About this event

  • Date and time Mon 18 Sep 2023 from 8:30am to 19 Sep 2023 at 5:15pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Surgery

Join this meeting for an essential update on the key topics of surgical training, surgical quality and safety and surgeons in difficulty. 

This meeting will address some of the key challenges facing surgeons, clinicians, and health professionals, including how trusts deal with whistle-blowers and misconduct in practice. Over the two-days our expert speakers will explore and address these issues through distinctive lectures and interactive panel discussions.

Over the course of the two-days, we will explore three key themes in three sessions, the current challenges in surgical training, the challenge to providing safe high-quality surgery and the challenge of surgeons and departments in difficulty. For more on what to expect over the two days, please scroll down to view the full programme. 

By attending the meeting participants will gain a multispeciality view on current practice from specialists and be provided with a forum to work together to improve safety and outcome for patients.

By attending this meeting, you will 

  • Gain an update on the current challenges in surgery
  • Obtain expert views on current surgical training and the FRCS exam
  • Review the systems we use to provide safe high-quality surgery 
  • Learn how to manage surgeons and departments in difficulty
  • Build your knowledge on whistleblowing in surgery 
  • Provide a platform for interactive sessions and discussions on key topics 
  • Present new clinical and basic science surgical research


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We would like to thank our sponsor Ethicon and our exhibitor United Risk Partners for their support of this meeting.
Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsors.

Key speakers

Professor Tim Briggs CBE

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Chair of the GIRFT programme, National Director for Clinical Improvement and Elective Recovery

Speaker's biography

Professor Briggs is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and National Director for Clinical Improvement and Elective Recovery for NHS England in November 2022. He is Chair of the GIRFT programme and leads the roll out of GIRFT methodology across all surgical and medical specialties.


Professor Briggs first conceived and developed the GIRFT programme to review elective orthopaedic surgery and address a range of observed and undesirable variations in orthopaedics. In the 12 months after the pilot GIRFT programme, it delivered an estimated £30m-£50m of efficiencies in orthopaedic care and improvement in patients’ outcomes.

Dr Peter Wilmshurst

Consultant Cardiologist, author and whistleblower on medical misconduct

Speaker's biography

Peter Wilmshurst who has been described as “a guardian of truth and integrity” is a Consultant Cardiologist and successful whistle-blower. Over two decades, he has successfully pursued drug companies whose products were ineffective or worse, at great sacrifice to himself.


Dr Wilmshurst tells several stories of medical leaders and institutions trying to hide research misconduct, and nobody has blown the whistle on such behaviour as often as Wilmshurst. He is now widely respected for what has done to help clean up medicine.

Professor Ian Curran

Vice Dean, Education, Duke-NUS Medical School and Co-Director, Academic Medicine Education Institute

Speaker's biography

Professor Ian Curran is Vice Dean at Duke-NUS Medical School and Co-Director of the Academic Medicine Education Institute in Singapore. Professor Curran has a distinguished track record in medical education leadership, policy and professional regulation and is recognised as an expert in the field of medical education and transformational leadership.


Over the last 20 years, he has been a professional regulator, education commissioner, national policy adviser and international consultant in education and leadership development. He has been a clinical adviser to the UK Departments of Health, NHS England, and NHS Health Education England.


Prof Curran has given a wide range of prestigious national and international keynotes, plenaries and lectures including “The Royal College Lecture” at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2011. He has also advised the European Commission and consulted for several national and international governments on educational reform and transformational leadership. He is a Harvard Macy Scholar (2010) and was appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston, USA in 2017.

Professor Peter Brennan

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Speaker's biography

Professor Peter Brennan is a NHS Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in Portsmouth. He is a committed trainer and educator, collaborating across specialties and disciplines. Peter is Lead Editor of the new Gray’s Surgical Anatomy textbook and supervises important MRCS predictive validity and differential attainment research for the four Surgical Colleges. He has been Surgical Specialty Association (BAOMS) President, Chairman of the English College Court of Examiners and Intercollegiate Committee Chair for MRCS and DOHNS. He has recently led the MRCS major review. Peter is interested in human factors (HF) and patient safety, establishing unique collaborations with airline pilots, National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (Red Arrows). His work improves practice across surgical and medical specialties and includes reducing hierarchy, enhancing team working and raising awareness of many personal factors to reduce medical error.  


