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Conference - Effective and efficient Operating Theatres

Effective and efficient Operating Theatres

Date: 12/10/2017

Duration: 1 Day
Start Time: 09:00 - End Time: 16:00
CPD Hours: 7

Conference Overview

The focus for the 5th national Operating Theatre conference is effectiveness and eficiency and this is reflected prominently in the programme.


There is an excellent mix of evidence and cases from clinical practice from all over the UK. The event is an excellent resource and opportunity to network with colleagues providing evidence, anecdote and information to take back to your own operating theatres.


The target audience are theatre managers, senior clinical perioperative professionals, Government organisations with an interest in Operating Theatres and academics.



Conference Content

Chair - Hannah Abbott, Associate Professor and Associate Head of School, Health Sciences, Birmingham City University


Using an in house predictive theatre scheduling tool to increase theatre efficiency

  • Introduction - Why we decided to build an in house theatre scheduling tool
  • How the scheduling tool makes its predictions – demo examples of real lists at Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH), the prediction versus the actual outcome
  • How we rolled out the scheduling tool – support and engagement
  • How we measured the success of the project
  • Outcomes so far

Simon Cruickshank, Business Development Manager (creator of the NUH Theatre Scheduling Tool) and Dawn Plummer, Theatre Improvement Project Manager, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust


How Inter-Professional Education (IPE) can help theatre teams improve

  • As we all train separately in our silos, we are expected to work together seamlessly without practice
  • How IPE can help two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve the quality of care we deliver, turning good into great
  • Simulations planned to highlight IPE opportunities; highlighted good practice and offered suggestions to improve
  • How IPE facilitation is key, focusing on Social Capital Theory

Liam Wilson, Clinical Simulation Lead and Operating Department Practitioner, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust


The effect of leadership on staff retention and its correlation with theatre efficiency

  • The evolution of staff retention and its relevance to today
  • The effect that leaders have on staff retention (positive and negative)
  • What role does staff retention play in operating department efficiency
  • Looking to the future, how can we help shape better leaders

Jonathan Anthony Devine, Senior Lecturer, Operating Department Practice, Bucks New University, High Wycombe


iPREP - Improving perioperative efficiency and patient throughput

  • Data modelling and process mapping
  • Field work - focus groups, structured observation, questionnaire
  • Promote cohesive stakeholder engagement to move away from 'silo' working
  • The ongoing progress of the study and commentary surrounding perioperative efficiency that supports our research

Ged Doyle, Lead Practitioner, Theatres, University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation NHS Trust


Growing our own perioperative workforce - Developing the non-registered practitioners

  • Historical issues with recruitment to Theatres
  • Developing a clearly de ned progression route from Band 2 to Assistant practitioner role and linking into the Registered Nurse and Operating Department Practitioner Quali cation
  • Use of skills matrix for training and risk assessment, working within clinical governance frameworks
  • Collaboration with local Higher Education Institutes and Course providers

Debra Bannen, Matron for Main Theatres, PACU and Day Surgery Unit and Anitha Rego, Practice Educator for Trauma & Orthopaedic Theatres, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust


Creating a culture of patient safety within operating theatres through Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) training and Theatre Improvement Groups

  • National and local initiatives: National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (NatSSIPs) and Local Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (LocSSIPs)
  • Human factors within the operating theatres
  • Briefing and debrifing within teams
  • MDT training including team structure, communication, situational awareness, mutual support, skills and knowledge, and leadership
  • Theatre Improvement Groups

Laura Mitchell, Project Lead for Patient Safety and Service Improvement and Samantha Bray, NUH Theatre Team Training Project Lead, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Behind closed doors – do you know what goes on?

  • Phenomenology as a research method – what is it?
  • Review of the data collected – what is the lived experience of caring for people in theatres?
  • Exploring the ndings: do surgeons and HCAs have a similar experience? Do ODPs prefer machines or people?
  • Does experience change people’s view of the patient?
  • Outcomes: what areas of education, workforce planning and CPD might these findings help support?

John Tarrant, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, Bournemouth University


The sustainable operating theatre, how to help your department become green, lean and keen

  • How to reorganise waste management in a theatre department, to lower costs and maximise purpose
  • Lighting and taps systems, to lower carbon footprint of the department and lower energy costs
  • How education and participation of staff can boost morale and signi cantly change staff behaviours, when considering a ‘Sustainability Drive’
  • What equipment can be reused and whether to consider an equipment swap / share system for products near their use by date
  • How to save money not to cut costs ‘Do we really need to use everything, every time?’

Harriet Dean-Orange, Staff Nurse, Anaesthetics and Recovery, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and RCN Peri-operative Steering Committee member and Ambassador for Sustainability Development Unit South East Region


The future of operating theatres

  • Innovation and technology including Hybrid, intra-op MRI, 3D printing, VR and integration systems
  • Collaboration, the work of the North West Theatre Managers Network and the STP
  • Workforce, the future challenges

Rob Griffiths, Theatre Services Manager, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool


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