Members’ events

Foundation Trust members are invited to 'Your Health' seminars

Previous topics

Older adults and frailty: Staying healthy

Lucie Wellington, Improvement and Innovation Fellow and Physiotherapist and Emma Goodman, Senior Physiotherapist, Medical Rehabilitation and Frailty spoke about how older adults, including those with frailty, can stay healthy. The discussion was hosted by public governor Nowell Anderson.

Managing Your Health and Wellbeing during COVID-19

Our Chief Nursing Officer Pippa Nightingale and Interim Director of HR and OD Sue Smith discussed how to manage your health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 30 minute discussion was hosted by David Phillips, Patient Governor and Chair of our membership subcommittee.

Keeping safe during COVID-19

Pippa Nightingale (Chief Nursing Officer) and Dr Nabeela Mughal (Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Consultant) discussed how you can keep yourself safer during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a great, short discussion followed by a question and answer session.

Bowel cancer/irritable bowel disease (IBD)

IBD—what is it, symptoms, investigations and the difference from IBS. Bowel cancer—symptoms, investigations and the national bowel cancer screening programme.

Beating heart disease

Heart and circulatory disorders remain the leading cause of death in the UK, our Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Resham Baruah, spoke about what we can all do to improve our own heart health. She specialises in advanced heart failure, cardiac devices and transplantation and cardiac imaging.

Prostate cancer: Diagnosis, treatment and prevention

Know your prostate, what it does and what can go wrong with it. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. More than 47,000 men are diagnosed each year—that’s 129 men every day. Every 45 minutes one man dies from prostate cancer—that's more than 11,000 men every year. 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime. The good news is around 400,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer.

Mr Bijan Khoubehi in this session talked about what matters to men with prostate cancer and discussed an overview of the disease. He also touched on the radical improvements in diagnosis, treatment, prevention. He said: “We are currently setting up a rapid pathway with our partners at the Royal Marsden for a one-stop diagnostic pathway for prostate cancer.”

Lets talk about mental health

This session discussed some of the most common mental health conditions and what we are doing to move beyond the stigma often associated with mental ill health. While there is greater open discussion and national recognition of mental health issues than ever before, we still have a long way to go.

Jonathan Lynch, our Deputy Lead Nurse for Mental Healthcare at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, provided an overview of the different types of mental health conditions which our patients so commonly experience, along with real life examples of how we support and care for people who are experiencing such issues while they are inpatients at our hospitals.

Diet, stroke and diabetes

In the UK there are more than 100,000 strokes each year—around one every five minutes. Stroke is the fourth biggest killer here in the UK and has a cost to society of £26b a year. While certain risk factors such as age, ethnicity and sex are out of our control, others such as high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and being overweight are modifiable. A strong body of evidence suggests that maintaining a healthy eating pattern can favourably affect several of the modifiable risk factors.

During the talk Kushal Gor (RD) spoke about how our diet can be used as a tool to reduce the risk of stroke and diabetes. He elaborated on the risk factors and about good and bad cholesterol. Kushal is a registered dietician based at our West Middlesex site on the Kew Stroke Unit.

How robotics might help improve knee surgery

There are a growing number of examples in our everyday life of how artificial intelligence and robotics might help humans perform tasks better, but how might they help your surgeon?

Robots have recently entered operating rooms in selected hospitals around the world, including at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which is one of only three UK hospitals offering this technology to NHS patients requiring knee replacement surgery. The robot works with your surgeon to help improve precision and accuracy during the procedure, tailoring the operation to your individual anatomy and gait. However, is it worth the increased cost to the NHS and does it improve results?

Consultant knee and hip specialist Mr Arjuna Imbuldeniya spoke about his pioneering use of computer and robotic assisted knee surgery at the Trust for the last three years and is the ninth surgeon in Europe to use the current handheld technology to try and improve care for our local patients.

Recognition of skin cancers and sun exposure advice

The number of patients presenting with skin cancer continues to increase. Over the hour Dr Fearfield gave some tips on what to look out for and how to stay safe in the sun.

