Anaesthesia 2024: Innovation

Anaesthesia 2024 flagship conference will take place in Glasgow in May 2024 for three days of what promises to be a bigger, better, must-attend event for the specialty. There is also an option for those that prefer to join us online. 

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Key details

Date: 21 to 23 May 2024

Location: Glasgow, and Online

Availability: Places available

Clinical content lead(s): Dr Claire Mallinson, Dr Toni Brunning, Dr Angela Jenkins

CPD credits: 15

Anaesthesia 2024 flagship conference will take place in Glasgow and online in May 2024 for three days of what promises, to be a bigger,  must-attend event for the specialty. Now in its sixth year Anaesthesia 2024 promises to be another outstanding year. 

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 2024 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)

Sessions include:

  • Quick fire talks
  • Trauma
  • BJA Session
  • Innovation
  • Obstetrics
  • Innovation in Education and Human Factors
  • Healthcare Design
  • Research
  • AI
  • Panel debate

Breakout workshops include: (Workshops are available to book - no need to book if attending online. Please note some will be limited capacity and only available in person).

  • QI
  • Regional anaesthesia
    • RA-UK led regional anaesthesia workshops. Small group teaching with hands on scanning of the 7 Plan A blocks on models. Expert faculty will show you how to integrate the 7 blocks every anaesthetist should know into your everyday practice.
  • CESR
    • The session Leads will be talking about their experience in setting up and running a training program that delivers the portfolio pathway to specialist registration. Their program - LiPA began in 2021 with a handful of trainees and now includes 30 doctors from ST4 upwards rotating around the Imperial Hospitals in London and some other local partner trusts. They will share some of their structure, in terms of faculty and how they support their doctors in training as well as the principles which guide how they deliver training.
  • Returning to work after a long career break
    • With the projected shortfall of anaesthetists in the UK workforce, we need to consider innovative approaches to retaining the skills of our highly trained staff. In this workshop we will talk about some of the resources that are currently available for doctors returning to clinical practice and about how we can retain skills and experience in the workforce by supporting doctors to return. We will discuss some of the challenges that can be faced by doctors returning to medicine, and it is an opportunity to hear about one doctor's journey back to anaesthesia following a 12-year break.
  • Pick of the Posters
    • Our Pick of the Posters workshop will be an exciting opportunity to showcase a wide range of quality improvement and research projects, as well as service development and other innovative work, from far and wide. Our poster judges will present and summarise a large number of the outstanding pieces of work submitted to Anaesthesia 2024 and will deliver the key learning points and a flavour of the innovative work taking place in our hospitals.

  • Sustainability 

Hear from the Clinical Leads:

Dr Claire Mallinson, Consultant Anaesthetist, London

"In a stressed HS environment innovation has never been more important to deliver the highest level of care to as many patients as possible. Innovation will help with the complexity we face in our patients in our operating environments as well as the wider perioperative care."

Dr Toni Brunning, Consultant Anaesthetist, Birmingham

"This year's theme for the Anaesthesia event is INNOVATION. It provides an opportunity to delve into the latest advancements in clinical care and healthcare design.

It will consider the future developments within anaesthesia such as the role of artificial intelligence and will inspire you to embrace innovation within your own practice."

Dr Angela Jenkins, Consultant Anaesthetist, Glasgow

"We are excited to deliver an impressive 3-day scientific programme, with experts from across the UK. Anaesthesia 2024 will be held in Glasgow and will include an exciting range of topics, such as cutting-edge research and innovations in trauma, obstetrics, surgical techniques, artificial intelligence, healthcare design, medical education and much more. Our Pick of the Posters session will showcase quality improvement work and research from far and wide. We are also pleased to deliver a series of hands-on regional anaesthesia workshops for those wishing to improve their skills in Plan A blocks. Anaesthesia 2024 will meet all of your CPD needs and is guaranteed to have something for everyone."

How to find us

Glasgow Caledonian University

Cowcaddens Rd


G4 0BA

Please note programme subject to change. 

