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Supporting the trainee in need – touching on the taboos

15th December 2020 at 19.00 GMT


Our panel has many years of experience of identifying, managing and supporting the ‘trainee in difficulty’ or, more appropriately, the ‘trainee in need.’ Our round table discussion will make you realise you are not alone as a trainer or a trainee. We will share personal stories of triumphs and disappointments. We will discuss how open and honest discussion is needed despite our feelings of awkwardness in addressing difficult subjects. We can all learn from our mistakes by acknowledging our fallibility, being humble and addressing the fact that ‘To Err is Human.’

We would like you to email questions in advance for consideration by our panel. Please email any questions to fst@rcsed.ac.uk.

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Learning outcomes

At the end of the session, participants will:

  1. Be better able to identify the needs of the trainee.
  2. Have a better idea on how to address the issues.
  3. Reflect on your own experiences and feel more comfortable with your own fallibility.


David O'Regan - Director of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers (Chair)

Twenty years Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon and twenty years running the critically acclaimed PAR Excellence Course. Now teaching basic surgical skills using a martial arts template – Black Belt Academy of Surgical Skills.


Miss Samantha Tross MBBS, FRCS, FRCSEd, FRCSEd (Tr&Orth)

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Lead Consultant Ealing Hospital.
Clinical & Educational Supervisor, Faculty Group Tutor 


Mr James Tomlinson MA MB BCHir Med i

Consultant Spinal Surgeon, Sheffield TH
Hon Sr Lecturer, Education TPD T&O
Deputy Surgical Director FST


Miss Sesi Hotonu MRCS PGCertEd

Trainee committee, Leadership Fellow

Sesi is a paediatric surgery trainee based in Scotland, currently working in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh. She completed her medical school, foundation and core training in the North East of England. She is undertaking the prestigious Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellowship based between the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and NHS Grampian. Her interests include trainee wellbeing, patient safety, equality and diversity. She has an active interest in research, and has recently embarked on a Masters of Clinical Research with Newcastle University. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and baking.


Trevor Dale

Retired BA Captain, Managing Director – Atrainability.

A retired British Airways pilot, Trevor is passionate about developing human factors for the benefit of patient safety. He is highly active in the development of research and training initiatives in healthcare, aviation and other safety-related industries.



This webinar will be eligible for 1 CPD hour.


If you missed the live webinar or would like to watch it again, a recording will be uploaded here for Fellows, Members and Affiliates in the days following the live event.

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