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Updates from todays Effective Operating Theatres Summit

This Summit focuses on the Effective Operating Theatre; Improving Quality, Safety, Productivity and Patient Experience.

The conference is chaired by Mr Hugh Rogers MB BChir FRCS - Associate Medical Director & Consultant Urologist Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust. Hugh is a consultant urologist, and for most of his consultant career has been involved in quality improvement at local and national level in the NHS. As CD for planned care he had responsibility for outpatient services over a total of 15 years. 

His current work as Associate Medical Director is to help steer innovation and transformation within Chelsea & Westminster FT.  The Trust is a leading organization in implementing innovation and is undertaking substantial IT implementation which will utterly change the way clinicians work and challenge clinicins to think differently about how care is delivered.  Hugh leads the quality improvement training agenda in the Trust, and supports improvement programs and the introduction of innovation.


Adrian Jones, President, The Association of Perioperative Practice opened the conference with a session on advancing standards and reducing the variability of patient outcomes, improving efficiency and productivity in operating theatres and looking ahead to the operating theatre of the future.

Pre Conference Abstact: 

A Reflection on the Perioperative Surgical Team: A work in progress!

Surgical practice in the UK changed in 1993, when Suzanne Holmes and her cardiac surgical colleagues introduced the surgical care practitioner role (SCP). A role for advanced non medical practitioners within a consultant surgeon led extended surgical team:

A surgical care practitioner is defined as: ‘A non-medical practitioner, working in clinical practice as a member of the extended surgical team, who performs surgical intervention, pre-operative and post-operative care under the direction and supervision of a consultant surgeon.’

I will discuss surgical assistant practice development, supervision and delegation. Reflect upon SCP practice alongside a variety of healthcare practitioners to provide safe patient care, meet service demands and educate the future surgical workforce

Oral Presentation will reflect and expand on the following published article: Jones A, Arshad H, Nolan J 2012 Surgical Care Practitioner: One team’s journey explored   Journal of Perioperative Practice 22 (1) 19-23

Powerpoint Presentation


Mike Donnellon - Chair of the Education Standards Committee, The College of Operating Department Practitioners and Senior Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire delivered a session on Developing the role of the Operating Department Practitioner. In his presentation, Mike examined the current challenges of safe staffing in operating theatres and explores what future roles could be seen within the multidisciplinary perioperative team.

Powerpoint presentation


Dr Anna Lipp - Past President, The British Association of Day Surgery (BADS) and Consultant Anaesthetist, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust delivered a session on Improving Patient Experience: The future of Day Surgery

Pre- Conference Abstract

Over the past 25 years there have been a number of initiatives to make day surgery the default option for elective surgery.  Some trusts have moved towards this however many still have very conservative selection criteria for both patients and procedures such that a patient has to prove themselves suitable for day surgery rather than being given every option to be so.

In this session we will look at current guidance for day surgery selection and challenge many traditional beliefs that preclude patients and procedures from being undertaken as such.  A successful day surgery unit can transform outcomes for not only patients but the trust and more widely the NHS.  Moving the majority of elective and more recently some emergency surgical procedures to the day surgery arena results in increased productivity, dramatic reduction in waiting lists, freeing up of beds for patients who truly need them, fewer cancellations, and can also increase staff satisfaction and enthusiasm.

In this lecture I will present the current national recommendations and suggest some strategies to achieve them.

Powerpoint Presentation

4 June 2018


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