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Speakers 2024

Andy Middleton Andy is a futurist and compass-setter who helps leaders from different sectors realign networks, ambition and action to match the unprecedented scale of change coming their way from the nature, climate and wellbeing crises. He's passionate about helping organisations build the capacity to respond fearlessly and creatively to the challenges ahead.

 Ankur Saxena Mr Ankur Saxena is a Consultant Neurosurgeon with a sub-specialty interest in complex spine disorders. His neurosurgical training was based in Glasgow and Sheffield. He completed the Royal College of Surgeons of England’s spinal fellowship based at Salford Royal Hospital after finishing his neurosurgical training. He works at the Manchester Centre for Clinical Neurosciences at Salford Royal Hospital. He offers minimally invasive surgical procedures to his patients that are associated with less collateral damage to the tissues without compromising the original aim of the surgery. As a result the patients' recovery is quicker and the risk of early complications is less. He has been offering day case spinal surgery for 7 years. He presented his experience at national meetings and has contributed to the GIRFT Day Surgery Discectomy Pathway.

Dawn Stott Dawn has worked in healthcare for around 30 years in many different roles. She is a published author and a human factors/quality improvement consultant. After 14 years, she recently stepped down from her role as AfPP CEO and is now – rather than putting herself out to pasture – pursuing opportunities that are her passion. She has an all-round understanding of healthcare from primary care commissioning through to secondary care interventions. Some of her previous roles have included commissioning new hospital and GP surgery builds, IT implementation programmes, customer care, team building and leadership training strategies. She also has a strong knowledge of charities and the legalities around running a successful and sustainable charity. Along with a colleague she has recently started a Yorkshire Charity Leadership group to support senior leaders in charities. From experience she knows it can be quite lonely at the top. Since ‘retiring’ Dawn has also joined the British Association of Day Surgery as their Lay Member. She is looking forward to supporting their values and strategy. She is also working with Pentland Medical supporting their work around airway management and standardisation of process. Her philosophy is that kindness is infectious and should be at the core of everything we do, kindness can support change and encourage growth for everyone around you, so BE KIND.

Bevin Manoy Bevin is a Director at CHKS (part of the AdvT Group). He has over 20 years’ experience of working with healthcare organisations supporting their performance improvement and enhancing data quality. For the last seven years Bevin has led CHKS’s clinical coding and benchmarking services providing services to a range of NHS Trusts. His team are delivering the CHKS Ai Clinical Coding solution aiming to help NHS Trusts to do clinical coding differently. His previous roles include operational management of the PbR data assurance framework, undertaking performance audits for the Audit Commission at health and local authority bodies in the Southwest. Bevin has an MBA in Public Service Management.

Claire Ogley Right Procedure Right Place is a workstream under the NHSE / GIRFT National Theatre Programme. Its aims are to support providers to move appropriate local anaesthetic procedures down the gradient of care and out of a theatre environment. Katy McErlane and myself will briefly summarise how we established the programme, the pilots, the outcomes and next steps. We will then hear from two Trusts who have successfully moved LA procedures out of theatres.

Katy McErlain Right Procedure Right Place is a national workstream under the NHSE/GIRFT national theatre programme. Its aims are to support providers to move appropriate local anaesthetic procedures down the gradient of carer and out of a theatre environment. Claire Ogley & myself will briefly summarise how we established the programme, the pilots, the outcomes and next steps. We will then hear from two Trusts who have successfully moved LA procedures out of theatres.

Natalie Ball I am a Registered nurse based at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust and have over 20 years nursing experience, the last fourteen years based in the Pre Assessment clinic autonomously assessing patients who have been referred for surgery. I am proud to be part of the NHS and pride myself on providing excellent patient care.

Karen Harries Karen is an Australian trained Registered Nurse who has been in the UK since 1995. She is currently Lead Nurse for Day Surgery and Pre-operative Assessment at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust based at Denmark Hill - a role she has held for 6 years. Karen has worked in a range of day surgery/23 hour and theatre settings for the past 27 years and is passionate about educating and empowering day surgery nurses to be knowledgeable and expert in their extended role. Karen is delighted to be part of BADS Council and to be involved in driving and promoting the profile and importance of day surgery.

Jugdeep Dhesi Jugdeep is a consultant geriatrician working in the innovative and award-winning POPS (Perioperative medicine for Older People undergoing Surgery) service at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. She is Honorary Professor at King’s College London and Associate Professor at University College London, with research interests including preoperative assessment and optimisation, health services research focusing on perioperative pathways and postoperative delirium. She has wide education and training portfolio, having established the first Allied Health Professional, Foundation and Specialist Registrar training programmes in perioperative medicine, co-authored e-learning modules, MSc modules and multiple textbook chapters. Her national roles include Deputy Director for Centre for Perioperative Care, President Elect for British Geriatrics Society and involvement in a variety of steering, advisory and guideline groups (NELA, RCoA, BGS and NICE).

Rachel Tibble I am a Consultant Anaesthetist and have been interested in the development of day surgery since starting my consultant post in 2003. Many of my lists are in our Day Case unit with different specialty surgeons so I have a good insight into the everyday working of the Unit and thus been involved in moving many operations into the Daycase arena. This started with laparoscopic cholecystectomies and moved to mastoid surgery in ENT, then more recently mastectomies as day cases, some bariatric operations and anti reflux surgery. I undertake a lot of audit within the Day Case Unit to try and improve day surgery rates towards BADS aspirational targets and to develop effective anaesthetic and analgesic guidelines as best practice to facilitate this. I held the day surgery lead role for many years. Pre-operative assessment for day surgery patients was set up by myself and developed with the day surgery pre-op nursing team to be an efficient and effective dedicated service that is described as best practice in the current BADS and GIRFT documents. Through the years this has allowed many complex patients to access day surgery who were previously denied it. In conjunction with pre-op I developed a sleep apnoea service with the respiratory physicians to diagnose using STOP BANG scores and then treat sleep apnoea within a short time frame so the patients could remain on the day surgery pathway once stabilised on CPAP. I then set up a training package for day surgery pre-operative assessment nurses which has been presented at the BADS conference in 2019, as I believe it is a specialised role. Currently I am developing a fast track referral service from pre-op to a diabetic clinic for poorly controlled patients to optimise them and keep them in day surgery if possible. I have been a member of BADS for 18 years and made many presentations and posters as well as taken back innovations from the conference to Derby to share with colleagues. I think teaching is central to developing good day surgery and thus have been clinical supervisor for all levels of anaesthetic trainees doing their day surgery modules. They attend the pre-operative assessment clinics and learn how to expand selection for day surgery to even the most complex patients. In theatre I teach techniques that improve successful day surgery discharge rates. Regional teaching programmes such as EMSA provide a platform to spread the word and elevate the awareness of good day surgery practice further. I have written the chapter on day surgery in the trainees main Textbook of Anaesthesia by Aitkenhead and Smith based on BADS principles. As a member of BADS Council I would like to help share and expand the day surgery message nationally and become involved in the implementation of the National Day Surgery Delivery Pack to address the surgical backlog after Covid-19.

Gabriel Galatà Gabriele Galatà is a Consultant in Endocrine and General Surgery in the NHS at King's College Hospital. Mr Galatà was trained and educated in Italy and then underwent further specialist surgical training in London. In addition to general and laparoscopic surgery, he has specialist interests in thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal surgeries and complex and genetic endocrine diseases. He holds numerous professional memberships including being a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS) and Membership of the British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons (BAETS) in addition to the Italian Society of Surgeons.