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Prehabilitation: Principles & Practice for Supporting Patients to Get Fit for Surgery

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“You wouldn’t run a marathon without undertaking any training and prehabilitation aims to optimise a person’s health and wellbeing to help maximise their resilience to treatment throughout their journey.”

Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director, Policy and Impact, Macmillan Cancer Support

“Fitter patients who are able to improve their health and activity levels recover from surgery more quickly and with fewer complications. What you do in the time leading up to surgery can have a really big impact on your recovery and long term health.”

Royal College of Anaesthetists 2020

“Elective surgeries have been markedly reduced or even halted altogether in countries affected by the covid-19 pandemic, the scale of which is unprecedented in modern medicine. The pandemic will negatively affect many individuals’ health due to reductions in physical activity, suboptimal diets, increased substance use, decreased control of co-morbid conditions, and deterioration in mental health.1 Predictably, some patients waiting for surgery will experience a decline in their health from pre-pandemic baseline—potentially affecting surgical risk. Thus, there is a window of opportunity to consider greater implementation of surgical prehabilitation…Prehabilitation may influence surgical morbidity and mortality during and even after the pandemic.”

BMJ 2020

“There’s increasing evidence that it’s really worth trying to get match fit ahead of chemo or major surgery…In effect you are ‘priming’ your own recovery before your treatment even begins.”

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of the NHS

This conference focuses on Prehabilitation – Principles and Practice, and will provide a practical guide to delivering an effective prehabilitation programme, ensuring patients are fit and optimised for surgery. This is even more important in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns which have had a negative effect on many individual’s health and fitness levels, and currently high waiting lists could be used as preparation time to ensure the best outcomes. The conference will look at preoperative optimisation of patients fitness and wellbeing through exercise, nutrition and psychological support.

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to deliver effective prehabilitation for surgery
  • Reflect on a patient lived experience
  • Learn from outstanding practice in implementing a prehabilitation programme
  • Demonstrate a business case for prehabilitation and ensure prehab services continue through and beyond the pandemic
  • Reflect on national developments and learning
  • Improve the way we support patients to prepare themselves, physically and emotionally for surgery
  • Develop your skills in Behaviour Change and Motivational Interviewing 
  • Embed virtual prehabilitation into your programme during and beyond Covid-19
  • Learn from case studies
  • Understand how you can improve emotional and psychological support
  • Explore the role of prehabilitation in older people  
  • Work with patients to improve nutrition
  • Ensure you are up to date with the latest evidence
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

100% of delegates at the last event on this subject would recommend this virtual event to a colleague and all delegates who completed the evaluation stated that attending the conference would ultimately have a positive impact on patient experience and outcomes

Speakers Include:

Tony Collier BEM

Patient Representative
Prehab4Cancer in Greater Manchester

Nicola Porter

Macmillan Oncology Dietitian
Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Tarannum Rampal

Consultant Anaesthetist, Princess Royal & Clinical and Strategy Lead Kent and Medway Prehabiltation

Dr Hugh Selsick

Lead Psychiatrist of the Insomnia Clinic
Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine

Virtual Attendance

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

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 with your key audience  
  • 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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