Effective Operating Theatres: Quality, Safety, Productivity Meeting Demand During and Beyond Covid-19

9 June 2021

Virtual Conference

Effective Operating Theatres: Quality, Safety, Productivity Meeting Demand During and Beyond Covid-19

During and beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic 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. Through national updates, practical case studies and extended interactive sessions, the conference aims to support you to restore and improve productivity and practice in your theatre and manage demand following delays due to Covid-19.


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“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

“The suspension of elective surgical services in response to the pandemic earlier in 2020 led to significant delays in the treatment of surgical patients, with waiting lists reaching record highs.”Royal College of Surgeons 2020

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve theatre performance
  • Understand the national context and developments
  • Reflect on the challenges in meeting demand during and beyond Covid-19
  • Develop effective strategies for patient scheduling and prioritization
  • 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
  • Optimising staffing and skill mix 
  • 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

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