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Triennial Conference Speakers

Keynote McKeown Lecture: Lessons from the Paterson Case

Ian KennedyProfessor Sir Ian Kennedy is Emeritus Professor of Health Law, Ethics and Policy at University College London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary QC, and Honorary Fellow of six Royal Colleges, including the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Glasgow, Birmingham and York. He chaired the Bristol Public Inquiry (1998-2001) and carried out the Review of the practice of the breast surgeon Mr Ian Paterson (2013). He was the Chair of the Healthcare Commission (2003-09) and most recently the chair of IPSA (2009 -16).



Keynote Lecture: Teamwork: Building and Sustaining Successful Teams

Tim HodgettsBrigadier Tim Hodgetts is an emergency physician with 30 years of military experience in treating the victims of conflict in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan and led the military specialty of emergency medicine from infancy to maturity. He has published and lectured extensively in the fields of pre-hospital care, disaster medicine, and resuscitation of the critically injured. His academic career includes the positions of inaugural Defence Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Honorary Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Birmingham, and Penman Professor of Surgery at the University of Cape Town. In 1999, he was made Officer of the Order of St John for services to humanity; in 2006, he was the national ‘Hospital Doctor of the Year’; in 2009, he was made Commander of the British Empire for his contribution to combat casualty care; and in 2010 he received the Danish Defence Medal for Meritorious Service. Brigadier Hodgetts was the first recipient of the BASICS Gold Medal from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for performance in the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care, and was made a Fellow without examination for his contribution to establishing the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care and its associated journal. He has recently completed a tour as Medical Director of the Defence Medical Services and is currently enjoying an academic year of strategic leadership development at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London.

Mr Charles AuldMr Charles Auld is Consultant General Surgeon at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, and the Lead of the RCSEd Faculty of Perioperative Care and a Member of RCSEd Council. In his role at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, he was responsible for development of upper GI services and was Clinical Lead for General Surgery and Endoscopy. He has served as a Member of Council for the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland and Committee Member of the SAC in General Surgery. He has had a long association with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in his capacity as an examiner, member of various committees and boards, Chairman of the SSG in General Surgery and External Assessor for the College.


Jocelyn MG 7940 2 Ms Jocelyn Cornwell is a medical sociologist and anthropologist, and the Founder and Chief Executive of The Point of Care Foundation, an independent charity that aims to humanise healthcare, and in so doing, to improve the experiences of patients and staff. In the course of her career she has worked in academic research and teaching; NHS management; and in regulation at the Audit Commission, the Department of Health and the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI). She is the Academic Lead for Patient and Public Involvement for NW London CLARHC, Visiting Professor in the Department of Medicine at Imperial College and a Trustee of the Nuffield Trust.



Prof Gerard DanjouxProf Gerard Danjoux has been a Consultant Anaethetist at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 2002. He qualified from Newcastle University in 1989 and undertook clinical training within the Northern Deanery, undertaking fellowship years in Newcastle, Australia and Vancouver, Canada, where he first developed an interest in formal preoperative assessment. He is also interested in vascular anaesthesia, sleep medicine and working with primary care colleagues to develop and test new models of integrated care to improve patient fitness prior to major surgery.




Jugdeep DhesiMs Jugdeep Dhesi is Consultant Geriatrician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. She is the Clinical Lead for the POPS service, proactive care of older people undergoing surgery. The team provides hands-on care to patients throughout their surgical journey, including pre-operative assessment and optimisation, in patient medical management and rehabilitation and discharge planning. She is Honorary Reader at Kings College London, with research interests including preoperative optimisation of frail older people, health services research focusing on surgical patient pathways and postoperative delirium. She is President Elect of Age Anaesthesia Association, Vice President Clinical Quality British Geriatrics Society, Chair of POPS SIG at the BGS, steering group of NELA and involvement in writing of NICE, RCoA, RCP guidelines.

