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Residential Conference 2017 - The Changing Face of Theatres – Evolution or Revolution?

Released on - 17/08/2017

Residential Conference 2017 - The Changing Face of Theatres – Evolution or Revolution?

The Changing Face of Theatres – Evolution or Revolution?


The date was set, the venue booked, industry partners engaged, education planned and delegates invited.  All that was needed now was a mass attack of energy, enough energy to keep 300 delegates, volunteers, Board members and HQ team connected and buzzing for two whole days and beyond!  The remit was to empower everyone to go back to their workplace and distribute their energy, share their experiences and communicate how fabulous the 2017 Residential event had been and what an amazing organisation we are.

John Hotowka, an insightful, motivational and energising speaker not only brought humour to his presentation but combined magic and practical, easy to implement ideas to help us get results.  His message to us all was that all the training and knowledge in the world won’t help us achieve outstanding results – but the right mind-set, attitude and resilience to be self-motivated will. 

The venue team looked after us well as usual, with excellent cuisine and service that always makes you feel good.  The sun did shine and the weather was kind to us on Friday evening and the rain held off until all the barbequed food had been consumed.  Great result!

We then split into our relevant streams and in stream one Mr Arthur Stephen, Divisional Director for Surgery at Derby Hospital, delivered a session looking at removing human error but not humans from the intra-operative process. Nick Leggett, a patient, and Jenny Abraham, advanced PSP Laparoscopic nurse shared a patient’s perspective on care and how the perioperative team supported his needs. 

In stream two Alistair Geraghty, Honorary Simulation Fellow at the Scottish Centre for Simulation and Human Factors, shared his thoughts on simulation in perioperative practice.  This was followed by a back to basics look at surgical instruments by the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) Surgical Instrument team.

Stream one commenced with Adrian Jones, AfPP President and Orthopaedic Surgical Care Practitioner, who updated us on the ‘Get It Right First Time’ campaign that had been implemented at their hospital, the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital.  Dr Andrew Kemp, PhD and Group CEO of Q Technologies Group talked about the changing face of infection prevention and provided some brand new insights into surface disinfection and decontamination.   We then heard from Fran Watts, Patient Safety Lead at NHS Improvement about never events and their background.  This was followed by an update on the NatSSIPs and LocSSIPs from William Harrop-Griffiths, Consultant Anaesthetist, NHS England.  The final stream one session was delivered by Maria Robinson, Independent Healthcare Consultant and Kings Fund Associate Consultant.  She gave us insight into the habits of high trust leaders and how trust can only be achieved if you have credibility, reliability and self-motivation. 

In stream two we heard from Maxine Priest, Theatre Matron at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, about the human factors learning following never events.  Brahm Stefkens, Regional Manager for S-Cape then discussed the next dimension of integrated operating theatre solutions and looked back at theatres in the past and the evolution to where we are today.  This was followed by John FR Nolan, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital who asked us to fasten our safety belts whilst he took us on a journey around the theatre cockpit and the lessons to be learned from aviation.   In support of this year’s forward view Shelagh Morris, Deputy Chief AHP’s Officer at NHS England talked about ODPs and AHPs and their development and their link to our workforce of the future.  Liam Wilson, Clinical Simulation Lead at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, shared his experiences of developing learning from never events using simulated scenarios.

A last visit to the show floor and then we were all back together for the closing session ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’ and how happiness can lead to more positivity and motivation, resulting in better outcomes.  Andy Cope a qualified teacher, author and learning junkie closed the day brilliantly using interactive, thought provoking and humorous ways to change our cycle of everyday living to make us brilliant in all that we do. 

The day finished with a fun packed Hawaiian Gala Dinner, as in previous years our delegates and guests did not disappoint.  There were grass skirts a plenty, surfer dudes in residence but sadly no coconuts that I could see!  Thank you to everyone who went to the effort of dressing up and really embracing the theme.

The HQ team are great and supportive and it is always rewarding to hear people say what a brilliant event it is because that means as a team we are working well together and achieving fantastic results.  I am very proud of our achievements and very proud to lead such an amazing team who work together so well to deliver on all we do at AfPP.

I would like to pay particular thanks to our volunteer networks who work hard and often silently in the background to deliver regional events, provide advice and support us in many different ways.  They are always on hand at the residential to offer that extra pair of hands – thank you.  Our Board of Trustees are always on hand for clinical knowledge and expertise and I know they value the opportunity to engage and network with members during the weekend.

Finally our medical device partners, some of whom have been with us since the NATN days, we couldn’t do it without them.  Particular thanks go to our Gold, Silver and Bronze key event partners; Syncera, Unisurge and Howarth Air Technologies, respectively; Bolton Surgical for their delegate bag insert sponsorship and Swann-Morton for their continued support of the Siobhan Rankin Lecture and Award together with the Team of the Year Award sponsorship.

Never look back was the message from all three of our key note speakers unless it is to take some learning, keep moving forward.  At AfPP HQ we are reflecting on the success of 2017 but we are already discussing next year and how we can do our best to put into the plan, ideas received from many of you who attended. 


Dawn Stott


Chief Executive 

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