Anaesthetic updates

Aimed at anaesthetists and perioperative clinicians of all grades, this event draws together speakers with national and international profiles on the theme of “Hearts and Minds”.

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Key details

Date: 28 January 2022 | 09:00 - 16:05

Location: Online, Zoom

Availability: Places available

Clinical content lead(s): Dr Mark Edwards

CPD credits: 5


**This conference will now be ONLINE**

The event will now be available to book up until Friday 4 February 2022 - if you book after Friday 28 January, you will receive a link to all of the recorded content and CPD points.

This event, aimed at anaesthetists and perioperative clinicians of all grades, draws together speakers with national and international profiles on a theme of “Hearts and Minds”.

Clinical topics range from updates on cardiac failure and perioperative blood pressure management to the latest developments in postoperative cognitive dysfunction, depth of anaesthesia, regional anaesthesia skill development and pre-hospital resuscitation.

We are also pleased to offer inspirational speakers covering human factors and leadership topics. Delegates will enjoy a mix of practical updates relevant to their daily practice, and novel thought-provoking ideas.


Friday 28 January 2022
09:30-09:35 Introduction Dr Mark Edwards, Southampton
  Session 1: Chair - Dr Mark Edwards  
09:35-09:55 Postoperative morbidity – matters of the heart? Professor Mike Grocott, Southampton
09:55-10:15 Supporting patient engagement in preparing for surgery Dr Liam Humphreys (pre-record), Sheffield
10:15-10:35 The truth about depth of anaesthesia Dr Katie Warnaby, Oxford
10:35-10:50 Discussion/Q&A  
10:50-11:05 SHORT BREAK  
  Session 2: Chair - Professor Denny Levett  
11:05-11:30 Pre-hospital extra-corporeal CPR Dr Ben Singer, London
11:25-11:50 Update on cardiac failure Dr Andrew Flett, Southampton
11:50-12:05 Discussion/Q&A  
12:05-13:20 LUNCH BREAK  
  Session 3: Chair - Dr Mark Edwards  
13:20-13:40 Regional anaesthesia: update and the future of block placement Professor Graeme McLeod, Dundee
13:40-14:00 Perioperative BP management – recent consensus guidance Professor Denny Levett, Southampton
14:00-14:20 ACE immunisation – the real future of perioperative medicines? Dr Suzanne Kellett, Southampton
14:20-14:35 Discussion/Q&A  
14:35-14:50 SHORT BREAK  
  Session 4: Chair - Professor Denny Levett  
14:50-15:10 Perioperative neurocognitive disorders – an update Professor Lisbeth Evered, New York USA
15:10-15:30 Medical leadership Dr Peter Wilson, Southampton
15:30-15:45 Discussion/Q&A  
15:45 CLOSE  



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Dr Mark Edwards
Consultant in Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, University Hospital Southampton

Mark is an anaesthetist/perioperative physician and researcher at University Hospital Southampton. His clinical activities include anaesthesia for major adult surgery, preoperative assessment/optimisation and developing clinical services within perioperative medicine. He completed his higher degree in perioperative immunology and postoperative morbidity at University College London before moving to Southampton in 2013. He is now Chief Investigator of the NIHR-funded FLO-ELA (FLuid Optimisation in Emergency LAparotomy) trial, Deputy Chief Investigator of the OPTIMISE II trial and a collaborator on the GAP Gabapentin trial. Research support roles within Wessex include NIHR CRN Specialty Group Lead for Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain, and Wessex School of Anaesthesia academic training lead. He is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Southampton.

Professor Mike Grocott
Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine | University of Southampton

Mike Grocott is the Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Southampton, director designate of the Southampton NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (2020-2025) and an NIHR Senior Investigator.  He is the UK NIHR Clinical Research Network national specialty lead for Anaesthesia Perioperative Medicine and Pain (2015-21) and an adjunct professor of Anesthesiology at Duke University School of Medicine in North Carolina (USA) and honorary professor at University College London.