  Day 1: Tuesday 21 May 2024  
09:00-09:40 Registration and Refreshments  
09:35-09:40 Online platform registration and technical checks  
09:40-09:45 Introduction and housekeeping Dr Claire Mallinson, Consultant Anaesthetist
09:45-10:00 Welcome and President Update Dr Fiona Donald, RCoA President
10:00-10:30 Keynote Lecture Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director of Healthcare and Improvement, Scotland
Session 1: Quick Fire  
10:30-10:50 GPAS Guidance Update Speaker to be confirmed

GLP-1 Agonists

Professor Kariem El-Boghdadly, Consultant Anaesthetist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and Cleveland Clinic London
11:10-11:30 ACSA - 10 years and counting Dr Jon Chambers, Consultant Anaesthetist
11:30-11:50 CPOC Dr Dave Selwyn, Medical Director at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
11:50-12:15 Q&A and Discussion  
12:15-13:15 Lunch and Networking  
12:30-13:00 Let's Talk - Lunchtime workshop RCoA Membership Team
Session 2: Trauma  
13:15-13:40 Lessons from remote & rural critical care in Scotland Dr Niall McMahon, Consultant in Emergency Medicine & pre-hospital & retrieval medicine, Glasgow
13:40-14:05 Regional anaesthesia for chest wall trauma Dr Robert Hart, Consultant Anaesthetist, Scotland
14:05-14:30 Scottish Trauma Network Dr Tim Hooper, Consultant Anaesthetist Raigmore Hospital, Inverness
14:30-14:50 Q&A and Discussion  
14:50-14:55 Lord Provost speech  
14:50-15:20 Break and Refreshments Hosted by the Lord Provost and Glasgow City Council
Session 3: British Journal of Anaesthesia Chair: Professor Phil Hopkins
15:20-15:45 Innovations in regional anaesthesia Professor Tiffany Tedore, Associate Professor or Anesthesiology, New York
15:45-16:10 Innovations in acute pain Professor Patrice Forget, Clinical Chair in Anaesthesia, Glasgow
16:10-16:25 Q&A and Discussion  
16:25-16:55 Keynote Lecture: Communicating risk to patients Ms Maricarmen Climént, Sense about Science & Ms Leila Finikarides, Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, Cambridge
16:55-17:00 Q&A and Closing Remarks  


Please note programme subject to change. Workshops are available to book at time of booking. No need to book workshops if attending online. Some workshops will have a limited capacity.

**Plan A Blocks Workshops are fully booked** Please email to be added to the waiting list.

  Day 2: Wednesday 22 May 2024  
08:30-09:00 Registration and Refreshments  
08:55-09:00 Online platform registration and technical checks  
09:00-09:05 Opening remarks Dr Toni Brunning, Consultant Anaesthetist, Birmingham
09:05-09:35 Keynote Lecture: Leadership Professor Gerry McGivern, Professor in Public Services Management & Organisation

Parallel Breakout Workshop

Regional Anaesthesia - Plan A Blocks

This workshop will run parallel with the morning lectures. Available in person only. Places limited. Also runs in Session 6.

RA UK - Dr Nat Haslam, Consultant, Sunderland - Dr Simeon West,  Consultant Anaesthetist, London - Dr Tim Egan, Consultant Anaesthetist - Dr Kathryn Hill - Dr Susie Farrell - Dr Sonya McKinlay - Dr Iain Thomson - Dr Fiona Watson
Session 4: Innovation  

Transoral robotic surgery and anaesthesia - surgical perspective

Ms Jenny Montgomery, Consultant ENT Surgeon, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
10:00-10:25 Heart transplants Dr Philip McCall, Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia & Intensive Care, Glasgow
10:25-10:50 Interventional cancer pain service Dr Jonathan McGhie & Dr Peter Paisley, Consultant Anaesthetist, Glasgow
10:50-11:10 Q&A and Discussion  
11:10-11:40 Break and Refreshments  
Session 5: Obstetrics  
11:40-12:05 Placenta Accreta Spectrum: translatable lessons in major haemorrhage Dr Malcolm Broom, Consultant Anaesthetist, Glasgow
12:05-12:30 What's new in obstetric anaesthesia? Dr Rachel Kearns, Consultant Anaesthetist, Glasgow
12:30-12:45 Q&A and Discussion  
12:45-13:45 Lunch and Networking  
Session 6: Breakout workshop sessions   
13:45-14:30 The workshops will run for 45 minutes and be repeated twice. Delegates can choose which they wish to attend. Some will be practical and not available for online attendance.  Booking only required if attending in person. If attending online you can choose on the day.
Workshop 1

Quality Improvement

Available online and in person.

