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Regional Representatives virtual events series

We are delighted to be launching an innovative new series of online events for our Regional Representatives. It takes place from 4 November to 25 November and all those who hold a representative role with RCS England or one of our partner organisations are invited.

A series of meetings and workshops are taking place at different times on different dates, exploring some of the key issues facing surgery, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find more information and book on to sessions from the programme below, and as an invitee you are welcome to join as many as you would like.

Make sure to follow us on social media and check below as further details are confirmed in the weeks ahead.


If you are an RCS England Council Member, Head of School, Training Programme Director, Surgical Tutor or Regional Specialty Professional Advisor, you should have received an email with your booking instructions and a password which can be used to access the booking links below.
If you haven’t received your booking email, please contact the team.

The programme

Welcome session: ‘The First 100 Days’ chaired by Professor Neil Mortensen, President of RCS England 

6pm – 7pm, Wednesday 4 November 2020

Professor Mortensen was elected as President of RCS England in February and by the time he took up the role in July, the work and lives of its membership had gone through an unprecedented transformation. Join this panel session to hear from the President on his reflections of the first few months in the role, and his priorities for the months ahead. Representatives in attendance will have the chance to submit questions in advance and during the webinar.


Workshop: Consent during the pandemic – what have we learnt?  

6pm – 7pm, Monday 9 November 2020

Since the pandemic began, the transition to remote consultations has been central to the healthcare system’s effort to prevent transmission of COVID-19, and has required a series of adjustments by patients, hospitals and members of the surgical team. The RCS England Consent Tool aims to support the Recovery of Surgical Services by providing advice on how to apply the principles and requirements of national guidance. Join this workshop to share your experiences of the change in circumstances around consent during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, what the emerging issues around consent were, and how this could influence the future.


Workshop: The Surgical Workforce: challenges and practical solution  

2pm – 4pm, Wednesday 11 November 2020

As the surgical workforce, surgical techniques and patient expectations change, RCS England is actively engaged in taking forward the recommendations of its Future of Surgery Commission. Some of the changes coming will require systemic transformation but best practice will also come from surgical teams and their local approaches. This workshop will seek to explore some of these challenges and discuss practical potential solutions for how to manage them in your team or trust. Join a discussion to share the issues you’re facing in your team, followed by presentations from colleagues within and outside of surgery who have taken an innovative approach to solving their own.


Workshop: Improving Sustainability in Surgery 

6pm – 7pm, Thursday 12 November 2020

Healthcare, and particularly surgery, has a substantial impact on meeting the global push for a sustainable society. The RCS England Sustainability in Surgery (SiS) group was established earlier this year to develop improvements in sustainability in surgical practice, associated industries and RCS England itself. RCS Regional Representatives have an important role to play in sharing this work and helping embed it into everyday practice. Join this workshop, Chaired by RCS England Council Member Stella Vig, to learn more about the research and work in this area, the plans of the SiS group and share your views on how to embed this across the regions.


Panel session: The Future Doctor in Surgical Training: IST, generalism and the path from Foundation to Specialty  

4pm – 5.30pm, Monday 16 November

From Calvin, through MMC to the Shape of Training, every reform programme in medical education looks to improve the early years of surgical training. Some of these ideas crystallised into the principles of the IST pilot. Grand plans are again afoot, with calls for the doctor of the future to have a broad based, generalist capability set, for the surgical curricula to have a truly generic core and for early years surgical trainees to come together with contemporaries from other disciplines into generalist schools. This session, chaired by RCS England Council Member and Chair of the Core Surgical Training Advisory Committee, John Brecknell, aims to provide regional representatives with an update on the next steps for IST, and to bring together key leaders of these change agendas to inform a conversation on the possible futures for core surgery; the path from Foundation to specialist surgical training.


Workshop: Wellbeing, burnout and stress in surgery 

4.30pm - 6pm, Thursday 19 November 2020

Recent studies have revealed a high level of burnout among doctors and medical students in the UK. Pressure within the profession has led to serious psychological and emotional conditions. So, how can medical professionals support themselves and their teams? Join this workshop, chaired by Sue Hill, former RCS England Senior Vice-President and Chair of the Regional Committee, to discuss issues around stress and burnout, and hear from speakers outside of surgery.


Closing panel session: ‘Getting it Right Next Time’ 

6pm – 7pm, Wednesday 25 November 2020

The closing session of the Regional Representatives virtual event series will bring together the discussions held already, and focus on learning the lessons of 2020 to think ahead to the future. Chaired by RCS England President Professor Neil Mortensen, and featuring a panel which will be confirmed in due course, this will be the opportunity for regional representatives to contribute to a wide ranging and thought-provoking discussion. 


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