In conjunction
with the RCGP Annual Conference 2022

Vasco da Gama Movement Pre-conference

Welcome address from JIC

Welcome to London!
My name is Aya Ayoub. I'm a family doctor and I work in London. I'm also Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners’ Junior International Committee. Our committee runs educational and academic activities highlighting the power of family medicine around the world. We are also affiliated with the WONCA Europe young doctors’ movement, ‘Vasco Da Gama’. Our committee has the pleasure of hosting the WONCA Europe 2022 Vasco Da Gama Preconference in London over 27th-28th June 2022. We have an exciting programme lined up over the one and half day conference where we will explore what it means to offer truly global primary care which is inclusive, person-centred and sustainable. And, for those of you who wish to observe family medicine in the UK there is also the chance to apply to take part in a 2 day observational placement. I started by welcoming you to London - my home town - it's a dynamic, vibrant and international city. The perfect backdrop for reflecting on our conference theme ‘Primary Care in a Global Community’. On behalf of our team we really look forward to welcoming you to London!

Dr.Aya Ayoub
Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners’ Junior International Committee


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Info about VdGM

VdGM is the European Young Doctors’ Movement, representing GP and Family Medicine residents and specialists in the 5 years after completing their residency. We are an inclusive movement with members from across the region. Currently, our council includes representatives from 38 countries; we are hoping to expand this to represent all 43 countries in the region.
We have great Special Interest Groups, active on subjects from Wellbeing and Lifestyle Medicine, to Family Violence and Migrant Care. We also have active collaborations with WONCA Europe, all its networks and other organisations such as Primary Care Diabetes Europe, as well as WONCA Working Parties and Special Interest Groups. We also collaborate closely with the other Young Doctors’ Movements in WONCA, representing all regions of the world.
Aside from the pre-conference, we also organise a Forum every 1-2 years aimed at all early-career GPs and Family Doctors. In this forum we welcome and encourage new research and workshops; and we are always open to hearing new ideas for projects, research, collaborations, and others.

Announcement: VdGM Pre-Conference Exchange in London, UK

Dear Vasco da Gamians,
We would like to welcome you to the vibrant city of London to participate in the pre-conference exchange for WONCA Europe 2022.​

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VdGM Pre-conference programme

Monday 27th June 2022

8.30-9.00  Registration
9.00-9.15  Opening ceremony
9.15-10.15  Debate / Icebreaker session
10.15-10.45  Coffee break
10.45-11.30  Keynote (Niki Kanani)
11.35-12.30  Parallel workshop session
12.30-13.30  Lunch break (not organized)
13.30-14.30  Keynote (Vikesh Sharma)
14.35-15.30  Parallel workshop session
15.30-16.00  Coffee break (30)
16.00-16.55  Parallel workshop session
17.00 - 17.45  SIG Marketplace session
Organised social event 🥳 Party

Tuesday 28th June 2022

8.00-9.00  Optional morning session
9.00-10.00  Keynote (Terry Kemple, Honey Smith, Oisin Brady Bates)
10.00-10.30  Coffee break
10.30-11.00  Keynote (Luke Allen)
11.05-12.00  Parallel workshop session
12.05-12.30  Closing ceremony
13.15-16.00  Organised social event (lunch)
16.30-20.00  Opening ceremony WONCA



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We have TWO exciting events planned!

Party on the Thames

27th June, 8pm – midnight

Visit to East London

28th June, 1pm – 4pm


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Keynote speakers

DR Niki Kanani MBE

Dr Nikki Kanani is a GP in south-east London and is currently Medical Director for Primary Care for NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Prior to joining NHS England as Deputy Medical Director of Primary Care, she was Chief Clinical Officer of NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Nikki has held a range of positions within healthcare to support the development of innovative models of care, highly engaged clinical, patient and public leadership and is passionate about supporting primary care, improving service provision and population wellbeing.

She is a member of The King's Fund General Advisory Council and holds a MSc in health care commissioning. With her sister she co-founded STEMMsisters, a social enterprise supporting young people to study science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine. She has two young children.

