Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

We are excited to announce that the 89th Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress 2021 will be held in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

There is nothing more we would like than to welcome our Edinburgh colleagues to Australia in person. May 2021 is a long way off so maybe it will happen. Either way, we look forward to the contribution and collaboration in person or virtually.

The 2021 President’s Lecture will be delivered by Professor Mike Griffin, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh on Thursday 13 May at 12noon Melbourne time (live streamed). The lecture’s title is: “It’s good to talk: Talking to patients with cancer

Professor Griffin will join us also in the plenary session on Thursday morning to share with us the Edinburgh College’s experiences and responses during the pandemic.

We would also like to welcome Professor Jason Leitch FRCSEd and Mr David Sedgwick FRCSEd as our visitors to the RACS ASC 2021.

Professor Jason Leitch has worked for the Scottish Government since 2007 and in January 2015 he was appointed as The National Clinical Director in the Health and Social Care Directorate. He is a Scottish Government Director and a member of the Health and Social Care Management Board. He is also one of the senior team responsible for the NHS in Scotland.

Professor Leitch is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). He was a 2005-06 Quality Improvement Fellow at IHI in Boston, sponsored by the Health Foundation. He is also a trustee of the UK wing of the Indian Rural Evangelical Fellowship which runs orphanages in southeast India.

Professor Leitch was appointed to NHS England review group led by Don Berwick looking into the patient safety elements of the Francis Inquiry. Professor Leitch will deliver a keynote lecture on Tuesday 11 May at 1:30pm AEST titled, “What it takes to change a system?” for Quality and Safety in Surgical Practice program

Mr David Sedgwick graduated in preclinical medicine from the University of St Andrews before completing his medical degree at Edinburgh University in 1980 (MBChB). His surgical training was based in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife (FRCSEd 1984). His urological training was in the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh and Fife Hospitals. In 1992, he became a Remote and Rural Surgeon working in the Highlands and Islands when appointed as a consultant at the Belford Hospital, Fort William. He has been an ATLS and Basic Surgical Skills Course (BSSC) instructor for over 25 years and BSSC Convener for over 15 years on behalf of the RCSEd. Retaining general surgery in the Rural General Hospitals and establishing a training pathway for those committed to this in Scotland have been two of David’s objectives during the past decade.

Mr Sedgwick wa a member of an RCSEd SLWG producing a report on Standards Informing Delivery of Care in Rural Surgery in 2016. Recently retired, he has been acting as locum Consultant Surgeon in several RGH’s as well as teaching BSS, hernia repairs and trauma care in the West Bank and Rwanda. Local BSS faculties have been trained and mentored in both the West Bank and Rwanda. In 2019, he leads a team to deliver the first BSS Course in Cambodia in the University of Health Sciences Phnom Penh.

Mr Sedgwick will be heavily involved in the Rural Surgery program, scheduled for Tuesday 11 May to Thursday 13 May. Several keynote lectures will be delivered by Mr Sedgwick, including, “The Art of Generalism in Rural UK” and “Engaging with Leaders when You don’t Speak the Same Language”.

Delegates from Edinburgh are encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration and more information can be found here.