Anaesthesia 2023

Anaesthesia 2023 flagship conference will take place in Birmingham in May 2023 for three days of what promises to be a bigger, better, must-attend event for the specialty. There is also an option for those that prefer to join us online. 

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Key details

Date: 16 to 18 May 2023

Location: Birmingham, and Online

Availability: Places available

Clinical content lead(s): Dr Toni Brunning, Dr Gunjeet Dua and Dr Claire Mallinson

CPD credits: 15


20% Super Earlybird Discount available until 31 December 2022

Anaesthesia 2023 flagship conference will take place in Birmingham and online in May 2023 for three days of what promises, to be a bigger,  must-attend event for the specialty. Now in its fifth year Anaesthesia 2023 promises to be another outstanding year. 

With a packed programme, covering a diverse range of subjects, this conference is suitable for anaesthetists from all backgrounds and at all stages of their careers. Anaesthesia 2023 will offer the chance to learn from experts and network with your peers.

What you can expect:

  • Stay informed with lectures on best practice and future developments
  • Get up-to-date via quick-fire specialist updates for generalists
  • Tailor your day with breakout sessions
  • Have your say using our interactive Q&A platform
  • Industry exhibition
  • Fulfil your professional CPD requirements (15 points awarded)

How to find us

Eastside Rooms

Woodcock St


B7 4BL

This programme is still in development and is subject to change


Day 1: Tuesday 16 May
08.30-09.20 Registration and refreshments
09.20-09.35 Welcome and introduction

Dr Fiona Donald, President, RCoA

09.35-10.05 Keynote lecture: The Importance of Legacy Claire Terry, Legacy Plan and Legacy Charity Lead, Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
Session 1: Quick fire clinical updates
10.05-10.25 Safe transfers Dr Arndt Melzer, Consultant anaesthetist, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
10.25-10.45 Procedural sedation Dr Dave Green, Consultant anaesthetist, Independent Health Sector
10.45-11.05 HIV management and treatment Dr Amy Pearce, GUM Consultant, Salisbury District Hospital
11.05-11.25 Care of the frail elderly patient TBC
11.25-11.45 TBC TBC
11.45-12.00 Q&A
12.00-13.00 Lunch and networking
Session 2: Obstetrics - Chair Dr Felicity Plaat, Council member, RCoA
13.00-13.25 Maternal medicine Dr Ellen Knox Consultant Obstetrician/Maternal Medicine. Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS FT
13.25-13.50 Ethnic disparities in Obstetric anaesthesia outcomes Dr Seema Quasim, Consultant Anaesthetist, University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire
13.50-14.15 Keynote lecture: A year on from Ockenden, where are we now? Donna Ockenden, Chair of Independent Review
14.15-14.35 Patient voice TBC
14.35-14.50 Q&A
14.50-15.15 Refreshment break
Session 3: Well doctors = safe patients
15.15-15.40 Incorporating lifestyle medicine into clinical practice Dr Rob Lawson,  Co-Founder, British Society of Lifestyle Medicine
15.40-16.05 Fatigue and the ageing anaesthetist Dr Emma Plunkett, Consultant anaesthetists, University Hospitals Birmingham, NHS Foundation Trust
16.05-16.15 Q&A  
16.15-16.40 International Academy of Colleges TBC
16.40-16.45 Close




Day 2: Wednesday 17 May
08.30-09.00 Registration and refreshments
09.00-09.05 Opening remarks  
09.05-09.35 Keynote lecture: Lessons from conflict - let’s not forget Colonel James Ralph, Consultant Anaesthetist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Defence Consultant Advisor in Anaesthesia
Session 4: Royal Centre for Defence Medicine
09.35-09.55 Major incident planning and triage of casualties Dr Damian Keene, Military Consultant Anaesthetist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital
09.55-10.15 Use of whole blood transfusion during massive transfusion. Colonel Tom Woolley,  Defence Professor of Military Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Queen Elizabeth Hospital
10.15-10.55 Biological Chemical Nuclear and Radiological agents Dr Andrew Johnstone, Military Intensive Care Consultant, Queen Elizabeth Hospital
10.35-10.55 Patient voice TBC
10.55-11.15 Q&A
11.15-11.35 Refreshment break
Session 5: Human Factors
11.35-11.45 #CallMe Dr Mike McCabe, Consultant Anaesthetist, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
11.45-12.00 Human Factors Guideline Dr Fiona Kelly, Consultant anaesthesia/ICU at Royal United Hospital, Bath
12.00-12.35 Panel discussion: Human Factors training Dr Fiona Kelly, Consultant anaesthesia/ICU at Royal United Hospital, Bath
Dr Sue Deakin, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and Clinical lead for Human Factors at West Suffolk
12.35-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.15 Breakout session  Choice to attend 1st breakout session
14.15-14.20 Travel to second breakout session  
14.20-15.95 Breakout session Choice to attend 2nd breakout session
15.05-15.30 Refreshments
Session 5: British Journal of Anaesthesia 
15.30-15.55 TBC  
15.55-16.20 TBC  
16.20-16.30 Q&A
16.30-17.00 Keynote Lecture: BJA Eponymous Lecture TBC
17.00-17.05 Close  
17.05-17.45 Drinks reception and networking


