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Learning conference 2023: The future of surgical education

Start 9:00 AM
End 5:00 PM
Royal College of Surgeons of England
38–43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
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  • £25–£150
  • 5.75   CPD Points
5.75 CPD Points

Event Overview

Online booking for this event is now closed

If you still wish to attend our conference online, please email and we will be able to register you.

If you wish to attend in person, please you can book a ticket at our registration desk from 9.15am to 10am.

If you have any questions please call 020 7869 6027.


Surgical education has been under scrutiny lately, and there is a need for innovation and technology to improve its effectiveness and efficiency both in and out of the training facilities. Despite the challenges, trainers and trainees have made significant progress and developed good practices that we aim to capture and build on for the future.

Our upcoming Learning Conference, taking place on Wednesday 27 September 2023, at the College in London and online, will address these exciting questions and challenges. Leading figures in the surgical community will be present, discussing healthcare technologies, sustainability, and future steps for surgery. Attendees can expect a fantastic programme of talks, networking opportunities, and the chance to shape the conversation on surgical education.

For those unable to attend in person, the conference will have a virtual option available. Through our events platform, you can access talks and activities, and network with delegates and speakers, sharing your views and questions.

This conference has been accredited by the Royal College of England up to 5.75 CPD points.

Who should attend?

This full-day conference is aimed at surgical educators and those interested in the future of surgical education. All medical career grades are welcome to attend.

If you are on parental leave or need to bring in a child with you for any other reason, please contact the RCS England events team at We are happy to accommodate children to support parents' attendance at all our events.

Please keep an eye out as we will soon announce our full programme.

Which ticket should I select?

Tickets are available to attend in person and online.

Online tickets will give you access to the virtual event and in-person tickets will give you access to the virtual event and the in-person event at the Royal College of Surgeons of England in London.

Faculty tickets discount

RCS England faculty who are not members or fellows of the college are entitled to the same discount as our members and fellows in recognition of their support. 

If you are a member of our learning faculty in surgical training or the equivalent level trust grade role please select the 'members' ticket. If you are working at the consultant level or in a senior SAS role please select the 'fellows' ticket. 

Ticket prices

As part of our commitment to inclusivity, we aim to keep ticket prices to a minimum. Our members and fellows will always benefit from a discount on tickets for our events. Eligible people may benefit from joining our affiliate membership, as this will give you access to the cheapest tickets, and a range of other benefits, for only £15 per year.

However, we are keen for anyone who would like to attend our event to be able to, so if the cost of the ticket is a barrier for you attending please contact our Events Team as we are able to offer a number of reduced price tickets for members.

Please note for foundation doctors and medical students we advise joining as an affiliate to access the reduced price.


Registration and networking breakfast / Exploration of the platform (Online)

Welcome and overview of the day - Richard Kerr

Session 1  Chair: Rachel Hargest

  • Looking to future training: TEST what technology and changes to training mean for trainers  Matt Harris and Richard Kerr
  • Education for sustainable healthcare: the opportunities  Andrew Stevenson

Session 2   Chair:Rachel Hargest

  • Panel discussion on the future of surgical education  Chair: Rachel Hargest  Panel: Richard  Kerr, Vinita Shekar, Nick Cooper, Jon Hossain and Neil Ralph
  • Breakouts 1:
  1. Leadership – Ibifunke Pegba-Otemolu
  2. Regional faculty roles – Michele Pool
  3. innovation within Education (kindly supported by RCS England I-HUB) – Mansoor Khan
  •  Breakouts 2:
  1. Human Factors: Making the team briefing count Peter Brennan
  2. Routes into faculty  –  Kenny Webster
  3. Innovation in Surgical Education – Sunjay Jain

Session 3 – Chair Ginny Bowbrick and Frank Smith

  • The undergraduate surgical curriculum - Frank Smith
  • Education as a surgical route  - Arunthati Mahendran
  • Trainee expansion and distribution: what this means for training and the impact on the educator - Ginny Bowbrick
  • The educational supervisor: How can I help - Dan Beral, Robyn Brown and Alastair Shaw 

Session 4 -  Chair Richard Kerr

  • The Expert Advisory Network - Three proof of concepts, kindly supported by B. Braun Medical Ltd - Angela Lam, Felix Josza and Kien Hang
  • Closing remarks - Rachel Hargest

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