Learning to live with our mistakes

24th May 2023


Every surgeon will make a mistake at some point in their career, some effecting patients more than others. Surgeons have to live with the feelings associated with these errors for the rest of their lives.

During our third Wellbeing Week webinar Dr Alderson will discuss ways of living with these emotions and how the arts can be used to help. This will be an interactive session with the ability to ask live questions, so please get involved.


  • Learning to discuss surgical errors
  • How to cope when a mistake is made
  • Ways of living with the feelings around error

Learning Objectives

By the end of the webinar, participants will have been given an opportunity to discuss mistakes, how it made them feel and how they coped. Also artistic strategies to deal with feelings and emotions linked to error.



Our panellists include:

  • Mr David Alderson - Consultant ENT Surgeon, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.

  • Miss Katherine Hurst - General Surgery Registrar, Oxford. Trainee Representative on RCSEd Council.

  • Miss Anna Paisley - Consultant General and Upper GI Surgeon, Edinburgh.  RCSEd Council Member.


1 Hour

To be eligible to receive CPD hours for webinar attendance you must connect for the full duration of the webinar AND complete the feedback survey.

Visit our FAQ for further information relating to webinar CPD.



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