The workshops will run throughout the conference at the following times:

The number of registrants for each session will be limited so early booking is advised.  A fee is attached to each workshop.

There are currently places remaining on all workshops. To add a workshop to an existing booking please call the events department on 0207 631 8844 or visit the enquiries desk on arrival at the conference.

 Time  Workshop 1  Workshop 2 Workshop 3
 Wednesday 10 January
11:00-12:30 Ultrasound in
egional anaesthesia (£40)
       TIVA (£40)         Outbreak: planning and responding to a flu pandemic (£30) 

Ultrasound in
egional anaesthesia (£40)

      TIVA (£40)         Improving the quality of your conversations (£30)  
Throughout the day Mentoring taster sessions & CV analysis sessions (FREE)
 Thursday 11 January
09:00-11:00 Advanced airway skills and FONA (£50)    
11:00-12:30 Paediatric emergencies (£40) Trans-thoracic echocardiography (£40)

Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (£30)

14:00-15:30 Paediatric emergencies (£40)
Trans-thoracic echocardiography (£40)  
14:00-16:00 Advanced airway skills and FONA (£50) How to publish a paper

Throughout the day Mentoring taster sessions & CV analysis sessions (FREE)
 Friday 12 January
09:30-11:00 Advanced CVC's (£40)          NMJ monitoring (£40)      
11:30-13:00 Advanced CVC's (£40)   Improving the quality of your conversations (£30)   
Throughout the day Mentoring taster sessions & CV analysis sessions (FREE)


Workshop descriptions

Mentoring sessions (meet at registration desk)

Domain 1: Knowledge, skills and performance, Domain 3: Communication, partnership and teamwork, 1H02

The AAGBI are offering conference participants mentoring sessions throughout the conference with one of a team of highly trained and experienced mentors, all of whom use mentoring for themselves. The mentors are a selection of trainee and senior anaesthetists, some of whom have held posts as Royal College Tutors, Deputy or Regional Advisers, and AAGBI Council members. Mentoring conversations are confidential.

Sessions will be most useful to conference participants who:

  • Are strategic about their own development
  • Want to discuss a potential opportunity or a dilemma
  • Have specific educational or work needs
  • Are at a cross road in their career - Career/life planning

These sessions cannot be booked online, if you would like to book a place please email with a preferred time and date

To find out more about what mentoring is please click here

CV analysis sessions (meet at registration desk)

Free informal sessions offering analysis and advice for CVs, interview practice and tips for appyling for your first consultant post.

These will run throughout the conference. If you would like to book a place, please email with a preferred time and date.

Advanced airway skills and FONA

1B02, 1C01, 2A01, 2A06, 2A12, 3A01 

The difficult airway workshops will provide an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with advanced techniques described in DAS intubation guidelines in managing unanticipated difficult airway. It also an opportunity to use recently introduced new airway devices and techniques useful in managing anticipated difficult airway. There is a high faculty: delegate ratio allowing maximum opportunity to learn the skills from experienced national faculty.

Workstations include:

  • Ultrasound in Airway Management: Airway ultrasound is a recent development in airway management. Ultrasound scan of the neck facilitates identifying the cricoid cartilage and cricothyroid membrane. In a situation where cricothyorod membrane is not palpable, it is good practice to locate the cricothyroid membrane using ultrasound scan prior to inducing anaesthesia. It is also an additional tool in confirming the correct placement of tracheal tube. The delegates will have the opportunity to get hands on experience on live models. The first & most important step in the front of neck access is correctly identifying the cricothyroid membrane.
  • Front of Neck Access: In this station various rescue techniques for can’t intubate can’t ventilate  (can’t intubate can’t oxygenate) scenario. Delegates will practice both needle and surgical cricothyrotomy. This station gives an opportunity to discuss issues associated with failure of some of the techniques as described in the NAP4 report and to use new devices for trans-tracheal ventilation.
  • ORSIM bronchoscopy simulator: This station will employ the ORSIMTM airway simulator where the delegates have an opportunity to practice endoscopy skills and to gain realistic experience of performing difficult fibreoptic intubation. In addition delegates can practice oral/ nasal fibreopitic intubation on manikins with practical tips from experienced faculty on improving the success rate.
  • Fibreoptic intubation through Supraglottic airway devices: This station re-enforces the plan B of DAS intubation guidelines and provides an opportunity to discuss the current concepts and recent developments in supraglottic airway devices. Under the supervision of experienced faculty delegates can practice both one stage and two stage technique of fibreoptic assisted tracheal intunbation through supraglottic airway devices.
  • Videolaryngoscopy: This station will aim to demonstrate use of various videolaryngoscopes and their limitations. It also provides the practical tips in improving the success rate of tracheal intubation using Videolaryngoscopes. There will be opportunity to discuss the relative merits of each device with attention to published literature, ease of use and cost issues.


