About this event

  • Date and time Fri 10 Jul 2020 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Anaesthesia

Professor David Nott OBE, Consultant Surgeon at St Marys Hospital London, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and highly acclaimed author of Sunday Times bestseller 'War Doctor – surgery on the frontline’, will give an enlightening and challenging talk about "Risk". After Professor Nott's lecture there will be the annual Anaesthesia medical student and trainee prize presentations, followed by the AGM.

David Nott, OBE - Within our working practice, we all take a risk. Some volunteer to take risks to satisfy an inner feeling of excitement, some take it to extremes to play dice with death, the ultimate game. If you win, the feeling is of extreme exhilaration, but how do you feel if you lose, can you take more or is it enough? COVID-19 has presented us with a new type of risk, one that we didn't ask for. Lots of us didn't volunteer to take risk in the present pandemic, but we did, was it exciting or not?

David Nott is no stranger to risk. For more than 25 years David has taken unpaid leave to work in some of the world's most dangerous war zones, from Sarajevo to the Congo and from Sierra Leone to Syria. He has also volunteered in countries that have been blighted by natural disasters such as Haiti and Nepal and is one of the most experienced trauma surgeons in the world. He will tackle this topic in light of today's challenges to our current practice. Afterwards David will join us for the trainees and medical student presentations.

This webinar will cover: 

  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the risks that we are facing
  • The difference between volunteering to take risks and having risks thrust upon you and how that may affect you
  • How to manage the positive and negative impacts of these risks during a pandemic or volunteer work 
  • Value effective communication between your team and your support network

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Key speakers

David Nott

Professor David Nott OBE

Consultant Surgeon, St Marys Hospital London, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and highly acclaimed author of Sunday Times bestseller 'War Doctor – surgery on the frontline’

Speaker's biography

Professor David Nott is a consultant surgeon who for the past 25 years also has volunteered to work in both conflict and catastrophe zone throughout the world. He is also a full-time NHS consultant surgeon who has roles in both trauma vascular and general surgery. During the COVID-19 pandemic he spent some time on the intensive care unit and witnessed first hand the effect of the virus.  He compares this to fighting an invisible enemy and draws some conclusions from both.


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Samantha Shinde, President, Anaesthesia Section, Royal Society of Medicine


Mr David Nott OBE, Consultant Surgeon, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and David Nott Foundation

Student and trainees essay prize presentations
Inhaled nitric oxide improves the Hepatopulmonary Syndrome

Ms Rosalind Tang, Medical Student, University of Bristol

Detecting and quantifying neuronal cells undergoing apoptosis in cortical and hippocampal regions of rat pups exposed to sevoflurane

Miss Khadijah Ginwalla, Medical Student, University of Bristol

Emergency front of neck airway - are ENT surgeons and anaesthetists on the same page and is our training up to scratch?

Dr Sneh Shah, Anaesthetics ST6 Registrar, Imperial School of Anaesthesia

Time of discharge from critical care and associated in-hospital mortality

Dr Andrew Coppola, Foundation Doctor, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Anaesthetic Section AGM



Disclaimer:All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

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