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BAME Leaders in Surgery Conference 2021

BLiS 2021

Saturday 27th February 2021 – 09.15-13.00

Offering hands-on training in the heart of the UK

Conference Introduction

About the Conference:


We are delighted to be hosting the inaugural annual BLiS Conference. The conference, hosted by the West Midlands Surgical Training Centre (WMSTC), raises topical issues surrounding diversity, equality and attitudes towards the BAME community and creates a space where we can celebrate current leaders and inspire future generations of leaders.

Given the current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are hosting this virtually via ZOOM.

This event will bring together a group of exceptional individuals across various aspects of Surgical Leadership, Research and Education to showcase and share achievements and experiences amongst the next generation of surgical leaders.

Certificates for Portfolio Evidence of Attendance will be available.

Key Speakers include:

Professor Shervanthi Homer-Vanniaskinkam

Professor Freddie Hamdy

Ms Deepa Bose

Mr Ahmed Ahmed

Mr Rele Ologunde

Mr Michael Okocha

Miss Stella Vig

Mr Vinod Menon

Essay Prize:


BLiS is pleased to announce the launch of a National BLiS Medical Student/Foundation Doctor Leadership Prize, supported by the WMSTC. This is the first year that this prize will run and offers delegates the opportunity to win a prestigious award by demonstrating their commitment to BAME Leadership in Surgery through a written essay.

We would like to invite you to submit a short essay (<750 words) on only one of the following subjects:

1) Discuss an example of clinical leadership that has inspired you

2) Discuss how you would encourage more medical students and foundation doctors to partake in research

3) Medical Leadership and Management is an underexposed aspect of the undergraduate medical curriculum. How would you incorporate this field into training?

The authors of the winning entries will receive:

1) Essay Prize Certificate

2) Free access to the proposed physical BLiS 2022 Conference

3) Invitation to give an oral presentation based on their essay at BLiS 2021


1) Must be a current UK Medical Student or Foundation Year 1/2 Trainee

2) Must be registered to attend the BLiS 2021 Conference

3) Must only submit ONE essay

Closing Date: January 29th 2021

Please submit your essay to blisconferenceessay@gmail.com

Help and Guidance

Most courses are designed for surgeons, students or allied health professionals working in a particular specialty and/or at a particular stage in their careers. All course web pages include details of the appropriate specialties and training levels.

If you’re outside of these criteria or if in doubt, you should discuss the course with your assigned educational supervisor and if they think that it’s appropriate for you to attend please enquire via our contact us page.

What is my eligibility as an overseas candidate?

If you are not in a UK training post and are unsure of the level to which your knowledge and experience would correspond, please contact us.

What happens if book onto course and I am told that I am unsuitable?

It is your responsibility to ensure you fall within the relevant course. If your experience is below the required level we reserve the right to withdraw you from the course without compensation.

Certificates are issued approximately 2 weeks (often sooner) after your course via PDF.

This allows you time to complete the online evaluation; which closes after 1 week of your course.

Certificates of attendance will not be issued after this time.

Certificates are not provided to course observers or to delegates who have not completed the course.

Have you changed email? Has the centre got your correct contact details?

If you did not complete online feedback within 1 week of the course (and thus did not trigger the certificate process) you will not receive a certificate.

Unfortunately if more than 1 week has elapsed and you have not submitted feedback, duplicates will not be available.

If within this time frame please request a duplicate via our contact us page.

After any course you should complete feedback, your evaluation as a participant is an essential course requirement, enabling us to maintain the quality of courses we offer and help to improve future sessions

All feedback is conducted anonymously; names are only used to validate the responses
Completing online feedback links to our database and is a key trigger for the issue of certificates, if applicable for your course.

You should complete online feedback as soon as possible after your course and within 1 week of the end of the course when the online feedback will close.

Complete the online feedback even if you failed part of your course.

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On behalf of the West Midlands Surgical Training Centre and our Faculty, we wish to extend our thanks for your commitment to making our educational event so successful.

Your generous contribution to our training events, be it financial or with equipment contribution has helped ensure our vision for world class training has become a reality.

As we continue to grow as a Centre, please know that partnerships with our sponsors is vital to our success.

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Meet The Faculty

Prof Shervanthi Homer-‐Vanniasinkam was appointed Consultant Vascular Surgeon at The General Infirmary at Leeds in October 1995, having trained in India and the UK. In June 2008 she was awarded a Personal Chair in Clinical and Experimental Vascular Research by the University of Bradford; in 2006, she was appointed to the first Chair in Translational Vascular Medicine at Bradford. In September 2008, she was appointed Director of Research and Education at the Northwick Park Institute for Medical Research (affiliated to University College London; UCL) and was invited to accept an Honorary Chair in Surgery at UCL. In addition to her clinical work as a full-time vascular surgeon, she is actively involved in a number of basic, applied and translational research projects. Her initial research interests focused on ischaemia-‐reperfusion injury in which she has published widely and has given a number of national and international presentations. Prof Homer-‐Vanniasinkam has been associated with emerging technologies and their applications in healthcare; she is invited to participate in several national initiatives in this sphere of her work. Prof Homer-‐Vanniasinkam is Clinical Sub-‐Dean of Leeds Medical School and has significant medical undergraduate teaching and examining commitments. She is also currently the director of the Translational aspects of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering in UCL (IBME).

