At a Glance

SJDA-UK in collaboration with SDU-UK organised this event to create more prepared Sudanese doctors for the current challenges in the NHS. The event took place on the 5th & 6th May 2018. The academic day was held in the INNSIDE Hotel, Manchester, UK.

The event received high remarks and positive feedback from the Sudanese community in the UK.  It was the first event of its kind, to be elegantly executed on this level of organisation and professionalism.

Delegates were awarded 6 CPD points on their attendance.


Organisers & facilitators


hours of learning & fun

Event Activities

Oral & poster presentations

A total of 3 oral & 6 poster presentation were displayed and presented during the academic day.  The abstracts were selected after rigorous evaluation & Prizes were awarded for best presentations/posters.

KeyNote Speaker

Dr Helen Crimlisk
(Innovations in quality improvement in the NHS)
Consultant psychiatrist, Quality Improvement Team leader at Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust which is part of the Microsystems Coaching Academy, and Community member of Health Foundation Q.

In 2016 she undertook a leadership fellowship and Masters in Quality Improvement and Leadership at Ashridge. Her areas of interest are undergraduate teaching (she is psychiatry teaching lead at Sheffield Medical School), neurodevelopmental disorders, personalised medicine, neuropsychiatry and the value of lived experience in teaching.

Parallel Workshops

Four parallel workshops; where participants learned and discussed different topics that are related to their training and career progression in the UK.

An ingeniously-designed interactive workshop based on small groups
discussions, activities and short talks. The participant will gain the necessary skills and knowledge
to recognise the different uses of quality improvement processes which
will hopefully help them with their future projects.

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Entry criteria:

  • It’s a must that participants had watched the video talk on audit and QIP: the basics.

Workshop content:

  • A short talk about writing a proposal for an audit/proposal.
  • Smart ways of sienctific sampling.
  • Practical session where you will draft your proposal.
  • Practical session where present & summarise your findings.

Workshop Lead organiser: 

Azmi AA Mohammed, Higher speciality trainee, DEndocrinology & diabetes, RVI Newcastle.


  • Ahmed Ali, Higher speciality trainee, Emergeny medicine
  • Mohammed Osman, Higher speciality trainee, Gasteroentrology .
  • Ayat Bashir, Research fellow, RVI, Newcastle
  • Reem Kamal, Clinical fellow, Surgery.
  • Tom Gziut, Clinical Fellow, Endocrinology & diabetes.

Targeting senior trainees & junior consultants, this workshop provides
essential pearls on how to secure a consultant post; the challenges &
how to navigate them, Pre-interview visits & interview tips, revalidation
& appraisals. All from a unique Sudanese perspective.

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Entry criteria:

  • Senior trainee/ new consultant.

Workshop content:

  • New consultants challenges
  • Pre-interview visits, interview panels & Interview tips.
  • Job planning and contracts.
  • Consultants revalidation & appraisal.
  • NHS hot topics

Workshop Lead organiser: 

Dr Mugtaba Dafalla  MBBS FRCPath, ST5 Histopathology, Stepping Hill Hospital

Speakers/ facilitators:

  • Mr Haitham Dagash, Paediatric surgery consultant, Leicester
  • Mr Alrashied Ahmed Hassan, Vascular Surgery cosultant, Ireland & UK
  • Dr Muhtadi Mohamed Osman, Endocrinology consultant, Reading, UK

This workshop discusses the proper approach to confidentiality, ethical dilemmas, managing adverse outcomes and dealing with complaints. The first part of the workshop will be presented by an advisor from the GMC, while the second part will involve small group discussions on various topics.

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Entry Criteria

  • Being Interested In group Discussion.

Workshop content:

  • Morning session on Dealing with Complaints and managing adverse outcomes: presented by the GMC.
  • Small group discussions on various topics ranging from understanding the cultural differences in the UK, managing your tasks in the workplace and communication skills.

Workshop speakers & facilitators

  • Testa Chakravaty-Gannon, Principal Liason Officer- GMC.
  • Dr Mustafa Mukhtar Ibrahim, MRCGP, GP West Midlands.
  • Dr Hussam Mohsin, GP ST2, Durham and Tees Valley
  • Ahmed Karar ALI, GP ST1 , Durham and Tees Valley
  • Sara abbas, Clinical teaching fellow , GP ST, bath
  • Nada Elhag, Consultant microbiologist
    Barking Havering and Redbridge Trust

This workshop covers the essential concepts of personal effectiveness and its tools. It will cover self-awareness and emotional intelligence, effective communication and team working. We will also cover how to manage stress and conflict effectively in clinical setting using practical methods.

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Entry Criteria


Workshop content:

  • The first part will introduce participants to the concepts of personal effectiveness and its tools. It will cover self-awareness and emotional intelligence & its tools, effective communication. Understanding personality types, team working and how to manage conflict effectively.
  • The second part of the workshop is about the stress and resilience in medical practice and how people could deal with challenges that they might face within the work environment.

Workshop Lead organiser: 

Dr Mayada Abu Affan MD,MRCOG,FFPH,MFSR, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Dudley Local Government.


Dr Tamador El Hassan, Associate specialist/ Psychiatry, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Panel Discussion

A panel discussion was held over the prospects for Sudanese doctors post CCT/CESR: expectations, challenges and experiences. 10 Doctors from different backgrounds discussed the following issues:

  •  Prospects for Sudanese doctors after training; in the UK, Sudan and Gulf countries.
  • Opportunities for Management & leadership in the NHS.
  • Working in the private sector in the UK.

Course Dinner

A delicious gala dinner where delegates enjoyed and shared a nice meal & high-quality social time with a touch of Sudanese flavour.

Safari Park trip

On the 6th of May 2018, a group picnic was organised to Knowsley Safari park. Over 90 Participants enjoyed the scenery and animals with their friends & family.

Conference Booklet

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