Valerie Benfield, Guidelines Live event organiser, answers questions about MGP’s 2-day conference on clinical guidance and best practice


Valerie Benfield

Read this article to learn more about:

  • what makes Guidelines Live a must-attend event, and how to book your place
  • confirmed streams and provisional sessions for Guidelines Live 2019
  • how Guidelines Live aims to support clinicians with appraisal and revalidation.

What is Guidelines Live?

Guidelines Live is the largest UK event focusing on clinical guidelines, and is aimed at healthcare professionals managing patients in primary care: GPs, nurses, and pharmacists. By bringing together specialists and generalists we facilitate discussions about how new guidance will change clinical practice.

Now in its third year, Guidelines Live will be a 2-day event on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 November 2019 at Olympia London. This year’s event will have multiple streams on each day, meaning that we will be covering a wider range of clinical topics than ever before.

What makes Guidelines Live a must-attend event?

Keeping up to date with new guidelines is a key element in ensuring that patients receive the best possible healthcare at all times, and by following evidence-based pathways you safeguard your practice.

Attending Guidelines Live will help you to keep up to date with new guidance and provide you with the opportunity to:

  • question experts and peers about new guidance
  • network with colleagues to discuss local challenges and explore workable solutions
  • build an understanding of how new guidance will change your clinical practice
  • identify actions to support your team in delivering best practice.

Why did MGP decide to hold a live event?

Following feedback from our readers, MGP developed Guidelines Live to meet an unmet need for live events that help those managing patients in primary care keep up to date on new and updated clinical guidance. Guidelines Live is built on our expertise in providing information on clinical guidelines, and we felt that a live event was a natural extension to our offerings.

What topics will be covered?

The agenda has been developed to reflect a typical day in general practice, covering the range of patient conditions that come through the door. There will be 12 streams in total with three sessions in each stream. We are still working on the final details but a provisional agenda is now available (see Table 1).

The Guidelines Live agenda has been informed by feedback and input from:

  • delegates who attended the 2017 and 2018 events
  • previous speakers and session Chairs
  • healthcare professionals who regularly use or provide content for our publications.
Table 1: Confirmed streams and provisional sessions for Guidelines Live 2019



Managing CVD in patients with type 2 diabetes

Interpreting ECGs


Actinic keratosis

Suspicious skin lesions



Diabetes in children and young people

Type 2 diabetes: frailty in older people

Managing diabetes through diet


Inflammatory bowel disease

Sexual and reproductive health in people with inflammatory bowel disease



Update on the latest asthma guidance

Update on the latest COPD guidance

Prescribing antibiotics for respiratory complaints

Shared care

Suspected cancer

Liver disease

Stroke and transient ischaemic attack

Women’s health

Update on the latest contraception guidance

Pregnancy: managing patients with diabetes and hypertension


Additional streams to be confirmed. Please note the organisers reserve the right to update the programme up to the day of the event. For an up-to-date list of streams and sessions please visit:   

CVD=cardiovascular disease; ECGs=electrocardiograms; COPD=chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; IBD=inflammatory bowel disease

How will the event support clinicians with appraisal and revalidation?

Over the 2 days at Guidelines Live you will spend around 12 hours learning, which equates to 12 CPD credits. After the event you will receive a personalised CPD certificate that will include details of the streams you attended so you can demonstrate your learning in those areas.

Our event guide will include several copies of a reflective template so that you can make notes and reflect on your learning in the sessions, and document how it will change your clinical practice.

After the event, slide sets from the independent sessions will be available to all delegates. This will give you the opportunity to extend your learning by reviewing the content from sessions you did not attend over the 2 days.

How do people register to attend?

You can book your place at Guidelines Live 2019 online at:

Thanks to sponsorship from the pharmaceutical industry we have a limited number of educational bursaries (worth £300+VAT) available for UK-registered healthcare professionals working within the NHS in the following roles: GPs, nurses, pharmacists, and those with an interest in the development and implementation of primary and shared care guidelines. An administrative charge of up to £40+VAT is payable at booking, which includes:

  • a lunch voucher for each day booked
  • a copy of the Guidelines handbook
  • access to Guidelines Live digital resources.

What is the best bit about organising Guidelines Live?

The best bit is the audience reaction: it is always great to hear the buzz around the event—seeing delegates discussing issues with speakers and colleagues at the end of a session or during breaks and how, armed with new information, they plan to support their patients. Seeing a delegate leaving the event visibly energised and determined to put their learnings into clinical practice straight away makes it all worthwhile.

The feedback we receive directly from speakers and delegates is very rewarding and reinforces the message from our audience that they really appreciate the practical aspects of Guidelines Live. Some of the comments we have received from delegates who attended previous events are in Box 1.

Box 1: Comments from delegates who attended previous Guidelines Live events

  • ‘Really useful, pragmatic, and GP focused’
    • GP delegate, Guidelines Live 2018
  • ‘Good evidence-based study day’
    • Nurse delegate, Guidelines Live 2018
  • ‘Varied content with excellent speakers and good advice on how to implement guidelines in everyday practice’
    • GP delegate, Guidelines Live 2018
  • ‘Overall excellent speakers and presentations with some new learning for me which I can apply to the care of my patients and share with colleagues’
    • GP delegate, Guidelines Live 2018

Key points

  • Guidelines Live will be at Olympia London on Tuesday 19 to Wednesday 20 November 2019
  • Attending Guidelines Live gives you the opportunity to:
    • keep up to date with new clinical guidelines
    • gain 12 CPD credits by attending the whole event
    • have your guidance questions answered by experts
    • discuss local challenges and explore workable solutions
    • network with colleagues and peers
    • safeguard your clinical practice by following evidence-based pathways.