About this event

  • Date and time Mon 10 Jan 2022 from 8:30am to 4:40pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Surgery, Critical Care Medicine

This event will provide an essential update on the modern management and peri-operative care of surgical emergency patients. Join experts from critical care, surgery and emergency medicine as they explore various emergency surgery situations and different care pathways. Modern principles of peri-operative assessment and post-operative critical care will be presented and discussed.  

The winner of the Norman Tanner Prize and Glaxo Travelling Fellowship will also be announced at this meeting. Please scroll down for more details.

During this meeting you will:

  • Understand the current best practice in various common surgical emergency situations from experts in their field 
  • Receive an update on the latest standards in peri-operative and post-operative critical (ICU) care 

  • Take part in discussions with expert speakers

This meeting is held in association with the RSM Critical Care Section.

If you are unable to attend the event in London, please click here to book the live stream.


Early bird pricing available until 29 November 2021.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£77.00 £46.00 £46.00 £46.00 £24.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Non Healthcare Professional Trainee Student
£141.00 £84.00 £84.00 £84.00 £44.00


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Mr Joe Ellul, President, Surgery Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Mr Peter Shirley, President, Critical Care Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Session one: Planning for emergency surgery

Chair: Mr Joe Ellul and Mr Peter Shirley

Optimisation and preparation of the patient prior to emergency surgery – what are the latest standards?

Dr Mevan Gooneratne, Barts NHS Foundation Trust

Question and answer session
The emergency laparotomy – rapid assessment and effective surgery in an unstable patient

Major Thomas Konig, Specialist Surgeon in General, Vascular and Trauma Surgery, Royal London Hospital and Defence Medical Services

Question and answer session
Enhanced care (1.5): What’s the role in care after emergency surgery?

Dr Sally El-Ghazali, Immediate Past Chair, Association of Anaesthetists Trainee Committee

Question and answer session
Tea and coffee break

Session two: Post-operative care after emergency surgery

Chair: Mr Colin David Bicknell, Reader and Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and to be confirmed

Critical care after emergency surgery - what are the key factors to providing best care?

Professor David Walker, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, University College Hospital and Professor of Perioperative Medicine and Anaesthesia, University College London

Question and answer session
The role of comprehensive geriatric assessment in perioperative care

Dr Nia Humprhy, University Hospital of Wales

Question and answer session
NELA and outcomes after emergency surgery - what have we learnt? How can we improve?

To be confirmed

Question and answer session

Session three: Case presentations and panel discussion

Chairs: Miss Rachel Hargest, Consultant Surgeon and Senior Lecturer, University Hospital of Wales and to be confirmed

Case presentations

Dr Faris Soliman, ST7 General Surgery, University Hospital Wales, Dr Kate Williams, Dr Max Marsden, Surgical Trainee and to be confirmed

Panel discussion

Poster session

Session four: Norman Tanner Prize presentations

Chairs: Mr Joe Ellul and Professor Graham T Layer, Past President, Surgery Section, Royal Society of Medicine, Past Vice-President, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Consultant in Quality Governance, Royal Surrey Hospital

Presentations to be confirmed
Tea and coffee break

Session five: The emergency laparotomy

Chairs: Mr Jonathan Barry, Consultant Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgeon, Welsh Institute of Metabolic and Obesity Surgery, Morriston Hospital and to be confirmed

Emergency surgery in inflammatory bowel disease

Miss Rachel Hargest

Question and answer session
Major pelvic bleeding during surgery-what techniques are available?

Mr Tom Cecil, Consultant in Colorectal and Peritoneal Malignancy, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital

Question and answer session
How to tackle 'the difficult abdomen' in an emergency

Mr Akash Mehta, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, St Mark’s Hospital

Question and answer session
Laparoscopic surgery for peritonitis – what are the limitations?

Mr Josef Watfah, Consultant Surgeon, St Mark’s Hospital

Question and answer session
Prize results and closing remarks


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

Surgery Section: Norman Tanner Prize and The Glaxo Travelling Fellowship


First place - £250 and the Norman Tanner Medal

Second place - The Glaxo Travelling Fellowship of the Section of Surgery of the Royal Society of Medicine. This will enable the recipient to attend the annual "Out-of-Town" meeting of the Section of Surgery in either the UK or overseas, use of the fund to attend an alternative conference is permitted by the agreement of Council. The winner shall be required to submit to the Council of the Section a brief report on the visit.

Submission deadline: Monday 1 November 2021

Open to: All surgical trainees.

Application guidelines: Candidates must submit clinically oriented papers detailing original clinical research, multidisciplinary care and audit leading to improved patients' care. Submissions should be no longer than 500 words +/- 10%. 

Abstracts will be shortlisted to present at a Surgery Section meeting in January 2022.

Submit here

Disclaimer: All views expressed at 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 Sunday 1 November 2021Late registrations will not be accepted.

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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