(the provisional programme is well advanced but may be subject to alteration)

RCOA Revalidation logoEach day of the conference there are 2 streams of presentations + workshops and a symposium offering delegates the choice to satisfy their CPD requirements.

This meeting is approved by the Royal College of Anaesthetists for the purposes of continuing professional development. Delegate can claim up to 5 points for each day. 1 CPD point is equivalent to 1 hour of learning.



10:30-11.00 Coffee, Exhibition and Poster Viewing


Analgesia and Adjuncts
Is there a block or analgesic available for everything?

Chair: Helen Neary, Liverpool

The Role of Regional AnalgesiaSteve Roberts, Liverpool
The Problem of Visceral Pain Kevin McCarthy, Dublin
The place of Adjuncts and Mg2+Karin Becke, Nürnberg


Abstract Presentations

Sponsored by Pediatric Anesthesia

10:30-11.00 Coffee, Exhibition and Poster Viewing


Working with Children, Animals and Computers

Chair: Mark Thomas, London

Augmented and Virtual Reality in Paediatric Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Tim Antonius, Nijmegen
Helping Children Cope with Surgery - Interventions in the Paediatric Anaesthetist’s Arsenal. Chris Evans, London
High Risk Veterinary Anaesthesia for FoalsAlison Bennell, Liverpool


Ultrasound-guided Regional Anaesthesia Basic Workshop

  1. US machine practicalities and basic scanning techniques; Rectus sheath, TAP
  2. Popliteal & Femoral (expanding to subsartorial and ankle blocks skill level allowing)
  3. Supraclavicular (expanding to interscalene, skill level allowing)

10:30-11.00 Coffee, Exhibition and Poster Viewing


Advanced USRA Workshop
(Do not attend if you have never used US for regional anaesthesia)

  1. Central neuraxial and Peripheral Nerve Block catheters
  2. Truncal blocks ‘Beyond the TAP block’ –Lumbar plexus, QL, PVB
  3. Paravertebral, PECS & Serratus

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12.30 -13.45 Lunch, Exhibition and Poster Viewing


13.45 - 15.15

Best Practice Paediatric Airway Management in 2018 & Dilemmas

Chair: Rob Walker, Manchester

Direct Video LaryngoscopyAlistair Baxter, Edinburgh
New TechniquesRichard Craig, Liverpool
Old ConundrumsStephanie Bew, Leeds

13.45 - 15.15

World Perspective

Chair: Annette Davis, Liverpool

The Scale of the ProblemMichelle White, London
Sustainability Frank Swinton, Karlskrona
Mutual Learning Papari Deka, Liverpool and Hazel Mumphansha, Lusaka

Liverpool Pain Symposium

Organised and chaired by Helen Neary, Liverpool

13.45 - 14.15

Changes in neonatal brain activity in response to pain and anaesthesia Rebeccah Slater, Oxford

14.15 - 14.45

The transition from acute to chronic pain Kevin McCarthy, Dublin

14.45 - 15.15

Mindfulness: Unique brain mechanisms in chronic pain Chris Brown, Liverpool

Please visit Liverpool's "Painbusters cartoon guide" for preparation of family and child

15.15 -15.30 Ice Cream Break

15.30 - 16.30

Nightmare Scenarios and Experts on the Spot

Case Based Discussions Mark Thomas, London Frank Potter, Liverpool Torsten Lauritsen, Copenhagen Paul Stricker, Philadelphia, USA
Prize Presentations



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