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

Programme at a glance

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
20.00-midnight Organised social event 🥳 Party on the Thames. Venue: The Tattershall Castle

Tuesday 28th June 2022

7.45-8.30 Yoga session in Whittington park
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: Visit to East London. Meeting point: Resource for London reception
16.30-20.00 Opening ceremony WONCA


Detailed programme

The detailed programme of the VdGM Pre-conference is now published!


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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.

Liam Loftus

Liam is a GP Trainee based in Cambridge. He is currently a National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow, working with the Primary Care Team at NHS England and NHS Improvement.

He developed a passion for clinical leadership through undertaking roles such as Junior Doctor Mess President at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, and Oxford Clinical School President, and through completing leadership qualifications with the University of Cambridge, Institute of Leadership and Management, and the NHS Leadership Academy. He has used these as a platform to lead projects in areas such as patient safety, workforce development, and service improvement, presenting work both nationally and internationally. More recently, in his role as Leadership Fellow with Health Education East of England, he has co-led the development of The Leadership Ladder; a junior doctor-specific leadership development platform, which now forms the core offer for leadership development for all 5000 trainees in the East of England.

As a future GP, Liam’s desire is to take a step back from his consulting room, and consider how we can improve the health and wellbeing of all patients; locally, regionally, and nationally. In his current fellowship role with the National Primary Care Team at NHSE/I, he is focussing specifically on his two key passions: the role that Primary Care plays in reducing health inequalities, and shaping the vision for the future of Primary Care.

Dr Mathew Duke

My name is Mat. I am a recently qualified GP. I live and work in West Yorkshire, most of my work is in Keighly which is a small town on the borders of the Yorkshire Dales.

I grew up in Essex and started my career in healthcare as a receptionist near my hometown in a place called Jaywick. I have a passion for improving health inequalities and I am at my happiest when I am buried in a spreadsheet. I run a clinic in our local homeless day centre in Keighly and we are currently in the process of expanding to a number of other locations including initiating a clinic for our refugee population. I joined the Trailblazer fellowship scheme in 2021 and it has been immensely rewarding.

During her free time, she likes to spend time in nature, jogging early in the morning or spending time with books, at the theatre or listening to music.

Dr Rabia Hassam

Rabia Hassam is a GP and works in one of the most deprived areas in Worcestershire. She joined the Trailblazer Health Inequalities fellowship in 2021.

She went to Cambridge University to study Medicine and returned to Birmingham for Foundation and academic GP training. She is interested in Diabetes and Lifestyle Medicine. Engaging patients is a slow and sometimes frustrating process but can be rewarding. She has set up webinar and in person education sessions and is looking at improving the diabetic annual review process with a focus on group consultations.

Dr Mike Tomson

Dr Mike Tomson FRCGP is a clinically retired GP from Sheffield, UK. He is a director of Greener Practice ( ) and actively involved in the organisation's commitment to building a network working to create a more sustainable primary care community in UK.

He has been a member of the RCGP’s curriculum development group for a chapter on Population and Planetary health. He is an adviser to the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, and a director of South Yorkshire Climate Alliance. Earlier in life he was a part time GP partner, and a trainer. course organiser and Associate postgraduate dean for GP in Yorkshire. Before retiring he enjoyed 4 years as a member of the RCGP's workplace based assessment development group. He has worked for Medicins Sans Frontieres and continues to be involved in MSF's clinical and organisational governance.

Dr Sarah Walpole

Sarah Walpole is the National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow at NICE. She is an Infectious Diseases Registrar in the North East of England, Associate Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University, GMC Associate and a member of the Healthcare Infection Society’s Research Committee. .

She has progressed Education for Sustainable Healthcare, most recently leading the development of an Association for Medical Education in Europe consensus statement. Previous roles include NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Yorkshire, Co-Director of the Sustainable Healthcare Education Network, Coordinator of the UK Climate and Health Alliance, Medical Activities Manager for MSF in DRC, Lead Postgraduate Faculty for Doctors Worldwide in Bangladesh, and telemedicine doctor supporting Bangladeshi colleagues for MedGlobal.

Dr Munro Stewart

DrDr Munro Stewart is a salaried GP in Dundee, ballot member of RCGP Scottish Council and is the clinical representative for climate and sustainability for RCGP Scotland.

He works with NHS Tayside Sustainability Group, Greener Practice Tayside & Fife, and teaches at The University of Dundee Medical School on environmental issues.

