• The College crest over the entrance to College Hall

    The College crest over the entrance to College Hall

  • First address to the College at the AGM in 2015

    First address to the College at the AGM in 2015

  • Main entrance to the College

    Main entrance to the College

A coiled spring

This year has seen a number of threatening and controversial medical issues hit the headlines and you may be aware of the position I have taken on behalf of the College on some of these.The ongoing serious demand pressures on the NHS continue to have an impact and the winter crisis feels less like a winter only phenomenon.We have been encouraging providers to critically consider how best to use and modify their resource allocation to mitigate the risks of another dangerous scenario developing when the winter specific pressures do apply next year...

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Open for business

What a start to 2018.I am really delighted to announce our official reopening.Last week we hosted several hundred guests who came along to see and enjoy the new College facilities...

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Winter pressure, bad behaviour and hopefully some festive cheer

To be honest, it has hardly started.Our hospitals sustain and, to a greater or lesser extent, survive the winter pressure year on year.However the cost of that is often borne by those waiting for elective procedures and of course by the staff who need to function in an environment which is generally known to be overstretched, understaffed and underfunded...

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Zambian experience

Zambia | Sunday 25 June
On Sunday, 25 June I travelled on a Malawian Airlines flight to Lusaka before travelling onto Chitokoloki with two colleagues, Chris and Canadian trainee nurse, Hannah.There was good chat all the way on the Cessna 206, 9J-CTO, and on landing we were met by JR, an Irish midwife who functions as hospital manager, surgical registrar, consultant anaesthetist and club foot expert.Dorothy, Kaitlin, wee Owen and members of the maintenance team were also there to welcome us...

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The third biggest killer

There is a worldwide cultural problem which is afflicting the delivery of healthcare.The result is that, for the UK, it has been estimated that there are some 200 avoidable deaths in our hospitals every week.In addition there are the numerous episodes of harm that result...

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HOPE: The Royal College Foundation

While the roots of our Royal College reach back to the sixteenth century it is evident that the role and relevance of our mission is just as critical today as it was when our founders responded to the health inequalities and variable outcomes which applied 400 years ago.We continue to strive to improve healthcare by ensuring that physicians, surgeons and health professionals are trained to the highest professional standards.One of our significant contributions is grounded in the standard of our assessments – benchmarks of clinical skill and professionalism which are recognised worldwide...

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Dum Spiro Spero

I have just returned from an excellent visit to Malaysia where I had the privilege of delivering the prestigious AM Ismail Oration at the Opening Ceremony of the Malaysian College of Surgeons Annual Clinical Congress in Kuching.The lecture is named for one of the most visionary leaders in clinical surgery in the Asia Pacific region.

Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Haji Abdul Majid Bin Ismail was born in 1921...

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Surgery365 at Excellence in Healthcare

Now would be an ideal time to rearrange your plans and make sure you attend the Excellence in Healthcare Conference coming up on the 8th and 9th June 2017.I have just been reviewing the programme and I am certain you will agree that it is full of interest and a superb opportunity to hear some world class international speakers.There is also the easy option to dip into topics and sessions which might not be in your immediate areas of expertise...

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Excellence in Healthcare

I am excited about our fast approaching Excellence in Healthcare triennial conference.

It is now only 10 weeks away and I encourage you to make sure this fantastic multidisciplinary conference is in your schedule.

The conference will have four parallel streams running and we are thrilled to have an outstanding group of high profile and international keynote speakers delivering cutting-edge education across each discipline...

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Crisis and Consequences

The notion that the NHS is under more pressure than ever before is expressed on a daily basis in the media.Headlines indicating hospitals declaring a so called ‘black alert’, the four-hour wait limit in Emergency Departments being over-run, bed blocking and concerns over social care provision have been the focus of anxiety over the past couple of months.

It feels as though our celebrated service is being overwhelmed by the demands and expectations of patients and providers alike...

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