View the programme (Day 1) 18 September 2023

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dame Averil Mansfield CBE, Emeritus Professor of Surgery

Session 1: Current challenges in surgical training

Chairs: Mr Joe Ellul, President, Surgery Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Professor Graham Layer, Past President, Surgery Section, Royal Society of Medicine, Past Vice President, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 

Is current surgical training adequate for modern requirements?

Mr Christian Macutkiewicz, President Elect, Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI), Consultant General, Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary (HPB) Surgeon, Manchester Royal Infirmary

Is the Multiple Consultant Report (MCR) process fit for purpose?

Professor Jon Lund, Chair, Joint Committee on Surgical Training, Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Nottingham, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Royal Derby Hospital University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, Chair, Speciality Advisory Committee, General Surgery, UK and Republic of Ireland

Does the Intercollegiate Examination accurately assess readiness for consultancy?

Miss Bryony Lovett, Consultant Surgeon, Basildon and Thurrock Hospital Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, Medical Director for Surgery Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust and Chair, Court of Examiners, Royal College of Surgeons

What do trainees need to be consultant-ready on day 1?

Ms Kirsty Mozolowski, Year 8 Specialty Trainee in General and Colorectal Surgery

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Adrian Tanner Prize presentations

Oral presentation 1: Together we win! Successful multidisciplinary treatment of a surgical polytrauma patient

Ms Abiah Jacob

Oral presentation 2: Migrated tubal sterilisation clip presenting as a subcutaneous gluteal foreign body 24 years later:`A case report and literature review

Dr Adil Sriaj Lakha

Oral presentation 3: A case of ventriculoperitoneal shunt infection following complicated cholecystectomy

Dr Amro Abu Suleiman

Oral presentation 4: Under the spotlight: A case report of cutaneous injury caused by operating lights

Ms Dalia Mohamed

Oral presentation 5: The multidisciplinary nature of the care of a surgical patient: Gluteal necrotizing fasciitis secondary to subcutaneous insulin injections

Mr Kyriakos Bananis on behalf of Mr Ishtar Redman

Oral presentation 6: A lucky Crane-iotomy

Dr Jinpo Xiang

Oral presentation 7: Superficial venous arterialisation for chronic limb threatening ischaemia - 3 years on

Dr Kayden Chahal

Oral presentation 8: Multidisciplinary care in a challenging case of thoracic intervention: A clinical case report

Dr Mark Anthony Boyle

Oral presentation 9: Joint endeavor: Unraveling the prosthetic joint infection puzzle through multidisciplinary might

Mr Mohamed Ridha

Oral presentation 10: Implications for Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) for a young patient with a giant inguino-scrotal hernia in the developed world

Mr Ziyan Sheng

Oral presentation 11: Cell salvage use reduces perioperative allogenic blood transfusion requirements in patients undergoing major hepatopancreatobiliary surgery

Dr Adil Sriaj Lakha


Poster viewing for the John Dawson Prize

Session 2: The challenge to providing safe high-quality surgery

Chair: Professor Roger Kirby, President, Royal Society of Medicine and Dr Afsana Elanko, Educationalist

Silver Scalpel Winner 2022 Lecture: The human factors in surgery

Professor Peter Brennan, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Has Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) improved outcomes for patients

Professor Tim Briggs, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Chair, GIRFT Programme and National Director, Clinical Improvement and Elective Recovery 

How has National Confidential Reporting System for Surgery (CORESS) improved safety in surgery?

Professor Frank Smith, Emeritus Professor of Vascular Surgery and Surgical Education, University of Bristol and Program Director, CORESS

The view from critical care

Dr Anna Batchelor, Consultant Intensive Care Medicine, Royal Victoria Infirmary Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Council of Royal College of Anaesthetists, Past President, Intensive Care Society

Tea and coffee break

Does the modern NHS make safe surgery more difficult and does the law undermine the notion of fault?

