About this event

  • Date and time Fri 8 Dec 2023 from 10:00am to 8 Dec 2023 at 4:45pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Laryngology and Rhinology, Otology

Watching the pre-recorded version of this ENT event will enhance your understanding of managing consent, risk and ethical dilemmas in surgery and be better prepared for ‘when things go wrong’.

Risk is inherent in what we do as surgeons but how do we effectively consent to this and deal with ethical dilemmas that arise during treatment? How do we mitigate against litigation or cope with it should it arise? This session aims to provide answers and enhance our ability to manage risk.

By watching this pre-recorded webinar, you will:

  • Receive advice from KCs on how to minimise your litigation risks in the event of complications
  • Better understand the experience of being questioned in court
  • Develop a framework to deal with ethical dilemmas in ENT
  • Understand current concepts surrounding consent
  • Feel more confident in the management of some common ENT complications

This pre-recorded webinar will be available seven days after the in-person event on 1 December 2023. Registered event participants will receive the link to the recording via email on 8 December 2023 to watch on-demand for up to 60 days.

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The Laryngology, Rhinology and Otology Sections would like to thank our Annual Sponsors KARL STORZ Endoscopy (UK) Ltd, Medtronic and Oticon Medical for their valued support of the 2023 to 2024 Academic Programme. We would also like to thank our sponsors Mitchell Wealth Management Ltd and novus med 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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Morning session: Otology

Welcome and introduction

Professor Peter Rea, President, Otology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) leaks in Otology

Professor Shakeel Saeed, Professor of Otology/Neuro-otology, University College London Ear Institute, Consultant ENT and Skullbase Surgeon, Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Facial palsy

Professor Richard Irving, Consultant ENT and Skullbase Surgeon, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Sensorineural hearing loss after surgery: How to avoid it and what to do?

Miss Priya Achar, Consultant ENT and Skullbase Surgeon, Queen's Medical Centre Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

How to manage big bleeds in ear surgery?

Mr Rupert Obholzer, Consultant ENT and Skull Base surgeon at Guy’s Hospital Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

How to manage sinus thrombosis in otology surgery?

Mr William Hellier, Consultant ENT Surgeon, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Hampshire County Hospital Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Comfort break
ENT on trial: The expert witness in the witness box.

Learn what it’s like to be cross-examined by a leading barrister in a mock trial setting. 

Professor Peter Rea and Mr Will Tyler, King's Counsel, Joint Head of Chambers at the 36 Group, introduced by Miss Kay Seymour, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Barts Health NHS Trust 

How to be an ‘expert’ witness

Mr Will Tyler


Afternoon session: Laryngology and Rhinology

ENT on trial

Professor Claire Hopkins, Professor of Rhinology, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Vikram Sachdeva Esq., King's Counsel

What I would have done in this case

Miss Michelle Wyatt, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

How to prevent getting sued when things go wrong

Vikram Sachdeva Esq.

Dealing with ethical dilemmas and complications in surgery

Professor Gil Siegal, Director The Center for Health Law and Bioethics, Kiryat Ono College, Israel, Senior Researcher, Gertner Institute for Health Policy

Comfort break
Prevention and management of head and neck sequelae of radiotherapy

Dr Kate Newbold, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust  

Help, I've sprung a leak: Prevention and management of Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) leaks during Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)

Miss Abi Walker, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Metro North Health, Australia

Consent in the current era

Mr Annakan Navaratnam, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Questions and answers
Final remarks
Close of meeting




Registration for this event will close on 8 December 2023 at 8:00am (GMT). Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time.

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations.

We are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. This is at the presenter and the RSM’s discretion.

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.

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