De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

“We entered 2018 with hospitals facing unprecedented demands on clinical services. Attendances at emergency departments are up, there has been a rise in admissions due to respiratory problems, and waiting times for non-urgent surgery are lengthening. Patients requiring major surgery are affected when planned work is cancelled, which is often a result of surgical and intensive care beds being occupied by acutely ill patients from other disciplines. The over-burdened emergency department leaves the patient with a potential surgical problem waiting for many hours. Insufficient numbers of beds, delayed discharges, shortages of key staff, and seasonal illnesses that create situations that threaten patient safety are all important issues.

To these we can add a variety of local problems, such as the number and nature of surgical specialities at a specific site that have to compete for beds and operating theatre access; the extent of trauma facilities; and the disposition of resources at a trust located on multiple sites. All of these factors conspire to leave the surgeon frustrated, dissatisfied and, worst of all, sometimes trying to deliver a service in a system that seems unsafe. On top of this are our prejudices that make surgeons feel that their patients are bearing more than their fair share of the system’s inadequacies….What this really means is that local solutions are not working at a national level. A wider vision is needed for the future. Nobody likes change… We all feel threatened by it, but do we really feel that the current system is offering surgical patients a reasonable standard of care? I have always believed that surgical standards can only rise but I fear that, unless we are willing to look at substantial changes, this goal will remain elusive.”    Prof Derek Alderson, President, The Royal College of Surgeons, Winter Pressures that last all year, 2018

“The multi-disciplinary and multi-professional surgical care team will become increasingly important in developing and delivering care of the highest quality.” The Commission on the Future of Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons December 2018

“The safety culture in operating theatres is key… the safety and leadership in operating theatres stand out as two key concerns for the core service as a whole.”Care Quality Commission

“Every minute in the theatre per surgery is estimated to cost the N HS £20” The Commission on the Future of Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons December 2018

It is crucial that operating theatres are functioning at their optimum level. 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. The conference will also look at the operating theatre of the future and the role Virtual Reality could play in improving practice as advocated by the Commission on the Future of Surgery:

“The surgical team of the future will use new technologies in a digitally integrated operating room… Simulation training through digital platforms and technologies such as AR and VR can accelerate and enhance training, and augment experience in the operating theatre.” The Commission on the Future of Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons December 2018

To book a place please go to the organiser’s website