Dr Carolyn Johnston, Consultant Anaesthetist, London- Dr Lesley Jordan, Consultant Anaesthetist, Bath - Dr Ronan Hanratty, CR&I QI Fellow
Workshop 2

Regional Anaesthesia - Plan A Blocks

Available in person only.

If you select this workshop please note you can not attend another workshop. Some other workshops will be available to view On Demand post event.


Dr Nat Haslam, Consultant, Sunderland - Dr Simeon West, Consultant Anaesthetist, London - Dr Tim Egan, Consultant Anaesthetist - Dr Kathryn Hill - Dr Susie Farrell - Dr Sonya McKinlay - Dr Iain Thomson - Dr Fiona Watson

Workshop 3


Available online and in person.

Dr Ros Bacon, Consultant Anaesthetist, London - Dr Sarah Thornton, Consultant Anaesthetist, Bolton - Dr Ashwini Keshkamat, Consultant Anaesthetist, Dartford -  Dr Philippa Borra, Lead Clinician LiPA CESR programme, London
Workshop 4

Returning to work after a long career break

Available in person only.

Dr Claire Bridgestock, Consultant Anaesthetist & Pain Management, Glasgow & Dr Eleanor Morris, Clinical Fellow- Anaesthetics, Fife
Workshop 5

Pick of the Posters

Available online and in person.

Professor Jonathan Thompson, Consultant Anaesthetist, Leicester - Dr Felicity Plaat, Consultant Anaesthetist, London
Workshop 6

Environmental / Sustainability

Available online and in person

Dr Helgi Johannsson, Consultant Anaesthetist, London - Dr Paul Southall, Consultant Anaesthetist, Worcestershire & Dr Lucy Brooks, Anaesthetist Specialty Trainee (ST4)
14:30-14:40 Travel time to second workshop  
14:40-15:25 Second breakout session (options as above)  
15:25-15:50 Break and Refreshments  
Session 7: Innovation in Education and Human Factors  
15:50-16:15 A simulation curriculum for anaesthesia - where/what/how? Dr Ed Mellanby, Consultant Anaesthetist & Sim Lead, Edinburgh
16:15-16:40 International Aid Collaborations - Anaesthesia in Ghana Dr Adam Capek, Consultant Anaesthetist, Glasgow
16:40-16:55 Q&A and Discussion  
16:55-17:25 Keynote Lecture - MDDUS Mr Chris Kenny, MDDUS, Chief Executive
17:25-17:30 Q&A and Discussion and closing remarks  
17:30-18:30 Drinks reception and networking Sponsored by MDDUS


Please note programme subject to change. 

  Day 3: Thursday 23 May 2024  
08:30-09:00 Registration and Refreshments  
08:55-09:00 Online platform registration and technical checks  
09:00-09:05 Opening remarks Dr Angela Jenkins, Consultant Anaesthetist, Glasgow
09:05-09:35 Keynote Lecture: Patient Perspective Mr John Nicolson, MP for Ochil and South Perthshire
Session 8: Healthcare Design  
09:35-10:00 Design in Healthcare Dr Alyson Walker, Consultant Anaesthetist, Glasgow
10:00-10:25 Realistic medicine in Scotland Dr Malcolm Watson, Consultant Anaesthetist, NHS GGC
10:25-10:40 Q&A and Discussion  
10:40-11:10 Break and Refreshments  
Session 9: RCoA Center for Research & Improvement (CR&I)  
11:10-11:25 IMPRoVEing perioperative right ventricular dysfunction Professor Ben Shelley, Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia & Intensive Care, Glasgow
11:25-11:40 Metabolomics and sepsis Professor Malcolm Sim, Consultant Anaesthetist, Glasgow
11:40-12:00 Allergy De-labeling work Dr Louise Savic, Consultant Anaesthetist, Leeds
12:00-12:30 Macintosh Lecture: Rethinking Severe Pneumonia in the ICU: diagnostic and therapeutic advances Dr Andrew Conway Morris, Hon Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, Cambridge
12:30-12:50 Q&A and Discussion  

