Anaesthetic updates

By hearing from the experts in your field, our 3-day conference set in London will aid the progression of your own anaesthetic practice.

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Key details

Date: 28 to 30 September 2022 | 09:00 - 17:00

Location: London, RCoA

Availability: Places available

Clinical content lead(s): Dr John Williams and Dr Stuart Gold

CPD credits: 15


Stay ahead of the curve and join us for 3-days of new ideas in anaesthesia, critical care and pain management. Discover new developments on the horizon from today's experts specialists and learn how to best combat the central issues you will face in your anaesthetic practice.

Join us in September to connect with and question the specialty experts, discuss your experiences with peers, and bring back new ideas that will improve your own practice.

Topics for this conference will be confirmed soon.

Feedback from previous Anaesthetic Update events:

'An excellent selection of high quality talks for the general anaesthetist' Anaesthetic Updates attendee, March 2022 

'Compact lectures, covering a wide range of topics, giving key points to help educate and improve our practice' - Anaesthetic Updates attendee, February 2022 

'Great CPD that I will take back to clinical practice' - Anaesthetic Updates attendee, January 2022

How to find us

Royal College of Anaesthetists

35 Red Lion Square




*Please note the session timings and speakers may change until two weeks prior to the event*

You can download a copy of the programme here

Tuesday 28 September 2022
09.50-10.00 Welcome and introduction Dr John Williams and Dr Stuart Gold
  Session 1  
10.00-10.25 Why should we risk score our patients? Dr Matt Oliver (VIRTUAL)
10.25-10.50 Death after surgery among patients with chronic disease Dr Tom Abbott
10.50-11.10 DISCUSSION /Q&A  
11.10-11.30 REFRESHMENTS  
  Session 2  
11.30-11.55 Reviewal process and meta-analysis Dr Fiona Oglesby (VIRTUAL)
11.55-12.20 TBC TBC
12.20-12.45 Medical negligence litigation Dr David Bogod
12.45-13.00 DISCUSSION/Q&A  
13.00-14.00 LUNCH   
  Session 3  
14.00-14.25 Diabetes and perioperative outcomes Dr Simon Howell
14.25-14.50 Management of major burns Dr Agnes Watson
14.50-15.15 TBC TBC
15.15-15.30 DISCUSSION/Q&A  
15.30-15.50 REFRESHMENTS  
  Session 4  
15.50-16.15 Anaesthesia and the climate emergency Dr Becki Taylor-Smith
16.15-16.40 NHS Ocean - next steps Dr Richard Hixson
16.40-16.55 DISCUSSION/Q&A  
17.00 CLOSE  


*Please note session timings and speakers may change until two weeks prior to the event*

You can download a copy of the programme here

Thursday 29 September 2022
09.30-09.35 Welcome back and introduction Dr Stuart Gold and Dr John Williams
  Session 1  
09.35-10.00 The DREAMING study and association with length of stay Dr Samantha Warnakulasuriya
10.00-10.25 Lessons for anaesthesia maternal deaths Dr Felicity Platt
10.25-10.50 Undetected oesophagael intubation - the College's response Dr Russell Perkins
10.50-11.10 DISCUSSION/Q&A  
11.10-11.30 REFRESHMENTS  
  Session 2  
11.30-11.55 The anaesthetic workforce report: UK state of the nation Ms Lianne Smith
11.55-12.20 Anaesthesia Associates: practice and patient care Ms Jenny Redmore
12.20-12.45 Blended learning programmes - clinical aspects Dr Nigel Penfold/Dr Ella Davies
12.45-13.00 DISCUSSION/Q&A  
13.00-14.00 LUNCH  
  Session 3  
14.00-14.25 Patient safety - latest updates TBC
14.25-14.50 High impact theatre lists Dr Kariem El-Boghdadly
14.50-15.00 DISCUSSION/Q&A  
15.00-15.20 REFRESHMENTS  
  Session 4  
15.20-15.45 Guidelines for the management of people with cardiac implantable electronic devices Dr Honey Thomas
15.45-16.10 Anaesthesia for bariatric surgery  Dr Nicholas Kennedy
16.10-16.35 Bacterial endotoxins and exotoxins in ICU Dr Brian O'Brien
16.35-16.45 DISCUSSION/Q&A  
16.45 CLOSE  


