2020/21 Programme

2020/21 Winter Dinner Series

The Society invites members and guests to a monthly dinner with guest speaker at the Imperial Hotel between October and April.
Dinners cost £23* per person and commence at 7:30pm. Drinks will be available in the bar beforehand.
Details of after dinner talks are as follows:
*Quiz Night will include buffet at £5 per person
TDMS Presentation Competition Winners

Thursday 22nd October 2020

TDMS Presentation Competition Winners

Winners to be Announced

The Society has offered three prizes for the best presentations from local Medical Practicioners.
At our October meeting, we will be inviting the winners to give their presentations to the members following our usual dinner.
Further details of winners and their subject matter will be announced nearer the date.
TDMS Speaker Mr David Marks on Richard III

Thursday 19th November 2020

Richard III

Mr David Marks

Details of talk to follow...
John Risdon talks about "The Beautiful Dart" at Torquay & District Medical Society

Thursday 21st January 2021

Tales of the Dart Estuary

John Risdon

John Risdon was born in Brixham and has spent his life in Devon. In a varied career, John has worked in a timber yard, for the Admiralty, as a teacher, and in his own publishing business.
Throughout that time, John’s passion has been the history, geology, and geography of the Devon coastline and countryside. His guided walks and talks cover every aspect of Torbay, Dartmouth and the rolling hills of Dartmoor.
In this talk, John will regale us with Tales of The Dart Estuary!
What hidden gems will he uncover - even for those who have also spent a lifetime in the area?
Join us to find out…
TDMS Speaker Stan Burridge

Thursday 25th February 2021

Title to be Announced

Stan Burridge

Stan Burridge has more than 20 years’ experience working or volunteering in the homelessness sector and ‘lived experience’ which stretches back to a young run away from the institutional care system.
Stan’s proven track record of engaging with often ‘easy to ignore’ groups has meant he has been able to support the participation of thousands of homeless and formerly homeless people to contribute to an extensive list of articles for established health related publications including: National Institute of Health Research; The BMJ; Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health; The Lancet; and the British Journal of Healthcare Management.
His engaging style and tongue in cheek humour often brings together audiences of homeless people, medical students, policy makers and politicians and creates a platform for honest dialogue, breaking down some of the inherent difficulties there are to ‘user involvement.’
In 2018 Stan was awarded a runner-up place for Expert Citizen of the Year for Leadership and in July 2019 launched Expert Focus where he continues to support the voice of ‘lived experience’ to be at the forefront of commissioning and delivery strategies.
Stan has been a visiting lecturer at Greenwich University for the new student intake twice yearly since 2015 and continues to work with a number of other universities including UCL, Kings, Sterling and Dundee.
He says one of his best personal achievements was scoring 54 on a Masters Degree Module in Inclusion Health at University College London despite leaving school with no formal qualifications.
TDMS Speaker Lee Spencer - The Rowing Marine

Thursday 25th March 2021

The Rowing Marine

Lee Spencer

Lee joined the Royal Marine Commandos in 1992. Following operational tours of Northern Ireland and Iraq, he qualified for special duties and undertook 3 tours of Afghanistan, often working in an undercover and covert role.
In 2014, Lee lost his right leg below the knee whilst providing assistance at a road traffic accident. Lee utilised his military training to save his own life by instructing a passer-by to apply a tourniquet. He was awarded the High Chief Constables award for his selfless actions on that night.
In 2015, Lee was one of a crew of four amputees who first rowed across the Atlantic and into the Guinness World Record books.
In January 2019, Lee set off from Portimao, Portugal to row solo and unsupported from mainland Europe to mainland South America. 60 days, 16 hours and 6 minutes later he rowed into Cayenne, French Guiana to become the first physically disabled person to do so. He also smashed the able bodied record by an astonishing 36 days!
As The Rowing Marine, Lee has raised money for The Royal Marines Charity and the Endeavour Fund.
A natural and engaging speaker, Lee’s incredible personal story will captivate and inspire.
TDMS Quiz Night

Thursday 22nd April 2021

TDMS Quiz Night

Having missed our first Quiz Night due to the Coronavirus Lockdown, we will be rescheduling the quiz in place of our usual April meeting.
Entry will be £5 per person including a buffet, which will be available from 7:30pm, prior to an 8pm start.
The quiz will be a General Knowledge quiz - not a test of your medical knowledge - although there may be questions related to past talks given to the Society...!
Members are invited to form teams of up to 6 people to participate in the quiz.
If you do not have a team, or would like to top up with additonal team members, please let us know - or turn up on the night and we will make sure you are accommodated.
Please book your places in advance to help us manage the food requirements.