This year’s Faculty of Perioperative Care Conference was delivered virtually and in-keeping with this technology, it was felt important to address two other important recent developments, one in surgical intervention and the other in practice. The part played by the non-medical practitioners in the modern surgical team becomes increasingly important in both.
In relation to surgical intervention, the introduction of minimally invasive surgery using laparoscopic and endoscopic techniques and robotic assisted surgery have seen many advantages for the surgical patient. In robotic surgery, however, who should be assisting the surgeon, what can they do and how should they be trained? It is likely that the advanced practitioner such as the Surgical Care Practitioner (SCP) and the Surgical First Assistant (SFA) will have an important part to play. We were fortunate to have two internationally recognised speakers from Colorectal Surgery and Urology to address this today.
In relation to surgical practice, the COVID-19 pandemic has generated many challenges but there are many reports of the benefits of having experienced practitioners such as SCPs and Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACP) in the team. Their background and experience have allowed flexibility in employment in the role with redeployment and incorporation in surgical rotas being two examples. With over six months of COVID-19 now, how can this experience be utilised and developed for the future? We were pleased to have speakers from Trauma and Orthopaedics, Cardiothoracic Surgery and General/Colorectal Surgery who have first-hand knowledge of working with them.
You can watch our FPC Conference 2020 here.