Poster competition

5 x5 minute presentations

13:25-14:25 Lunch and Networking  
Session 10: AI  

Generative AI in Anaesthesia

Dr Adam Julius, Anaesthetic Registrar & Topol Digital Fellow, London
14:50-15:15 AI biases and digital health inequity – cutting through the hype

Dr Joseph Alderman, Artificial Intelligence and digital health clinical doctoral research fellow, Birmingham

15:15-15:40 Artificial Intelligence and Regional Anaesthesia Dr James Bowness, Department of Anaesthesia, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
15:40-16:00 Q&A and Discussion  
Session 11: Panel debate  
16:00-16:40 Debate: Toxic theatre culture; the role of the Anaesthetist

Dr Kate Stannard, Consultant Anaesthetist, Tunbridge Wells & Dr Karen Stacey, Consultant Anaesthetist, London

16:40-17:00 Closing remarks  



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  Members and Fellows of RCoA Non Members
  Member/Fellow Anaesthetist in Training/ MTI Doctor Senior Fellows and members Club Student/ Foundation Doctor
One day £175 £135 £90 £45 £250
Two days £345 £260 £175 £90 £475
All days £430 £325 £215 £110 £595
In person attendance - Glasgow
One day £245 £185 £125 £65 £350
Two days £485 £365 £245 £125 £675
All days £605 £455 £305 £155 £835


We are offering a fee for Low Middle Income Countries for online attendance, the cost will be £15 per day. Please email to check your eligibility.

Hybrid Events

If you would like to attend via a mix of in person and online for this event please call the Events Team on 020 7092 1673 and they can assist you with your booking and take your payment over the phone.

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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 CPL One:

Jonny Knight at or 01727 739 193

Poster Competition

You are invited to submit a poster for presentation at Anaesthesia 2024, on 21-23 May.

If you have worked on a project which falls into any of these categories, please submit a poster for a chance to showcase your work and to win a £250 voucher of your choice.

1) A quality improvement or research project using PQIP data and/or that addresses one of PQIP’s top five priorities for 2023/24.

  • DrEaMing
  • Patient blood management
  • Individualised risk and frailty assessment
  • Individualised pain management
  • Embedding into clinical practice

2) A project which focuses on innovation in perioperative care services, pathways or ways of working, to support elective recovery and/or patient and/or staff experience and wellbeing or Innovation: the future of Anaesthesia.

We are particularly keen to see entries which are describing an evaluation of a new or adapted innovation (e.g. a pathway, service, way of working or other innovation) in addition to describing what the innovation is. Evaluations could be qualitative (feedback from staff or patients for example), quantitative (numerical data on processes or outcomes) or both.


The competition is open to all healthcare professionals or student healthcare professionals.


1st prize: £250 voucher

All accepted posters will be invited to present their poster at the Conference with the top 5 invited to present as an oral presentation.
All accepted posters will also be published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia Open Access Journal, please see information below for submitting your abstract to them.

How to enter

  • Submit a digital copy of your poster as an attachment to along with a signed copy of the form below.
  • Please follow the poster preparation guidelines on page 2; failure to follow the guidelines could result in disqualification from the competition.
  • Please follow abstract preparation guidelines on page 3 for the submission to the BJA Open Access Journal.

Download the application form by clicking here.

What happens next?

  • The closing date for entries will be 23.59 Monday 18 March 2024
  • A panel of RCoA judges will assess all submissions shortly after the closing date. Authors will be notified by Monday 15 April if they have been invited to display their poster at Anaesthesia 2024.
  • All accepted posters will be invited to showcase their poster on the virtual platform.
  • The selected winner will be given a slot to present their poster during the live programme.
  • Authors selected to present their poster will need to book a place at the event in order to display their poster.