Victoria DobieMs Victoria Dobie is an Associate Specialist in the Orthopaedics and Trauma Department of the Borders General Hospital in the Scottish Borders. She represents specialty doctors and associated specialist (SAS) grade surgeons on the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and has contributed to several other College committees, working to ensure that SAS surgeons have the opportunity to develop their skills to their full potential. During her career, Victoria has undertaken educational and training roles within her clinical practice, and is currently Secondary Care Appraisal Lead for NHS Borders.



Mona Guckian FisherMs Mona Guckian Fisher is the immediate past president of the UK Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) and has been involved in the delivery of perioperative services for over 35 years. She has worked in a variety of settings from major teaching hospitals in the NHS to multi-specialty theatres in the independent healthcare sector. She has direct experience of many surgical disciplines and held leadership roles in a variety of perioperative clinical areas and process improvement projects both in the UK and Ireland and is currently employed as Matron at the Exeter Nuffield Hospital.




Rhona Flin BProfessor Rhona Flin is Professor of Industrial Psychology, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University and Emeritus Professor of Applied Psychology, University of Aberdeen. Her research examines human performance in high risk work settings, such as healthcare, aviation and the energy industries, with studies focusing on leadership, safety culture, team skills and cognitive skills, e.g. decision making under pressure. Her current projects include product safety culture, managers’ safety leadership and non-technical skills in safety-critical tasks. Her books include Safety at the Sharp End: A Guide to Non-Technical Skills (2008, with O’Connor & Crichton) and Enhancing Surgical Performance: A Primer on Non-Technical Skills (2015, with Yule and Youngson).


Prof Colville LairdProfessor Colville Laird was a GP in Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross for 31 years. In 1993, he started running Immediate Care courses and is now Medical Director of BASICS Scotland. BASICS Scotland provides training in Immediate Care for rural practitioners and works with the Sandpiper Trust, Scottish Ambulance Service and The Resuscitation Research Group of Edinburgh University on The Sandpiper Wildcat Project, looking at improving outcomes in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. He holds the Fellowship and was an examiner in Immediate Care from The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He was Chairman of the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care for four years, Pre-hospital Care Editor of The EMJ for six years and is an Honorary Professor at The University of Central Lancashire.


Prof David LockeyProfessor David Lockey is Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia in Bristol and Clinical Director for the Severn Major Trauma Network. He has also worked at London’s Air Ambulance for many years and is a Consultant, Research Lead and Trustee in the organisation. He is an Honorary Professor at Bristol University, Honorary Clinical Professor at Queen Mary University London and Visiting Professor In Stavanger University Norway and has authored around 120 peer reviewed publications and book chapters mostly related to trauma and pre-hospital care. He is currently Chairman of the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and immediate past Chairman of the Intercollegiate Board for Training in Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine. 


Mike LoosemoreDr Mike Loosemore is Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine within the NHS, at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, University College London, where he treats the general public with musculoskeletal and sports injuries. He is also working to promote exercise as a preventative intervention and treatment in many medical conditions.  He is one of the lead Sports Physician for the English Institute of Sport, based at The Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health at University College London Hospital where he treats elite athletes from a wide range of sports, he is currently the doctor to the British Olympic Boxing and British Snow sports. In 2017, Dr Loosemore was awarded an MBE for his services to Sports Medicine.



Moulton CADr Carol-Anne Moulton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, University of Toronto and Staff Surgeon with the Division of General Surgery, University Health Network. She is currently the Medical Director of the Operating Room in Toronto General Hospital and a Scientist in the Wilson Centre.  Dr Moulton's research programme focuses on understanding the complexity of surgical judgment, the development of surgical expertise, and underlying causes of surgeon error.





