Key Messages


A lasting legacy

While it is important to look back and celebrate our achievements, it is just as important to leave a legacy for the future. Our 25th Anniversary goals of reducing pain and improving patient outcomes will feature throughout our events and activities and we will work closely with the specialty to promote our work in these areas and measure the impact post-2017.

Reducing pain

“What can we do to stop patients developing chronic pain after surgery?” is one of the top ten most important research topics for the specialty of anaesthesia and perioperative care, as chosen by patients, the public and clinical professionals through the James Lind Alliance (JLA) Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care Priority Setting Partnership.

Despite the efforts of doctors and nurses, many patients still experience acute pain after surgery.  Severe pain delays patient recovery, and prevents adequate breathing leaving patients more at risk of pneumonia and myocardial infarction, and in some cases it develops into chronic pain which can cause life-long disability.  We will highlight our work in reducing the impact of acute pain after surgery and the multidisciplinary management of pain.

Improving outcomes for patients

Perioperative medicine encourages greater input from anaesthesia into planning the patient’s journey so that all risks, not just the surgical ones, are taken into consideration.  We will highlight our work in the following areas:

  • Promoting surgery as a ‘teachable moment’
  • Promoting and measuring fitness before surgery
  • Smoking cessation
  • Reducing obesity
  • Empowering patients through shared decision making
  • Promoting pre-operative optimization
  • Safety
  • Quality Improvement programmes e.g. National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA)