Using Neuroscience to harness performance

22nd May 2023, 19:00 to 20:00 BST


Working as a surgeon involves performing under high stakes. Unlike top athletes or military leaders who also work in high pressure environments, surgeons do not routinely receive coaching in performance psychology. Studying performance could help surgeons understand their psychological blueprint, to harness their behaviour under pressure, or to stop mistakes from affecting the quality of their performance.

Join us for our first Wellbeing Week webinar that integrates neuroscience and psychological theory to enhance your performance skills, build resilience and to help reduce occupational burn out.

Dr Sarah Caddy is a GP working in emergency medicine and has coached gold-medalists, company executives and other medical professionals over the past nine years. She works closely with Prof Steve peters who developed and authored a best selling book called the “The Chimp Paradox”. Sarah and Steve recently conducted a clinical trial evaluating the model’s effectiveness in reducing burnout in medical professionals.


We will aim to discuss the neuroscientific basis behind our emotions and behaviours in high stake situations. The goal is to provide surgeons with strategies to optimise their performance, improve their response to experiences at work and reduce stress and burnout.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this webinar, attendees should have an understanding of:

  • The relevant structures and functions of the brain responsible for the management of stressful situations.

  • The chimp paradox psychological theory and acquire skills that guide change in emotions, behaviour, and resilience.

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Our panellists include:

  • Dr Sarah Caddy is a General Practitioner of 11 years and managing director of Chimp Management Ltd. She has coached top athletes, company executives and healthcare professionals. Her areas of expertise include leadership, high performing culture and teams, resilience and psychological well-being,  and conflict resolution. She has conducted a randomised  control trial on use of the chimp paradox model as an intervention for occupational burnout in mental health professionals. She is also a proud mother of thee children.

  • Ms Fatima Mansour (chair) - Member of RCSEd Trainees' Committee.

  • Professor Rowan Parks - President, RCSEd.


1 Hour

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A recording of the webinar will be made available on this page in the days following the live broadcast.

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