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About the Operating Theatres Summit

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“Everyone in the NHS will be pulling out all the stops to make sure all patients get their surgery as quickly as possible.” – NHS England

An October 2017 report by NHS Improvement found that two hours of surgery are being lost every day due to poor scheduling. It estimated that NHS hospitals could perform an additional 280,000 routine operations a year through better planning and organisation.

In May 2016, official NHS statistics revealed more than 74,000 last minute cancellations of hospital operations in England, the highest in 15 years.Staff shortages, pressure on A&E departments and a lack of available social care for discharged patients are thought to be the main causes. The vote to leave the European Union has also raised concerns about potential recruitment problems. Meanwhile, new technologies such as 3D printing and surgical robotics look set to change the way doctors operate.


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Innovation in Operating Theatre's Conference / Join us

Join us at The Operating Theatres Conference 2017 where leading experts will discuss the future of surgery in the NHS. Topics will include the newest innovations in surgical technologies, the implications of the latest Government health policies and the role the private sector can play in addressing staff shortages.

Come along for a unique opportunity to attend presentations by key healthcare decision makers, quiz experts in keynote discussion panels, see demonstrations of cutting edge technology, and network with others in the field. Don’t miss this crucial healthcare summit.

What our Sponsors/Exhibitors thought of 2017

“A well organised, valuable event. Pleased to see it continuing”  Olympus 

“Good exhibition for us with relevant target audiences” RB Medical 

“Well planned day with excellent delegates” Barco

“Very worthwhile conference for us. I have pencilled in the date for 2018” Bluspier

Good show, delegates were fantastic” Anetic Aid

What our Delegates thought of 2017

“Excellent knowledge of conference speakers” Imperial College

“Very enjoyable and informative day”Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS FT

“Most informative, speakers were great. Hoping to join again in future” Oxford University Hospital

“Fantastic lecture” Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

“Excellent, very interesting. Very good exhibitors” Potters Bar Community Hospital

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Summit Agenda (2017)

Opening Remarks from Chair

Anthony Leon, Non-Executive Director, Central Manchester University Hospitals                              

Anthony joined the Trust in 2001 and was previously Chairman of the Mancunian Community Health NHS Trust since 1995.

Keynote – Helen Fernandes, Patient Safety Lead, the Royal College of Surgeons

Ensuring consistency in patient safety: the five steps to safer surgery
  • Team briefing: All members of the surgical team should attend the team briefing at the beginning of the list to ensure a shared understanding of the requirements of that list, identify skill levels, staffing and equipment requirements, and prepare for anticipated problems
  • Sign in before the administration of anaesthesia allows the team to ensure that the patients known allergies have been checked and that surgical site on the patients body has been properly marked will be visible in the operative field after draping
  • Time out before the first incision allows members of the wider theatre team to introduce themselves if they have not previously done so and encourages them to speak out if they identify any concerns at this stage
  • Sign out before the patient leaves the theatre guarantees that instruments, sponges and needles have been counted to ensure that none have been left behind in the patiento body
  • Debriefing: wherever possible, all members of the surgical team should participate in a discussion at the end of the operating list or at the end of the session, to consider good points of the operating process and teamwork, review any issues that occurred, answer concerns that the team may have, and identify areas for improvement

Harnessing innovative digital software solutions to positively impact the healthcare value equation and change the service provision in theatres

Delivered by Arthur Stephen – Consultant Surgeon & Divisional Medical Director for surgery, NHS Derby Teaching Hospitals & Mr Bryn Davies – European General Manager, Syncera, Smith & Nephew
  • Using technology to remove human error, not humans from the surgical process
  • Working to improve outcomes through mitigation of never events and near misses. Specifically component size mismatches in orthopaedics
  • Empowering staff through data to make important decisions quickly and accurately
  • Reducing unwarranted variation
  • Transforming training for theatre teams

Dawn Stott, Chief Executive, The Association for Perioperative Practice

Human Factors  an external perspective
  • Recognise the importance of non-technical skills in the perioperative environment Discuss the underlying principles of the non-technical skills which underpin good team performance
  • Factors affecting human performance
  • Human factors and limitations
  • Be able to identify the non-technical skill relevant to the perioperative environment



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Olympus KeyMed
  • NHS Financial Challenges
  • Innovation in integrated theatresnow and in the future
  • How can you afford it and stay up to date
  • GPS concept
  • Kings Case Study Summary



Johan Stockman, VP Strategic Marketing Surgical Imaging, Barco

IP-based video management for multi-disciplinary integrated operating theatres

  • Improving usability for handing HD and 4K video in theater
  • Broadening teaching and communication possibilities
  • IP video as a technology backbone
  • Open architecture as a solution


  • Integrated Healthcare Communication Solution
  • We understand how important patient flow is in any healthcare establishment and how the flow of information can impact upon this greatly.
  • Ascoms integrated communication solutions work with your existing systems helping your departments work together and ensure information is shared and flows efficiently.
  • We believe in systems working for the greater good, ensuring information is received by the right person at the right time, wherever they may be.
  • Let Ascom put your mind at ease by allowing us to look after you whilst you look after your patients and staff.


  • Perfecting the operating theatre design and application process
  • Maquet partners with hospitals to provide interdisciplinary Hybrid OR solutions that measurably improve patient care
  • Ensuring maximum workability of OR equipment
  • Working with healthcare professionals from design to application



  • The Eschmann Philosophy: Operating room integration
  • Eschmann operating theatre equipment is acknowledged as being second to none
  • the very best in medical engineering technology for over 100 years
  • Our world class range of operating tables have been designed to meet the exacting requirements of all surgical procedures, from general surgery to orthopaedics and many specialist applications such as bariatric and neurosurgery.


  • Digital integration solutions for operating theatre and clinical environments: Focus on Boosting Operating Room Efficiency
  • Your operating theatres and procedure rooms are key assets in restoring health to your patients. Their maximum efficiency is an important determinant of the long-term success of your hospital.
  • We know that achieving efficiency inside the operating theatre and the procedure room is a matter of unifying powerful, yet divergent, hospital systems and devices to ensure seamless and on-demand flow of key patient data into and from the operating theatre and the procedure room.
  • We focus on seamless interfacing of only those relevant systems and devices that reduce idle time and increase patient focus. We avoid costly and unnecessary functions that do not enable more efficient transfer and usage of clinical and process data.



Closing Remarks from Chair

Anthony Leon, Non-Executive Director, Central Manchester University Hospitals  

Anthony joined the Trust in 2001 and was previously Chairman of the Mancunian Community Health NHS Trust since 1995.

Why Attend / Join us

  • Discover innovative new strategies for maximising the efficiency of operating theatres and learn from real life examples of successful best practice in action.
  • Come and explore our exhibition, where leading manufacturers and suppliers of operating theatre technology will showcase exciting and innovative products. Enjoy the opportunity to examine and test new technology, learn how it can be used to improve standards and outcomes, and forge lasting business    partnerships.
  • Connect with over 200 high quality delegates who specialise in designing, using and managing operating theatres, problem solve shared challenges, and learn from the expertise of others.
  • Attend a variety of topical seminars, engaging interactive activities, and keynote panel discussions with operating theatre specialists.
  • Quiz regional and national experts from across the NHS on best practice and the latest solutions to common challenges.

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Who's Attending

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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