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A podcast for people who like the unexpected. Join the surgeon and academic Professor Roger Kneebone in conversation with unorthodox people whose careers defy traditional boundaries and who swim against the tide. Many of the people in Countercurrent feature in my new book Expert: Understanding the Path to Mastery (Penguin Viking, 2020) https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/313248/expert/9780241392034.html
 
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In addition to his career as a rheumatologist, Ronan is the medical director of dotMD, which he describes as ‘a two day festival of curiosity for doctors and healthcare practitioners looking for more from medicine’. This brings together his interests in medicine, music and the arts. Our conversation ranges across looking after patients with chronic…
 
Sesi and Paddy are joined by Ciaran McDonnell, Hannah Travers and Mimi Li, vascular surgeons across the grade spectrum for an interesting and insightful discussion around the workforce challenges that faces vascular surgery both now and in the future but also offer some solutions being considered and implemented by the Workforce Committee, Rouleaux…
 
From her early days as a Principal at the Royal Opera House, Teresa Cahill has sung all over the world and worked with leading opera companies and conductors. She has a wide and eclectic repertoire and a longstanding fascination with bel canto. In addition to performing she is a professor in the vocal department of Trinity Laban, London. In this co…
 
David Hockings is Head of Percussion at the Royal College of Music and Principal Percussionist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He’s much in demand as a performer and a teacher and has worked with all the major London symphony orchestras. As Principal Percussionist with the London Sinfonietta he plays highly demanding contemporary music involving a…
 
Marnie Chesterton is radio producer and presenter who works with scientists to explore listeners’ questions about science. She is also passionate about stand-up comedy. In this podcast we develop ideas around performance and presentation, exploring explore parallels between Marnie’s experience in broadcasting and mine in medicine.…
 
Martin is a solo jazz and finger style guitarist who has won countless awards and performed all over the world. He started his career at the age of three. A self-taught guitarist, he has played with some of the world’s leading musicians, including Stephane Grappelli, George Harrison, Bill Wyman and Chet Atkins. He is an inspirational teacher and es…
 
In this episode, Greg and Sesi are joined by Patrick Coughlin, consultant vascular surgeon in Cambridge. They discuss the exciting upcoming vascular surgery series on the "Let's Talk Surgery" podcast where the latest in vascular research, practice, training and innovation will be explored.
 
Stuart Greengrass is fascinated by the interplay between technology and professional practice. He worked across professional boundaries throughout his career and played a pivotal role in the pioneering days of keyhole surgery in the 1980s, working as part of a collaborative team led by the late Mr John Wickham.…
 
A consultant colorectal surgeon and a career dedicated to improving the lives of women with complex childbirth injuries, Mhairi Collie joins Sesi and Greg to talk about her journey, the Uganda Childbirth Injury Fund and the recent prestigious award of Global Citizen of the Year. Selflessness, caring, compassion and the strive to make the world a be…
 
“Inspiring… Bravery… Self-less… Fun” Some of the reflections from Mr Philip Hammond, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon who joins Sesi and Greg on this episode of the podcast. Phil discusses his humanitarian missions as well as a brief stint with the Royal Navy. This is full of interesting insights and useful advice.…
 
Caroline Lamb is the current Chief Executive of NHS Scotland and the Director General of Health and Social Care within the Scottish Government. She joins Greg and Sesi to reflect on her leadership journey but also her experiences of leading through the pandemic in a number of portfolio areas within the Scottish Government. Passionate about leadersh…
 
Izzy Mant, screenwriter and comedian, is a BAFTA-winning producer of scripted comedy for television. She has directed theatre, live comedy and radio, and she wrote and performed her hour-long stand-up debut POLITE CLUB for the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe. We discuss how how the idea of performance plays out in our different worlds. https://www.izzymant.c…
 
Jonathan Burrows trained as a dancer with the Royal Ballet before forming his own group and developing his career as a choreographer. He collaborates widely and his longstanding work with the composer and performer Matteo Fargion has continued over decades. In this conversation we explore the idea of choreography within and beyond the world of danc…
 
On this episode of the podcast, we meet Tim Graham, consultant cardiac surgeon and leads the Professional Standards Office at RCSED. He discusses his training journey, being a cardiac surgeon, his passions and candid reflections on leading through a crisis / difficult moments as well as gives us a flavour of the role of the professional standards o…
 
In the second in our four-part leadership series focusing on leading through the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, Greg and Sesi sit down with Dr David Rosser, Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. As head of one of the largest hospital trusts in the UK, they discuss Dr Rosser's experiences of responding to the cli…
 
