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Daycase General Surgery During Covid19

Friday 4 Dec 2020


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A Joint BADS & Healthcare Conferences UK Conference

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Day surgery is now provided for an increasing range of procedures, in patients ranging from the very fit to the rather frail. It has become the standard of care for many elective surgery procedures and should be the default option for all 200 procedures within the BADS Directory of Procedures. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has put extraordinary strain on hospital services, staff and facilities with hospitals having to restructure pathways and spaces. During the first wave, the majority of elective surgery was suspended resulting in long delays for elective and some urgent surgery. The recovery of elective surgery in the NHS depends not only on the needs to address the back log of patients now requiring treatment but also the recognition that many patients remain increasingly reluctant to come into hospital. 

It is therefore essential to rapidly develop provision for elective and urgent surgery via efficient day case pathways: 
• To tackle expanding waiting lists 
• To reduce the secondary impact of Covid-19 relating to morbidity associated with delayed surgery 
• To provide an environment and pathway which enables patients to attend with confidence.
• To meet patient preference for day surgery over inpatient care. 

As elective surgery resumes performing as many procedures as possible as a day case has never been more vital. Cold site surgery should be considered, ideally within a dedicated unit as part of an acute hospital site, and ensure that properly designed units are protected from surges in emergency care admissions. We will hear from Senior Charge Nurse Catherine Jackson, about Queen Margaret Hospital “Cold site” Day Surgery Unit experience.

As the principles of ambulatory care are changing we have the National Lead for the Surgical Ambulatory Emergency Care Network and Chairman of the Surgical Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) group, Mr Arin Saha, speaking on SDEC and discussing how it has been affected by COVID. The president of the International Association of ambulatory surgery, Professor Doug McWhinnie, will be discussing the “New Normal” for day surgery pathways following COVID 19.

We will also hear about GIRFT data in the day case setting. The GIRFT programme has recognised the importance of day surgery. The GIRFT general surgery report acknowledges there are opportunities to learn from centres where the use of day case surgery for less complex procedures is most common. Within the Anaesthetic and Peri-operative medicine work stream GIRFT look at procedures from the BADS Directory of procedures which appear to have wide variations in successful day case rates. By tackling variations in the way services are delivered across the NHS, and by sharing best practice between trusts, GIRFT identifies changes that will help improve care and patient outcomes, as well as delivering efficiencies such as the reduction of unnecessary procedures and cost savings. 

There will be an opportunity for discussion with the speakers, experts from BADS and participants from across the UK which will be of interest to those with medical and nursing backgrounds. 

Attending this conference will enable you to:

  • Gain insight into the NEW Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) standards expected to be achieved by all units by March 2021 set by the RCS and NHS England.
  • The GIRFT general surgery report aims to help units tackle variations in the way services are delivered across the UK. The joint peri-operative GIRFT lead will help you identify changes that will help improve care and patient outcomes, as well as delivering efficiencies such as the reduction of unnecessary procedures and cost savings.
  • Improve the way we manage emergency pathways in the daycase unit to improve the patient journey.
  • Learn from outstanding practice in day case Fundoplication by nationally renown surgeon.
  • Understand how you can improve the day case Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy service in your unit.
  • Identify key strategies for patient selection to create a successful daycase unit
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence
  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve and optimise their general surgery day case service.


Chair and Speakers Include:

Dr Kim Russon


Mr Graham Lomax

Deputy National Delivery Director
Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT)

Mr Arin Saha

National Lead (SDEC)
Surgical Ambulatory Emergency Care Network

Virtual Attendance

Our online virtual events include a combination of live webcam presentations, training materials, video sessions and interactive exercises.

All you need is a quiet space, a good internet connection and PC or laptop with camera and microphone to allow you to see, hear and speak to the facilitator and other delegates. We will provide full instructions for accessing the platform along with login details. 

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In-house Training

This course can be held at your organisation for up 25 delegates, we can tailor the content to suit your organisation and CPD needs of your staff. Led by experienced and highly rated trainers, in-house training works out cost-effective for groups and saves travel time.

Contact katym@hc-uk.org.uk with your requirements for further information and a quote.

In-house Training

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage face to face with your key audience o 
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Carolyn Goodbody for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

NHS, Social Care, Private Healthcare Organisations & Universities



Voluntary sector & charities



Commercial organisations



Virtual Training



BADS members



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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