Study Days, Seminars & Events

December 2017

Effective Operating Theatres Summit

1 December 2017, De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

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Effective Operating Theatres Summit

“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 this year – a 180% rise.” The Guardian June 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, 2 March 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 31st March 2016, 23,180 operations were cancelled at the last minute for nonclinical reasons by NHS providers. In the same period in 2014/15, there were 20,464 cancelled operations…. Some common non-clinical reasons for cancellations by the hospital include: ward beds unavailable; surgeon unavailable; emergency case needing theatre; theatre list over-ran; equipment failure; admin error; anaesthetist unavailable; theatre staff unavailable; and critical care bed unavailable…. A last-minute cancellation is one that occurs on the day the patient was due to arrive, after they have arrived in hospital or on the day of their operation.”NHS England 2016

This Summit focuses on the Effective Operating Theatre; Improving Quality, Safety, Productivity and Patient Experience. By attending, you will look at what we have learned from the Productive Operating Theatre Programme.

By attending this conference you will:

  • Improve efficiency and productivity in your operating theatre
  • Measure, monitor and drive improvement in your theatre performance
  • Understanding what optimum theatre usage looks like
  • Improve staffing and patient experience

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 2016


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