Dr Terry Kemple

I am a retired GP (Bristol, England) including roles in teaching, training, quality improvement, management and research 1980-2017, and during the pandemic some clinical and teaching roles

I am a Past President Royal College of General Practitioners  2015-2017

I have unpaid roles as

RCGP national representative for Sustainability, Climate Change and Green Issues since 2017

Co-Chair RCGP Climate Emergency Advisory Group since 2020

Executive member of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change since 2017

Lead for Green Impact for Health RCGP/NUS/SOS Toolkit since 2014

Dr Luke N Allen

MBChB, MPH, BSc (Hons), PGCE Clinical Education,
PGDip Health Research, FHEA, MRCGP

Dr Luke Allen is a primary health care advisor to the WHO and World Bank. He completed his family medicine training in Oxford and continues to work as a part-time GP in the city. He holds a clinical research fellowship at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; sits on the RCGP Thames Valley Faculty board; and is a board member at the British Journal of General Practice. He led on many of the supporting documents for the Declaration of Astana and has worked closely with senior health system leaders across low- middle- and high-income countries. Luke was chosen to co-lead the writing of the G7 initiative on primary health care. 

Luke trained in medicine and international health at Bristol and completed his MPH in Global Health at Harvard. He has a postgraduate teaching certificate and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has over 50 publications in the field of global health with research centring on primary care reform and the politics of population-level prevention for non-communicable diseases. He is the international lead for the Faculty of Public Health special interest group on integrating public health and primary care. He has spoken at two UN General Assembly health side events, and his work has been featured across multiple international media platforms including BBC News, the New Scientist, China Global TV, and the Wall Street Journal.

Twitter: @drlukeallen

Dr Vikesh Sharma

Dr Vikesh Sharma became a GP in 2010.  He is a GP Partner at the Grantham Practice and Clinical Director of Stockwell Primary Care Network (PCN) which represents 5 practices in South London with 44,000 patients registered.

Seeded by his time in the RCGP JIC, he has a background in global health primary care and this has led him to develop projects that address the inequalities faced by the diverse communities of his local area. He founded the Lambeth Portuguese Wellbeing Partnership in 2015, a network of over 100 individuals and organisations, together developing new ways of empowering a marginalised community. This has evolved into a not-for-profit social organisation leading on projects such as a Covid Aid response and working with households to improve health and wellbeing capacity.

His practice is part of the Lambeth Food Cooperative where patients and staff come together to grow vegetables on site. At PCN level he is now building on this experience to help try re-imagine the relationship between GP surgeries and local community at a place based level. He is the co-founder of Thriving Stockwell – a template for a new way of working between community and primary care that hopes to influence the wider healthcare discussion. In 2017 he was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Primary Care Award by colleagues in NHS Lambeth and in 2021 was honoured to receive the WONCA Europe 5 Star Award.

DR Honey Smith

Honey Smith is a GP in East Sheffield. She was involved in the founding of Greener Practice in South Yorkshire, developing a website as a one stop hub of resources for primary care.

She helped write the motion on Declaring a Climate Emergency for the RCGP which was then accepted, and chaired a Task and Finish group on Sustainable Events for the RCGP. She is Clinical Sustainability Lead for South Yorkshire ICS.  She has overseen the launching of around 18 Greener Practice local groups across the country and currently chairs both the National Greener Practice group and the local South Yorkshire group.

DR Oisin Brady Bates

Oisín Brady Bates MB BAO BCh MSc. Dr. Brady Bates is a medical doctor currently on the Trinity College Dublin general practice specialist training scheme. He is the lead of the Vasco De Gama Network's planetary health special interest group.

He is a trainee representative on the Irish College of General Practitioners global health special interest group and a member of Irish Doctors for the Environment. He has a special interest in medical education. To this end he was recently awarded an MSc by research at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland that explored the barriers and facilitators to the integration of planetary health topics in undergraduate medical curriculum.


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Address: 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA


How to get there

By London Underground

Take the Piccadilly line to Holloway Road station. On leaving the station, turn left and walk that direction, under the railway bridge for five minutes. Resource for London in on the opposite side of the road and can be reached by using the pedestrian crossing.

By bus

Buses 4, 17, 29, 43, 153, 253, 259, 271, 279 and X43 stop within a short walk of Resource for London. Also there are mobility buses available in the area, these are numbered 920, 921, 923 and 927.