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Getting patients fit for surgery

Start 9:00 AM
End 4:45 PM
Clayton Hotel
CF10 1GD
Wales View in Google Maps
  • TBC


Improving patient outcomes after major surgery starts with prehabilitation.

Who should attend?

Open to all specialties and career grades, this free* one-day conference will bring together surgeons, anaesthetists, GPs, community teams and other members of the surgical care team to explore the latest in prehabilitation research and best practice.

How will I benefit?

Understand the latest research, best practice and services available in the areas of community and in-hospital prehabilitation.


Develop an overview of improved methods and strategies, plus a practical approach for getting patients fit to survive surgery.


Learn how you can be the difference in a patients life through optimising physical functionality preoperatively.


Using the latest research from prehabilitation pilots taking place across the UK, attendees will be encouraged to consider and challenge their own methods of improving patients’ fitness ahead of major surgery. 


Sessions that will be included:

  • Patient risk and stratification
  • Elements of prehabilitation
  • Models of prehabilitation
  • Preparing for the future

Speaker information

Our speakers will consider the influence a patient’s physical and mental wellbeing can have on perioperative outcomes, and empower you to identify opportunities for collaboration and improvement of your current practice.

Tim Havard

RCS Director for Wales, will be chairing the day in Cardiff.

Rachael Barlow 

Clinical Lead for Rehab, NHS Wales, will be explaining the background to prehabilitation as a multidisciplinary approach.

Chris Jones

Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Wales, will be giving an introduction into the roles and responsibilities that he is involved in helping patients get fit for surgery along with his oversight of the NHS delivery and performance in Wales.

Mike Grocott

Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Southampton and a Consultant in Critical Care Medicine at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, will be speaking on 'The case to get patients fit for surgery'.

Richard Davies

Consultant Anaesthetist, will be discussing the importance for enhanced health risk assessment and stratification within the NHS.

Len Richards

Chief Executive of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, is joining us to discuss the plans for prehabilitation in Wales.



Post Event Information

Booking Options

*Free for RCS fellows and members. A £20 refundable deposit is required to secure your place, this will be refunded upon attendance at the event.

Please note we operate a 1 week cancellation policy.

£50 fee for non-members

Please note this is not an intercollegiate benefit.

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