Future Surgery 2021

Top 10 ‘not to be missed’ highlights at this year’s Future Surgery 2021

Future Surgery 2021


Future Surgery 2021 – the UK’s largest gathering of surgical and operating theatre teams – has announced its top 10 ‘not to be missed’ highlights for this year’s show.

Taking place on the 9 – 10 November 2021 at ExCeL London, the event is being run in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons of England and features over 100 expert speakers – covering all that is new in the field of surgery.

The one of its kind event has been specifically designed to meet the training needs, promote networking and develop a stronger voice for all surgical professionals and their multidisciplinary teams in perioperative care.

Professor Neil Mortensen, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, said: “We are delighted to be partners in this cutting edge event. Technology has played a crucial role in delivering healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic and the pace of change has been unprecedented. The ‘Future Surgery’ show is a perfect opportunity to showcase technological advances and assess the implications for patients, the surgical profession and the healthcare system.”

With an action-packed programme of speakers, panel discussions and surgical simulations here are a few of the highlights over the two days:


Day 1

  • Stephen Powis, National Medical Director NHS England/NHS Improvement, Opening Address (9 Nov 2021, 09:10 – 09:40). Professor Powis will provide reflections on the pandemic and the challenges ahead, as well as outline the plans for elective recovery, workforce and innovation.


  • Panel Discussion on the ‘Recovery of elective services’
    (9 Nov 2021, 09:50-11:05, Theatre 1).
    The impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to surgical and other elective care is growing on an almost daily basis with over 5.45 million people on waiting lists in June. The session will discuss solutions, barriers and the impact of COVID on the future of elective NHS services.


  • For the first time there will be a fully working operating theatre giving world-class surgeons a platform to demonstrate the latest pioneering surgical techniques. Watch Miss Natasha Berridge, Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, discuss the latest advances in 3D technology to optimise facial aesthetic proportions and contours by use of patient specific implants.
    (9 Nov 2021, 12:00 – 12:45
    ) (ABHI Surgical Simulation Theatre)


  • Iain Hennessey, Consultant Paediatric and Neonatal Surgeon, Clinical Director, Alder Hey Innovation Hub will speak about ‘The Power of Rapid Prototyping in Surgery’.
    (9 Nov 2021, 12:10 – 12:40).


  • Forbes Magazine top 30 Leaders under the age of 30 in the Healthcare industry Tremaine Richard-Noel, Head of Emerging Technology, Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust, (NGH) will talk about ‘Innovation in Surgery’
    (9 Nov 2021, 14:20 – 14:50).


  • Ben Watson, Double Paralympic Champion in British Cycling, will talk about Overcoming Challenges in Elite Sport (and Surgical Training).A two part presentation with the first part following Ben Watson’s journey from contracting and recovering from Guillain-Barre at 14, having a professional career then making the switch to part time and then full time professional cyclist. Second part looking at the similarities between elite athletes and surgeons including burn out, over training and mental health
    (9 Nov 2021, 14:40 – 15:20),  (ASIT Innovation Theatre).


  • Multi award winning cancer surgeon, teacher, futurist, innovator, and entrepreneur Professor Shafi Ahmedis dubbed the world’s most watched surgeon in human history using augmented reality, virtual reality and social media. Prof Ahmed is speaking at a number of sessions including ‘5G, Surgery and Connected Health’
    (9 Nov-2021  16:45– 17:15)

Day 2

  • Hear from breast cancer surgeon and author Dr Liz O’Riordan on her experience of being a breast surgeon who was diagnosed with cancer. Liz will be talking about the challenges she overcame and continues to face as part of her patient journey. Her personal circumstance as a clinician and patient have given her a distinct view of the patient journey and challenges that individuals face during all facets of treatment and recover.
    Session: Overcoming Challenges10 Nov 2021, 09:05 – 09:35.


  • Professor Ross Fisher, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Session: Kintsugi (on the second victim after error) – That moment when you realise something you have done has caused significant harm to a patient. Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold.
    Nov 2021, 13:30 – 14:10).


  • Join Mr Ben Challacombe from Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital, London who will be performing a live robotic partial nephrectomy from the hospital and will be livestreamed onto the ABHI Surgical Simulation Theatre. Mr Challacombe will be leading a robotic partial nephrectomy on one of the Trust’s patients.
    (10 Nov 2021, 10:25 – 11:15) (ABHI Surgical Simulation Theatre)


The event’s programme is supported by the surgical Royal Colleges of England, Edinburgh, Ireland & Glasgow, ASiT – The Association of Surgeons in Training, The Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP), NHS Benchmarking Network, British Orthopaedic Association, The Confederation of British Surgery (CBS), College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP), Royal College of Nursing, The Royal Society of Medicine, and the Society of Surgical Simulation.


The full programme can be found here: https://www.futuresurgeryshow.com/2021-programme.

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