One Day Essential: Men’s Health, RCGP – 3 July 2018

With the help of the European Men’s Health Forum, this conference, chaired by EMHF president Dr ian Banks will provide expert specialist clinical training and essential information on key men’s health issues for GPs and their practice colleagues. All the speakers are primary care practitioners or experienced researchers and advocates with unique insights into the health needs of men. Given the continuing and major challenges in men’s health, this event is highly relevant to general practice and, indeed, to primary care practitioners in general.

Learning Objectives:

  • Greater insight into a range of key men’s health topics
  • Improved knowledge of how to diagnose and manage several significant men’s health conditions
  • Better understanding of how to communicate effectively with male patients
  • A range of practical ideas about how to improve service delivery to men

Speakers include Dr Julian Spinks, Prof Mike Kirby, Prof Steve Robertson, Dr Sinead Clarke and Robbie Currie.


GP Education Day, RCGP – 17 June 2016

In June 2017, the RCGP (UK) and the European Men’s Health Forum (EMHF) jointly hosted an educational day on men’s health at the RCGP Headquarters in London. The one day conference, involved expert speakers sharing best practice about a range of topics relevant for work with men in primary care.

Around 80 GPs and other primary care professionals were welcomed by Dr Ian Banks, EMHF President and Guardian RCGP Curriculum Statement on Men’s Health. Dr Banks gave an overview of the key issues in men’s health in the UK, reminding the audience of men’s poorer health outcomes, lower life expectancy and less use of health services compared to women.

Dr Julian Spinks,GP advisor to the Association for Continence Advice presented on Lower Urinary Tract symptoms (LUTs), detailing causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatments.

Professor Mike Kirby, visiting Professor to the London Prostate Centre and the University of Hertfordshire delivered two sessions, one on prostate health and PSA testing and one on erectile dysfunction. There was a discussion on the pros and cons of offering PSA testing and when to offer the test. Professor Kirby reminded the audience that erectile dysfunction could be an early indicator of a number of other conditions such as coronary vascular disease, diabetes, depression and lower urinary tract symptoms. He said that men tended not to reveal ED problems so it was essential for GPs to ask the question and start the conversation.

The session sponsored by Neotract Inc. was delivered by Mr Neil Barber, Consultant Urological Surgeon and Lead for Urology at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust. He looked at existing and new treatments for Symptomatic Benign Prostate Disease.

Dr Stephen Willott, GP & Clinical Lead for Alcohol and Drug Misuse, NHS Nottingham presented on the issues relating to men and alcohol use, reminding the audience of the fact that the males were more likely to be admitted to hospital with alcohol related diseases, injuries and conditions than females, with 65% of the overall admissions being male patients.

The afternoon session focused on men and mental health issues. Chris Stein gave an overview and introduced findings from a Men’s Health Forum research project on men, mental health and language. He describe the difference between how men talked about their own mental health and the search terms they used when looking for mental health information online.

There was then a panel discussion on men and mental health that included Chris Stein, Dr Stephen Willott, Professor Mike Kirby and Dr Su Wang.

Dr Sinead Clarke, Cancer/End of Life Lead, South Cheshire CCG and GP Advisor Macmillan Cancer Support gave a comprehensive presentation on men and cancer covering male cancers and the lifestyle and behavioural risk factors that mean men have a 14% higher risk of developing cancer and a 37% higher risk of dying from cancer than women.

In the session on communicating with men, Tracy Herd, Project Manager, EMHF, stressed the importance of engaging men in settings other than the consultation room. Using humour as a ‘hook’ for engagement and to start the discussion worked well with many men. Matthew Maycock presented a community health improvement project for men called Football Fans in Training. Delivered in Scotland the project was a RCT that used the power of sport, competition and camaraderie to engage men in a weight management programme. The session concluded with a panel discussion.

The day was summarised by Dr Ian Banks who finished the day by thanking the speakers, participants and sponsors. He thanked the RCGP for organising and hosting the event with great success.