David Dolan is a concert pianist, teacher and researcher who has spent much of his career reintegrating classical improvisation into his performances. This is in the spirit of what was standard practice in musical performance up until the twentieth century. In this podcast we explore the idea of improvisation in classical music and in conversation.…
 
Following the recent publication of ‘Patient Safety: Improving Safety Out of Hours’ document, Greg and Sesi are joined by Beth Lineham, Orthopaedic Registrar and co-author of the report, to discuss some of the salient points identified in the survey. They discuss key issues highlighted and some examples of good practice noted in the survey.…
 
Sam Gallivan is a consultant-level hand surgeon who is fascinated by ideas of narrative and cross-disciplinary exploration. In August 2020 she was featured on BBC Radio 4’s Four Thought, exploring the craft of surgery. In this conversation we discuss our experiences in the world of medicine and beyond. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000ls8m…
 
A four part series focusing on leadership, in particular leading through crisis within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Greg and Sesi are joined on the podcast by the Scottish Government National Clinical Director, Professor Jason Leitch to discuss his leadership journey and his reflections on the last 12 months.…
 
Sesi is joined by Gillian Hardman from the RCSED Trainees committee in an all-female panel, in commemoration of International Women’s Day, to reflect on how the pandemic has impacted on Medical Students. They are joined by an inspiring group of students to have open, frank conversations on their experiences and hopes for the future. Important lesso…
 
In the final episode of the patient safety series, Greg and Sesi welcome Kevin Turner, consultant urologist and chair of the surgical adverse events first aid response working group to discuss patient safety from the lens of resilience in surgeons and other clinicians. We discuss the concept of the secondary casualty following significant adverse e…
 
The second instalment of the patient safety series - Out of the darkness of the death of his wife in 2005 came a number of positives – Martin has continued to advocate for patient safety to be at the forefront of all we do in health and social care around the world. The Clinical Human Factors Group, his journey through adversity and how we can aim …
 
On this episode of the Let’s Talk Surgery Podcast FST Series, James Tomlinson joins Greg and Sesi for an exciting, brilliant and informative discussion on training, leadership, and the human side of surgery. Plus some good tips on books to read as well as sage words of wisdom.
 
Ahead of the upcoming inaugural wellbeing week hosted and organised by the RCSED trainees’ committee, Kellie Bateman and Gillian Hardman join Greg and Sesi on the podcast to talk about the importance of wellbeing both during the COVID pandemic and as we move forward. They also build up to wellbeing week with the development, and some of the highlig…
 
Greg and Sesi are joined on the podcast by Dr. Jonathan Hanson, Consultant in Sports & Exercise Medicine, Team doctor for Glasgow Warriors Rugby team and member of the Scottish Government Medical Advisory Group on Sports Concussion. He talks about some of the short, medium and long effects of concussions, the work being done to tackle concussions a…
 
On this episode we welcome Mr David O'Regan, Chair of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers, and Mr David Riding, Chair of the RCSEd Trainee's Committee. We have radical conversations and passionate discussions on training, current issues in surgical training and how to maximise training opportunities in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic and …
 
As an academic, David Dobson performs high-pressure experiments on deep Earth rocks and minerals. He’s also a passionate climber, mountaineer and expedition leader. In addition he’s a talented self-taught artist and a member of the Society of Wood Engravers. In this podcast we explore how these strands come together in his work and unpick similarit…
 
Alongside her many research and academic commitments, Susan Standring has been the editor-in-chief of Gray’s Anatomy for twenty years and will be stepping down from her role once the 42nd edition is published. For Susan, anatomy is about looking and making sense of what you see - whether at a gross, microscopic or molecular level. In this podcast w…
 
Jeanie Finlay is an artist and documentary film maker. Her 8 films include Seahorse, Orion: The Man Who Would Be King, and Game of Thrones: The Last Watch. In this podcast she describes her approach to film making and we explore parallels with other kinds of expert performance - including medicine https://www.jeaniefinlay.com…
 
Michele Clapton has a stellar career as a costume designer, winning many awards for her creative work in film and television. Her designs for Game of Thrones and The Crown are widely acclaimed. In this conversation we explore how she inspires and brings together teams of craftspeople as she develops her vision for each production.…
 
Mark Wilson specialises in treating patients with brain injuries and is an expert in pre-hospital care. He’s worked in extreme environments all over the world and has been part of a NASA team monitoring intracranial pressure in astronauts. He was awarded an OBE in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours, recognising his pioneering work developing the Goo…
 
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