McIlhennyMr Craig McIlhenny is Consultant Urologist at NHS Forth Valley in Scotland. He has a subspecialty interest in the endourological management of urinary stone disease and malignant ureteric obstruction. His higher surgical training was in the west of Scotland and the USA. He has a special interest in non-technical skills, human factors and patient safety. He sits on the RCSEd Patient Safety Board and is on the core faculty of the Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTSS) course. He is a trained Crew Resource Management Instructor and a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer. He has provided human factors and team training for operating surgical teams, ICU teams, H@N teams and others both in the UK and abroad. He also has a major interest in training and is currently Surgical Director of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.  

Helen MohanHelen Mohan (@HelenMohan1) is the President of the Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT), an organisation run by trainees for trainees that promotes excellence in surgical training in the UK and Ireland. Helen is a General and Colorectal Surgery SpR in Dublin, Ireland. She completed a PhD at University College Dublin with Des Winter on the pathophysiology of intestinal Inflammation and cancer. Her research and clinical interests include colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and surgical training. She is also interested in global surgery and has volunteered with International Surgical Mission Support (ISMS). She is passionate about delivering high quality surgical care and believes that excellence in surgical training is essential to deliver optimum patient care. She is keen to promote trainee wellbeing and encourage strategies to recruit and retain high calibre graduates in surgical training.

StuartmckechnieCommander Stuart McKechnie is Consultant General Surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Defence Medical Services.  His main interests lie within trauma surgery, including trauma training and major incident planning.  He has a Masters Degree in Military Trauma Surgery and teaches widely on the subject. He has also completed a post-CCT Fellowship in Trauma at the Royal London Hospital.  Military deployments have included Afghanistan and the Gulf of Aden while travelling fellowships have facilitated visits to Toronto, L.A. and Baltimore. He is the 2017 ASGBI Moynihan Travelling Fellow.



Chris OliverProfessor Chris Oliver is a retired Consultant Trauma Orthopaedic Surgeon at Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and was a member of Council for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh from 2002 to 2012. In 2007, he had bariatric surgery and lost 12 stone in weight, afterwards he cycled across the USA. In 2015, he became Honorary Professor of Physical Activity for Health to Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) at the University of Edinburgh. PAHRC is a research centre within the Institute of Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences and provides evidence of how to encourage people of all ages to ‘sit less and walk more’. In PAHRC he has led the development of teaching and examination of undergraduate education in physical activity throughout the UK. He was one of a team that developed the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in physical activity and evaluation. In 2017, Professor Oliver was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society Arts FRSA in recognition for his expertise to develop strategies and policies for public health, including physical and active living and the delivery of public health care. Oliver holds strong views about obesity and physical activity and its importance in society.

Liz ORiordanMs Liz O’Riordan is Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust. She is a member of the Women in Surgery committee at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and was a keynote speaker at their 2016 national conference ‘Confidence, Excellence and Feminism: not dirty words’.  In 2015, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, undergoing chemotherapy, a mastectomy and reconstruction and radiotherapy. She blogs about her experiences as a doctor and patient, and has spoken at national and international conferences about her journey, including a TEDx talk in Stuttgart - ‘Jar of Joy’. She was nominated for a ‘Woman of the Year 2016’ award due to her work helping doctors and patients understand what having cancer is really like. Outside of work, Liz is a triathlete and has just completed a half-ironman one year after finishing treatment. She is very active on social media, and was runner-up in the BMA’s 2015 ‘Top Doctor on Social Media’ award. She uses Twitter to promote the role of women in surgery, educate people about breast cancer, and help plan her next sporting event.

Simon Paterson-BrownMr Simon Paterson-Brown is Consultant General and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh since 1994. His main clinical interests include upper gastro-intestinal and emergency surgery. He has published widely both in textbooks and journals on emergency surgery, laparoscopic surgery, upper gastro-intestinal surgery, surgical training and non-technical skills in surgery. He is the co-editor of the Companion to Specialist Surgical Practice series (now in its fifth Edition). His main current interests include patient safety initiatives in surgery, surgical training, and remote and rural surgery. He is currently Chairman of the Patient Safety Board of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and past-President of the Association of Upper GI Surgeons of GB and Ireland (AUGIS).


