Building on 60 years of patient safety at AfPP 2018 Conference
Released on - 13/08/2018
This year, the Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) welcomed almost 400 delegates from across the UK and overseas to its Residential Conference. The event, which took place at the University of York offered two days of CPD-accredited education, a vibrant medical device exhibition, and opportunities for practitioners of all disciplines to share best practice, network and make new friends.
Taking place 9 – 12 August, the theme of this year’s conference was ‘Together in excellence: building on 60 years of safety’, celebrating six decades since pioneering theatre nurse, Daisy Ayris MBE was first inspired to establish the association following her visit to the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN, now the Association of perioperative Registered Nurses) in the US.
Building on the popularity of previous events, delegates were this year offered a choice of three lecture streams. with a diverse range of educational content including motivation, leadership, human factors, bully and harassment, pre-assessment, anaesthetics, the surgical count, theatre utilisation, surgical site infection, recovery, never events, innovation and technology, and more.
As well as hundreds of national and international delegates, the conference welcomed 35 exhibitors, including publishers, non-profit organisations, and medical device companies including Unisurge, 3M and Distinctive Medical.
Keynote speakers included BBC presenter, speaker and professional coach Penny Haslam; speaker, dietician, author, and French foodie, Celynn Morin, and airline and ex Royal Air Force Royal Squadron Pilot, Matt Lindley. The speakers explored themes around confidence and wellbeing, empowering delegates to take positive steps towards improving their own mental and physical health as well as those of the patients they care for.
This year’s Daisy Ayris lecture was delivered by President of the Royal College of Surgeons, Professor Derek Alderson, who also received a special AfPP recognition for his services to surgery. Delegates were also privileged to witness the launch of the Association’s new learning tool. “Perioperative Pete” follows the journey of a patient along the perioperative pathway and can be used as a training resource to encourage thinking around key issues.
Dawn Stott, AfPP CEO, comments: “This year we wanted to celebrate 60 years since our founder, Daisy Ayris, was first inspired to establish an association specifically for theatre nurses. Daisy was a passionate ambassador for patient care and advocated bringing likeminded practitioners together to share knowledge and experiences to collectively advance practice.
“Whilst the name and shape of the organisation has changed over the past six decades, Daisy’s commitment to high quality patient care still lies at the heart of our mission. The conference is a legacy to all she wished to achieve: encouraging practitioners to engage with people from across the NHS and independent sector and from all regions, including those outside of their immediate professions or practice areas. Our aim with this event was to offer a truly multidisciplinary programme, accessible to all roles and specialities within the surgical care team.
“This year has been another difficult chapter in healthcare, with staffing shortages and funding uncertainty compounding the challenges faced by so many practitioners. Despite this, we know that there is excellent work being carried out. This event continues to be about sharing progress as well as problems, providing support and insight to enable the perioperative community to do what it does best – caring for patients.”
The conference closed with the prestigious Gala Dinner at the university, with the masquerade theme adding a touch of glamour to a fitting celebration of the weekend’s achievements and of the perioperative community. Plans for the 2019 conference are already underway, and all perioperative practitioners are welcome to attend.