2023/24 Programme

2023/24 Winter Dinner Series

The Society invites members and guests to a monthly dinner with guest speaker at the Imperial Hotel between September and April.

Dinners cost £24* per person and will 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

Thursday 28th September 2023

The Worldwide Diabetes Pandemic

Dr Richard Paisey

In the UK there are now more persons living with type 2 diabetes under the age of 40 than those with type 1 diabetes.
In little more than one generation the prevalence of diabetes in China has increased from 1 to 10 % of the population.
Diabetes prevalence in Pakistan is now 30% of adults despite low income and BMI <30.
50 years ago, diabetes was a rare cause of renal failure and treatment with dialysis or transplant was often not offered.
Now diabetes accounts for more than half of patients on dialysis.
How have we arrived at this situation and how can we reverse it?
Dr Richard Paisey has been a Consultant Physician since 1986.
His diabetes research has included studies in nutrition, neuropathy, metabolism and insulin resistance.
He has led the Torbay UKPDS centre and the National Rare Disease Clinic for Alström Syndrome, leading to 15 major publications.
In this talk, Richard will explore how Corporate control of food production, environmental degradation, and the global pandemic of obesity and diabetes are inextricably entwined.

Thursday 26th October 2023

Festival Medicine

Dr Ruth Creamer

Dr Ruth Creamer is an Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine Consultant based in Truro.
Having graduated from Nottingham University in 2008, her first job as a doctor was in Torbay.
After training in Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care in the South West, Ruth returned to Torbay for her first job as a registrar in Emergency Medicine.
In 2015 she started volunteering with Festival Medical Services, initially at Reading Festival, in order to qualify for a place working at Glastonbury Festival the following year.
Ruth has now worked at Glastonbury Festival 5 times, progressing to being the doctor in charge of the Big Ground Medical Tent.
Dr Creamer will give us an insight into Festival Medical Services, the organisation that provides medical cover for one of the biggest festivals in the world.
She will describe working with a small army of volunteers, what working at big festivals involves and the variety of patients and challenges encountered.

Thursday 23rd November 2023

The Triangular Trade

A History of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

Ken Pye

Born and bred in Liverpool, Ken Pye retired as Managing Director of his own leadership development organisation, ‘The Knowledge Group’.
In a varied career spanning over fifty years Ken's experience includes working as a Residential Child Care Officer, as a Youth and Community Leader, as the Community Development Worker for Toxteth and as the Northwest Regional Officer for Barnardos.
He undertook a special, one-year contract for Liverpool Hope University as Executive Director of Continuing Professional Development, before setting up ‘The Knowledge Group’ in 2009.
Ken is a Proprietor of The Athenaeum and a Fellow of Liverpool Hope University.
In this talk, Ken will give us a history of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and it's continuing impact on today's society.

Thursday 25th January 2024

The Use of DNA in Crime Detection

Professor Robert Green

Professor Robert Green is currently Reader in Forensic Science within the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Kent.
Bob previously worked in Research and Service Development at the Forensic Science Service, latterly leading the Science and Technology Unit within the Police Standards Unit.
He is well known for developing and leading the national program of cold case rape investigation – Operation Advance, as well as being an international speaker on the development of DNA and other biometric databases.
Professor Green was made an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list of 2008 for his services to forensic science.
In this talk, Bob will tell us the history and current developments in the use of DNA in solving crimes.

Thursday 29th February 2024

Delivering impeccable palliative care whilst building a sustainable future

Mark Hawkins

As CEO of Rowcroft Hospice, Mark Hawkins has fostered a culture deeply rooted in empathy, dignity, inclusivity and respect.
He has spearheaded innovative programmes and initiatives that have elevated the overall experience for patients and their loved ones, further enhancing the hospice's impact and reputation.
Mark has a wealth of experience from senior positions held across various industries including fast-moving consumer goods, building materials, TV, and digital media.
Recognising the power of collaboration and open communication, Mark fosters strong relationships with stakeholders including healthcare professionals, community organisations, and government agencies.
He will tell us about the impeccable care provided across 300 sq miles of South Devon and about future plans to ensure care for more of our community.
These plans include the remarkable opportunity to establish a pioneering model of care within the expansive grounds of Rowcroft Hospice.
Join us to hear this visionary plan to create a vibrant community centred around intergenerational care, learning and education.

Thursday 28th March 2024

The Real Prime Suspect

Jackie Malton

Jackie Malton joined the police service in Leicestershire in 1970, later transferring to the Metropolitan Police.
Jackie served most of her service in the Criminal Investigation Department, investigating all aspects of crime including armed robberies, rape, murder, fraud, arson and blackmail.
She is also a trained hostage negotiator.
Jackie has been a story consultant on many major police drama’s, including Prime Suspect - a series which was based on her own experiences in the Metropolitan Police
Jackie was asked to present ‘The Real Prime Suspect’, launched in September 2020, which examined in detail sixteen murders and the subsequent investigations.
Jackie was awarded an honorary Doctorate by South Bank University to celebrate her continued work in Criminology.
Join us to hear the story of 'The Real Prime Suspect'.

Thursday 25th April 2024

TDMS Quiz Night

We will end the TDMS Season with our regular Quiz Night!
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.