HEE South West -1st CESR Conference

For SAS, Trust Grade & other interested doctors

Thursday 26th March 2020

Holiday Inn Bristol Filton - Filton Rd, Winterbourne, Bristol BS16 1QX

Programme of the Day:

09:00 – 09:30

Registration and refreshments

09:30 – 09:45

Dean’s welcome and introductions

Geoff Smith – Regional Postgraduate Dean (HEE South West)

09:45 – 10:45

Plenary 1:  GMC - CESR

Nicola Coles and Jessica Betts - Specialist Applications Manager and Specialist Applications Team Coordinator

10:45 – 11:30

Plenary 2: GMC – CESR Combined Pathway (CESR-CP)

Nicola Coles and Jessica Betts - Specialist Applications Manager and Specialist Applications Team Coordinator

Break (11:30 – 12:00)






                                             Workshops (all running simultaneously)

Royal College of Psychiatry

Dr Nandini Chakraborty

(Associate Dean for Equivalence)

Joint Committee on Surgical Training

Megan Wilson

(Head of CESR and Policy)

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Dr Richard Nicholl

(Co-Chair of the CESR Committee)

Royal College of Physicians

Dr Emma Vaux

(Senior Censor and Vice President for Education and Training)


Mental preparation, self-confidence and time management

Kitty Heardman

(Language and Communication skills and examinations coach, HEE)

Emergency Medicine

Dr Daniel Boden

(Emergency Medicine Consultant)

Royal College of Radiologists

Ruth Gibson

(Equivalence Officer)

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Mrs Malini Prasad

(Senior Equivalence officer)



Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Ms Fiona Spencer

(Chair of training)

Daniah Ahmed

(Education & Training Coordinator)

CV Writing Skills

Sarah Taylor

(Career Planning Manager)


Lunch (13:00 – 14:00)

14:00 – 14:30

Ask the experts

Panel of the day’s speakers – An Interactive Q&A Session

14:30 – 15:00

Plenary 3: CESR - Outside the box approach

Dr Daniel Boden - Emergency Medicine Consultant

15:00 – 15:15

CESR Survey Results

Sarah Smith – Support and Development Officer: (HEE South West)

Break (15:15 – 15:45)

15:45 – 16:15

CESR Stories

(CESR Applicants sharing their experiences and challenges)

Thanks, and end of conference

Throughout the day there will be the opportunity to book a 30 minute 1:1 coaching session with Kitty Heardman


How to Book:

The conference is free for all doctors in the South West HEE geography; all delegates from outside the SW geography will be charged a non-profit price of £50, payable via credit card or bank cheque.


Please click here to book your place.

You will receive a confirmation email to let you know your booking has been received. If you have not received the confirmation within a week of submitting your application please contact Sarah Smith.

An e-Delegate Pack will be emailed to you nearer to the event and all updates and the delegate pack will be posted on our website (so please ensure you provide an email address that you check regularly).

If you have any queries about the event please contact Sarah Smith - Support and Development Officer:
01752 590633 or email Sarah

Please email for routine queries, and ring only for urgent queries.




Venue Details:

Click on this link for directions.

Public Transportation:

Train Station
  • Bristol Parkway Train Station
  • Take Filton Road to Coldharbour Lane, Stoke Gifford Drive along Filton Road/A4174, Great Stoke Way and Brierly Furlong At the roundabout, take the second exit, destination will be on the right
  • Cost of Train: Various


Onsite Parking Available

  • Managed by Parking Eye. Parking rates apply for non-hotel residents. Hotel residents must enter their full, correct car registration into the reception terminal to avoid a penalty of £100. Please refer to the signage in the car park for more information.


  • Wireless Internet Available in Rooms, Suites, Business Centre, Public Areas and Meeting Spaces.
  • Standard Wireless internet service is free for all IHG® Rewards Club members