Domain 1: Knowledge, skills and performance, Domain 2: Safety and quality, 1A02

This workshop focuses on fundamental principles, practical approaches to safe clinical conduct and selected examples of clinical special circumstances.

The material is aimed at both the novice and those who currently ‘fly solo’ on elective lists and patients with minimal comorbidity.

Improving the quality of your conversations

1F04, 1H01, 1H02, 1I02, 1I03, 2H02, 3J00, 3J02

Aimed at : Coaches, Mentors, Educational Supervisors, Clinical Supervisors, Deanery roles, Anaesthetists who hold difficult conversations, Anaesthetists in Leadership and Management Roles, Trainees who want to learn and develop experience of high quality conversations and any other interested Anaesthetists.

An OSCE style workshop where you can choose from a selection of different tools and techniques used in Coaching and Mentoring, learn and practice conversations under the guidance of experienced and qualified Coaches and Mentors.

Examples include:
The Miracle Question
Egan’s Skilled Helper Model
Develop a Business Case the RCHT way
Scaling tools for High Performance
The Wheel of Life
The Empty Chair
        and much more…………


How to publish a paper

Domain 1: Knowledge, skills and performance, Domain 2: Safety and quality, Domain 3: Communication, partnership and teamwork, 1F05, 1G02, 1H02, 3J00

Starting a project (whether clinical research, audit or a survey) can be daunting, especially if you've not done it before (and sometimes if you have!), and seeing it through to publication can also be a challenge. This workshop covers the whole process but focuses particularly on the points that journal reviewers and editors will be interested in when considering a manuscript submitted for publication. The workshop will be delivered in a friendly and non-threatening style by the editorial team of Anaesthesia, all with extensive experience of success (and failure!) in getting their work published and of reviewing papers written by others. It will be suitable for anaesthetists of all grades but particularly those who are considering or currently involved in such a project.

Learning objectives:

  • Basic statistic, common tests
  • How to present a manuscript / how journals deal with my submission
  • How to analyse a paper
  • Discussion of sample problems from delegates

Paediatric emergencies

Domain 1: Knowledge, skills and performance, Domain 2: Safety and quality, Domain 3: Communication, partnership and teamwork, 2D01, 3D00

As a result of centralisation of paediatric services within the United Kingdom, many anaesthetists are not seeing sufficient numbers of paediatric cases in order to maintain adequate skills. Against this background is the expectation that we gain and maintain, and are seen to maintain the generic skills required to manage paediatric emergencies. Simulation-based training can be useful in acquiring and maintaining the knowledge, skills and attitudes or ‘human factors’ that are necessary for us to be safe and effective in a rapidly unfolding clinical crisis. It also provides the opportunity to demonstrate and learn effective teamwork in stressful situations.

This workshop will use high fidelity simulation as a platform to discuss strategies for the effective management of a number of life-threatening paediatric emergencies. Each clinical scenario will be followed by a reflective debrief to highlight specific learning points and current guidelines. The ethos of the workshop is to nurture good practice in a realistic and engaging environment. Participants in these workshops have universally enjoyed them in the past and found the learning to be of very high value.

Learning objectives: 

  • Strategies for the effective management of a number of paediatric anaesthetic emergencies
  • Review of current management guidelines
  • Influence of human factors on safety 
  • Effective communication during crisis management
  • Effective teamwork during crisis management 

An introduction to trans-thoracic echo for anaesthetists

Domain 1: Knowledge, skills and performance, 1B04, 2A04, 2C01

This workshop will provide an introduction on how to acquire basic echocardiography views with trans-thoracic echocardiography (TTE) using audio-visual presentation and practical skills training with simulators and model patients.

