The Operating Theatres Conference (London)
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The Operating Theatres Conference (London)

The Operating Theatres Conference (London)

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The Operating Theatres Conference 2016

The cap on agency staff spending introduced in February 2016 means that many operating theatres are struggling to maintain safe staffing levels


With the Government expecting the NHS to deliver £22 billion in efficiency savings by 2020, operating theatres are experiencing a variety of challenges. The cap on agency staff spending introduced in February 2016 means that many operating theatres are struggling to maintain safe staffing levels.


Performance data for over 5,000 surgeons has been released in a move toward greater transparency, but some feel that this will lead to additional stress for remaining staff. In addition to this, austerity measures have resulted in limited access to some technologies that could help drive efficiencies and improve outcomes.


Join us for the Operating Theatres Conference for exclusive insights from health experts on the following topics:

  • Staffing – How can operating theatres maintain staff numbers and morale despite austerity measures and a growing skills shortage?

  • Safety – What approaches can be made to restoring public confidence in operating theatre safety and maintain safe staffing levels?

  • Best Practice – How can operating theatre teams learn from successes and mistakes to ensure best practice?

  • Technology – How could technology be harnessed more fully by operating theatres to create efficiencies and improve outcomes?


Discussion Points

A wide number of topics will be covered on the day, and delegates can expect speakers to discuss challenges, successes and case studies around the interest areas below:

  • An overview of the current pressure operating theatres in the UK are under.

  • An understanding the role government can play to alleviate staffing shortages in operating theatres.

  • Strategies for delivering an efficient operating theatre pathway from pre-assessment through theatre to discharge using electronic theatre management.

  • Understanding the impact of the risks associated with introducing a 7 day NHS.

  • Ensuring that even in times of overcapacity, the best operating theatre care can be given.

  • Improving performance through Simulated Practice and Assessment – understanding the role of technology in operating theatres.

  • Understanding The Assistant Theatre Practitioner (ATP) Scope of Practice – knowing the benefits of this process.

  • Understanding the role that robots are taking in operating theatres in making them safe and effective, for all that need them.

  • Ensuring staff development can be attained through new skills, delivering a sustainable, multi-skilled workforce.


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  • Dr Peter Carter OBE

    Dr Peter Carter OBE

    Carter Consulting

    Independent Healthcare Consultant

  • Florence Barkats

    Florence Barkats

    IT PeriOperative Optimization Solution GE Healthcare

    European leader

  • James Clarke

    James Clarke

    Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust

    Consultant Vascular Surgeon

  • Bryn Davies

    Bryn Davies

    Europe Syncera

    General Manager

  • Bill Kilvington

    Bill Kilvington

    Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

    President, The College of Operating Department Practitioners & Associate Director – Women and Child Health

  • Mike Phillips

    Mike Phillips

    Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

    Lead Anaesthesia Practitioner


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