(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 (Nernberg)


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)
How Technology Can Help Improve the Patient Experience 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 - 14.45

Best Practice Paediatric Airway Management in 2018 & Dilemmas

Chair: Mark Thomas, London

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


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

12.30 - 14.45

Liverpool Pain Symposium

Organised and chaired by Helen Neary, Liverpool

Changes in neonatal brain activity in response to pain and anaesthesia Rebeccah Slater (Oxford)
The transition from acute to chronic pain Kevin McCarthy (Dublin)
Mindfulness: Unique brain mechanisms in chronic pain Chris Brown (Liverpool)

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

14.45 -14.55 Ice Cream Break

14.55 - 16.30

Nightmare Scenarios and Experts on the Spot

Case Based Discussions Panel
Prize Presentations



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