*Please note session timings and speakers may change until two weeks prior to the event*

You can download a copy of the programme here

Friday 30 September 2022
09.00-09.05 Welcome back and introduction Dr John Williams and Dr Stuart Gold
  Session 1  
09.05-09.30 Prehabilitation for all Dr Nicola Powley
09.30-09.55 Prehabilitation and enhanced recovery after surgery Dr Olle Ljungqvist
09.55-10.20 Reducing hospital readmission after intensive care stay Dr Nick Plummer
10.20-10.30 DISCUSSION/Q&A  
10.30-10.50 REFRESHMENTS  
10.50-11.15 Major obstetric haemorrhage Dr Thomas Drew
11.15-11.40 Perioperative management of patients with liver disease Dr Zoka Milan
11.40-12.05 Muscoskeletal pain and the anaesthetist Dr Subhashis Basu
12.05-12.15 DISCUSSION/Q&A  
12.15-13.15 LUNCH  
13.15-13.40 Research updates in regional anaesthesia Dr Simeon West
13.40-14.05 Rib fracture and regional anesthesia Dr Jono Womack
14.05-14.30 The general regionalist impact on chronic pain Dr Athmaja Thottungal
14.30-14.40 DISCUSSION/Q&A  
14.40-15.00 REFRESHMENTS  
15.00-15.30 Capability and supervision levels - discussions with Anaesthesists in Training Dr Sue Walwyn/Dr Susie Thoms
  Session 4  
15.30-15.55 Virtual reality in medicine and surgery Dr Chet Patel
15.55-16.20 VR as immersive education Dr Nick Culley
16.20-16.30 DISCUSSION/Q&A  
16.30 CLOSE  



Anaesthetic Updates pricing 3 days 2022-23


Nick Culley
Director ExR

Nick studied as an Engineer and using his problem-solving mindset has started numerous ventures, blending technology and media. During the pandemic he co-founded a free-to-trainees virtual reality surgical training experience ‘VRiMS’, live broadcasting over 200, 360° cadaveric surgical and global health procedures to healthcare professionals around the world. His latest venture, ExR, builds upon 360°VR, bringing accessible, immersive education to a true-VR resource. Clients include Stryker, Olympus, BMA, ECS and CRUK as well as BBC, Disney, Google and EMI. He is a qualified winter and international mountain leader, guiding expeditions all over the world.

Dr Zoka Milan
Consultant Anaesthetist | King's College Hospital, London

During her anaesthetic career which has spanned almost 40 years, two countries and 3 cities, Dr Zoka Milan has practised both clinical and academic anaesthesia in equal measure.

Zoka's clinical work is mainly anaesthesia for liver transplantation, hepato-pancreatic-biliary surgery and in early years, ICU patients. She has undertaken teaching, training and examining duties on a national and international level.

Zoka has also participated in many research studies and is published in peer-review journals. She reviews other colleagues’ articles in addition to being an editor and also a member of the editorial boards for several journals.

Zoka supports international exchange and medical professionals from undeveloped countries.

Dr Felicity Plaat
Consultant Anaesthetist | Queen Charlotte’s & Hammersmith Hospitals, London

Felicity Plaat is a consultant anaesthetist at Queen Charlotte’s & Hammersmith Hospitals in London, specialising in obstetric anaesthesia. She is immediate past president of the Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association, elected Council member of the RCoA and on the Editorial board of IJOA.

She is an assessor for MBRRACE, represents obstetric anaesthesia at the RCoA’s Anaesthesia Clinical services accreditation scheme, and is one of the editors of GPAS obstetrics chapter.

An obsession with safe maternity care has resulted in many years’ involvement in multidisciplinary training both in the UK and in resource poor and conflict zones across the world. Current areas of interest include multidisciplinary management of the obstetric critically ill patient and victims of trauma and reducing the incidence of pain during Caesarean section.

Dr Honey Thomas
Consultant Cardiologist | Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Honey Thomas is a Consultant Cardiologist based within Northumbria Healthcare NHS foundation trust in the North East of England.  She completed cardiology training and a postgraduate MD qualification in the North East, developing a subspecialty interest in heart failure and advanced rhythm management/complex device implantation. 

