About this event

  • Date and time Fri 23 Jul 2021 from 2:30pm to 7:45pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Anaesthesia

International experts in obstetrics and gynaecology, maternity care, and anaesthesia will provide global perspectives on new innovative initiatives to improve the safety of childbirth in a variety of different settings. 

From training in remote regions to better health for women, you will have the opportunity to hear world authorities in this field provide insightful lectures to aid you in your understanding and practice of safer childbirth. 

Hear from Professor Dame Lesley Regan, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Imperial College London and Co-Director of the Women's Health Research Centre and UK Pregnancy Baby Bio Bank in the UK, Dr Carolyn Weiniger from Israel, who is one of the senior editors of the International Journal of Obstetric Anaesthesia, Dr Xandra Schyns-van den, who is a pioneering obstetric anaesthetist in Holland, and Professor Jyotsna Punj from the All India Medical Institute in Delhi, plus more. 

After the lectures, Professor Dame Lesley Regan will award the trainee and medical student prizes. This webinar will also incorporate the Anaesthesia Section AMM.

This webinar will cover:

  • The importance of a safety agenda
  • State of the art initiatives improving safety internationally
  • The wider context of women's safety

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Key speakers

Lesley Regan

Professor Dame Lesley Regan

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Imperial College London and Head of Department at St Mary's Hospital. At Imperial, she chairs the People and Culture Committee (Athena SWAN) and is Co-Director of the Women's Health Research Centre and UK Pregnancy Baby Bio Bank. She is also Secretary General of FIGO, a member of the NHS Assembly and Chair of the Charity Wellbeing of Women.

Speaker's biography

Having graduated from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London, in 1980 Professor Regan pursued her career at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, where she first became enthused by clinical and laboratory research, completing her MD on miscarriage.  She went on to set up the world’s largest recurrent miscarriage clinic at St Mary’s Hospital in London.


Professor Regan was the 30th President (2016-2019) of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, only the second woman to ever hold this role and the first in sixty-four years. During her tenure as PRCOG she co-chaired the National Women’s Health Task Force with Jackie Doyle Price MP (then Health Minister) leading to the publication of “Better for Women”. This far-reaching and hard-hitting RCOG report promotes a life-course approach to the delivery of women’s health services. It also shines a light on many historically taboo subjects such as period problems, pelvic pain, contraception, abortion, menopausal and mental health issues.


Professor Regan has written several best selling lay books for women on pregnancy and miscarriage including Your Pregnancy Week by Week. Her book, Miscarriage: What Every Woman Needs to Know explores how one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage and how despite being the most common complication of pregnancy it remains poorly understood.

Professor Regan was awarded a Doctorate of Science in 2015 and a DBE for her services to women’s health in the 2020 New Year’s Honours List.


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Felicity Plaat, Consultant Anaesthetist at Queen Charlotte’s & Hammersmith Hospitals

Labour epidural: not just a catheter

Professor Carolyn Weiniger, Director of Obstetric Anesthesia, Division of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain, Tel Aviv Medical Center, Israel

Question and answer
Dutch obstetric care- the best of 2 worlds?

Dr Xandra Schyns-van den Berg, Consultant anaesthesiologist, Albert Schweitzer Ziekenhuis, Dordrecht, The Netherlands


Question and answer
Going beyond: outreach training for remote regions

Professor Jyotsna Punj, Department of Anaesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Critical Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Question and answer
Comfort break
Failure to rescue improving safety postpartum

Professor David Bishop, Associate Professor (UKZN), District Clinical Specialist (KZN Dept of Health), University of KwaZulu-Natal, KZN Department of Health


Question and answer
Making childbirth safer; words that hurt, words that help

Clinical Associate Professor Allan Cyna, Consultant Anaesthetist, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide


Question and answer
Comfort break
Welcome and introduction

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

'Better health for women? - reflections 2 years on'

Dame Professor Lesley Regan, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Imperial College London

Question and answer
Comfort break
Student and trainees essay prize presentations

Chaired by: Dr Samantha Shinde, President, Anaesthesia Section, Royal Society of Medicine

06:15pm – New tricks for old guidance: a maternal anaemia Quality Improvement Project

Tessa Stewart

06:25pm - Anaemia in pregnancy - incidence and current clinical practise of transfusion and intra-operative cell salvage

Miss Monika Chowaniec, 4th year Medical Student, University of Cambridge, School of Clinical Medicine

06:35pm - The use of Bispectral index (BIS) in the elderly undergoing surgery: a systemic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials

Wan Yi Teoh, Medical Student, University of Liverpool

06:45pm - A detailed investigation of the course of the genicular nerves

Nikhil Agarwal, 5th Year Medical Student, University of Aberdeen

06:55pm - Patient Reported Outcomes in major Colorectal surgery

Babatunde Akinlade

07:05pm - The COVID -19 Project: Real Time Triage and Tracking

Rob Willmore, ACCS Anaesthetics Trainee, Homerton University Hospital Trust

07:15pm - Implication of General Anaesthesia in relation to post operative delirium and cognitive dysfunction in older patients: reflections on a systemic review

Katherine Bretherton, Foundation Year 1 Doctor , James Paget University Hospital

07:25pm - A challenge amongst many of 2020. Developing a comprehensive trainee- led online FRCA examination preparation programme

Joanna Shak

Closing remarks
Anaesthetic Section annual general meeting

Section members only



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

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