About this event

  • Date and time Fri 29 Nov 2019 from 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Patient Safety

Join a multidisciplinary host of speakers - from anaesthetists to pilots - to receive practical knowledge about legal issues in patient safety, leadership skills and wellness in the workplace.

As well as exploring approaches to patient safety, human factors and quality from multiple perspectives, highly interactive workshops will encourage delegates to discover ways to improve patient safety.

Meeting topics:

  • Develop technical and non-technical skills in patient safety and using these to improve outcomes
  • Know tools to promote wellness in the workplace
  • Understand legal issues in patient safety
Dragons den prize call for abstracts:
  • Oral presentation: 1 year's free RSM membership
  • Poster presentation: £50 
Open to: Students and trainees
Trainees and students are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words. We welcome abstracts based on audits, quality improvement projects or prototypes of new devices or software that may be useful in patient safety. Each submission should define a problem in the hospital or community setting related to patient safety and describe how a solution clearly addresses this problem.

Abstracts that rate highly on originality, clarity, show significant improvement in patient safety and impact at a national or international level will have a higher likelihood of selection for oral presentations.

Shortlisted submissions will be invited for oral and/or poster presentation. The presentations must be given by the submitting candidate. Please ensure before submitting your abstract that you will be free to present at the Patient Safety Section meeting in November.
To apply, please send submissions to patient@rsm.ac.uk.

Declaration of sponsorship

The Patient Safety Section would like to thank Capita for supporting the Academic Year 2019 to 2020 Programme of Events

Please note that none of the companies listed have had any influence or involvement over the agenda, content or organisation of this meeting.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Natasha Robinson, Past President, Patient Safety Section and Honorary Secretary, Royal Society of Medicine and Dr Libby Haxby, President, Patient Safety Section and Trustee, Royal Society of Medicine

A hacker’s approach to patient safety: Disruptive thinking to technology within the NHS

Dr Molly Gilmartin, Chief Commercial Officer, Induction Healthcare Group Plc, NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur

Poor behaviours in healthcare

Dr Neil Spenceley, Head of Paediatric Intensive Care, Royal Hospital for Children

Tea and coffee break

Poster viewing 

Legal issues and minimising risks for clinicians

Mr Ed Glasgow, Partner, Kennedys Law Firm and Mr Brady Pohle, Head of Legal Services, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Mental health in doctors impacts patient care: A method to identify those at risk

Dr Alexandra Biggs, Core Surgical Trainee, Royal Surrey County Hospital and Dr Sarah Blacker, Core Surgical Trainee, Royal Surrey County Hospital 

Generating actionable learning from healthcare-associated harm


Dr Andrew Carson Stevens, Clinical Reader of Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, Cardiff University and Dr Anthony D. Train, Family Physician, Assistant Professor, Queen’s University Department of Family Medicine and Professor Paul Bowie, Programme Director (Safety and Improvement), NHS Education for Scotland and Dr Matthew Smith, Specialist Registrar in Neurology, North Bristol NHS Trust



Poster viewing 

Dragon's den style presentations from the oral presenters of the Patient Safety students and trainees prize
Tea and coffee break, Poster presentation
Parallels between healthcare and aviation

Captain Jamie Chubb, Airline Captain and Examiner and Senior First Officer David Chubb, Technical Knowledge Instructor

Learn or Die!

Dr Mark Stacey, Consultant Obstetric Anaesthetist, University Hospital of Wales, Welsh Associate Dean, Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW)

Prize presentation

Professor Roger Kirby, President Elect, Royal Society of Medicine


Close of meeting
Annual general meeting

Section members only



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