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Perioperative Medicine in Action

Explore perioperative medicine and how you can improve care for the high risk surgical patient. Join this RCoA endorsed course.

Perioperative Medicine in Action

Make a difference: Improve patient outcomes with perioperative medicine

Too many patients die or suffer prolonged complications following surgery.

Perioperative medicine is an emerging, multi-disciplinary approach which seeks to optimise the care of high-risk surgical patients. It encompasses disciplines such as anaesthetics, surgery, nursing, elderly care, physiotherapy and healthcare management.

In this RCoA-endorsed course, developed by anaesthetists at University College London (UCL) Hospitals, you’ll learn the key concepts you need to improve patient safety and reduce healthcare costs.

Spanish translation available / traducción al español disponible.

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What topics will you cover?

Week 1: The surgical epidemic

  • Defining the high-risk surgical patient and the need to change the way we care for them
  • An introduction to perioperative medicine and the Royal College of Anaesthetists vision for improved perioperative care
  • New perioperative care pathways

Week 2: Risk assessment and shared decision-making?

  • The role of risk assessment and risk assessment tools including cardiopulmonary exercise testing and risk scoring systems
  • Shared decision-making: what it is, why it is so important and how to achieve it.

Week 3: Protocols in surgical care

  • The principles of enhanced recovery
  • How healthcare professionals and patients can engage with protocols
  • Protocols in the care of the emergency surgical patient

Week 4: An age old problem

  • The unique perioperative problems of the elderly
  • How to improve perioperative care for the elderly
  • The current economic climate and how perioperative medicine is the value proposition

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Justify the need for better, more holistic care for the high risk surgical patient, to improve outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.
  • Engage with risk assessment tools to characterise and quantify the risk of an individual undergoing a particular procedure.
  • Demonstrate the need for protocolised care pathways and evaluate the success of the enhanced recovery programmes in reducing variance in practice.
  • Describe the major challenges in delivering perioperative medicine for the elderly.
  • Discuss the current economic pressure on healthcare systems and how perioperative medicine can be used to reduce these pressures.

Who is the course for?

This RCoA endorsed course is aimed at all interested healthcare professionals, both medical and allied health professionals. This would include anaesthetists, surgeons, care-of-the-elderly physicians, pre-assessment nurses, surgical ward nurses, operating department staff, physiotherapists and medical managers, emphasising that enhanced care and improved outcomes depend on a multidisciplinary approach.

Healthcare professionals might find the the Certificate of Achievement for this course useful for providing evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), or commitment to their career.

Although some of the statistics and guidelines are UK specific, the key concepts and learning aims are relevant at an international level.

This run of the course will include Spanish translation of course materials / el curso ofrecerá traducción al español.

What do people say about this course?

A good course, thank you. It has consolidated a lot of my learning from the past few years in a manageable way! Very thought-provoking. As the clinical lead for preop where I work, I will take a lot of this learning back with me. Some things we have already started but it is easier to get overwhelmed with it all. This course has allowed me to order my thoughts and consider what my priorities need to be over the next few years.

Puneet Ranote
Clinical Lead

I really enjoyed the course. The videos, discussions, articles, interaction with other 'students'...Well thought out course material. Thank you to the Team at UCL and RCOA for a sterling job. Thought-provoking and at times helps you realise that you are not alone in the 'struggles' to improve care in the peri-op period.

Prerna Sinha
Consultant Anaesthetist

Who will you learn with?

Abigail Whiteman

Abigail is a consultant in anaesthesia and perioperative medicine at University College London Hospitals. She is also a faculty member of the UCL Perioperative Medicine Masters Programme.

Katie Samuel

Katie is an Anaesthetic SPR based in Bristol. She is currently completing a Perioperative Medicine Fellowship at UCLH, and is Student Academic Representative for the UCL POM masters degree.

Who developed the course?

UCL was founded in 1826. It was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, and the first to open up university education to those previously excluded from it.

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