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Conference - Innovation and efficiency in the Operating Theatre Department

Innovation and efficiency in the Operating Theatre Department

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

Conference Overview


The 6th national Operating Theatre Department conference focus is on efficiency, innovation and effectiveness which is reflected prominently in the programme. There is an excellent mix of evidence and cases from clinical practice from all over the UK and Ireland.


The event is an opportune resource to network with colleagues from all over the UK and beyond providing evidence, anecdote and information to take back to your own operating theatres. 


Attended by Theatre Managers, Senior Operating Department and Perioperative Practitioners, Educationalists, Nurses, ODPs, Clinical Managers and Government leads

Conference Content

Chair - Paul Rawlings, Programme Lead Perioperative Practice, Department of Allied Health Professions, Honorary Secretary British Association of Day Surgery, Treasurer Perioperative Care Collaborative, Edge Hill University, Lancashire


Re-defining metrics for change and improvement in theatres

  • Our quest for the perfect measure for theatre productivity
  • Traditional metrics for in-session utilisation have been a useful for measuring the usage of theatre space, and provided a national framework to compare hospitals against each other
  • In-session utilisation however does not truly measure productivity, and give limited granular detail or understanding on how theatres are used
  • Our consideration of the Pandit to Pandit paper - Measuring quantitative performance of surgical operating
  • Key Achievements on this journey

Simon Cruickshank, Principle Analyst, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust


Efficiency under pressure - A Quality Champion Project

  • How do we learn from a crisis?
  • Our behaviour under pressure
  • Emergency response station
  • Skills drills

Caroline Parry, Principal ODP and Joanne Birch, Practice Development Midwife, Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust


Financial effectiveness in the Operating Theatres

  • Financial prudency
  • Methods to reduce wastage
  • Alternatives to existing equipment / consumables
  • Working with management
  • Awareness for staff

Michael Glowala, Theatre Manager, York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


The Empty Recovery Room

  • A look at new ways of staffing your recovery room
  • Ensuring you provide a safe, effective patient journey
  • Effective use of staffing and resources
  • Smooth and efficient turnaround between cases
  • Making space for extra cases

Sarah-Louise Baker, Theatre Manager, The Friarage Hospital Northallerton, James Cook University Hospitals, South Tees Acute Foundation NHS Trust


ISO 9001:2015 industrial standard for a clinical area?

  • Efficient, high quality patient care
  • Effective risk management
  • Legal and regulatory compliance
  • Best practice processes and procedures
  • Enhanced reporting to identify areas for improvement
  • Public recognition of our commitment to continual improvement in patient care
  • Better employee training delivering improved levels of customer service

Tom Gudde, Service Manager – Anaesthetics, Theatres & Critical Care, Broomfield Hospital and Braintree Hospital, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust


Debriefing as a education tool in the Operating Theatre

  • Retrospective analysis of critical incidents is a potentially useful learning tool for healthcare professional education
  • Commenced this practice in our operating theatre; after critical incidents debriefing meetings with the team are facilitated to reflect on –action, share the positive and challenging aspects of the experience and learn from it
  • Positive feedback from staff - supportive and reassuring rather than blaming - creating a culture of higher order learning through critical thinking and analysis leading to a quality clinical learning environment

Katie Tierney, Clinical Educator and Fiona Sampson, CNM3, Operating Theatre Department, University Hospital Limerick, Dooradoyle, Limerick, Ireland


How Intra Operative Cell Salvage transformed our department and Trust Cell salvage has been internationally recognised as a simple, safe and effective measure in preserving a finite resource of donor blood

  • Successfully innovated and grown the service within our 10 in-patient Theatre suite by effecting positive culture change in perioperative practice
  • All members of perioperative teams are involved in the cell salvage process and this has increased communication, patient safety, efficiency and team work significantly across all disciplines and surgical departments
  • 24/7 service for all necessary surgical and emergency procedures
  • Standardisation and innovation of practice has yielded salvage returns of over 300,000mls of salvaged blood returned to over 1000 patients in 3 years with significant cost savings to the Trust

Paul Scates, Senior ODP, Blood Conservation Coordinator and Tony Quant, ODP, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust


Development of an innovative collaborative approach to Peri-operative training programmes

  • Maximising the future delivery of, and access to education that supports continuing professional development (CPD) and workforce transformation within the theatre specialty
  • Developing and co-ordinating theatre specialty specific education in anaesthetic, scrub and recovery nursing
  • Exploring the use of external validation and accreditation with appropriate bodies
  • Potential link to clinical higher apprenticeship programmes for professionally registered and associated healthcare staff
  • The curriculum and competence assessment

Peter Gale, Learning and Organisational Development Manager, The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Northern Care Alliance Group



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