Winter Symposium 2023

Join us online or in person for our annual two-day symposium and enjoy a lively mix of lectures, debates and interactive sessions

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Key details

Date: 30 November to 1 December 2023 Day 1: 0900-17.05 Day 2: 0915-17.15

Location: London, RCoA and Online

Availability: Places available

Clinical content lead(s): Dr Sri Gummaraju & Dr Felicity Plaat

CPD credits: 10


The Clinical Leads for this year’s symposium, Dr Sri Gummaraju and Dr Felicity Plaat look forward to welcoming you to our winter symposium where you can learn and challenge your views as well as discuss and debate a wide range of clinical topics.

Join us for one day or two at the 2023 Winter Symposium. This year's symposium will be a hybrid event with its usually lively mix of lectures debates and interactive sessions.

All conference materials and lectures will be available on demand to delegates after the event until 2 June 2024.

Highlights include:

  • Role of AI in healthcare and anaesthesia
  • Medicolegal issues
  • Updates in the management of diabetes
  • Quickfire clinical updates
  • The poster competition

How to get there

Royal College of Anaesthetists

Churchill House

35 Red Lion Square




*Please note that programme is subject to change.

Day 1 - Thursday 30 November 2023
08.30 - 09.00 Registration and refreshments / Network checks
09.00 - 09.05 Introduction and welcome Dr Fiona Donald, RCoA President

09.05 - 09.40


09.40 - 09.45

Keynote lecture: Role of Artificial Intelligence and emerging technologies in Healthcare
Dr Mike Nix, NHS AI Labs
Session 1: Quick fire updates in trauma care
09.45 - 10.45 - Pre-hospital trauma care
- Trauma care in pregnancy
- Paediatric trauma
- Trauma Intensive Care
Edward Denison-Davies
Naomi Pritchard
Hilary Eason
Dr Shahana Uddin
10.45 - 11.00 Q&A
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break
Session 2: Medico-legal
11.30 - 12.00 Compendium of GMC published findings related to fitness to practice rates 2022 Dr Andrew Hoyle, Assistant Director to Fitness to Practice, GMC
12.00 - 12.30 Gross negligence to medical manslaughter TBC
12.30 - 12.50 Debate: Wrong side block should be a never event
For: TBC
Against: Prof Jaideep Pandit
12.50 - 13.05 Q&A
13.05 - 14.05 LUNCH
Session 3: Sleep Apnoea
14.05 - 14.30 Diagnosis and pathophysiology of Sleep Apnoea Sara McDouall
14.30 - 14.55 Peri-operative issues with Sleep Apnoea Gregory Warren
14.55 - 15.10 Q&A
15.10 - 15.40 Coffee break
Session 4: Critical Care / Heart Failure management
15.40 - 16.05 Most impactful clinical trials in critical care Dr Nish Arulkumaran, Consultant Intensive Care Medicine, London
16.05 - 16.25 Pathophysiology & management of cardiac failure, diastolic dysfunction / cardiac failure with preserved ejection fraction TBC
16.25 - 16.45 Peri-operative management of patient with Heart Failure for non-cardiac surgery Dr Ryan Howle
16.45 - 17.05 Q&A
17.05 CLOSE


*Please note that programme is subject to change.

Day 2 - Friday 1 December 2023
08.30 - 09.15 Registration and refreshments / Network checks
09.15 - 09.20 Welcome Felicity Plaat & Sri Gummaraju
Session 1:
09.20 - 09.55 Keynote lecture: Impact of pre-habilitation programmes on post-op outcomes: the journey thus far
Prof Denny Levett
09.55 - 10.15 Anaesthesia for Major Cancer Surgery Dr Ravishankar Rao Baikady, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
10.15 - 10.35 Q&A
10.35 - 11.05 Coffee break
Session 2: Awards Session
11.05 - 11.20 Winning Posters rapid quick-fire talks
The three top posters have 5 minutes each to pitch their ideas
11.20 - 11.35

Winning poster announced

11.35 - 12.20

Macintosh Professor Lecture:
"Anaesthetists and aerospace medicine in a new era of human spaceflight"
Delivered by Prof Thomas Smith, Consultant Anaesthetist, King's College London and Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

12.20 - 12.40 Medal awards
12.40 - 13.40 LUNCH
Session 3: Managing Diabetes
13.40 - 14.05 Newer drugs and devices for management of diabetes Prof Ketan Dhatariya, Consultant Diabetes & Endocrinology, Norfolk
14.05 - 14.55 Peri-operative management of the poorly controlled diabetic and the limitations of HbA1c Prof Ketan Dhatariya, Consultant Diabetes & Endocrinology, Norfolk
14.55 - 15.10 Q&A
15.10 - 15.40 Coffee break
Session 4: Looking ahead
15.40 - 16.00 ICU after the Pandemic Dr Jack Parry-Jones
16.00 - 16.30

Breaking News:

- NAP7 Report
- CASAP Report

Dr Andrew Kane

Amaki Sogbodjor

16.30 - 16.45 Q&A
16.45 Closing words and announcement winner of Christmas Jumper competition



Pricing winter symposium 2023

Poster competition

Submission deadline: Monday 23 October 2023.

You are invited to submit a poster for the 2023 Winter Symposium. Winning entries will have the opportunity to showcase their work to the audience in a 5 minute presentation. 

The top entry will be announced at the end of the poster presentation session. The winner will receive an amazon voucher to the value of £50. The first runner up will receive a £25 amazon voucher, and the second runner up will receive a £10 amazon voucher.

All shortlisted entries will be invited to present their work as an e-poster which will be displayed on the website throughout the two-day conference.  You will also receive a certificate stating that your work has been displayed at a national conference.

This year’s topic is “Quality improvement initiatives in pre-habilitation". 

The competition is open to foundation medical students, trainees, non-trainees and consultant anaesthetists.

Full information, criteria, and submission details can be found here.

Please submit a copy of your abstract as an attachment to along with a signed copy of the form in the document linked above. Please ensure you follow the poster preparation guidelines on page 2, as failure to do so could result in your entry being disqualified from the competition.