Ben Margetts, CEO, On Call Africa

Ben joined On Call Africa in 2019 as its first full time member of staff in the UK, and has overseen rapid expansion of the organisation in Zambia over the last two years.

Ben has an MA in Education, Health Promotion and International Development, and has 15 years’ experience of working in fundraising, programme management and senior leadership roles in international development charities working in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Kerry Greenan, Past Volunteer with On Call Africa

Kerry is a newly-qualified GP working in east London and the current Secretary of the Vasco da Gama Movement.

She developed an interest in Global Health following a medical school elective in Tanzania, and has worked in Zambia with On Call Africa on 2 occasions in the last couple of years, as well as continuing to provide support to Zambian Rural Health Centres from the UK via The Virtual Doctors.

Dr Hannah Cowen

Hannah Cowan is a medical anthropologist at King’s College London, interested in activism, social inequalities, and health.

In her work she looks for different ways in which we can resist inequalities in health, utilising participatory methods, collective action, and our seemingly banal everyday actions.

Dr Kamilla Kamaruddin

Dr Kamilla Kamaruddin is a GP in Transgender Health Care at Tavistock Gender Identity Clinic and East of England Gender Service.

She is passionate in advocating for a better access to health care and improving human rights for LGBTQI people. She is the winner of RCGP Inspire Award 2019 and Pink News Frontline Hero 2020.

Dr Marta Buzewicz

Marta Buszewicz is a part-time GP in north London and an honorary associate professor at University College London.

She is doubly qualified in both primary care and psychiatry and worked for over twenty years as an academic at UCL in combination with her work in general practice. Her academic work involved setting up a community mental health course for medical students based in local general practices and both qualitative and quantitative research projects predominantly in the field of primary care mental health.

Her main research interests were in the management of common mental disorders such as anxiety and depression, physically unexplained symptoms and the interface between physical and mental health presentations. Most recently she has been involved in two qualitative studies investigating stress, anxiety and depression in general practitioners and junior hospital doctors, which will form the basis of her workshop at this conference.

Dr Sophie Mylan

I’m an academic First5 GP, with a specific interest in the contribution of anthropology and ethnographic methods to global health.

I split my time between London and northern Uganda, for both clinical and academic commitments. I am currently a PhD Candidate at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and my research aims to explore ‘pandemic preparedness’ amongst refugees in Northern Uganda, during times COVID-19. I am also a current member of the Junior International Committee of the RCGP, in the Beyond Europe team.

Dr Yusuf Ciftci

Dr Yusuf Ciftci is a Policy and Advocacy Manager at Doctors of the World UK, part of the Médecins du Monde network.

He leads coproduction work with people with lived experience of health exclusion and immigration in the UK, alongside coordinating policy programmes including the Safe Surgeries Initiative to ensure inclusive access to healthcare for asylum seekers, refugees and marginalised migrant groups. His PhD focused on formulation of asylum policy, and he contributed to several publications on migrant health. Yusuf also campaigns to improve UK asylum and immigration system through his lived experience.

Dr Aqilah Vilcassim

I am a salaried GP working in Southwark, London. For a few years I have worked with vulnerable migrant groups through volunteer and non-volunteer roles both internationally and within the UK.

This work has been mostly within healthcare settings and some in mentorship programmes. The current GP practice where I work has a patient list size of about 9,500 patients. The population is relatively young, from diverse ethnic, low-income backgrounds and includes many vulnerable migrant groups. Our catchment area also includes many of the home office accommodation arranged for asylum seekers newly arrived in the UK. In addition to my salaried GP role, I am a clinician volunteer with Doctors of the World in their London clinic. My aims with the workshop are to discuss the experiences I have encountered working with diverse and vulnerable migrant groups in the UK. Specifically looking at migration as determinant of health and the challenges that exist in the provision of primary healthcare for migrant populations (a GP’s perspective).

Dr Joanna Dobbin

Joanna is a GP registrar in London and an academic clinical fellow in primary care and population health at UCL.

She has worked with doctors of the world, docs not cops, medact migrant solidarity group and community action for refugees and asylum seekers. She is interested in migration and health, the social and political determinants of health, mental health and activism within healthcare.

Dr Sophie Rowlands

Sophie is a First5 GP working in Surrey and Sussex, having completed her GP training in 2017.

She is a Training Programme Director for Health Education England, working both on the Crawley and East Surrey GP training scheme, as well as holding a central role within Kent, Surrey and Sussex, looking at addressing differential attainment for GP trainees who graduated overseas.

