Accredited for

6hrs CPD 


Sat 18th May, 2019 8:30am-5pm



A conference for GPs, hospital doctors, trainees, medical students and allied health care professionals. 

Hear about the evidence for:

low carb diets

plant-based diets

dietary fats

the microbiome


time-restricted feeding

group consultations



Organised by oxfordbslm, part of The British Society of Lifestyle Medicine.


Conference Programme

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 and mindfulness then refreshments

Nikki Jackson, mindfulness & yoga teacher and coach

11:00 am   3 Epidemics: Type 2 Diabetes, NAFLD & Obesity; Low Carb Approaches

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, The Blood Sugar Diet and Fast800 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     What is Moving Medicine? Prescribing Movement.

Dr Rebecca Gould, GP, Sports and Exercise Doctor, Public Health England Physical Activity Champion. 

3:00 pm     Movement then refreshments

David Shadlock, personal trainer & coach

3:30 pm     Presentation and  Panel discussion; How to support patients to make  

lifestyle changes through group consultations (including the "GRIN model”and The Sir Jules Thorn Programme). Georgina Craig, National Director of The Experience Led Care Programme with Dr David Unwin, Professor Fraser Birrell, Dr Emily Symington, Alison Manson and Emily Bunyan.

4:30 pm     Closing Remarks.

Dr Ellen Fallows 


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Dr David Unwin

Dr David Unwin has been a partner at the Norwood surgery in Southport since 1986 and a GP Trainer since 1992. He was elected to Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practice for his work in using hope as part of the consultation.

More recently, the Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practice has David both a RCGP National Champion for Collaborative Care and Support Planning in Obesity and Diabetes and RCGP Clinical Expert in Diabetes.

He has published papers in Diabesity in Practice, The BMJ, Practical Diabetes, RCGP Clinical News, Journal of Insulin Resistance. His work has been featured on BBC, C4 and ITV television, The Times, New Scientist and The Telegraph.

David was a finalist in the 2014 BMJ National Awards for Diabetes Team of the Year due to an innovative and collaborative approach to using a low-carb diet in type 2 diabetes, and mixing this with a positive, solution-focused psychological approach. In December 2015, David was awarded the NHS North West Innovator of the Year, and then in 2016 won the NHS National Innovator of the year competition.

Dr Unwin is keen that we weigh up the pros and cons of drugs and lifestyle choices properly before making choices.

Dr David Unwin's current roles are RCGP National Champion for Collaborative Care and Support Planning in Obesity & Diabetes, RCGP Clinical Expert in diabetes, Partner Norwood Surgery, Southport and Trustee Queenscourt Hospice Southport

Dr Clare Bailey


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, exercises and support to help people achieve weight loss and reverse metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes. 

Dr Shireen Kassam

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. 

Ivor Cummins

Ivor Cummins BE(Chem) CEng MIEI PMP completed a Biochemical Engineering degree in 1990. He has since spent over 25 years in corporate technical leadership and management positions. His career specialty has been leading large worldwide teams in complex problem-solving activity.

Since 2012 Ivor has been intensively researching the root causes of modern chronic disease. A particular focus has been on cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. He shares his research insights at public speaking engagements around the world, revealing the key nutritional and lifestyle interventions which will deliver excellent health and personal productivity. He has recently presented at the British Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) and also at the Irish National Institute of Preventative Cardiology (NIPC) annual conferences.

Ivor’s 2018 book “Eat Rich, Live Long” (co-authored with preventative medicine expert Jeffry Gerber MD, FAAFP), details the conclusions of their shared research:

His public lectures and interviews are available on YouTube, where around 2 million views have been recorded to date:  

Ivor is currently the Chief Program Officer for Irish Heart Disease Awareness:

Ivor lives in Dublin, Ireland, with his wife and five children.

Dr Rebecca Gould is a Sport and Exercise Medicine Registrar based at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford.  Rebecca qualified from the University of Oxford in 2011. On completion of her GP training in Bath she worked as a salaried GP in Somerset and Devon. During this time she gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine from the University of Bath .   

Rebecca entered Sports and Exercise Medicine Higher Specialty training in 2017.  She has an interest in physical activity and its role in the prevention and management of long term medical conditions.  She is currently working alongside Moving Medicine to pilot their Prescribing Movement resources within Primary Care.  She is also a Public Health England Physical Activity Clinical Champion (SEM Volunteer). 

Georgina Craig

Georgina is the National Director of Experience Led Care (ELC Works) which focuses on improving people's experience of care and has won a number of awards including the PENNA award for personalisation of stroke care and 4 awards in end of life care. ELC offers training and expertise in setting up Group Consultations.

Dr Rob Lawson

Dr Lawson is chairman of the 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 (a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation charity) and very part-time clinician for

Professor Fraser Birrell

Group consultations have now become very topical: front page news in national newspapers, national TV interviews and radio including Radio 4’s Today programme and Jeremy Vine on Radio 2. Also, editorials in both the New England Journal of Medicine (Ramdas & Darzi, 2017, who described it as ‘a transformative innovation’) and BMJ (Hayhoe, Verma & Kumar, 2017). However, we were the first UK centre to successfully establish group clinics in 2008 and since 2010 have been running monthly clinics in two hospitals, extending this to four hospitals and three consultants in 2017. As a Consultant & Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust & Newcastle University, plus Academic Lead for Shared Medical Appointments UK, I part of a core team leading the development and spread of group consultations models across the NHS and beyond. This has been recognised with the British Society for Rheumatology Innovation in Development Award 2009, shortlisting for the Lancet Research Award for the Royal College of Physicians Excellence in Patient Care Awards 2018 and Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy 2019.


