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Effective Operating Theatres Summit: Improving Quality, Safety, Productivity and Patient Experience

This Conference is now Closed

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During the Covid-19 Pandemic it is crucial that operating theatres are functioning at their optimum level when they are able to do so. Not only do theatres provide critical patient interventions, but they are also responsible for a substantial proportion of both the total expenditure and income generated at every acute hospital. This Summit focuses on the Effective Operating Theatre; Improving Quality, Safety, Productivity and Patient Experience. Through national updates, practical case studies and extended interactive sessions, the conference aims to support you to improve productivity and practice in your theatre and manage demand following delays due to Covid-19.

COVID-19 will be around for the foreseeable future and infection rates may fluctuate as public health measures relax. A significant backlog of surgical work is being created in addition to those patients on waiting lists before the present crisis.

Royal College of Surgeons, May 2020

“Theatre services are at the centre of the hospital system and cover a wide range of activities, whether scheduled or unscheduled, complex or more routine day surgery… There is a widening mismatch between demands on the NHS and its available resources, including bed capacity, as demonstrated by the national deterioration in waiting lists. There are now over four million people waiting for elective surgery, the highest level since 2007. 1 Trusts more than ever need to use their existing infrastructure and workforce as efficiently as possible to better meet the needs of NHS patients.”

Operating theatres: opportunities to reduce waiting lists NHS Improvement 2019 

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve theatre performance
  • Understand the national context and developments
  • Improve efficiency and productivity in your operating theatre
  • Measure, monitor and drive improvement in your theatre performance
  • Understanding what optimum theatre usage looks like
  • Reflect on the operating theatre of the future including the role of new technologies such as virtual reality
  • Develop your skills in effective team-working and leadership in theatres
  • Challenge and change behaviour in theatres to support staff, improve resilience and reduce bullying 
  • Develop the role of surgical prehabilitation to improve outcomes and reduce cancellations 
  • Understand the increasing role of day surgery and how you can improve patient experience
  • Explore how an understanding of human factors in the operating theatre can help improve safety and drive improvement 
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

Speakers Include:

Prof Tim Briggs CBE

National Director of Clinical Improvement and Chair
GIRFT Programme

Professor Doug McWhinnie

International Association for Ambulatory Surgery

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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Virtual 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.

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