Simulation, Robotics and Telemedicine: Innovation Driving Patient Care

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Date: 12 November 2013
Venue: UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre
Time: 09:30 - 16:15

This one-day conference has been jointly organised by Health Education South West, the Royal Society of Medicine and Bristol Robotics Laboratory. It brings together leading clinicians, academics and researchers to discuss latest advances in medical robotics, simulation and telemedicine.

The conference will appeal to surgeons and practitioners wishing to refresh their knowledge, and to junior clinicians and trainees embarking on clinical careers. It will also appeal to researchers involved in medical technology, to medical device manufacturers looking for new opportunities, and to academia, public and charitable institutions.

Aims of conference

  • Provide a forum for debate on medical innovation and issues relating to robotics, simulation, and telemedicine.
  • Provide delegates with a deeper understanding of current issues and technologies for delivering better patient care.
  • Stimulate innovation and showcase research and best practice.
  • Provide a forum to meet new people, discover/exchange new ideas and form links for future research and collaboration.


  • 09:30 - Registration and refreshments
  • 10:00 - Chairman's Welcome and Introduction - Professor Davinder Sandhu, Postgraduate Dean/Head of Education, Health Education South West

Session One: Surgical Robotics

Chair: Professor Chris Melhuish, Director, Bristol Robotics Laboratory

10:10 - Advanced laparoscopic surgery using the Da Vinci robotic system

  • Professor David Gillatt, Director, Bristol Urological Institute
  • Mr John McGrath, Consultant Urological Surgeon, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

10:35 - Radiology and robotics: minimal intervention, maximum impact

  • Dr Mark Callaway, Consultant Radiologist, United Bristol Healthcare Trust

10:45- Advanced urologic laparoscopic procedures

  • Dr Magnus Annerstedt, Head of Robotic Surgery, Department of Urology, Herlev University Hospital, Denmark

11:15 - The Da Vinci learning curve for upper urinary tract surgery

  • Mr Christian Bach, Robotics Fellow, Southmead Hospital, Bristol

11:25 - Minimally invasive technologies for surgery and healthcare

  • Professor Mark Emberton, Director, Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, UCL; Clinical Director, Clinical Effectiveness Unit, Royal College of Surgeons of England

11:45 - Q&A panel discussion

12:15 - 13:00 - Lunch and networking

Session Two: Simulation

Chair: Professor Jane Barrie OBE, Chair of the South West Local Education and Training Governing Body

13:00 - In search of simulation and TEL educational quality assurance

  • Dr David Grant, Associate Dean Simulation, Health Education South West

13:20 - Simulated ocular surgery

  • Mr John Ferris, Head of School of Ophthalmology, Health Education South West

13:30 - Simulated surgical training: A quantum leap

  • Mr Robert Longman, Consultant Colorectal Cancer Surgeon, United Bristol Healthcare Trust

13:40 - Consulation skills for psychiatrists: An elite sport

  • Dr Guy Undril, Consultant Psychiatrist, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Hannah Toogood, ST5 in Learning Disability Psychiatry, Severn Postgraduate Medical Education

13:50 - Q&A panel discussion

14:20 - 14:50 - Refreshments and networking

Session Three: Telemedicine

Chair: Professor Deborah Evans, Managing Director, West of England Academic Health Science Network

14:50 - Telehealth, eHealth or just health?

  • Dr Nicholas Robinson, President Elect, Telemedicine & eHealth Section, Royal Society of Medicine

15:10 - Haptic feedback for surgical robots

  • Dr Adam Spiers, Research Fellow, Bristol Robotics Laboratory

15:20 - Telehealth: Applications in secondary care

  • Katy Lethbridge, UK Sales & Marketing Manager, Medvivo

15:30 - The innovation landscape in healthcare

  • Mr Sasha Karakusevic, Chief Operating Officer, North Bristol NHS Trust

15:50 - Q&A panel discussion

16:20 - Presentation of poster prizes

  • Professor Steve West, Vice Chancellor, University of the West of England; Chair of the West of England Academic Health Science Network
  • Professor Davinder Sandhu, Postgraduate Dean/Head of Education, Health Education South West

Conference Close

  • Professor Steve West, Vice Chancellor, University of the West of England

16:30 - Refreshments and networking

Optional tour of Bristol Robotics Laboratory - tour finishes at 17:15

Poster presentations

The conference invites early career medics and researchers to display posters, describing evidence based practice and innovation, and work in progress/new ideas.

The winning posters will be decided by a conference judging panel, which includes:

  • Prof Davinder Sandhu (Postgraduate Dean/Head of Education, Health Education South West)
  • Dr David Grant (Associate Dean, Simulation, Health Education South West; President, International Pediatric Simulation Society)
  • Dr Mark Callaway (Consultant Radiologist, United Bristol Healthcare Trust)
  • Dr Parag Singhal (Clinical Director, Weston Hospital)

The winning posters will receive prizes from Professor Steve West, Vice Chancellor, UWE Bristol. For more information, download the conference flyer.


The cost to attend is:

  • Consultant/GP - £100
  • Business - £100
  • AHP/nurse/midwife - £40
  • Non-medical/academic - £40
  • Trainee - £25
  • Student - £20


To attend, please book your place online.

Cost: Various
Contact: David Lennard
Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 82749

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