She introduced and leads the local service for implantation and follow up of complex cardiac devices.  She jointly leads cardiology research within Northumbria healthcare and act as Principal Investigator on several multicentre NIHR trials.  She is a member of the examination board for the British Heart Rhythm Society professional accreditation qualification. 

She has worked closely with the British Heart Rhythm Society to develop and share a national guidance document for perioperative management of cardiac implantable electronic devices.  She has a major interest in atrial fibrillation and is passionate about improving the quality of care in this area, developing local and regional pathways to try and optimise the care of patients with AF.  She currently chairs the cardiac rhythm management subgroup of the Northern England Clinical Network specialty group.

Dr Nick Plummer
Specialty Registrar | East Midlands Healthcare Workforce

Dr Plummer is a dual trainee in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine in the East Midlands. Having come to medicine from a background in geophysics, he now has particular interests in neuroscience critical care, maternal critical care, and transfer medicine. His research focuses on organ donation and identifying risks to patients before, during, and after critical care.

In particular, he aims to understand the long-term consequences of critical care admissions, with the goal of both informing patients of the risks, and attempting to attenuate these. He is also passionate about the application of research methodologies, especially using data-driven insights and mixed or qualitative methods, to empower and inform quality and service improvement.

Dr Agnes Watson
Consultant Anaesthetist | St Andrews Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery

Dr Agnes Watson qualified in 1990 from Leeds Medical School and has worked as a Consultant Anaesthetist at the St Andrew’s Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery, Chelmsford since 2002. Her clinical interests are in burns anaesthesia and intensive care management and she chairs the monthly morbidity and mortality meetings for the burns unit. 

She also has an interest in paediatric anaesthesia especially for cleft surgery. She enjoys teaching and training, was previously college tutor and runs a regional airway training course and multidisciplinary simulation training sessions in burns critical care management. 

Dr Becki Taylor-Smith
Anaesthetic Registrar | Chief Sustainability Officers’ Clinical Fellow

Dr Taylor-Smith is an Anaesthetic Registrar with a strong interest in environmentally sustainable healthcare. She was one of the inaugural Chief Sustainability Officers’ Clinical Fellows between 2021-22, working with the national  Greener NHS team on projects related to environmentally sustainable anaesthesia including nitrous oxide waste and sustainable models of care delivery. 

She also founded the Green Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Network in the West Midlands (GAIN-WM) in 2020. The network offers peer support and education to anaesthetists and intensivists in the region, helping to link trainees with dedicated consultant representatives to support sustainable quality improvement. Dr Taylor-Smith is particularly interested in psychological responses to climate change and how to support and empower everyone to make the necessary behavioural and mindset changes required to meet 'net-zero'.

Dr Nick Kennedy
Consultant Anaesthetist | Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Kennedy has been a Consultant Anaesthesist for 24 years, and lead anaesthetist for the south west regional bariatric surgery service since setting it up in 2004. He founded SOBA (Society for Obesity and Bariatric Anaesthesia) in 2009 and was Chairman till 2014.

Lectures and teaches regularly and has written several book chapters on obesity anaesthesia. He is an exponent of total intravenous anaesthesia in the morbidly obese.

His non clinical work includes several roles in NHS regional commissioning, NHS national Independent Funding Review Panel, and involvement advising several of start up medtech companies.

Dr Tom Abbott
Anaesthetic Registrar | Barts Health NHS Trust

Dr Abbott completed his undergraduate training at the University of Oxford and a PhD at Queen Mary University of London. He is a registrar and an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Anaesthesia in central London. He uses epidemiological methods to investigate the health and well-being of patients undergoing surgery, which includes interventions to improve postoperative survival and reduce perioperative complications.

His research interests include perioperative myocardial injury, sub-clinical cardiac failure, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, autonomic dysfunction, postoperative pulmonary complications and the impact of COVID-19 on surgery. He is the Social Media editor at the British Journal of Anaesthesia.

Dr Brian O'Brien
Anaesthetic and Intensive Care Specialist | Cork University Hospital

Dr O’Brien is from Dublin and works as a specialist in anaesthesia and intensive care, at Cork University Hospital. He served as head of department there for over 10 years and is currently Vice President of the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland.

He completed intensive care fellowship training in Melbourne, and is an examiner in both anaesthesia and intensive care with the CAI and Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine of Ireland.