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Life as a Consultant Conference

RCPE Symposium Edinburgh

Date: Friday, 16 March 2018


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
9 Queen Street


Included in our 2018 event are expert-led lectures and interactive breakout sessions focusing on resilience, staff well-being, innovation and managing change, and sustainability.

Our breakout sessions focus on peer support and mentoring, lessons learned from errors made in the aviation industry, and how this might transfer to patient safety and risk management. We also raise the thorny (and extremely topical) question – when and how should one speak up at work?

Dr Clare Gerada, previous Chair of RCGP and a GP based in London, will deliver a key talk on staff well-being focusing on how doctors with mental health and other health problems are treated and transparency for patients.

Finally, we cover the topic of Equality & Diversity at work and the views of RCPE, as well as hearing from Dr Peter Wilmshurst who took on the corporate giants as a whistleblower.

You may have to speak up at some point in your career – come and reap the benefit of 30 years in the spotlight in a single day.

Breakout session abstracts

For more information on what you will learn from each breakout session, please follow the links on the programme.

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Friday 16 March 2018


Registration and Coffee


Welcome and Introductory Remarks
by President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Session 1 - Resilience

Chair: Dr Alison Falconer, Consultant Geriatrician, Monklands Hospital


How to stay motivated and maintain engagement in times of stress
Mr Colin Crookston, National Patient Safety Manager, Scottish Ambulance Service
*staying focused *maintaining compassion *resilience in the face of adversity


Breakout session 1


Coffee / tea

Session 2 - Staff well-being

Chair: Dr Patrick Byrne, Consultant Physician & GP, Belford Hospital, Fort William


Staff wellbeing
Dr Clare Gerada MBE, Former Chair of RCGP Council & GP, London
*the treatment of doctors with health problems *levels of detail and honesty to be shared with patients


Breakout session 2



Session 3 - Innovation and managing change

Chair: Dr Anne Scott, Consultant Cardiologist, Borders General Hospital, Melrose


Transformative innovation in healthcare
Dr Iain Keith, Consultant Physician, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley
*disruptive thinking *challenging convention and dogma *better does not always cost more


Breakout session 3



Session 4 - Sustainability

Chair: Dr Patrick Byrne, Consultant Physician & GP, Belford Hospital, Fort William


Breakout session 3


Equality and diversity and inspiring physicians
Dr Marion Slater, Consultant Geriatrician, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
*common pitfalls *the view from RCPE


My career as a whistleblower - 30 years in the spotlight
Dr Peter Wilmshurst, Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Stoke University Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent
*David vs Goliath *the concept of vexatious libel actions *would I do it all again







Stephanie Hough,
Committee Administrator,
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
9 Queen Street,

TEL: + 44 (0)131 247 3687
FAX: + 44 (0)131 226 6124

Email: rac@rcpe.ac.uk

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Online booking for this event closes on Thursday 15 March 2018 but places may still be available after that date - please contact the Education Co-ordinator for further information.

An early bird discount applies until Sunday 18 February 2018.

Registration fees


Early Bird fee
until Sunday 18 February 2018

from Monday 19 February 2018

Standard fee



RCPE Fellow



RCPE Collegiate / Associate / Foundation Member



Nurse / AHP / Pharmacist / Postgraduate student



Retired FRCPE, including lunch



Retired FRCPE, no lunch



Medical student



Long term / other leave – Fellows and Members, please contact the Event Co-ordinator as some discretion may be available.

Collegiate and Associate Members of the RCPE in clinical research posts may be eligible for funding - please contact the Event Co-ordinator for further information.

Trainees – Scotland Deanery medical specialty trainees can attend any number of eligible symposia for a one-off payment from their study leave budget (block grant scheme).

Further details can be obtained from the Event Co-ordinator.

Free places

Refugee doctors – free places are available to refugee doctors who are Associate Members of the College. Associate Membership for refugee doctors is available free of charge. Please visit our website for instructions on how to join, and then apply to the Event Co-ordinator for your free place.


Stephanie Hough,
Committee Administrator,
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
9 Queen Street,

TEL: + 44 (0)131 247 3687
FAX: + 44 (0)131 226 6124

Email: rac@rcpe.ac.uk

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Further Info

This event is open to senior medical trainees and consultants of all levels. If you are unsure about eligibility, or the correct fee category, please contact the RCPE member of staff responsible for the event (see Fees page).

All relevant events are approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). A certificate of attendance with CPD information will be issued electronically to individual delegates via email. Please note - certificates can only be issued to attendees who have signed against their name on the CPD Register/Delegate List available at each event and completed feedback forms have been received.

Please note that on occasion event programmes may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

A professional photographer may be in attendance at this event. Photographs may be used by the College in digital and printed publicity material. If you do not wish to be photographed, please let a member of staff know at the registration desk.


As a listed building, the College has restricted disabled access. A wheelchair lift is provided at the rear of the College giving access to the Conference Centre and the main historic rooms, but not all of the smaller rooms used for educational events. For further information and assistance please contact the RCPE Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

An induction loop system is available in the conference centre and Great Hall.

Accommodation and Directions to the College

The College has negotiated special rates with a number of local hotels.

Parking is available on street (metered) or at the Omni Centre car park, 10 minute's walk from the College.

Download pdf map and directions

Bicycle racks are available for cyclists at the door to 8 Queen Street. For access to further bicycle racks, please ask at reception.

Local walking routes

Three short walks can be enjoyed from the College. So if you are visiting us, why not explore the local area. Details can be found at Medal Routes.

Commercial Sponsorship

Many events are supported by commercial companies taking stand space. Health professionals and NHS managers are invited to visit the company stands during the breaks. Companies interested in sponsoring this, or other events listed on the Calendar, should contact the Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

Exhibitors/sponsors play no part in the planning or delivery of the event and the College has developed an Ethical Sponsorship Policy to support organising committees and committee chairs in their negotiations with potential commercial partners for education and other events.

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