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 Welcome
Dr Chris Carey, Clinical Content Lead for Anaesthesia 2019
10.35-10.40 Opening remarks
Professor Ravi Mahajan, RCoA President
  HSRC session: What does the future hold?

The future of anaesthesia 
Professor Ramani Moonesinghe, Consultant in Anaesthesia, Perioperative
and Intensive Care Medicine, University College London Hospitals

11.05-11.30 AI and anaesthesia 
Dr Maxime Cannesson, Professor and Vice Chair, UCLA, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Los Angeles, USA
11.30-11.55 Frailty: The biggest challenge of the 21st century? 


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 

16.05-16.30 The Health Services Research Centre (HSRC)
Professor Iain Moppett, Professor of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, University of Nottingham
16.30-16.55 UK Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network (CTN)
Dr Joyce Yeung, Associate Clinical Professor in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, University of Warwick
16.55-17.05 Discussion
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

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
• How to publish
• Oppressive behaviour
• SAS session

• Trainees with an Interest in Perioperative Medicine (TRIPOM)

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
Professor Paul Wischmeyer, Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery, 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
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

Developing a centre for perioperative care 
Professor Mike Grocott, Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, University of Southampton



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
12.35-13.30  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

13.50-14.10 Point of care testing for haemostasis
Dr Anita Sugavanam, Consultant Anaesthetist, Brighton and Sussex University NHS Trust 


14.20-14.45 The Frederic Hewitt Lecture
TIVA: A future standard of care?
Professor Anthony Absalom, University of Groningen, Netherlands
14.45-15.05 College awards presentation
15.05-15.30 REFRESHMENTS
  Patient safety
Chaired by Dr Simon Fletcher, RCoA Vice-President
15.30-15.55 Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group (SALG)

Patient safety

16.20-16.25 Discussion 
16.25-16.30 Closing remarks