My brief talk will outline our group outpatient clinics, including long-term outcomes, plus results from an RCT in primary care, showing efficiency at similar scale led by pharmacists (so this is a model any clinician can deliver). Next, I will summarise how grant funding from Sir Jules Thorn Trust is supporting national spread, including a virtual hub for training and evaluation and co-funding to train 1000 primary care and 500 hospital teams in collaboration with local partners. Finally, I can discuss how we plan to embed training nationally and secure National Institute for Health Research Programme grant funding to systematically measure the benefits of national spread through a novel research design.


Nikki Jackson

Nikki began working in the NHS in 1991 as an occupational therapist and has continued to develop her experience of helping to improve people's independence in life skills and healthy living, eversince.  She has worked in areas such as Neurology, Elderly Care, Paediatrics, Mental Health and Forensic pyschiatry.  Alongside her career as an occupational therapist, Nikki has been teaching yoga and yoga therapy , both within the NHS and private sector, since 1992.  Her teachings are gentle in approach and reknown to empower people to use their inherent resourses to ease the physical and emotional stress that is underlying ill health.  They include a variety of breathing practises,  movements with an emphasis on postural alignment, deep relaxations and simple meditations.

Nikki runs Foundation courses in Yoga Therapy for The British Wheel of Yoga, teaching qualified yoga teachers skills to help support and improve the quality of life of those suffering from chronic health conditions.  She provides workshops and training courses in Yoga Therapy for professionals working in the health sector.  She runs Mindfulness for Stress and Mindfulness for Heatlh 8 week courses having trained with Breathworks in 2014 and is particularly interested in promoting the use of mindful movements regularly throughout the day, to ease any stress placed on the mind and body. For more information please see Yoga Focus

David Shadlock

David is the founder of Salveo Coaching which enables his clients to change their lifestyle through exercise, nutrition and lifestyle coaching.

Part of his philosophy is to in-grain new learnt behaviours into individual’s lifestyle so that it becomes a sustainable habit and has long term benefits rather than any quick fix solution.

He has worked with a range of clients from those involved in sport, to those who are trying out exercise for the very first time. 

He has a  Sports Science Coaching Degree, Sports and Remedial Massage, Biosignature Practitioner and Strength and Conditioning qualifications. 

Conference Organiser

Dr Ellen Fallows

Ellen is organising the OxfordBSLM conference as Oxford Regional Director of The British Society of Lifestyle Medicine. She is a GP partner and the Diabetes Lead in her practice in Oxfordshire. Her interest in lifestyle medicine comes from having seen a number of her patients put their chronic diseases into remission with primary care supported lifestyle-change.

With a foundation in evidence-based medicine from Oxford University, she is active in primary care research at her practice, including trials using low carbohydrate/low calorie diets to treat hypertension, obesity and diabetes as part of the DROPLET and DIAMOND studies. She has just started a GP Fellowship to research the effectiveness of group consultations for diabetes care with the support of Professor Fraser Birrell.

Ellen is passionate about improving education in the area of lifestyle medicine both for patients and health care professionals. She is working with her local council and CCG to deliver the aims of “Bicester Health New Town”. As part of this initiative, she has helped deliver large-scale education sessions for patients on the role of exercise and diet in diabetes but also COPD. She is one of the first GPs in her area to start Group Consultations, train a practice “social prescriber” and to support her surgery to become a Park Run practice. She is part of the Alchester Medical Group and Montgomery House Surgery steering group developing a potential 60,000 patient health care facility which she hopes will prioritise supporting patients to be able to make lifestyle changes.

She is working to bring together like-minded health professionals in Oxfordshire to learn about motivating, evidence-based lifestyle interventions. She believes that lifestyle medicine can save GPs from burn-out by empowering all of us to live healthier lives; being part of the BSLM is a great way to spread the word!”

Sponsors and Educational Collaborators

OxfordBSLM and the BSLM is free from pharmaceutical sponsorship.

This conference is not-for-profit and part of the charitable educational work of the BSLM. Speakers and the organisers do not receive any financial payment for their contribution. 

We are grateful to the following groups for sponsorship and/or educational collaboration. Further information from the sponsors and educational collaborators will be available on the stands at the event.  

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Dr Rebecca Gould

Refreshment Options


Fruit drinks, coconut yoghurt, fruit compote, toasted seeds, fresh fruit

Mid-morning break:

Granola bars and fresh fruit, tea and coffee

Anti-Pasti lunch:

Chargrilled seasonal vegetable platter with pine nuts

Marinated courgette with lovage pesto and olives

Beetroot cured salmon with capers and lemon

Mixed seasonal leaves

Vine tomato and basil salad

Beetroot, toasted sunflower seeds and rocket salad

Fennel, kale and apple slaw

Olive oil and balsamic

Fruit platter

Afternoon break:

Vegetable crisps, fresh fruit, harissa nuts with tea and coffee

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