Mr Bertie Leigh, Consultant and Senior Partner at Hempsons, Defendant's Solicitor for Clinical Negligence Cases, Ex-President Medico-Legal Society, Ex-Chairman, National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD)


Mr Peter Duffy, Consultant Urological Surgeon, Morecambe Bay NHS Trust, Author and NHS whistleblower

Misconduct in clinical practice and research

Dr Peter Wilmshurst, Consultant Cardiologist, Author, Whistleblower on medical misconduct

Panel discussion
Poster viewing for John Dawson Prize

For those who have pre-registered

View the programme (Day 2) 19 September 2023

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Mr Joe Ellul, President, Surgery Section, Royal Society of Medicine 

Session 3: The challenge of surgeons and departments in difficulty

Chairs: Mr Joe Ellul and Dr Anna Batchelor

Interactive session - how extensive is the problem? What are the repercussions? Is early recognition and intervention possible? What is the optimal management?

Professor Ian Curran, Vice Dean, Education, Duke-NUS Medical School and Co-Director, Academic Medicine Education Institute

The dangers of social media for doctors

Mr Simon Gomersall, Partner, Weighmans LLP

Regulation and General Medical Council

Mr Omer Karim, Consultant Urologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Norman Tanner Prize presentations

Oral presentation 1: Autologous blood transfusion reduces the requirement for peri-operative allogenic blood transfusion in patients undergoing major hepatopancreatobiliary surgery, and is associated with a reduction in mortality in major liver resection

Dr Adil Siraj Lakha

Oral presentation 2: Cold, warm and composite ischaemic times: effect on kidney transplant outcomes. A UK national cohort study

Mr Christopher Steet

Oral presentation 3: Artificial Intelligence and machine learning to predict functional outcomes of arteriovenous fistulae in patients with end stage renal failure

Mr Pankaj Chandak

Oral presentation 4: The incidence and risk factors for abnormal postoperative blood tests following primary total joint arthroplasty: A single centre retrospective cohort study

Mr Nakulan Nantha Kumar

Oral presentation 5: Minimally invasive surgery in ileocolic resection for Crohn's disease - A systematic review and meta-analysis comparing Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) with conventional laparoscopic operations

Mr Mohammed Iqbal Hussain on behalf of Mr Pratik Bhattacharya

Oral presentation 6: Improving management of post operative hypocalcaemia in total thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy surgery

Mr Rhodri James

Oral presentation 7: The efficacy of distal tibial growth modulation in the treatment of paediatric foot and ankle disorders: A retrospective study of cases from 2003-2022

Mr Sanay Goyal

Oral presentation 8: High Resolution Anoscopy (HRA) for anal intraepithelial neoplasia surveillance: New service delivery in Wales

Mr Alwin Puthiyakunnel Saji

Oral presentation 9: Delivery of a curriculum-based teaching programme using the QIP methodology; improving patient outcomes through education

Dr Matthew McKenna


Poster viewing for the John Dawson Prize

The Dr John Palfrey Memorial Lecture

Chair: Miss Rachel Hargest, Consultant Surgeon and Senior Lecturer, University Hospital of Wales and Council member, Royal College of Surgeons of England

Anatomical illustration: An educational legacy

Mr Barry Paraskeva, Consultant Surgeon, St Mary's Hospital Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Reader in Surgery, Imperial College London

MIA Prize presentations

Chairs: Miss Catherine Zabkiewicz, Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, Royal Gwent Hospital Wales and Mr Joseph Shalhoub, Consultant Vascular Surgeon and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, St Mary's Hospital and Charing Cross Hospitals Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Oral presentation 1: Identification of novel radiosensitisers in colorectal cancer cells

Mr Aaron Kler

Oral presentation 2: Does modification of the hyaluronan matrix profile hold the key to preventing ischaemia reperfusion injury?

Miss Aeliya Zaidi

Oral presentation 3: Systematic review and network meta-analysis: Comparative study of suturing versus adhesion for mesh fixation in ventral hernia repair and abdominal wall reconstruction

Mr Elia Azir on behalf of Mr Jimmy Mena

Oral presentation 4: Longitudinal study of circulating tumour dna in head and neck cancer patients to aid decision-making after treatment

Miss Sumrit Bola

Oral presentation 5: Exploring molecular pathways and synergistic potential in pancreatic cancer cells treated with irreversible electroporation and chemotherapeutics

Dr Zainab Rai

Session 4: President's session

Chair: Professor Ameet Patel, Consultant Hepato-biliary and Pancreatic Surgeon, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Outgoing President

Mr Joe Ellul

Incoming President

Mr Josef Watfah

Announcement of prize winners
Close of meeting

Drinks reception 



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