Target audience - Consultants and senior trainees in anaesthesia and/or intensive care with limited prior knowledge or skills in TTE.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the basics of machine and probe manipulation
  • Understand the potential benefits and risks of TTE
  • Be able to acquire 4 basic TTE views
  • Be able to identify basic normal sonoanatomy
  • Be able to identify gross pathology capable of causing shock

Advanced central venous access (Advanced CVCs)

Domain 1: Knowledge, skills and performance, Domain 2: Safety and quality , 2D03, 3I00

In this workshop we hope to improve the advanced skills of anaesthetists. Anaesthetists are performing more invasive procedures including long term central venous access.  Patients, techniques and expectations are changing fast.  3 stations provide a chance to discuss the following learning objectives with experts;

Learning objectives:

  • Improved understanding of ultrasound guidance including more novel routes of access (e.g. axillary and upper arm veins, supraclavicular) and avoiding complications to arteries, nerves and pleura
  • Improved Xray interpretation of catheter tip positioning, an important determinant of longer term catheter function and safety
  • Improved understanding of surgical aspects of insertion and removal of tunnelled cuffed catheters (Hickman/dialysis) and implanted ports

Ultrasound in regional anaesthesia

Domain 1: Knowledge, skills and performance, Domain 2: Safety and quality, 2C03, 3A09

The Ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia workshops are organised by Regional Anaesthesia UK (RA-UK), the national regional anaesthesia society. These workshops will allow a participant to gain familiarity with the current ultrasound machines available and understand the principles of ultrasound guidance for regional anaesthesia. Common upper limb techniques taught will be interscalene and axillary and lower limb will including, sciatic, femoral and popliteal. With the increasing interest in using ultrasound in the obstetric setting, one session will include scanning techniques for obstetric epidural placement. There will be 5 stations available, from which each delegate must choose 3 stations (30 minutes each station) when registering for the workshop. 1) Blocks above the clavicle 2) Blocks below the Clavicle 3) Lower limb blocks 4) Abdominal wall blocks 5) Ultrasound of the Spine.

Throughout the workshop a needling station with phantoms and a faculty member will be available to help perfect needling techniques.

It is not essential, but in order to gain the most from these workshops and learn from the experts demonstrating, previous experience and exposure to ultrasound imaging is advised. 

Learning objectives:

  • To understand the basics of ultrasound physics and machine operation
  • Revision of clinical anatomy relevant to regional anaesthetic techniques for upper limb, lower limb and trunk anaesthesia
  • Acquisition of practical skills in the ergonomics of ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia, probe handling and needle guidance
  •  To gain tuition in the relevant sono-anatomy and practical techniques for regional anaesthesia of the upper limb, lower limb, spine and trunk

Neuro-muscular junction (NMJ) monitoring

Domain 1: Knowledge, skills and performance, Domain 2: Safety and quality, 1A01, 1A02, 2A04

The workshop will highlight the value of neuromuscular monitoring in clinical practice, with particular focus on the benefits of quantitative monitoring. It will include video evidence of monitoring in clinical practice, practical demonstrations, display of current commercially available monitoring systems, and use of interactive case discussions. A brief overview will place neuromuscular blockade (NMB) monitoring in a clinical context, highlighting the use of a clinical strategy including monitoring, NMB drug use and its reversal.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the relevant physiological and pharmacological aspects underpinning use of NMB and reversal drugs
  • Understand the benefits of neuromuscular monitoring in clincial practice, ad appreciate the difference between the qualitative and quantitative monitoring (ability to measure Train of Four ratio)
  • Gain practical experiecence and confidence with a range of quantitative nerve stimulators
  • Appreciate the importance of developing a NMB strategy in clinical practice


Outbreak: planning and responding to a flu pandemic

Based on an actual Public Health England exercise, this workshop explores the local health response to an outbreak of pandemic influenza, including health command and control arrangements, and some of the practical, clinical and ethical problems when dealing with such an outbreak