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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Standard pricing available until 02 December 2021.


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£0.00 £0.00 £0.00 £0.00 £0.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Non Healthcare Professional Trainee Student
£106.00 £63.00 £63.00 £63.00 £33.00


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

Mr Michael Kuo PhD, FRCS, DCH, Consultant Paediatric Otolaryngologist – Head and Neck Surgeon of Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Perfomance anxiety in surgeons

James Chan, consultant plastic surgeon and violinist, Oxford

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

Phoebe Sneddon - Paediatric ED grid trainee and elite cyclocross racer, Nottingham

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

Linda Orr - UK Defence Professor of surgery and consultant otolaryngologist - Birmingham

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

Victoria Ward-Hassan - Consultant otolaryngologist, Mid-Yorkshire
Lady Estelle Wolfson - Emerging Leaders Fellow, RCS England 2017-2018
Annakan Navaratnam - ORLHNS registrar, Pan Thames National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow 2019-2020

Round table discussion

Chaired by Ms Victoria Possamai
Consultant ear, nose and throat (ENT) 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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