Hot Topics Presenters
Simon Curtis - MBBS MRCP FRCGP
Simon is the Medical Director of NB Medical Education, a partner at a training practice in central Oxford and an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Oxford University. He qualified from Middlesex/UCH in 1988 and started his career in hospital medicine. After drifting through various medical specialties he ‘saw the light’ and moved into General Practice in 1995. He has worked as a partner, salaried and locum GP in the UK, Australia and Italy. He also has experience as a VTS Course Organiser. He co-founded the Hot Topics course in 1998 and has established the course internationally. He has a genuine passion and enthusiasm for General Practice which is reflected in his teaching style.
Neal Tucker - BM MRCGP
Neal is the E-learning lead for NB Medical Education and a lecturer on the Hot Topics course. Having previously been a partner in an Oxford practice, he now works on a sessional basis around Oxford to facilitate his educational work. He has an interest in social media and believes the world is a better place connected. When not working you can find him either on his bike, reading scifi or buried in nappies.
Neal is also the lead for the NB Medical Podcasts
Siobhan Becker - MB BS DRCOG MRCGP (DIST)
Siobhan Becker is a GP partner in Oxford, and honorary senior clinical lecturer for the University of Oxford. She qualified in London in 1995 and has been a GP for 15 years. Siobhan has been involved in education for many years with students from the first to final year, both teaching and examining. She is highly enthusiastic about General Practice and tries to convert all her students to it. She is also the commissioning lead for her practice
Her time outside of work is filled with her family of teenagers as well as running, skiing, surfing, camping and generally not sitting still!
Kate Digby - MBBCH MRCP MRCGP DRCOG DFSRH
Kate is a GP in Gloucestershire and immersed in the world of Medical Education, especially training. She's a GP Training Programme Director for Severn Deanery and also teaches at Bristol Uni. As well as great clinical and teaching experience, Kate has charisma, energy and a passion for GP. She's a natural presenter and communicator. She's also a 'Tough Mudder'! Kate is our GP Training lead, helping to make our educational products as useful as possible for Trainees.
Zoe Norris - MRCGP DSRH DRCOG DCH
Dr Zoe Norris trained at the University of Nottingham before undertaking her junior doctor posts and GP training in Lincolnshire. She moved to East Yorkshire and currently works with Yorkshire Medical Chambers. She is Prescribing Lead, and Clinical Lead for the Individual Funding request panel at Hull CCG. She works as a GP appraiser for the Yorkshire and Humber area team, and sits on the local LMC.
Zoe is well known for her regular writing for The Huffington Post about working as a GP in the NHS. She makes regular radio and TV appearances to discuss issues affecting general practice, and writes for Pulse. Zoe is NB Medical’s social media lead.
Ahmed Rashid - MBCHB MSC MRCGP
Ahmed is an NHS GP in Hertfordshire and a Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow at UCL Medical School. He completed his junior doctor rotations in London followed by an MSc in Cardiology at Imperial College London. He combined his clinical training in general practice with an academic clinical fellowship, working in the cardiovascular disease research group at the University of Cambridge. In 2014, he was selected to be a national leadership fellow and spent 12 months working at the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence. He has written for a variety of medical journals and magazines and has a monthly research column in the British Journal of General Practice.
Stephanie de Giorgio - MBBS, MRCGP, DFFP, DRCOG,PGCERTMEDED
Stephanie is GP based in East Kent. She qualified from Kings College in 2000 and initially trained to registrar level in Obstetrics and Gynaecology before transferring to General Practice. She has continued her interest in women’s health into her GP career, particularly in the areas of contraception and perinatal mental health, a subject on which she has written guidelines for GPs. She has significant experience in education having worked as a Programme Director & trainer for the East Kent VTS for 6 years and an appraiser for 4 years. The issue of GP peer support and preventing burnout is of key importance to her and she set up Resilient GP with colleagues to try to facilitate this. She also represents GPs nationally on the GPC and works for South Kent Coast CCG as clinical communications lead.
In 2019, Stephanie was named Wellness Warrior runner up in Boots UK's Women of the Year list for her outstanding work to help parents suffering perinatal mental illness. You can find out more about Stephanie's work in this field from the Boots UK YouTube channel.
She lives by the seaside with her husband, 2 children and 2 cats and loves spending time with good friends over wonderful food.
Robert Walker - BA BM BCH DRCOG MRCGP
Rob Walker is a GP Partner in a busy training practice in Basingstoke. He trained in Oxford and qualified in 2001. He thrives on trying to master the art of translating evidence into patient-centred care. He has recently finished a four year stint as education and research lead at North Hampshire CCG and continues to provide the GPs of North Hampshire with updates on the latest guidelines and EBM. He is a new member of the team charged with reviewing and writing material for the Hot Topics course and book. When not elbow deep in BMJs or NICE guidelines he can be found running in the Hampshire countryside or playing the ancient game of Real Tennis in Oxford.
Sarah Davies - MBBCh (hons) MRCP MRCGP DFRSH PGDipDiabetes (dist)
Sarah is a GP in Cardiff. She qualified at the University of Wales College of Medicine in 2003 and initially trained in hospital medicine, especially diabetes, before making the excellent move into general practice and never looked back! She has continued her interest in diabetes completing the PostGraduate Diploma and presenting regularly on the subject to colleagues at local and national meetings. She is passionate about general practice and particularly great quality diabetes care in the primary care setting. She has recently been appointed a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion for her work in improving service provision and health care professional education in diabetes.
Outside of work she is surrounded by ballet costumes and football boots and loves walking her dog in the local countryside.
Duncan Hill - MB ChB, BSc, MRCS(E), MRCGP
Duncan is a GP partner in south Manchester. He qualified from Manchester University in 2004. On completion he trained in neurosurgery before finding nirvana in primary care. He has developed extensive personal and clinical experience of MSK injuries and regularly teaches this, minor surgery and joint injections, presenting at national conferences. While not in his GP practice Duncan works as part of the frailty service in A/E at Manchester University foundation trust trying to help manage the frail elderly and bridge the void between primary and secondary care, which he is passionate about.
When not at work he will be running in the hills, tinkering with bicycles or spending time with his young family, anything to not stand still.
Mark Hadden - MRCGP, BSc (med sci), MBChB, ALS, APLS, ATLS, BASICS PHEC
Mark is a GP in Dollar, Scotland and is the Urgent Care lead for NB. He has a wealth of general, acute and emergency medical experience and continues to work in a variety of urgent care environments including A+E and GP OOH. He teaches allied health professionals making the transition to primary care at Stirling University. He qualified from Glasgow in 2001. When he isn't negotiating with toddlers he is enjoying the fresh air on a bike or skis.
Will Duffin - MBChB MRCGP DCD DCH FRGS
Will is a Locum and Urgent Care GP in Bristol with a diverse portfolio career. He has a passion for education and adventure. He previously worked in Emergency Medicine in Australia before training as a GP in Cornwall, including an additional leadership year setting up a teledermatology service. His other roles are the Education Lead and Conference Director for World Extreme Medicine and as a Teaching Associate for Bristol University. He has provided medical cover for dozens of overseas expeditions from commercial high altitude treks, to working with UNICEF in Myanmar, through to reality TV in remote pacific islands. He enjoys connecting with his audience and involving them in his sessions.