Prof Hamdy is Nuffield Professor of Surgery, Professor of Urology and Head of the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences at the University of Oxford as well as Honorary Consultant Urological Surgeon at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals and Fellow of Balliol College. In 2010, he was also appointed Director of the Division of Surgery and Oncology and the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust. He qualified from the University of Alexandria, Egypt in 1981. Prof Hamdy’s research activities encompass clinical, translational and basic science programmes on the biology of prostate and bladder cancer, with specific interests in the molecular mechanisms of disease progression, cancer induced bone disease, and cancer epigenetics. He is passionate about providing high-level evidence from clinical research for the management of prostate cancer. He designed and conducts with colleagues the NIHR HTA ProtecT (Prostate testing for cancer and Treatment) study, – the largest of its kind worldwide.

Ms. Deepa Bose qualified as a doctor from the University of Calcutta in 1990. In 2009 she was appointed as a consultant to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, where she currently works. Her practice is exclusively in adults, and includes general trauma, major trauma and post-traumatic limb reconstruction (osteomyelitis, malunion, non-union, limb lengthening & deformity correction). She also has a keen interest in medical education. She completed an MSc in Medical Education from Cardiff University in 2010. She is now Vice Chair of the Specialist Advisory Committee for Trauma & Orthopaedics in the UK.Ms Bose has a desire to promote and encourage teaching in orthopaedics in developing nations, and she gained the Diploma in Medical Care of Catastrophes from the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries in 2011. She is the Chairman of World Orthopaedic Concern UK, a specialist society of the British Orthopaedic Association, and a charity which focuses on teaching orthopaedics in low resource countries, since 2009. She has been on the International Emergency Trauma Register of the UK, a first response team for international disaster relief, since 2012.

Mr Ahmed is Consultant Surgeon at St. Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College London. He established and heads up the bariatric and metabolic surgery unit at St. Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College London which is now a leading unit in the UK designated as a NHS preferred provider as well as being an International Bariatric Surgery Centre of Excellence by the ASMBS. He is the Director of Surgery and Co-Founder of The London Weight Clinic. He is an active council member of a multiple national and international committees including The Royal College of Surgeons of England and the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society.

Mr Ologunde is a NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in ENT based in the West Midlands. He is widely published, with over 30 publications in his short career. He was a President of the Imperial Medical School Surgical Society as well as an Intern in Emergency and Essential Surgical Care at the WHO. He was the Co-Director of the Medsin Global Surgery National Working Group as well as a Global Surgery Research Fellow at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, Oxford. He completed his Academic Foundation Training Programme in the Thames Valley Deanery, where his research was primarily based with the Lavy Group in General Surgery.

Mr Okocha is a General Surgery Trainee based in the Severn Deanery and is the current Diversity and Equality Officer for the Associations of Surgeons in Training (ASiT). He was the West of England AHSN Patient Safety Champion 2020 and North Bristol NHS Trust Hero Award recipient. He is currently an Health Education England Scholarship recipient for the Medical Education Degree at the University of Cambridge and has authored and presented papers on patient care and wellbeing on an international stage. His Masters, from the University of Indianapolis, was in Strategic Leadership and Organisational Design. Mr Okocha is passionate about all things QI, Trauma and Medical Education.

Miss Vig is a Vascular and General Consultant Surgeon and Clinical Director of Croydon University Hospital. She has also overseen the development of the Diabetic, Vascular and Wound Care Centre which has reduced the rates of amputations in Croydon. Miss Vig is a key figure in Medical Education and is currently the Higher & Core Surgery Training Programme Director for Health Education England (HEE). She is also a Council Member of the Royal College of Surgeons. In 2017, Miss Vig completed the Senior Leaders Programme at the Kings Fund and has won many awards including the Silver Scalpel Award ASiT (2018) and London NHS Leadership Academy Mentor of the Year (2015).

Mr Vinod Menon graduated from University of Kerala, India in 1989, completed his higher surgical training on the Welsh rotation and was appointed as a Consultant Upper GI and General Surgeon at University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust in 2002. He was Clinical Director for Surgical services for 11 years until 2019 during which period he set up and continues to lead an excellent bariatric and metabolic surgical service. Mr Menon has been en elected member of the British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) since 2012, Honorary Treasurer (2014-2017) and since 2017 serves as Honorary Secretary. In addition he was a member of the council of the Association of Upper GI Surgery (2017-2020). Mr Menon is an Honorary Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Warwick and Director of the West Midlands Surgical Training Centre. He is an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the section Editor (Bariatrics) of the Oxford Textbook of General Surgery.


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