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March 2021

Decisions Before Incisions

31 March 2021

“Walpole has no intellect. A mere surgeon. A wonderful operator but, after all, what is operating? . . . . Manual labour.” ― George Bernard Shaw, The Doctor's Dilemma I am prompted to write this blog following the Faculty of Surgical Trainers webinar on 19th January 2021 – ‘What makes a good trainer? – the trainee view’. We were exploring the trai…



16 March 2021

One of my favourite speakers was Sir Ken Robinson. This YouTube video of his TED talk especially resonated – ‘How to escape education’s death valley’. He talks about the USA’s No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. He asserts that we have an education system that seeks conformity not diversity. I reflect on Sir Ken’s presentation and the lambasting he …


Lifting the trophy!

3 March 2021

The Scottish rugby union team need to be congratulated on winning the Calcutta Cup. The team entered the stadium with purpose and were clearly on a mission. To me, the most inspiring moment of the whole day was the captain, Stuart Hogg, standing back to allow the debutantes to lift the cup. That was the very definition of servant leadership and res…



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System Disruptions: 19th August 2017

Due to essential systems maintenance and upgrades there will be interruptions to some on-line services on Saturday 19th of August.

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