr Rebecca Gould, GP, Sports and Exercise Trainee, The Moving Medicine Team

3:00 pm Movement & mindful snack then refreshments. David Shadlock, personal trainer & coach

3:30 pm The “GRIN model” and Group Consultations. Georgina Craig, National Director of The Experience Led Care Programme and Dr David Unwin, GP.

4:30 pm A patient perspective on lifestyle approaches. Nick Parker “the cancer journey man”

5:00 pm Closing Remarks. Dr Ellen Fallows

Speakers include:

Dr David Unwin, RCGP National Champion for Collaborative Care and Support Planning in Obesity & Diabetes and Clinical Expert in diabetes, GP Partner Norwood Surgery, Southport

Dr David Unwin FRCGP is a GP at the Norwood Surgery in Southport near Liverpool, UK where he has worked since 1986 as a family doctor. For the past few years he has been a Royal College of General Practitioners expert clinical advisor on diabetes. As a result of his interests in both better communication with patients and Type 2 diabetes he was made Royal College of General Practice National Champion for Collaborative Care and Support Planning in Obesity & Diabetes in 2015.

In 2016 he was the proud National winner of the NHS Innovator Of The Year Award for published research into lifestyle changes; working with patients’ personal health goals as an alternative to drug therapy in type 2 diabetes –so that his GP practice spends £42,000 per year less than expected on drugs for diabetes.

He is particularly interested in the low carb-diet as an alternative to lifelong medication in type 2 diabetes and obesity. As part of this he has also published research into improving lipid profiles, liver function and blood pressure by reducing dietary carbohydrate, especially sugar.

For the last few years Dr Unwin has been an ambassador for The All Party Parliamentary group on diabetes where he champions the idea of putting patients’ hopes and concerns central to their conversations with health care professionals.

His work has been covered by C4 & C5 television, The New Scientist, The Times, The BMJ and most recently BBC 1 (The Truth About Carbs viewed by 4.7 million people) and Radio 4 (The Food Program)

Dr Clare Bailey, GP with Interest in diet and lifestyle, Author of The Blood Sugar Diet, The Cleve Guts Diet and Fast800 Recipe Books.

Dr Clare Bailey is a GP with an interest in promoting diet and lifestyle changes for weight loss, reducing blood sugars and reversing type 2 diabetes. Having seen the benefit in patients coming off medication, feeling fitter and healthier as well as improvements in other related metabolic conditions such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, hypertension, lipids, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions, she is passionate about making these widely available to patients.

She is author of the companion recipe books to Michael Mosley’s The Blood Sugar Diet, The Clever Guts Diet and the recent Fast 800. She also happens to be married to Michael Mosley. Clare has been involved in the Oxford based DIAMOND feasibility trial, using dietary approaches to the management of Type 2 diabetes, recently published in BMJ Open. Clare also helps run an online program called The Fast 800, providing recipes, meal plans, exercisies and support to help people achieve weight loss and reverse metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes.

Dr Shireen Kassam, Consultant Haematologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College Hospital, Founder of plant-based Health Professionals UK.

Shireen is a Consultant Haematologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College Hospital, London with a specialist interest in the treatment of patients with lymphoma. She is also passionate about promoting plant-based nutrition for the prevention and reversal of chronic diseases and for maintaining optimal health after treatment for cancer.

She qualified as a medical doctor in 2000, initially training in general medicine, and gaining Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP; 2003). She then specialised in Haematology and achieved Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath; 2008). During training, she took time out to undertake a PhD (University of London, 2011). Her research investigated the role of selenium, an essential micronutrient, in sensitising cancer cells to chemotherapy. She was able to show that supra-nutritional doses of selenium could enhance the action of chemotherapy in the laboratory. She has published a number of peer-reviewed papers in the field of lymphoma.

Shireen discovered the power of nutrition for the prevention and treatment of disease in 2013 and since then has been following a whole food plant-based diet. She has immersed herself in the science of nutrition and health, reading scientific papers and books, attending nutrition conferences and completing recognised continuing professional development activities to keep up to date in the field. She has completed the eCornell certification in plant-based nutrition. With her medical and scientific training, Shireen is uniquely placed to interpret nutritional data and incorporate the latest findings into daily medical practice.

Shireen founded Plant-based health professionals UK in 2017 (, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to provide evidence-based education to health professionals and the general public on plant-based nutrition and other lifestyle interventions for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. Since then she has been appointed as Visiting Professor of Plant-Based Nutrition at Winchester University with the aim of producing high quality educational material and courses.

Dr Rebecca Gould, Sports and Exercise Doctor and GP, The Moving Medicine Team, Nuffield Hospital OxSport, Oxford

Ivor Cummins, Biochemical Engineer specialising in Root Cause Analysis, BE(Chem) CEng MIEI

Dr Rob Lawson, Chairman British Society of Lifestyle Medicine.

Having qualified in Medicine in 1975, Rob has gained extensive experience as a GP in Scotland. His principal interests have been primary and secondary prevention of disease and the specialty of Lifestyle Medicine. As well as leading his NHS team to the highest awards for quality (2003-2013) he founded a charity in 1991 providing weekly activity and support in venues around East Lothian for sufferers of long term conditions including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, lung disease and frailty. He has retired from NHS practice to concentrate on the applications of Lifestyle Medicine to healthcare. In 2016 he co-founded BSLM, a registered charity, to promote the principles of Lifestyle Medicine to healthcare professionals and the public. On a personal note he is a cancer ‘survivor’.

Rob is also Board Member of the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine, Fellow and Assessor for the Royal College of General Practitioners, International Editor of American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, Secretary UK Shared Medical Appointment Contact Group, Founder and Trustee of ELCRG (SC021161) and very part-time clinician for

Nick Parker, Expert Patient “thecancerjourneyman”

Georgina Craig, National Director, The Experience Led Care Programme

Dr Ellen Fallows, Conference organiser, GP, Oxford Regional Director British Society of Lifestyle Medicine

Movement & mindful snacks with refreshments provided by Nikki Jackson (Yoga Focus), mindfulness & yoga instructor and David Shadlock, personal trainer & coach (Salveo Coaching)

Educational stands

The Pubic Health Collaboration

X-pert health

Rezilience (mindfulness training)

Bicester Healthy New Town

Moving Medicine


Palmer and Howells Catering

Salveo Coaching

Yoga Focus

GP Update Red Whale


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Said Business School is located at Oxford Central train station so is very well contected to all park and rides from outside the city, located next to the station car park and of course the trains.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

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What's the refund policy?

available up to 30 days prior to the event

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, due to security procedures at The Said Business School you will need to bring your ticket and wear a name lanyard.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

This can be amended on the day but for security purposes at The Said Business school all attendees will be given a lanyard.

Are patients/non-health care professionals welcome to attend?

Yes, you are welcome to attend but the speakers will be pitching their talks with the expectation of some knowledge of medicine/medical training. The event is aimed at health care professionals.

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