She is a former member of the RCGP Junior International Committee, and has previously been on an Erasmus exchange to Germany. She also works at a medical school, as well as writing mock MRCGP examination questions for an online question bank. She has previously volunteered as a medical educator on the Thai-Myanmar border. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her toddler, as well as running, swimming and ballet.

Dr Emily Brown

Sophie is a First5 GP working in Surrey and Sussex, having completed her GP training in 2017.

Emily is a final year GP trainee based in Exeter, UK. She is an Academic Clinical Fellow in general practice at the University of Exeter and is dual training in clinical and academic medicine.

Her research interests include infection and antimicrobial resistance in primary care, both in the UK and globally. Emily was awarded a Global Health Fellowship as part of her GP training (although the pandemic disrupted her planned work abroad). She holds the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes. She has previous experience working in Cambodia, Nepal, India and Uganda. Outside of medicine, Emily enjoys triathlon, hiking and exploring the world.

Dr Kate Woolley

Dr Angharad Kate Woolley is an Academic GP in Nottingham. She has a special interest in lifestyle medicine and holds a diploma in the field.

She is a research fellow at Leicester Diabetes Research Centre, in the field of patient education and lifestyle change in cardiometabolic disease. She leads an educational community of practice for social prescribing link workers across Nottinghamshire. She is also passionate about our global medical community, having worked and volunteered in Kenya, Peru, Belize and China.

Tara Jane Spackman

I am a Lead Social Prescribing Link Worker, in the BACHS Primary Care Network (Bilborough, Basford, Beechdale, Aspley, Cinderhill, Hyson Green and Strelley) area of Nottingham.

I have 20 years of working experience within general practice as a Health Care Assistant. I am passionate about equality and supporting social change that drives equality. I enjoy family time, and travelling to new places.

Mayita Wyldeck-Kelly

I am a social prescribing link worker and have been in this position for 7 months after being a stay at home mum for 10 years.

Previously I did various customer facing roles and then, whilst raising my children, I was involved in many volunteering positions and parent support groups: social prescribing before I even knew that such a role existed! When I decided to get back in to paid employment a friend suggested I look in to the role and I subsequently applied and got the job with NCGPA. I love that I can transfer so many of the skills developed during my time raising my kids, as well as from my previous employment, to empower people within my community. I have been able to connect with so many fantastic grassroots organisations that do such great work for the people they represent and in turn that helps to improve the overall health and wellbeing of people accessing the service. When I’m not out and about supporting patients I like to crochet and can often be seen sporting very bright homemade cardigans!

Dr Aaron Poppleton

Dr. Aaron Poppleton is a GP in North West England and a Wellcome Trust PhD student at Keele University. He studied Medicine (MBChB) with European Studies (German) at the University of Manchester.

After graduation he worked as a research active clinical doctor in Saarland, Germany, before specialising in general practice in the UK. He has undertaken primary care clinical placements, medication education projects, and academic collaborations within Central and Eastern Europe, including Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Ukraine. He has Master’s degrees in Clinical Research (MSc, 2018) and Global Public Health (MPH, 2021) - both awarded distinction. He is the VdGM representative for the UK Royal College of General Practitioners. His PhD focusses on culturally adapting mental health care within UK general practice for patients originally from countries in Central and Eastern Europe [CLARENCE -].

Dr Fabian Dupont

Dr. Fabian Dupont is the head of medical education and medical education research at the Department of Family Medicine at Saarland University.

He completed his master’s degree in Medical Health Professions Education (MHPE) in Maastricht, the Netherlands. His research focus lies on learning and motivation, especially in competency-based blended-learning curricula. In addition to his research and teaching activities, he is a year 4 resident in Family Medicine. He is also an elected executive board member of the Junior Committee of the German College of General Practice, and the council member on the Vasco da Gama (VdGM) European council for Germany. [].

Dr Helene Junge

Dr Helene Junge is a GP trainee and doctoral student at the Department of Family Medicine at Saarland University.

Her research focus lies on mixed-methods medical education research in both undergraduate and postgraduate education.

Dr Alex Lai

Dr Alex Lai is a GP with a specialist interest in mental health and a long history of supporting and advocating for doctors.

His work and values centre around connection, community, growth and support and in 2019 he co-founded @theworkwelldoctors an organisation which focuses on improving the wellbeing and welfare of healthcare professionals. Alongside his GP work he is a trained coach and works for the LMC representing local GPs; Health Education England supporting doctors returning to training; and the Royal College of General Practitioners building community as the current RCGP Pan London First5AiT Chair.

Instagram & Twitter : @dralexlai


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