Dr Fearfield spoke about the 3 main types of skin cancers. Namely: Basal Cell Carcinoma (commonest), Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Malignant Melanoma. Common to all of these is presentation of a lesion that is actively growing and changing. Catching skin cancer early is key to help prevent any further problems.

All are in some way linked to excessive UV exposure, especially during childhood but also prolonged exposure, for example, if you work outdoors, covering up, using appropriate amounts of sun cream and avoiding the midday sun are useful preventative measures.

Dr Louise Fearfield is the Skin Cancer lead for Chelsea and Westminster and also works at the Royal Marsden Hospital. 

Getting to zero—how to end AIDS

Getting to Zero—how we have entered an age of effective HIV prevention

For many years now, people living with HIV have been able to enjoy a normal life expectancy with access to effective treatments. Importantly, effective HIV treatment also eliminates the risk of passing on the virus to others. For people at risk of HIV, there are now a number of effective ways of reducing the risk of acquiring HIV – through using condoms, of course, but also using medications such as PrEP (HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis).

If we can diagnose everyone living with HIV and provide them with effective treatment, and if we can deliver effective HIV prevention methods to people at risk of acquiring HIV, then there is a very real chance we can prevent new HIV infections, and prevent people with HIV from developing health complications.

Dr Michael Rayment is a consultant in sexual health at 10 Hammersmith Broadway, and is leading on the local implementation of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis. This in depth talk highlighted details of the exciting work happening across London, the UK, and the globe.

How genetics is improving care for patients

From ‘one size fits all’ to ‘personalised medicine’—how looking at your ‘Genome’ is rapidly changing medicine

We are all unique, and many of the factors that make our health, disease and response to treatments is defined in our genes and other DNA information; together called our genome.  Technology and knowledge have now advanced to a point that it is possible for doctors and scientists to use this genomic information in routine NHS care to improve the diagnosis of many conditions and target the treatment to the unique needs of patients, with better outcomes and less side effects.

Dr Kevin Monahan Consultant Gastroenterologist is spearheading the use of these technologies in his ‘Family History of Bowel Cancer’ clinics at WestMid and Chelwest as well as through participation in the 100,000 Genomes Project. In his presentation he shared details of the exciting work, and gave a preview of how medicine will look like in the near future.


Our Stroke Specialist Nurse Ahlam Wynne gave an in depth talk on Stroke about how to recognise the signs of stroke, the different types and tips on maintaining our health. This event was held at West Middlesex.

Balancing confidentiality and access to data in our health and care system

Our Caldicott Guardian Professor Simon Barton spoke to members about balancing confidentiality and access to data in our health and care system.

Care of the elderly

This one-hour education event focused on caring for older people. Dr Philip Lee, a consultant in acute medicine and elderly care, talked to members about how the hospital helps older patients get better if they need to be in hospital and how we help them keep themselves well when at home.

Living with HIV

A free ‘Your Health’ event in partnership with the HIV Conversations project. The HIV Conversations project brings together a collection of interviews with people living with HIV. Silvia Petretti was diagnosed with HIV in 1997. Since 2005 she has been openly living with HIV because she believes it is a powerful tool to challenge the stigma and prejudices directed towards women living with HIV.

Diabetes: Introduction and update

Photo: Dr Rashmi Kaushal, Governor Philip Owen, Diabetes Specialist Nurse Parminder Rihal, Governor Martin Lewis and Dr Agnieszka Falinska

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust held its first ‘Your Health’ seminar in the Education Centre at West Middlesex University hospital on the topic of diabetes.

Men's Health—update and myth busting

Photo: Public Governor Philip Owen and Mr Nigel Borley

In the lead up to ‘Movember’ Mr Nigel Borley, Consultant Urologist, specialist in male genital surgery and council member of British Society of Sexual Medicine presented the latest in men’s health and answering questions from our members.

A pain clinic for Survivors of Torture

Dr Susan Childs, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Dr Bianca Kuehler, Speciality Doctor in Pain presented a seminar to our hospital members about the survivors of torture clinic and also pain management. 


Was this page useful to you?

Share this page