Anaesthesia 2021

Our postponed Anaesthesia 2020 flagship conference returns in May 2021 for three days of what promises to be a bigger, better, must-attend event for the specialty.

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Key details

Date: 18 to 20 May 2021 Day one: 09:00 - 17:00 | Day two: 09:00 - 17:00 | Day three: 09:00 -17:00

Location: Manchester, Old Trafford, home of Manchester United

Availability: Places available

Clinical content lead(s): Dr Russell Perkins

CPD credits: 15


Our postponed Anaesthesia 2020 flagship conference returns in May 2021 for three days of what promises, to be a bigger,  must-attend event for the specialty. Now in its third year Anaesthesia 2021 will take place outside of London for the first time for what promises to be another outstanding event.

With a packed programme, covering a diverse range of subjects, this conference is suitable for anaesthetists from all backgrounds and at all stages of their careers. Anaesthesia 2021 will offer the chance to learn from experts and network with your peers.

What you can expect:

  • Stay informed with lectures on best practice and future developments
  • Get up-to-date via quick-fire specialist updates for generalists
  • Tailor your day with breakout sessions
  • Have your say using our interactive Q&A platform
  • Industry exhibition
  • Fulfil your professional CPD requirements (15 points awarded)

How to find us

Manchester United Football Ground

Old Trafford

Sir Matt Busby Way



M16 0QG

Day 1: Tuesday 18 May   
09.15 -10.00 Registration and refreshments  
10.00 - 10.10 Welcome Professor Ravi Mahajan, RCoA President
10.10-10.15 Introduction

Dr Russell Perkins, Clinical Content lead and Council Member, RCoA, Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

10.15 - 10.45 Beyond low tidal volume ventilation: Treatment adjuncts for Severe Respiratory Failure in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome  Professor Gerard Curley, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Beaumont Hospital
Session 1: Perioperative Medicine  
10.45 - 11.10 Macintosh professorship award lecture: Perioperative oxygenation: Too much, too little, just right Dr Daniel Martin OBE, Professor of Perioperative and Intensive Care Medicine 
Macintosh Professor of Anaesthesia, University of Plymouth 
11.10 - 11.35 Macintosh professorship award lecture:  Perioperative Anaemia  Dr Andrew Klein, Consultant Anaesthetist and Departmental Chairman, Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
11.35 - 12.00 Procedure Induced Anxiety in Children Dr Richard Martin, Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Anaesthesia, Great Ormond Street Hospital
12.00 -12.20 Discussion and Q&A  
12.20 - 12.35 Annual General Meeting Open to RCoA Members
12.35 - 13.25 Lunch  
Session 2  Quality improvement  
13.25 - 13.50 Update on state of the art COVID research  Professor Ramani Moonesinghe,  Professor of Perioperative Medicine at University College London
13.50 - 14.10 Joint colleges resources – developing resources during the COVID pandemic Prof William Harrop-Griffiths, Consultant Anaesthetist and Vice President, RCoA
14.10 - 14.35 Improving tracheostomy care: a toolkit for anaesthetists  Dr Brendan McGrath, Consultant in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
14.35 - 14.50 Living with a Tracheostomy, patient story Mrs Julie Gimblett and Mr Karl Gimblett
14.50 - 15.10 Discussion and Q&A  
Session 3 - Quick fire talks  
15.40 - 16.55 1)    Latest development on ophthalmic anaesthesia  Dr Santhana Kannan , British Opthalmic Anaesthetic Society (BOAS)
  2)    The challenges of giving your patients high quality information preoperatively Dr Hilary Swales, Lead for patient information RCoA
  3)    Safe delivery of Paediatric ENT surgery in the UK  Dr Catherine Doherty, Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  4)    Cytoreductive surgery and Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) Dr Jonathan Allan, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
16.55 - 17.10

Introduction to the International Academy of the Colleges of Anaesthesiology 

17.10 - 17.15 Closing remarks  


Day 2: Wednesday 19 May   
08.30 - 09.00 Registration and refreshments  
09.00 - 09.05 Opening remarks  
Session 4 Oncology and anaesthesia   
09.05 - 09.30 Cancer and anaesthesia - pioneer of total intravenous anaesthesia (TIVA)  Professor Michael Irwin, Professor and Head, Department of Anaesthesiology, University of Hong Kong
09.30 - 09.55 Proton Beam Therapy - Physicist view Professor Karen Kirkby, Professor of Proton Therapy Physics, University of Manchester and The Christie Hospital
09.55 - 10.20 Proton Beam Therapy – Anaesthetist view Dr Lauren Oswald, Consultant Anaesthetist, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
10.20 - 10.40 Discussion and Q&A  
10.40 - 11.10 Refreshments  
Session 5  Anaesthesia and the brain  
11.10 - 11.35 Anaesthesia and the developing infant brain Professor Suellen Walker, Professor of Paediatric Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
11.35 - 12.00 Traumatic brain injury  
12.00 - 12.10 Discussion and Q&A  
Session 6 Prevention of Respiratory Insufficiency after Surgical Management (PRISM) Trial  
12.10 - 12.30 Breaking news: Results of the PRISM trial Professor Rupert Pearse, Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and 
Clinical Director for Research and Development, Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust
12.30 - 12.35 Discussion and Q&A  
12.35 - 13.35 Lunch  
Session 7 Breakout sessions You choose to attend 2
13.35 - 14.15 Workshop 1: Obstetrics and anaesthesia