Day 3: Thursday 18 May
08.30-09.00 Registrations and refreshments
09.00-09.05 Opening remarks  
09.05-09.35 Keynote Lecture: Moral Injury and recovery Dr Joanna Poole, ST7 anaesthetist in the Severn deanery

Session 8: Paediatrics 
Chair - Dr Samantha Black, Consultant Anaesthetist, Patient information lead, RCOA

09.35-09.55 language, nocebo and hypnocommunication Dr Allan Cyna, Consultant Anaesthetist, Adelaide Australia
09.55-10.15 Paediatric preassessment guidelines Dr Simon Courtman, Consultant Anaesthetist (incoming President APAGBI)

The Beano “Dennis has a tonsillectomy’ announcement

Dr Samantha Black
10.18-10.25 Q&A
10.25-10.50 Refreshment break
Session 9: HSRC Guidelines 
10.50-11.15 PQIP Report Launch TBC
11.15-11.40 HSRC Strategy  TBC
11.40-12.05 TBC  
12.05-12.20 Q&A  
12.20-13.00 Poster competition Top shortlisted entries
13.00-14.00 Lunch and networking
Session 10: Sustainability and workforce
14.00-14.25 Pipeline Nitrous Oxide, waste reduction and recycling in theatres Dr Paul Southall, Consultant Anaesthetist, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
14.25-14.50 Recruiting, developing and retaining doctors: What does the data tell us? Professor Tom Gale, Professor of Medical Education, University of Plymouth
14.50-15.15 Anaesthesia Associates Dr Hamish Mclure and Dr Natalie Drury, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
15.15-15.30 Q&A  
Session 11: Debate
15.30-16.05 This house believes we should not wear sterile surgical gown when performing spinal anaesthesia

Dr Helgi Johannsson, Vice President, RCoA (for)  v Dr Felicity Plaat, Council Member, RCoA (against) 

16.05-16.10 Closing remarks



Anaesthesia 2023 super EB
  Members and Fellows of RCoA Non Members
  Member/Fellow Anaesthetist in Training/ MTI Doctor Senior Fellows and members Club Student/ Foundation Doctor
One day £160 £120 £80 £40 £245
Two days £320 £240 £160 £80 £470
All days £395 £300 £200 £100 £580
In person attendance - Birmingham
One day £225 £170 £115 £60 £345
Two days £450 £340 £225 £115 £670
All days £560 £420 £280 £140 £825


We are offering a fee for Low Middle Income Countries for online attendance, the cost will be £15 per day. Please email to check your eligibility.


Sponsors and exhibitors at our events purely support the commercial aspects of the event and join us for the benefit of our members, fellows and delegates. Our sponsors do not have input into the design of the programme or the content of any presentations, slides, workshops or talks.  

If you are interested in sponsoring our event, please contact our sponsorship and exhibition partner Century One:

Jonny Knight at or 01727 739 193

Poster competition

You are invited to submit a poster for presentation at Anaesthesia 2023, on 16-18 May.

This year we are expanding the poster competition and inviting submissions on innovation and workplace solutions as well as PQIP quality improvement and research category. If you have worked on a project which falls into any of these categories, please submit a poster for a chance to showcase your work and to win a £250 voucher of your choice.


1) A quality improvement or research project using PQIP data and/or that addresses one of PQIP’s top five priorities from the previous and current cohorts. (2019/20 and 2021/22):

•            Individualised risk assessment

•            DrEaMing and enhanced recovery

•            Communication and multidisciplinary working

•            Individualised pain Management

•            Using data for improvement


2) A project which focuses on innovation in perioperative care services, pathways or ways of working, to support elective recovery and/or patient and/or staff experience and wellbeing

We are particularly keen to see entries which are describing an evaluation of a new or adapted innovation (e.g. a pathway, service, way of working or other innovation) in addition to describing what the innovation is. Evaluations could be qualitative (feedback from staff or patients for example), quantitative (numerical data on processes or outcomes) or both.



The competition is open to all healthcare professionals or student healthcare professionals.



1st prize: £250 voucher

All accepted posters will be invited to present their poster at the Conference with the top 5 invited to present as an oral presentation.


How to enter

  • Submit a digital copy of your poster as an attachment to along with a signed copy of the form below.
  • Please follow the poster preparation guidelines on page 2; failure to follow the guidelines could result in disqualification from the competition.

Download the application form here

What happens next?

  • The closing date for entries will be 23.59 Monday 20 March 2023
  • A panel of RCoA judges will assess all submissions shortly after the closing date. Authors will be notified by Monday 17 April if they have been invited to display their poster at Anaesthesia 2023.
  • All accepted posters will be invited to showcase their poster on the virtual platform.
  • The selected winner will be given a slot to present their poster during the live programme.
  • Authors selected to present their poster will need to book a place at the event in order to display their poster.