Programme of events

Innovation in Medicine 2018 is a ground-breaking event that will host an extensive programme of lectures and discussions, and bring together leading speakers from across the world to represent the full breadth of medicine today.

Our main programme will focus on new developments and innovations from across the health sector, and concentrate on future good practice while addressing areas in need of improvement.

We are also pleased to announce a series of cutting-edge partner sessions taking place during the breaks.  Please review the programme to ensure you do not miss out on any of them.

These partner sessions will be covering a diverse range of hot topics including:

  • A world without disease
  • Brexit and rare disease
  • Human science: meet data Science
  • Obesity – solutions to a world problem

Visit the RCP Hub in the centre of the exhibition zone to explore the benefits of RCP membership, to find out more about the RCP and its work, and to get involved and make a difference.

The main scientific programme explores a variety of current and future healthcare issues and we invite you to join the discussions on:

  • Quality improvement
    • Focusing on the RCP’s cutting-edge quality improvement work as well as recent developments, approaches and research across the health sector.
    • Quality Improvement (QI) Hub
  • Obesity
    • The RCP’s special adviser on obesity, Professor John Wass, chairs a session on the future of obesity care in the UK, including a topical debate on the pros and cons of bariatric surgery.
  • Digital health – explore  how digital advances will transform healthcare and hear a topical debate on the successes and potential pitfalls of using technology.
  • Gross negligence and medical protection
    • There has been a recent rise in the range and number of healthcare professionals charged with ‘manslaughter by gross negligence’. Numbers are low at present, however, can staff learn from errors or near misses in a culture of blame or under threat of prosecution?
    • Crime and Medicine
  • Sustainability
    • Discuss environmental issues around healthcare sustainability, including how we can modernise current methods of care to minimise waste, increase efficiency and improve patient satisfaction.

The museum of modern medicine needs your objects!

500 years from now, what will we think of medicine in 2018? How would we show it in a museum?  What object represents modern medicine to you? The RCP Museum is interested in seeing your objects and hearing your thoughts on what a museum of modern medicine should include. This is your opportunity to shape the way that medicine today will be seen in the future.  Our curators will decide in due course which of the items can be considered for the museum. They will get in touch with you after the conference.

What can I bring?

The RCP museum needs items that tell the story of medicine and doctors over the last 75 years and that illustrate life for physicians working in the NHS.  This may have been something you used in your career, something that was given to you, or something you collected during your time as a doctor.

  • Medical education dummies, models and diagrams
  • NHS posters
  • Items related to antisepsis protocols in hospitals (early carbolic sprayers, sterilisers)
  • PPE (goggles, masks, radiation protection)
  • Auriscopes, otoscopes, opthalmoscopes, stethoscopes
  • Images of doctors at work (with copyright permissions)

Should the object be historical?

Objects can be from any time period. We are really keen to see objects from the 1940s, 50s and 60s, but would also love to see items from your work today.

Are there any restrictions?

The object must be safe, comply with all applicable laws and not contain any prohibited or hazardous materials, including but not limited to the following:

  • Human remains
  • Anatomical specimens
  • Ivory
  • Mercury
  • Highly flammable or explosive material
  • Controlled drugs or poison

What do you mean by human remains?

Any part of a human, including teeth, hair and bones. It also includes human ashes. We would need a special license to exhibit these.  This includes specimen slides.

Why can’t I bring drugs?

We cannot legally accept any herbal remedies or drugs, even if they are legal. But we may accept empty packaging.

How big can the object be?

It should be small and light enough to be portable, so that you can bring it here without difficulty.

Will I be able to donate my object on the day?

Our curators will not be able to take any objects from you on the day.  All of our donations must first be accepted by our management committee and assessed against our Collection development policy before we can formally accept them.  If our curators are keen to accept your object into the RCP museum collection, they will photograph the item, note down any details about it, and take contact details from you to allow them to get in touch at a later date.

Do I have to bring my object with me?

We would love to see your objects, but don’t worry if you cannot bring it in, an image of the object would be fine.  Our curators are happy to talk to you about any objects you may have or are interested in donating to the RCP museum.  You do not have to bring the object with you on the day.