Study Days, Seminars & Events

June 2018

Effective Operating Theatres Summit

4 June 2018, De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

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Effective Operating Theatres Summit

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“An increasing number of patients are having to wait more than six months for an operation in hospital, official NHS figures show. The number of people in England being forced to wait that long has almost trebled in the past four years, from 45,054 in March 2013 to 126,188 in March 2017 – a 180% rise.” The Guardian June 2017

“Recognising the pressures on the service, NHS leaders have acknowledged that it cannot currently meet the standards for both elective and emergency care.” The Kings Fund November 2017

“We are now struggling to meet the standards and timeliness of care that the public rightly expect…It is unacceptable for such a large number of patients to be waiting this long in pain and discomfort for treatment. This is the grim reality of the financial pressures facing the NHS” Clare Marx, President, The Royal College of Surgeons speaking to The Guardian, June 2017

“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.” CQC, 2017

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. Evidence, including the 2016 Welsh Audit Office Findings, and NHS data on waiting times and cancelled elective operations, suggest that operating theatres could be more efficient, and safer for patients.

“During the quarter ending 30th September 2017, 18,588 operations were cancelled at the last minute for non-clinical reasons by NHS providers. In the same period in 2016/17, there were 19,446 cancelled operations.” NHS England 2017

This Summit focuses on the Effective Operating Theatre; Improving Quality, Safety, Productivity and Patient Experience.

Benefits of attending: 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
  • Develop your skills in effective team-working and leadership in theatres
  • Reflect on the increasing role of day surgery and how you can improve patient experience
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

Through national updates, practical case studies and extended interactive sessions, the conference aims to support you to productivity and practice in your theatre.

“Theatres are an expensive resource. The direct cost of operating theatre time has been calculated as £14 per theatre per minute” Welsh Audit Office


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The Operating Theatre Journal, OTJ, is published monthly and distributed to every hospital operating theatre department in the UK. The distribution includes both the National Health Service and the Private Sector.

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