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Press notes: 17 May 2021

There are now over 80 surgical robots across the NHS helping perform over 15,000 cancer operations every year. During a live stream from the Royal Society of Medicine on Monday 17 May at 6.30pm, Mr Ben Challacombe, robotic surgery expert and consultant urologist at Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust will talk about the future of surgical robotics during this year’s Stevens lecture.

On Wednesday 19 May at 7.00pm Kate Bingham, former chair of the UK vaccine taskforce, will join Professor Sir Simon Wessely for an hour-long conversation about the strategy and strive behind the UK’s historical COVID-19 vaccine effort, and how the pandemic has changed the biotech and pharmaceutical sector and public opinion.

The next webinar in the RSM’s Covid-19 series on Thursday 20 May at 12.30pm will look at the challenges of controlling the virus in prisons and secure locations. Dr Ike Anya, consultant in public health medicine and co-founder of Nigeria Health Watch, will be joined by guests Kate Davies, Director of Health and Justice, Armed Forces and Sexual Assault Referral Centres for NHS England, and Éamonn O’Moore, National Lead of Health & Justice Team for Public Health England.

To request a press pass

All journalists are warmly invited to attend free of charge these upcoming events at the Royal Society of Medicine. For more information or to request press access please contact the RSM Media Office by emailing or call Rosalind Dewar on 07785 182732.

Other news

Following the appointment of Hamish Thomas (Partner, Ernst & Young) as the Trustee chairing the RSM’s Digital Working Group, the Society is now looking to appoint a co-opted Chair and two Co-optees for the Audit and Risk Committee. These will be key roles in helping the RSM promote the highest standards of probity and encourage proper accountability for the use of the RSM’s charitable funds.

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