About this event

  • Date and time Fri 3 Dec 2021 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Laryngology and Rhinology

Most surgical events concentrate on the clinical matter at hand. However, in order to be a safe and effective member of a surgical team, it is vital to recognise what the non-technical aspects of surgical practice involve. This event will talk about these rarely addressed but practically essential non-technical aspects of being a surgeon. 

Topics of the event include:

  • Know about the psychological needs of surgeons as well as the leadership skills required to be a surgeon
  • Be able to use the lessons learned from surgeons as well as non-medical professionals to increase resilience, reduce stress and contribute actively to a multidisciplinary team

We hope you will join us in person for this event but if you are unable you can sign up for the live stream version here

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The Laryngology and Rhinology Section would like to thank our Annual Sponsors KARL STORZ Endoscopy (UK) Ltd, Medtronic, NSK United Kingdom Ltd & Severn Healthcare Technologies LTD and Oticon Medical for their valued support of the 2021 to 2022 Academic Programme. We would also like to thank our sponsor DP Medical for their support of this meeting.

Please note that none of the companies listed has had any influence or involvement over the agenda, content or organisation of these meetings.  


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Lunch (pre-registration required)
Registration for afternoon session
Welcome and introduction

Mr Michael Kuo, Consultant Paediatric Otolaryngologist, Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Perfomance anxiety in surgeons

Mr James Chan, Consultant in Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and Honorary Clinical Lecturer, University of Oxford

Psychological resilience in surgeons - what can we learn from performance athletes?

Dr Phoebe Sneddon, Paediatric Trainee

Psychological resilience and leadership in surgeons – what can we learn from the military?

Professor Linda Orr, UK Defence Professor of Surgery and Consultant Otolaryngologist

Tea and coffee break
Leadership in surgery - is it an attitude, a behaviour or a discipline?

Miss Victoria Ward-Hassan, Consultant Otolaryngologist, The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Emerging Leaders Fellow of the Lady Estelle Wolfson Leadership Fellowship, Royal College of Surgeons of England 2017-2018 and Mr Annakan Navaratnam, Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Registrar, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Round table discussion

Chaired by Ms Victoria Possamai, Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Close of meeting



Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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

Registration for this event will close at 12:00am on 2 December 2021. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Due to current government guidelines there is limited audience capacity. If UK government guidelines and restrictions change, the format of this event will be updated to comply, and all delegates will be notified via email. 

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