Mike is vice-chair of the board of the UK national multidisciplinary Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC) and was previously elected vice-president of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (2019-20). He chairs the board of the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (2018-22) and was founding director of the NIAA Health Services Research Centre (2011-2016).  He is a director of EBPOM, joint editor-in-chief of Perioperative Medicine and has authored/co-authored >300 scientific manuscripts and been awarded >£25 million in research funding.


Professor Lisbeth Evered
Associate Professor of Neuroscience | Weill Cornell Medicine, New York

Associate Professor Lis Evered has a BSc, MBiostat and PhD in neuroscience. Lis is Associate Professor of Neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medicine, NY; Scientific Head of Research in the Department of Anaesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne and Associate Professor, University of Melbourne.

She has over 60 publications in cognitive clinical research. She is Associate Editor for BJA and Senior Editor for Anesthesia & Analgesia, and a reviewer for many peer-reviewed journals. She is the recipient of more than $8M in competitive funding. Lis is Chair of the International nomenclature consensus working party which has revised postoperative cognitive disorders from research to clinical guidelines and is currently finalising research guidelines. Her main area of research interest is identifying the impact of surgery and anaesthesia on the cognitive trajectory of older individuals

Dr Kenwyn James
Consultant Anaesthetist| University Hospital Southampton

Dr Kenwyn James's main areas of anaesthetic practice are in Urology, Oro-Maxillo Facial surgery and Neurosurgery.

He has previously been a Trust Investigator for concerns raised about professional behaviours and clinical competence of senior clinicians and Medical School Lead for Fitness to Practice and Patient Safety.

He is an accredited Workplace, and Civil & Commercial, Mediator and trains new mediators as part of the faculty of the Society of Mediators, London. He is increasingly helping teams work more effectively by improving team relationships through facilitation, coaching and training and actively trying to avoid the need for mediation.

Professor Graeme McLeod
Consultant Anaesthetist | Ninewells Hospital Dundee

Graeme McLeod is Consultant Anaesthetist at Ninewells Hospital and Honorary Professor of Anaesthesia at the University of Dundee. 

He is Lead for the MSc in Regional Anaesthesia at the University of East Anglia and Director of the Mastery Learning regional anaesthesia training course at the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, which uses the soft embalmed Thiel cadaver simulator.

His research, conducted with anatomists, psychologists, engineers and computer programmers, includes: validation of the Thiel cadaver for regional anaesthesia simulation; translation of training from the cadaver simulator to clinical practice using the expert performance educational approach; development of new technologies with University spin-outs such as real-time eye tracking (Optomize Ltd), microultrasound (Heriot Watt University); augmented reality (Xavier Bionics Ltd), and virtual reality (University of New South Wales).

He is currently supervising a PhD student in Anatomy who is developing accurate and reliable combination blocks, and recently supervised an MSc student in Epidemiology on patient reported outcomes after foot and ankle surgery.

Dr Suzie Kellett
ex-military Consultant Major Trauma Anaesthetist | University Hospital Southampton

Dr Suzie Kellett is a curious, compassionate critical thinker who enjoys helping mission driven teams achieve their goals by enabling the conversations that matter most, whether they be reflective conversations to learn from difficulty or developing skills to leverage diversity of thought. 

She has worked for the past 8 years researching and training decision-making and team function, especially in conditions of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Her interest in the field has developed over a career including hospital medicine, the British Army, and the Foreign Office each offering many opportunities for growth. She still practices as a Consultant Anaesthetist in the NHS, and runs a consultancy business working with folk from elite sport to the C-suite, government departments to non-profits all via the operating theatre and theatres of conflict.

Dr Katie Warnaby
Senior Research Scientist and Principal Investigator | University of Oxford

Dr Katie Warnaby is a Senior Research Scientist and Principal Investigator at the University of Oxford. 

She leads the Anaesthesia Neuroimaging Research Group, based in the Nuffield Division of Anaesthesia and Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences.  

Katie has a broad range of research interests in anaesthesia, sleep and pain. One of her current research goals is to identify and develop objective neurophysiological measures of conscious perception under anaesthesia and translate these findings to the clinical environment. 

