Operating Theatres Conference

Pandemic priorities since 2020 have meant that medical focus has been almost exclusively on tackling the COVID-19 virus, allowing elective care backlogs to surge exponentially. Even now, as we move from pandemic to endemic status the impact of this disruption is still felt throughout the medical industry – especially so in operating theatres, with more than 22,500 patients waiting upwards of 2 years for routine treatment at the start of 2022. Since then, this figure has reduced significantly but with a goal of eliminating waits of over one year by March 2025 we must question how effective the Plan for Tackling the COVID-19 Backlog of Elective Care is, not only on a statistical level but for patients and practitioners alike.

As a result of this turbulence, staff preparedness and overall team readiness has re-emerged as an area of concern for the NHS. Researchers and industry experts disclose their suggestions for best approach in the wake of the pandemic and share their wisdom for effective staff development in this pragmatic conference.

The Operating Theatres conference will also explore the cutting-edge innovations transforming how perioperative care is administered, such as revolutionary sustainable technology, ground-breaking RAPTOR theatres, and the new adaptations to Code Red. Discover RFID tracking operative equipment, 3D printing, and virtual reality training software from leading solution providers.

Salford Professional Development’s 8th Operating Theatres conference is the only free-to-attend event of its kind announced for 2023. Don’t miss the most accessible opportunity to gain insight on formidable challenges up ahead, network with prominent industry executives, and uncover the best operating theatre supplies 2023 has to offer.

At a glance

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08:30 - 09:30

Registration, refreshments, exhibition and networking

09:30 - 09:40

Opening remarks from the Chair

Mark Rigby
Mark Rigby
Head of Theatre Service, Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals

09:40 - 10:10

Sustainable Operating Theatres

In this presentation, Professor Philip Jones will use his knowledge of sustainable design to explore strategies for producing environmentally friendly hospitals and operating theatres. Uncover the role architecture can play in reaching Net-Zero goals, increasing energy efficiency, and reducing carbon emissions. Heidi Barnard will provide insight into sustainability within the operating theatre and practice.

Professor Phillip Jones OBE, Emeritus Chair of Architectural Science, Cardiff University

Heidi Barnard, Head of Sustainability, NHS Supply Chain

10:10 - 10:40

Greener Operations: Sustainable Peri-Operative Practice

In this presentation, Mr David Jones will discuss why healthcare needs to be ‘greener’, what the Greener operations Priority Setting Partnership is, and the top 10 identified research priorities to help reduce the environmental impact of operations.

David J Jones
David J Jones
Medical Examiner and Retired Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) and joint lead for the Greener Operations - James Lind Alliance - NIHR - Priority Setting Partnership

10:40 - 11:10

Operating Theatres and Hub sites

In this session, Professor Tim Briggs CBE will provide an update from elective hub sites, on how the High Volume Low Complexity (HVLC) programme is a great enabler for reducing the elective waiting lists which have grown due to Covid.

Professor Tim Briggs CBE
GIRFT Chair, and National Director for Clinical Improvement and Elective Recovery, NHS England

11:10 - 11:40

Refreshments, exhibition and networking

11:40 - 12:00

Sponsored Session

Bender UK is a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of critical care power systems, theatre control panels and Merivaara operating theatre equipment such as surgical lights, tables, pendants and integrated theatre systems. Bender delivers through-life technical support, repair and verification service 24/7 365 to NHS and private hospitals.


Bender UK

12:00 - 12:30

Developing the workforce through kindness

In this session, Dawn will discuss the importance of kindness and wellbeing, and how a happy workforce can improve team performance and enhance patient safety.

Dawn Stott
Chief Executive, The Association for Perioperative Practice

12:30 - 13:00

Sponsored Session

Unlike other mobile healthcare equipment manufacturers, Agile Medical is a complete design, supply, deliver and maintenance solution, leaving your staff free to concentrate on far more essential day-to-day tasks. The company takes pride in being able to offer a complete mobile healthcare equipment solution for hospitals, including a range of products for Intensive Care, Emergency, Theatre and Wards.

Agile Medical

13:00 - 14:00

Refreshments, exhibition and networking

14:00 - 14:30

Pandemic-related Backlogs Discussion Panel

Chaired by Mark Rigby, Head of Theatre Service, Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals

Professor Scarlett McNally, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Eastbourne D.G.H and Deputy Director, Centre for Perioperative Care and President-elect, Medical Women’s Federation

Numan Shah, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Salford Royal Major Trauma Centre

Sir Jim Mackey, Chief Executive Officer, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and National Director of Elective Recovery for the Elective Programme

14:30 - 15:00

Management of the Polytrauma patient and the role of the RAPTOR suite

This session will discuss how multi-disciplinary teams work to develop more efficient outcomes in trauma, the latest developments on Salford’s RAPTOR theatre, and how the RAPTOR theatre will be effective in trauma treatment.

Numan Shah
Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Salford Royal Major Trauma Centre

15:00 - 15:30

Refreshments, exhibition and networking

15:30 - 16:00

Operating Department Practitioners experience and Perceptions of Leadership in the NHS: A Case Study

This session will provide an exploration of operating department practitioners’ (ODPs) experiences of leadership in the NHS and discuss the four key findings from the research data: actions of leaders, role models, identities, and speaking up.

Adele N
Adele Nightingale
Principal Educator, Northern Care Alliance NHS Trust

16:00 - 16:30

Prepare your Perioperative Team to Succeed

This session will cover top tips and strategies to inspire excellence in your team, and in turn, improve patient care using exclusively FREE perioperative concepts.  

Scarlett McNally in a surgical headcap
Professor Scarlett McNally
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Eastbourne D.G.H and Deputy Director, Centre for Perioperative Care and President-elect, Medical Women’s Federation

16:30 - 16:40

Closing remarks from the Chair

Mark Rigby
Mark Rigby
Head of Theatre Service, Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore the ground-breaking new RAPTOR (resuscitation, angiography, percutaneous techniques and operative repair) operating theatre at Salford Royal Hospital due to open in 2023 through a detailed case study
  • Greater understand the impact of the pandemic, and how backlogs and coping methods have affected perioperative care from a variety of perspectives
  • Learn about the changes to Code Red which are effectively improving outcomes for trauma victims
  • Discover the emerging operative care technology transforming surgery, including Da Vinci Si and Xi, LEAFIX, and virtual reality training
  • Delve into the world of sustainability – how can your hospital and operating theatres be more green?
  • Develop your workforce to become more productive, increase patient safety, and improve career progression

Who Should Attend?

Operating Theatre Technicians, Surgeons, Operating Theatre Practitioners, Anaesthetists, Theatre Team Leaders, Theatre Managers, Theatre Directors, Surgical Care Practitioners, Surgical Assistants, First Assistant to the Surgeons, Healthcare Assistants, Theatre Support Workers, Assistant Practitioners, Hospital Operating Theatre Porters, Healthcare Assistants, Commissioning Heads, Heads of NHS, Directors of Public Health, Heads of Public Engagement, Directors of Commissioning, Heads of National/Regional Public Health Groups, Heads of Treatment and Prevention , Directors of Strategic Development.

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