The Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC)

CPOC is a partnership between:


Welcome to the Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC)

The Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC) is a cross-specialty centre dedicated to the promotion, advancement and development of perioperative care.

Who are we?

CPOC is a new cross-organisational, multidisciplinary initiative led by the Royal College of Anaesthetists to facilitate cross-organisational working on perioperative care for patient benefit.

CPOC is a partnership between patients and the public, other professional stakeholders including Medical Royal Colleges, NHS England and the equivalent bodies responsible for healthcare in the other UK devolved nations.

What is perioperative care?

Perioperative care is the integrated multidisciplinary care of patients from the moment surgery is contemplated, through to full recovery. Good perioperative care should improve patient experience of care, including quality of care and satisfaction with care, improve health of populations, including returning to home/work and quality of life, and reduce the per capita cost of health care through improving value.

Why is it important?

Around 10 million patients undergo surgery annually in the UK. For most patients surgery is a success, both in terms of the procedure itself and the care before and afterwards. However, the population is changing and so must our services. There are 250,000 patients at higher risk from surgery and this number is set to rise. We believe that collaborative and efficient perioperative care is the route to effective and sustainable surgery. 

What will CPOC do?

The aims of the new Centre for Perioperative Care are:

  • improving quality of care
  • supporting patients
  • supporting professionals
  • influencing policy
  • technology and digital
  • research and innovation.

We’re just getting started

CPOC launched on 20 May 2019 at the Anaesthesia 2019 event. As we develop the Centre, we will add to this page and in time launch our own CPOC website. Follow us on Twitter at @CPOC_News for up to the minutes news, and email cpoc@rcoa.ac.uk with any queries.