Katie was awarded the UK National Institute for Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) Research 2017 Award and the Mapelson Medal from the Anaesthesia Research Society for her work investigating mechanisms of anaesthesia using multimodal electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI). She was also awarded Medical Research Council funding to develop a new EEG depth of anaesthesia monitor based on these findings. 

She is a Council Member of UK Anaesthetic Research Society and an expert reviewer for several high-profile scientific journals, including the British Journal of Anaesthesia, Anesthesiology, NeuroImage, Scientific Reports and PLOS Computational Biology. 

Dr Andrew Flett
Consultant Cardiologist | University Hospital Southampton

Dr Andrew Flett is a consultant cardiologist, appointed 2013 at University Hospital Southampton. He has a special interest in heart failure, cardiac MRI and devices. He undertook much of his training at The Heart Hospital which is part of University College London Hospital and is a national referral centre for heart muscle disease.

Dr Peter Wilson
Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care Medicine | University Hospital Southampton

Peter is currently the Medical Director for Direct Commissioning, NHSE/I, South West Region. He took this post up in September 2019. Amongst his role he has led the South West critical care response during the Covid pandemic.

Peter is a Paediatric Intensive Care Consultant at University Hospital Southampton. He was appointed in 2003. He is a past President of the Paediatric Intensive Care Society.

He was appointed Clinical Director for Southampton Children’s Hospital in 2010 and  was Clinical Director of the Women’s and Children’s Hospitals from 21015-19.

In 2015 he was appointed as the Women’s and Children’s Programme of Care Clinical Chair for NHSE Specialised Commissioning. He was the clinical lead for the national reviews in paediatric critical care and paediatric surgery.

Peter has an interest in system design, workforce sustainability and quality improvement. He completed a MSc in medical leadership and quality improvement through Ashridge Business School as part of the Health Foundation’s Generation Q programme.

Professor Denny Levett
Consultant in Perioperative Medicine | Southampton University Hospital

Professor Denny Levett leads the perioperative medicine service at Southampton that includes screening for nutritional risk, functional capacity and multimorbidity, high risk shared decision making clinics and pre-operative targeted prehabilitation.  She has introduced a surgery school which has successfully resulted in behaviour change and has introduced targeted nutritional optimisation in at risk patients.  She has recently co-developed a pre-operative patient self-management app addressing diet, exercise, breathing exercises and anxiety.  Her clinical and research interests explore the importance of  exercise and nutrition in pre-operative risk stratification and the impact of prehabilitation on surgical outcome and long term behavioural change.

She is president of the Perioperative Exercise Testing and Training Society (POETTS) ( and established and chairs the National Perioperative Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing course.  She is part of the Fit 4 Surgery research group in Southampton, working with Professors Jack and Grocott to evaluate the impact of exercise, psychological and nutritional prehabilitation.  She is the clinical lead for the Wesfit and Safefit trials and the Clinical chief investigator for the INSPIRE trial. 

Denny was the Research Leader, the expedition medical officer and a member of the climbing team on the Caudwell Xtreme Everest Research Expedition, a high altitude field study of hypoxia adaptation.  Her PhD thesis involved evaluating exercise capacity at up to 8000m on Mount Everest.  (

Dr Liam Humphreys
Research Fellow | Sheffield Hallam University

Dr Liam Humphreys is a Research Fellow at the Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre and the co-lead of the Living Well with Chronic Disease research theme at the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University. His specific research interests are the role of physical activity and exercise in the prevention and management of chronic disease and health behaviour change.

As a Research Fellow, Dr Humphrey's role involves designing exercise and behaviour change research studies for patients with cancer, neurological conditions, and cardiovascular disease. His latest work has focused on the design of innovative physical activity interventions for the rehabilitation of cancer. 

In 2021, funding was successfully received from Yorkshire Cancer Research (YCR) to implement and deliver a multi-modal rehabilitation pathway for people affected by cancer in Sheffield. The programme will provide patients diagnosed with lung, colorectal or upper GI cancers with physical activity, nutritional and psychological support throughout their cancer journey.


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