The Faculty of Perioperative Care (FPC) held its 9th Annual Conference on the 7 October in Birmingham. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘The Role of the Extended Surgical Team in the Digital World’’ with speakers covering a wide range of topics including robotics in surgery and the enhancement of extended team roles during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Faculty of Perioperative Care (FPC) 9th Annual Conference is just a few weeks away! With a line-up of influential speakers and a programme packed with a vast range of topics in the field of perioperative care, this Conference is open to all multidisciplinary team members to attend on 7 October in Birmingham.
The Faculty of Perioperative Care seeks to support practitioners working as part of the extended surgical team in a variety of ways. Educational and developmental opportunities number amongst these endeavours and those readers who have attended the annual conference will know that the poster abstract competition is an ongoing commitment by the Faculty to the development of beginning researchers. The publication of this paper is an example of the Faculty supporting a practitioner’s professional development.
The Faculty is pleased to introduce two leading organisations within the medical industry, Alldoq and Inovus Medical as gold sponsors of the 9th Annual FPC Conference.
The 22nd April, Manchester, saw the inaugural Association of Surgical Care Practitioners (AoSCP) conference take place. Hosted by Edge Hill University (EHU) at their St James’ building centre, based in the city centre, with Surgical Care Practitioners (SCP) journeying from around the UK to attend.
The Faculty had the opportunity to exhibit at the event and speak with delegates about the benefits of being a member of FPC.
A register that will allow Surgical Care Practitioners (SCPs) to demonstrate they are appropriately qualified has been launched by the UK’s two leading surgical Royal Colleges.
Stephanie Hayward had the honour of receiving an award from the Faculty in recognition of outstanding academic achievement upon graduating from the MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Surgical Care (Abdominal, Pelvic and General Surgery) programme at the University of Plymouth.
Surgical training has evolved over the years, but the pace of change accelerated in the 1990s. The publication, in 1993, of the Calman report on specialist medical training, shortened surgical training to six years. Prior to this, surgical training had been deemed to be complete three years after appointment as a senior registrar, a post which often took many years to achieve.
Held for the first time at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh campus in Surgeons’ Quarter Edinburgh, and with sponsorship from both Simendo and LaproSurge, the conference team had hoped to attract delegates who might, in the past have found the journey to the College’s Birmingham offices difficult. As it was, the weather conditions caused significant travel problems for all concerned. One intrepid team of Surgical Care Practitioners from the Essex Cardiac Centre reached Newcastle where all trains were stopping and hired a car, so determined were they to attend the conference and there were stories of similar adventures from delegates and speakers alike.
On 17 October 2022, Charlie Auld stepped down from the role of FPC Lead and handed over to new Lead, Juliette Murray. Charlie has been at the head of the Faculty since its inception in 2016, playing an integral part in the establishment and development of the FPC.
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