Help us write the UK's first ever perioperative care 'Green Paper'

The UK's first ever perioperative care 'green paper'

The Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC) has recently launched a new nine-month programme of consultation and research aimed at addressing the short-term challenges and long-term opportunities facing the perioperative care agenda. As a founder member of CPOC, the RCoA Policy team is leading this project. 

Our Green Paper project aims to draw together CPOC’s diverse community of partners around a shared set of priorities for change and a vision for the future of perioperative care. Most importantly, our Green Paper will be a statement of intent from CPOC to governments across the UK about the role we all need to play to make progress on advancing this agenda and improving outcomes for patients. The project will culminate in the publication of our perioperative care ‘Green Paper’ autumn. 

What will be looking at as part of this project?

Based on an initial consultation with representatives from CPOC’s partner organisations, we’ll be exploring the following 5 major themes in the Green Paper:

  • Why prioritise perioperative care now? – this theme will explore our case for action and assemble our best arguments to decision-makers for why perioperative care matters now
  • Where are we now? – this theme will map the progress we have made in delivering perioperative  approaches within the NHS, while also looking at attitudes toward perioperative care
  • The next five years – this theme will explore our top short-term challenges and opportunities and identify a clear set of priorities for CPOC to campaign for 
  • The NHS at 100 – when the NHS turns 100 in 2048, what will perioperative care look like and be  delivering for patients? This section will aim to spark a dialogue about the long-term future of perioperative care
  • Innovation and Transformation funding – this section will put together a proposal for a 'Perioperative Care Innovation and Transformation Fund,’ laying out the key programmes we would like to see funded, what we think they can achieve, and how much they will cost. This will form the  basis of our lobbying programme in the lead-up to the next Comprehensive Spending Review. 

How can you get involved?

We can’t deliver this Green Paper without the active participation and help of everyone working to deliver better patient-centred care. 

If you would like to get involved with this project, then please consider joining our informal ‘sounding board’ of healthcare professionals, patients, and policymakers. The kinds of things we’ll be looking for your help with include:

  • Giving us your views as we develop our policy thinking, e.g. by taking surveys, feeding back on draft papers or reports, testing our messaging, and helping us plug our evidence gaps or prioritise what we explore further
  • Championing our work on social media and to your personal and professional networks. We’ll be regularly updating on this project using the hashtag #CPOCGreenPaper – retweets very welcome!
  • Blogging for us to share your experiences, reflecting on new findings, and informing the public about this work.
  • Attending any workshops or events we may host as part of the consultation work for this project

If that sounds like fun to you, please email  Thank you so much for any help you are able to give. 

We’ll be updating this page with all of the latest publications, consultation documents, and new events – so please check back often.