Not long to go until the Operating Theatres Conference!

Published by Amber Needham
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Not long to go until the Operating Theatres Conference!

It’s officially just over 1 week to go until the 9th Annual Operating Theatres Conference on the 8th February 2024! With the date coming closer we have some exciting updates to share with you. Firstly, those who are attending the conference will gain 6 CPD hours from attendance.  The event will be chaired by Mark Rigby, the Head of Theatre Services for Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The full current updated speaker list includes:

Bhuvana Bibleraaj – Professor of Nursing/Surgical Practice, The University of Salford

Ajay Sooknah – Head of Theatre Operations for Surgery, The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

Helen Lowes – National AHP Education & Training Lead for Operating Department Practitioners, NHS England

Nigel Roberts – Head of Theatre Practitioner (Head of Nursing), Birmingham Women’s and Childrens NHS Foundation Trust

Neil Holland – UK Sales Director, Incision

Pauline Harrington – National SSI Surveillance Manager, UK Health Security Agency

Numan Shah – Orthopaedic Surgeon, Salford Royal NHS Foundation

Sotonye Tolofari – Consultant Urological Surgeon, Salford Care Organisation

Wei Yao – Professor in Robotics, North of England Innovation Centre (NERIC)

Janet Smith – Head of Sustainability, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Dr Meenu Netke - Consultant Anaesthetist, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Ruth Robertson – Senior Fellow in Health policy, the King’s Fund

Nikki Stroud – Sustainability SIG Lead, AFPP

We also have an amazing lineup of exhibitors including:

Bender, Incision, Kebomed, Central Medical Supplies, AneticAid, Bolton Surgical, Pentland Medical, Conmed, Distinctive Medical, Rothband, Cutting Edge, Storz, Teeside Healthcare Equipment, Surgical Holdings, THD, Sychem Surgical, Hartmann, CLS Surgical, Intrusafe, Kemp Recruitment and Polecam.

Attendees of the conference will delve into the impact of surgical hubs and optimized operating theatre efficiency in reducing the surgical backlog, with a focus on the NHS's progress against their three-year plan to combat waiting lists. The executed operating theatre green initiative plan is evaluated for its impact and success, highlighting sustainability's pivotal role. The evolving landscape of surgery is discussed through robotics and innovative technology in a panel discussion. Additionally, the initiative extends to staff well-being, offering insights and tools to create a more supportive operating theatre environment. Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the key factors shaping contemporary surgical practices.

The conference is held at AJ Bell Stadium, located near the Trafford Centre, and is easily accessible by car and by bus (number 10,67 and 100). For alternative methods including the train, the nearest train station is Irlam and Patricroft and would require you to take a bus from Liverpool Road to the stadium.

If you haven’t registered already, click the link below to register for your free public sector ticket and we look forward to seeing you there!


Operating Theatres Conference 2024