Mr Nicholas Raison


Mr Raison has always had a keen interest in surgical educational. In addition to completing a postgraduate diploma in education, he has been awarded fellowship of the higher education academy (FHEA). Mr Raison has a long experience of organising surgical training programmes pioneering the first UK robotic surgical training programme utilising cadavers. He currently leads the simulation training programme for all urological trainees across London. Mr Raison also has several roles at King’s College London School of Medicine which include leading the BSc surgical sciences course and supervising undergraduate and PhD research projects.

A particular interest of his is the development and expansion of non-technical skills training (communication, team working, leadership) for surgeons. Whilst traditionally poorly taught, these skills have been shown to be vital for maintaining safe and effective surgical care. Mr Raison Chairs the European Association of Urology working group for non-technical skills training and is developing a pan European training curriculum.

Training Courses

  • Course Organiser, Robostart Introduction to Robotic Surgery and Robotic Partial Nephrectomy Course, King’s College London & Guys and St Thomas NHS Trust; February 2024
  • European Association of Urology Talent Incubator Programme Faculty 2024
  • Emergency Urology Cadaveric Training Course, King’s College London, October 2024
  • Non-Technical Skills Hands On Training Course, Prague, Czechia, September 2023
  • Simulation Lead, Pan-London Deanery Urology Simulation Training Programme; 2018 to present
    • Organisation and delivery of simulation training for all London Urology Speciality Trainees
    • £30,000 annual budget
  • Course organiser and Faculty, Intercalated Surgical Sciences BSC; King’s College London, London – 2016 to present (6BBYS301 & -302)
    • Organise delivery of the intercalated BSc
    • Deliver didactic lectures, hands-on- training in clinical skills, assessment of students
    • Project supervision for BSc and special study module students
  • Course Organiser, Cadaveric Simulation Robotic Training Course; King’s College London & Guys and St Thomas NHS Trust; 2015 to present
    • I developed the first UK robotic cadaveric training programme
    • 2-Day training course incorporating didactic lectures, live surgery, hands on VR and cadaveric simulation robotic training
    • Supported by The Urology Foundation and Industry Sponsorship
    • Excellent participant feedback
    • Course now integrated into The Urology Foundation National Robotic Training Programme
  • Training Programme Administrator, The Urology Foundation National Robotic Training Programme, 2018 to 2020
    • Management of the Cadaveric Robotic Training Programmes (annual courses in Guys and Newcastle)
    • Organisation of the TUF mini-fellowship programme at five centres across the UK
  • Course Organiser, Andrology Cadaveric Training Course; Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital; 2018 to present
    • I organised a 1-day cadaver andrology training course for urology trainees and consultants
    • Training on advanced surgical is provided through didactic lectures and hands on training
  • Faculty, 2nd EULIS/EAU Ureteroscopy Workshop; King’s College Hospital & King’s College London, London, 2019
  • Organising Team, ESUT/EAU Laparoscopic Nephrectomy Workshop, King’s College Hospital & King’s College London, London 2019
  • Faculty and Organiser, European School of Urology- Hands-on training Course in Non-Technical Skills
  • EAU Annual Conference, 2017 – 2018
  • Faculty, EAU/ESU Train-the-Teachers Meeting; Amsterdam, The Netherlands, May 2016
  • Catheter Skills Training Programme at The London Clinic, 2015 to 2018
    • Developed and delivered a catheter training and certification programme for nurses at the London Clinic (2016 to present)
    • 21 nurses competent and certified in male catheterisation
  • Faculty, Ureterorenoscopy Simulation Training Course for Technical & Non-technical Skills; 2015-2017