Dr Kirsty Maclennan, Consultant Obstetric Anaesthetist, St Mary's Hospital, Manchester

  Workshop 2:  Trainees with an interest in Perioperative Medicine (TRIPOM):
Prehabilitation and Perioperative Medicine
Dr Nicole Greenshields, Anaesthetic Registrar, Imperial School of Anaesthesia and
Perioperative Medicine Fellow, University College London Hospitals
Dr Samantha Moore, Anaesthetics, East Midlands
  Workshop 3: Wellness and anaesthesia  Dr Roopa McCrossan, ST7 Anaesthesia, Newcastle Hospitals
Dr Nancy Redfern, Consultant Anaesthetist, Newcastle Hospitals
  Workshop 4: Lessons from Military anaesthesia
Duncan Parkhouse, Consultant Anaesthetist, Defence Medical Group (South West)
  Workshop 5: To be confirmed   
14.15 - 14.25 Travel to second workshop choice  
14.25 - 15.05 Attend second workshop choice  
15.05 - 15.35 Refreshments  
Session 8  Hypotension and perioperative outcomes – session organized by British Journal of Anaesthesia (BJA) Chair:  Hugh Hemmings, Weill Cornell Medicine, US
15.35 - 16.00 Hypotension and perioperative outcomes: marker or mediator? Dr Gareth Ackland 
16.00 - 16.25 Talk to be confirmed Professor Michelle Chew, Professor and Chair, Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care and Acute Medicine, Linköping University, Sweden
16.25 - 16.50 Anaesthetic strategies to minimize hypotension Professor Robert Sneyd, Emeritus Professor, University of Plymouth, UK
16.50 - 17.10 Discussion and Q&A  
17.10 - 17.15 Closing remarks  
19.00 - 23.00 RCoA Annual Dinner (Pre-booked delegates only)
Imperial War Museum North


Day 3:  Thursday 20 May  
08.30 - 08.55 Registration and refreshments  
08.55 - 09.00 Opening remarks  
Session 9  When things go wrong?  
09.00 - 09.25 HSIB Health services investigation bureau Mr Andy Collen and Dr Stephen Drage, National Investigator, Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB
09.25 - 09.55 Debate: This house believes doctors tackling covid-19 be immune from negligence liability claims  
  For Dr Michael Devlin, Head of professional standards and liaison, MDU
  Against Dr Craig Purshouse, Lecturer in Law, University of Leeds
09.55 - 10.25 Patient safety, litigation against doctors and gross negligence manslaughter  
10.25 - 10.40 Discussion and Q&A  
10.40 - 11.10 Refreshments  
Session 10  HSRC Session Chair: Dr Ramani Moonesinghe, Director, NIAA Health Services Research Centre, Royal College of Anaesthetists
11.10 - 11.35 John Snow lecture– How to save a mother, in low and middle income countries Professor Bruce Biccard, Professor and Second Chair, Groote Schuur Hospital and University of Cape Town
11.35 - 12.00 John Snow Oration – ‘My life in Global Health’  Professor Kathryn Maitland, Professor of Tropical Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Imperial College London
12.00 - 12.25 To be confirmed  
12.25 - 12.45 Discussion and Q&A  
12.45 - 13.15  Poster presentations  
13.15 - 14.15 Lunch  
Session 11  New frontiers in medicine  
14.15 - 14.40 Data Science and Artificial Intelligence for better healthcare  Prof Niels Peek, Professor of Health Informatics, University of Manchester
14.40 - 15.05 Wearable tech Dr Alex Casson, Reader (Associate Professor), Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester
15.05 - 15.25 Discussion and Q&A  
Session 12     
15.25 - 15.50 Panel debate To be confirmed
15.50 - 16.00 Closing remarks  



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Programme preview

Listen to our Podcast with Dr Lauren Oswald, Consultant Anaesthetist, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Sneak preview on Proton Beam Therapy – Anaesthetist view

Interviewed by Dr Russell Perkins our Clinical Content lead 

Recorded November 2020


Event sponsors:

We would like to thank our sponsors, Aguettant, B Braun Medical, BDFisher & Paykel, Haemoclaim Blood Management, Lowenstein Medical and Pentland Medical.

Anaesthesia 2021 sponsors

Sponsors and exhibitors at our events purely support the commercial aspects of the event and join us for the benefit of our members, fellows and delegates. Our sponsors do not have input into the design of the programme or the content of any presentations, slides, workshops or talks.  

If you are interested in sponsoring our event, please contact our sponsorship and exhibition partner Century One:

Thomas Mayo, , 020 3603 7943.