RCoA Anniversary Meeting

Innovating and Improving within Perioperative Medicine


at The Mermaid Conference Centre, London


Booking Information

Online bookings for this event are now closed. If you would like to attend please arrive at the Mermaid Confernce Centre at 8.30am to register.

The Anniversary Meeting is an annual event which celebrates the creation of the Faculty in March 1948 and the creation of the Royal College in March 1992. The topics for the meetings change annually and include lectures presented by national and international speakers.

This two day meeting will focus on why anaesthetists are so well placed to help transform the NHS. Home grown and international speakers will deliver a series of general CPD sessions in key areas such as airway, paediatrics and obstetrics. These will be combined with sessions focussed on interacting with industry and quality improvement and talks from non-medical professionals peeking into the exciting future of digital healthcare.

The Macintosh Lecture – Professor Carol Peden
The Macintosh Lecture will be delivered by Professor Carol Peden, Executive Director of a new Centre for Heath System Innovation and Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Previously Professor Peden was a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the Royal United Hospitals, Bath and an Associate Medical Director for Clinical Quality for NHS England. She was a member  of the ‘Keogh’ review team of High Mortality Hospitals and is a member of the new Care Quality Commission Inspectorate. Professor Peden will be outlining how anaesthetists can engage in improvement science.

The John Snow Oration – Professor Don Berwick
The John Snow Oration will be delivered by Professor Don Berwick, renowned world expert in patient safety. Professor Berwick was appointed by President Barack Obama as the former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Prior to his work in this role, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), a not-for-profit organisation helping to lead the improvement of health care throughout the world. More recently Professor Berwick was commissioned by the Prime Minister to carry out a review following the Francis Report into the breakdown of care at the Mid-Staffs NHS Trust. Professor Berwick will be speaking at the Anniversary Meeting about how to design a high quality healthcare system.

The 2016 Anniversary Meeting will bring clarity as to how and why anaesthetists can play a crucial role in innovating and improving within healthcare, in a time when our own speciality faces new challenges.