Mark PeterMr Mark Peter is Consultant UGI and Bariatric Surgeon working in Yorkshire. He is one of the RCSEd Younger Fellow founding committee members and serves as an RCSEd Regional Surgical Adviser. He has an interest in trauma, training and research; he serves as faculty on various courses and is an accredited examiner. He was inspired by the benefits of the Younger Fellows from a recent trip in Australia and from various regional meetings that he facilitated. He is passionate on matters surrounding burnout, health and wellbeing of colleagues, and future-proofing surgical careers.




James RobsonDr James Robson is the Chief Medical Officer for Scottish Rugby Union. He has been team doctor on six tours by the British and Irish Lions and joined the Scotland team as doctor at the start of the 2002/2003 season following his previous position as physiotherapist from 1991-96. Prior to becoming Scottish Rugby's Chief Medical Officer, James was a GP in Dundee. He was awarded a Fellow ad hominem by RCSEd in November 2010 and is also a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practice, the Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine (UK), the Faculty of Sport & Medicine (Ireland) and a Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.



Dr Chris SnowdenDr Chris Snowden is Consultant Anaesthetist at The Freeman Hospital. His clinical week includes hepatobiliary (including liver and pancreatic transplantation), urology and vascular surgery. Dr Snowden also has extensive experience in developing preoperative assessment pathways and cardiopulmonary exercise testing. In March 2015, he was appointed as National Clinical Lead (Joint) for Perioperative Medicine at the RCOA and has recently been appointed as Joint GIRFT lead for perioperative medicine and anaesthesia.  His clinical interests are in high-risk surgery; preoperative assessment; perioperative habilitation and cardiopulmonary exercise testing. His perioperative research interests include alcohol cessation, behavioural interventions and exercise training. His overall work programme aims to promote the transformation of the anaesthetist into the broader base of a perioperative specialist.

Jelle StalemanMr Jelle Staleman is one of the few Dutch UIAGM mountain guides in the Netherlands. He started his career at the Dutch Marine Corps, where he did several courses for survival in the mountains, the arctic and the jungle. One of those courses was with the French Foreign Legion in French Guyana and soon after he joined the Special Forces, where he worked in a counter terrorism unit. Subsequently, he started training for the Austrian UIAGM Mountain Guide course, in addition to achieving the highest qualification for ski teachers in Austria. He has joined several climbing expeditions all over the world, having climbed almost 8,611 metres high of K2, as well as two unnamed peaks in Greenland. Through these experiences, he has learnt how to make objective decisions under life-threatening circumstances. Now he runs a company who organise expeditions all over the world and gives lectures for companies.

Jeannie WatkinsMs Jeannie Watkins is President of the Faculty of Physician Associates, lead for regulation of the profession and Chair of the Professional Standards Sub-Committee at the Royal College of Physicians. She was one of the first UK trained Physician Associates (PA) from the pilot projects, qualifying in 2007. She has worked as a PA in acute medicine and primary care and currently works as Senior Lecturer and Clinical Placement Lead on the MSc in PA Studies at St George’s University of London. She has been instrumental in the development of the Physician Associate role in the UK, through local and national presentations to promote the profession, advisory positions on multiple governmental, professional and educational boards and in establishing the PA Managed Voluntary Register. 


J WilsonDr Jonathan Wilson is Consultant Anaesthetist at York Hospital. He started his anaesthetic training during a five year commission in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and completed it on the Yorkshire Region Registrar and Senior Registrar rotations. Over his 23 years as a Consultant Anaesthetist, he has had research interests in improving outcomes for high-risk surgical patients, particularly with regard to strategies of optimising oxygen delivery and tissue perfusion. His current research interests include the haemodynamic management of high-risk surgical patients, and the role of pre-operative cardiopulmonary exercise testing. He is an Associate Editor for the British Journal of Anaesthesia. He is the site representative for the Perioperative Quality Improvement Project (PQIP) project group.


