Supporting Surgeons after Mistakes

23rd May 2022


If you don’t have complications you’re either lying to yourself or not operating enough. This webinar utilises an extract of David Alderson’s play – True Cut, to facilitate a reflective discussion on personal vulnerability after an error occurs. This interactive webinar aims to explore our understanding of what we feel, why we feel it and how to develop appropriate support and coping strategies in the short and long term. There will be a focus on the role of peer-based social support in reducing psychological trauma following a mistake, particularly for trainees, to help change the culture and promote active conversation.


This webinar aims to promote interactive discussion as we reflect and explore the impact of making mistakes, positive and negative coping strategies and how we can support our colleagues and reduce feelings of isolation.



Our panellists include:

  • Kellie Bateman, General Surgery Registrar, RCSEd Trainee Committee Member
  • David Alderson, Consultant ENT Surgeon, TPD ENT Peninsula, Clinical Lead for HeArTs (Health and the Arts in Torbay and South Devon)
  • Andy McCann, Professor of Psychology, human performance specialist, Director of DNA Definitive.
  • Jared Wohlgemut, General Surgery Registrar, Clinical Research Fellow, Centre for Trauma Sciences, Queen Mary University of London; ASGBI Moynihan Academy Research Lead.


1 Hour

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