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Each month, Guidelines puts one clinical area under the spotlight. This month, we focus on primary care recognition and referral, bringing you presentations from Guidelines Live 2021 by Dr Rakesh Koria and Dr Nassif Mansour.

Dr Rakesh Koria’s presentation concerns cancer referral and the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer diagnosis, ‘red flags’, and the cancer referral pathway.

Dr Nassif Mansour’s presentation is instead focused on the recognition of suspected neurological conditions in primary care and the need for prompt referral, with discussion of the relevant NICE guideline on suspected neurological conditions.

Following the amazing reaction from delegates last year, we look forward to welcoming you to ExCeL London for Guidelines Live 2022 on 22–23 November. For more information and to book, go to

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About the speakers

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Dr Rakesh Koria

Dr Rakesh Koria is a Macmillan GP working as an Acute Response Team GP in Thanet. He has been a frontline GP for the last 32 years, as well as having worked for his local hospice. He is currently the Cancer, Quality, and Education Lead in the Kent and Medway CCG, as well as a Macmillan GP Associate Advisor for Kent and Medway and the NHS England Southeast Palliative and End of Life Care Lead.

As a Macmillan professional of many years, Dr Koria is enthusiastic about cancer and palliative and end-of-life care, working collaboratively regardless of role or setting with the aim of improving patient care and interprofessional support. During the pandemic, Dr Koria innovatively addressed cancer and palliative and end-of-life care challenges, opportunities, and priorities. 

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Dr Nassif Mansour

Dr Nassif Mansour is a Clinical Lead and GP with Extended Roles in Neurology for South West London CCG, as well as the Chair of the Primary Care and Community Neurology Society Central Surgery and St George’s NHS Trust.

Dr Mansour is passionate about supporting people living with neurological conditions to lead as normal a life as possible. He provides community-based neurology service for his local CCGs, and cochairs the acute neurology transformation network for the south west London region. For over 20 years, he has worked with acute trusts and community practitioners to improve services and access to specialist care, with an emphasis on person-centred care and ensuring that care is provided by the right person in the right place at the right time.

He also worked with NICE and with the London Neurosciences Leadership Network on guidance to improve services and provision of care nationally.


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