The below programme is subject to change. The programme is being developed by Dr Chris Carey with support from Dr Russell Perkins. If you would like to recommend a speaker or topic, or would like to get involved, please email

DAY 1: Monday 20 May

10.30-10.35 Introduction
Dr Chris Carey, Clinical Content Lead for Anaesthesia 2019
10.35-10.40 Welcome
Professor Ravi Mahajan, RCoA President

HSRC session: What does the future hold? Chaired by Dr Chris Carey

10.40-11.05 Developing a centre for perioperative care
Professor Mike Grocott, Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, University of Southampton
11.05-11.30 The future of anaesthesia
Professor Ramani Moonesinghe, Consultant in Anaesthesia, Perioperative
and Intensive Care Medicine, University College London Hospitals
11.30-11.55 AI and anaesthesia
Dr Maxime Cannesson, Professor and vice Chair of Anesthesiology
UCLA, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, USA 


12.10-12.45 Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme (PQIP) poster presentations
12.45-13.45 LUNCH

BJA session: Irreversible effects of general anaesthesia Chaired by Professor Hugh Hemmings, Editor-in-Chief, British Journal of Anaesthesia  

13.45-14.10  Myocardial injury after non-cardiac surgery: Is anaesthesia to blame?
Dr Gareth Ackland, Consultant in Anaesthesia, Barts and the London Hospitals and Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Queen Mary's University
14.10-14.35  Postoperative neurocognitive dysfunction
Professor Anthony Absalom, University of Groningen, Netherlands
14.35-15.00  Developmental anaesthetic neurotoxicity
Professor Hugh Hemmings, Editor-in-Chief, British Journal of Anaesthesia 
15.00-15.15  Discussion
15.15-15.45 REFRESHMENTS
  NIAA session
Chaired by Professor Mike Grocott, RCoA Council Member

Professional conduct
Dame Clare Marx, Chair, General Medical Council 


The Health Services Research Centre (HSRC)
Professor Iain Moppett, Professor of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, University of Nottingham

16.30-16.40 Discussion
16.40-17.05 Patient Safety
Dr Aidan Fowler, National Director for Patient Safety
17.05-17.10 Closing remarks                                                         































DAY 2: Tuesday 21 May

09.00-09.05 Opening remarks
  Clinical problems of our time
Chaired by Dr Janice Fazackerley, RCoA Vice-President

Anaesthesia and diabetes: Do we need to up our game?
Dr Charlotte Taylor, Consultant Anaesthetist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

09.30-09.55 Assessment of patients with sleep disordered breathing for surgery
Dr Peter Venn, Consultant Sleep Physician, The Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
09.55-10.05 Discussion and Q+A

Samuel Thompson Rowling Oration 2018
Dr Duminda Wijeysundera, Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia and Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Canada

10.30-11.00 REFRESHMENTS
  Updates and controversies: Quick-fire talks
Chaired by Dr Russell Perkins, RCoA Council Member

• Perioperative anaemia and IV iron
Dr Sonya McKinlay, Consultant Anaesthetist, Glasgow Royal Infirmary
• Management of pre-eclampsia    
Dr Robin Russell, Consultant Anaesthetist, John Radcliffe Hospital
• Acute pain management in children
Dr Davandra Patel, Consultant in Paediatric Anaesthesia and Pain Management, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
• Wrong site blocks
Dr William Harrop-Griffiths, Consultant Anaesthetist, St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
• Human factors and difficult airway management
Dr Fiona Kelly, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

12.30-12.50 The RCoA annual general meeting
12.50-13.40  LUNCH 
  Breakout sessions: You choose

• 2020 curriculum
What an editor looks for in a manuscript and Most impactful BJA Papers 
• Preparing for Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation (ACSA)
• SAS Hot topics / what does a good SAS role looks like 
• Trainees with an interest in Perioperative medicine (TRIPOM):       Prehabilitation & CPET

15.05-15.30 REFRESHMENTS
  Into the future: Global and UK context
Chaired by Professor Judith Hall, RCoA Council Member
15.30-15.55 RCoA global partnerships: Into the future
Professor Ellen O'Sullivan, Consultant Anaesthetist, St James's Hospital, Dublin

Samuel Thompson Rowling Oration 2019: What Patient’s Need Their Doctors To Know: Keeping the CARE in Healthcare
Professor Paul  Wischmeyer, Professor of Anaesthesiology, Duke University, North Carolina, USA

16.20-16.45 The opioid epidemic: A disaster in waiting? 
Dr Cathy Stannard, Consultant in Complex Pain and Pain Transformation Programme Clinical Lead, NHS Gloucestershire CCG 
16.45-17.00 Discussion and Q+A
17.00-17.05 Closing remarks





































DAY 3: Wednesday 22 May

09.00-09.05 Opening remarks
  Improving outcomes: Systems, patients and doctors
Chaired by Dr Sarah Ramsay, RCoA Council Member

Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT)
Dr Chris Snowden, Consultant Anaesthetist, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle NHS Hospital Trust 

09.30-09.55 Fitness, exercise and surgery 
Professor Denny Levett, Professor of Perioperative Medicine and Critical Care, University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton

UK Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network (CTN)
Dr Joyce Yeung, Associate Clinical Professor in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, University of Warwick


Discussion and Q+A

10.35-11.05 REFRESHMENTS

Panel Discussion: The vision for perioperative medicine

12.05-12.35 Supervision and the Cappuccini Test
Dr David Bogod, Consultant Anaesthetist, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
12.35-13.35 LUNCH 
  New answers to old problems
Chaired by Fiona Donald, RCoA Council Member

Improving outcomes after emergency laparotomy: Results of the EPOCH trial
Professor Rupert Pearse, Professor and Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, Bart’s and the London School of Medicine & Dentistry, Queen Mary

14.00-14.25 Predicting and measuring bleeding risk for the anaesthetist 
Dr Anita Sugavanam, Consultant Anaesthetist, Brighton and Sussex University NHS Trust 

Discussion and Q+A

14.40-15.10 REFRESHMENTS
  Patient safety
Chaired by Dr Simon Fletcher, RCoA Vice-President
15.10 15.35 The Frederic Hewitt Lecture
TIVA: A future standard of care?
Professor Anthony Absalom, University of Groningen, Netherlands
15.35-16.00 Patient perspective: The Montgomery Case
Nadine Allam
16.00-16.15 Discussion 
16.15-16.20 Closing remarks