Consultants gear up for 1st UK cycling symposium

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A team of consultants from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be taking to the road as part of the first-ever ‘Cycling Symposium’ across the UK.

The gruelling seven-day ride, organised by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), will go from Southampton to Edinburgh starting on 1 September, stopping each day to conduct a series of masterclasses on key surgical topics.

These include highlighting the importance of patients’ cardiovascular fitness prior to surgery and an update on the college’s ground-breaking anti-bullying campaign #LetsRemoveIt.

Consultant vascular surgeon Barnabas Green will lead the South Tees team as they join the event on its 100 mile Sheffield to Middlesbrough leg on day four, before hosting a talk in the South Tees Institute of Learning, Research and Innovation at The James Cook University Hospital on Wednesday 5 September at 8am.

The RCSEd team will then move onto Newcastle and Carlisle before the final push into Edinburgh on 7 September, completing more than 550 miles in total.

Mr Green said: “As a Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Regional Surgical Advisor for the Northeast and Quality Lead for Postgraduate Medical Education at James Cook I am absolutely thrilled to host the Cycling Symposium here in Middlesbrough.

“As surgeons it is crucial that we work hard to spread the word about surgical training, education and innovation and as such, the symposium is incredibly valuable for both surgeons and the public alike. We wish to highlight the importance of cardiovascular health, both before surgery and in general, as well as educating surgeons through topical masterclasses en-route.

“The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has existed for over half a century and has spent much of that time pushing innovation in education.  Here we see another fantastic innovation with surgeons taking their own advice and leading the way in improving their own fitness! I am sure that it will be an exhausting but rewarding journey, and I look forward to supporting my colleagues on the ride.”

The #LetsCycleIt route will be open to local cyclists, both healthcare professionals and the public. To join in any of the seven daily stages, or to find out more about the talks, visit