Sara DalbyMiss Sara Dalby is a qualified surgical first assistant (SFA), advanced nurse practitioner and surgical care practitioner (SCP). Currently working as a SCP for the head and neck and trauma and orthopaedic divisions caring for patients across the surgical pathway. She is n associate lecturer at Edge Hill University where she has co-written and co-runs national CPD courses; two SFA degree modules and and SCP Masters programme. In 2014 Sara received a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to travel to the US to review their 'middle grade' system looking at both the Physician Associate and Nurse Practitioner roles in both clinical practice and education to disseminate lessons learnt across the UK.


Ray DelicataMr Ray Delicata is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon working for the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, South Wales. Mr Delicata is Clinical and Educational Supervisor for surgical trainees in the Welsh Deanery and is a Member of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He has been active in the training of Surgical Care Practitioners and Physician Assistants. He is an Examiner for the MRCS and is Regional Surgical Advisor for RCSEd. He serves on the Faculty of Perioperative Care’s Advisory Committee.



James MooreMr James Moore is currently employed by the British Olympic Association (BOA) where he is the Lead for Performance Services and the Manager of the Intensive Rehabilitation Unit (IRU) at Bisham Abbey. He was appointed as Deputy Chef de Mission for Performance Services for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He has been the Head of Performance Services for Team GB at the inaugural European Games in Baku 2015 and has worked with multiple sports throughout the UK, USA and Australia. In his capacity with the BOA, James sits on the strategic board for the Institute of Sport Exercise & Health (ISEH), which is part of the legacy from London 2012 and the National Centre’s for Sport & Exercise Medicine (NCSEM). 


Yule 2783Dr Steven Yule is Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Director of Education and Research, STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He was one of the pioneers of the ‘Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons’ (NOTSS) behaviour observation system, which is now being implemented for surgical education and research internationally. His current research focuses on studying the relationship between non-technical skills and patient outcomes, implementing video-based assessments of surgical team behavior, and developing simulation-based support for astronauts to manage medical events on deep space missions. He is chair of the education committee of the Association for Academic Surgery and vice chair of the committee on non-technical skills at the American College of Surgeons.

Margaret RossDr Margaret Ross is Senior Lecturer for Dental Care Professionals and Programme Director of the BSc (Hons) in Oral Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. She was instrumental in the development of this first four year Honours degree in Oral Health Sciences in the UK. Her research interests are in teamwork in dentistry, and the education and development of Dental Care Professionals. Margaret is Chair of the Advisory Board for Dental Care Professionals within the RCSEd. She is a past President of the British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy, and was actively involved in lobbying to permit Direct Access for patients to dental hygienists and dental therapists. In 2016, Margaret was the first non-dentist to be presented with the RCSEd Dental Faculty Gold Medal, and in 2017 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for Services to Dentistry. 

Amanda TreesDr Amanda Trees is a qualified Physiotherapist and has worked in the NHS for the entirety of her career. The role of Advanced Practice Physiotherapist was a gradual development of closely working alongside Professor Richard Montgomery and colleagues in the Orthopaedic Team at the James Cook University Hospital. Her role continues to evolve and includes leading the Talipes clinics and listing and assisting in tenotomies; running paediatric Orthopaedic Choose and Book Clinics in Secondary care; liaising with nursing and consultant colleagues on pre-operative and post-operative cases; leading the Serial casting clinics; and providing expert physiotherapy treatment and advice within the trust and to a wider audience. She has a keen research interest and completed her PhD in 2009, and much of our interventional physiotherapy is evidence base led. She works closely with an orthopaedic team and contributes to the strategic direction of the team and clinical decision making.

Upcoming System Maintenance & Network Disruption

Due to essential systems maintenance and upgrades there will be intermittent interruptions to some on-line services on Saturday 27th of February. There will be further interruption to some core services on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd of March.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.