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Prof Philip Peng
University of Toronto, Canada

Prof Philip Peng is the professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine of University of Toronto.

Prof Peng is credited with the introduction of the Pericapsular Nerve Group (PENG) block which is a fascial plane block where local anaesthetic is injected in the fascial plane between the psoas tendon and the ilium, aiming to block the articular branches of the femoral, obturator, and accessory obturator nerves that provide sensory innervation to the anterior capsule.

He is a leader, researcher, educator and pioneer in the application of ultrasound for pain medicine. His contribution of pain education resulted in “Founder” status from Royal College in Pain Medicine in Canada, and the Award of Recognition of Education in Pain Medicine by ESRA.

His innovative research led to different new procedures in pain intervention. He received numerous awards including the John J Bonica award from ASRA, Distinguished Service Award from both ESRA-Spain and Canadian Pain Society, Gold Medal Award from Canadian Anesthesiology Society. He is the inaugural fellow to ASRA (FASRA) which recognizes the contribution of prominent member of the field. He has delivered more than 500 lectures and workshops nationally and internationally. He has edited 8 books and published 260 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.

Prof Philip Peng will be speaking on Thursday 11 January on 'From innervation to innovation: lessons learnt from hip analgesia'


Dr Fiona Kelly
Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Royal United Hospitals, Bath

Fiona Kelly is a consultant and full-time clinician in Bath. She was chair of the Difficult Airway Society and Association of Anaesthetists’ human factors guideline group, and lead author for their guideline paper published in January 2023.
Fiona was a member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ short working party on unrecognised oesophageal intubation and was airway lead in Bath for 8 years. She also has an interest in medical education, recovery from potentially traumatic events and staff wellbeing, and is a member of the Association of Anaesthetists’ wellbeing working party.

Fiona is extremely honoured and absolutely delighted to be awarded the Featherstone Professorship 2024.

Dr Fiona Kelly will be speaking on Thursday 11 January on 'Standing on the shoulders of giants'.


Dr Natalie Joseph-Williams
Reader in Improving Patient Care, Cardiff University School of Medicine & Associate Director, Health and Care Research Wales Evidence Centre

Dr Natalie Joseph-Williams is a Reader in Improving Patient Care at Cardiff University School of Medicine and Associate Director for the newly established Health and Care Research Wales Evidence Centre. 

Natalie has over sixteen years experience of researching, teaching, and implementing shared decision making, working closely with policy makers, healthcare organisations, clinical teams, and patients across the UK to embed this approach into routine clinical care. She leads the Evidence Based Medicine course for MBBCh students at Cardiff University, with a focus on effectively communicating the evidence to patients to reach shared and informed decisions and runs similar training programmes for healthcare professionals.

Natalie has a strong track record of publications in this area and impact; informing NHS and international healthcare policy, a national shared decision making training programme for health care professionals, and both national and international guidelines on shared decision making and risk communication.

Dr Natalie Jospeh-Williams will be speaking on Friday 12 January 2024 on 'Achieving person centred informed consent in anaesthesia'.


James Badenoch K.C


James Badenoch KC is the son of the late Sir John Badenoch, sometime Director of Clinical Studies (Dean of the Medical School) of Oxford University, and is a renegade from a far-flung medical dynasty.

He was pupil to John (later Mr Justice) Alliott, and Harry (Lord) Woolf at 1 Crown Office Row where he has practised ever since. For some 35 years he has specialised in clinical negligence, medical law, and medical discipline.

He took silk in 1989. He has appeared in a succession of major cases in the Supreme Court, the House of Lords, The Privy Council, The Court of Appeal, The High Court, The GMC and The GDC, and the Hong Kong High Court and  Hong Kong Court of  Final Appeal.

James was counsel in the landmark case of Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] which has huge implications for the way the law deals with consent.
He has been a Deputy High Court Judge, a Recorder of the Crown Court, and a President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal, and is a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

He has been admitted to the Hong Kong Bar and is a visiting Professor at Hong Kong University where he is a Fellow of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law.  He is Chairman Emeritus of the Expert Witness Institute.

His practice covers medically related matters of all kinds. He is the author of numerous articles and chapters on medico-legal subjects, a regular lecturer and speaker after dinner to learned (and less learned) societies, and an occasional broadcaster on TV and radio.


James Badenoch K.C. will be speaking on Friday 12 January 2024 on 'Patient Consent to Treatment'.



Confirmed sessions

Thursday 11 January 2024
  • Unrecognised oesphageal intubation - putting the PUMA guidelines into practice
  • NAP7 - Cardiac focus
  • Debate: Anaesthetic rooms - on the way out?
  • Contracts and finances
  • Peri-operative care
  • Paediatrics - the critical ill child in A&E
  • Critical care
  • Neuro session
  • Management of complex case - obstetrics
  • Remote anaesthesia
  • Innovation session
  • Latest in industry session


Friday 12 January 2024
  • Anaesthesia journal session - sustainability
  • Consent panel discussion
  • Emergency laparotomoy
  • Leaving the NHS - should I stay or should I go?
  • Obesity session
  • Obstetric session
  • Monitoring
  • Regional anaesthesia
  • Sedation - tips, trick and new techniques

Plus a complimentary social on the Thursday after the conference for all those attending in person.

Please note: sessions maybe subject to change.