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 most workshops.

There are currently places remaining on all workshops. To add a workshop to an existing booking please call the events department on 0207 631 8888 or visit the enquiries desk on arrival at the conference.

 Time  Workshop 1  Workshop 2
             Wednesday 9 January

Providing post-simulation feedback (£35)

Rutherford, Fourth Floor


Pre op assessment of the high risk patient focusing
on fractured neck of femur

Rutherford, Fourth Floor 

What is the role of the Association of Anaesthetists in moving society towards sustainability? (FREE) 14:30-16:30 

Second Floor

Throughout the day   Mentoring taster sessions & CV analysis sessions (FREE)
            Thursday 10 January

Advanced airway skills and FONA (£55)

Moore, Fourth Floor

Social media for anaesthetic practice and education (£10)

Rutherford, Fourth Floor


Paediatric emergencies (£45)

Wordsworth, Fourth Floor

Gastric ultrasound (£45)

Abbey, Fourth Floor


Advanced airway skills and FONA (£55)

Moore, Fourth Floor

How to publish a paper (FREE) 14:30-16:30

Second Floor

Throughout the day Mentoring taster sessions & CV analysis sessions (FREE)
         Friday 11 January

Stuff that people don’t tell you (or you're too afraid to ask) – a workshop for new consultants (FREE)

Rutherford, Fourth Floor

Throughout the day Mentoring taster sessions & CV analysis sessions (FREE)


Workshop descriptions

Mentoring sessions (meet at registration desk)

Domain 1, Domain 3 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.

Workshop lead: Dr Cyprian Mendonca, University Hospital Coventry

How to publish a paper

Domain 1, Domain 2, Domain 3 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

Workshop lead: Dr Mike Kinsella, St Michael's Hospital, Bristol

Paediatric emergencies

Domain 1, Domain 2, Domain 3 2D01, 3D00

As a result of centralisation of paediatric services, 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 ‘non-technical skills’ 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 the management of a number of life-threatening paediatric emergencies. Each simulated clinical scenario will be followed by a structured debrief to highlight and reinforce specific learning points and review current management 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:

• Development of strategies for the effective management of a number of paediatric emergencies 

• Review of current management guidelines 

• Influence of ‘non-technical skills’ on the delivery of safe and effective care in rapidly unfolding clinical crises

• Effective communication and teamwork during crisis management 

 Workshop lead: Dr David De Beer, Great Ormand Street Hospital, London

Gastric ultrasound

Domain 1, Domain 4 1F05, 3J00, 3J03

Point-of-care ultrasound has an increasing role in contemporary perioperative practice. The novel technique of gastric ultrasound aims to qualify and quantify gastric content in order to stratify pulmonary aspiration risk in the surgical patient. This workshop aims to teach delegates the fundamental principles of gastric ultrasound.

Learning objectives:

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

• Understand current funding streams available

• Understand the funding allocated by the NIAA between 2008–2015

• Understand the academic outputs of NIAA grants

 Workshop lead: Dr Kariem El-Boghdadly, 

What is the role of the Association of Anaesthetists in moving society towards sustainability?

This is an interactive, facilitated discussion to establish what the membership wants from the Association of Anaesthetists as society changes in response to the threat from rising social inequality and climate change.

Workshop lead: Dr Frank Swinton, Yorkshire


Stuff that people don't  tell you (or you're too afraid to ask) - a workshop for new consultants

A chance to have an informal chat about life and work as a new consultant, covering any topic that delegates wish to discuss (e.g. appraisal/revalidation, how departments/hospitals work, contracts/job plans, etc). Aimed at consultants in the first 1-3 years of their substantive post, although those in locum consultant positions may also find it interesting.

Workshop lead: Dr Steve Yentis, London


Providing post-simulation feedback 

Domain 1, Domain 3, 1H01, 2H01, 2H02, 3J02


Learning objectives:

• Outline 3 methods of structuring feedback following a simulation or workplace-based activity

• Recall the features of effective feedback and explain why they are effective.

• Demonstrate application of feedback techniques using a video of a simulation performance.


Pre op assessment of the high risk patient focusing on fractured neck of femur

Domain 1, Domain 2, 1A01, 2A02, 1B04, 2A03, 2A04

Learning objectives:

An introduction to 2D echo evaluation of the NOF patients with particular reference to

1) LV function

2) Preoad and filling

3) Aortic valve disease

4) Cardiac arrest

Social media for anaesthetic practice and education

Domain 1, Domain 2, Domain 3, 1F05, 1G02, 1H02, 3J00

Time is a precious resource, yet we are expected to keep up to date with an overwhelming amount of new scientific fact and opinion relevant to our own clinical practice. This workshop aims to introduce several key tools to help delegates write, read, share, debate and critique clinical research more efficiently.

Workstations include:

• An introduction to Twitter with special guest Stu Marshall (@hypoxicchicken)

Twitter is revolutionising the way in which research is disseminated, discussed and implemented. There are key differences between Twitter and other platforms, such as Facebook. These differences can be overwhelming to new users and an introduction is provided to help delegates get started.

• An introduction to Altmetrics

It has become possible to collate the attention a paper receives on social media, news outlets, blogs and other citation platforms using altmetrics. Anaesthesia takes this score very seriously, as it may demonstrate how popular or ‘successful’ a paper is likely to be long before traditional metrics, such as impact factor. The many ways in which this score can be influenced or utilised are discussed.

• Publishing your cases

Writing a case report is very different to other types of academic papers. Recently, the Association of Anaesthetists launched their new journal, Anaesthesia Reports – a multimedia next generation journal for interesting clinical cases. Though novelty is important, so too are educational relevance and general interest. The aim of this workshop is to outline what the Editor and Assistant Editors are looking for when you submit your cases to Anaesthesia Reports.

• Citation made easy (and free!)

Not everyone needs (or wants) to spend hours and hours writing papers for publication. You may, however, wish to submit a case report, letter, editorial or short narrative review about a topic with which you have special expertise. The temptation is to hand reference your work or use expensive software, which may both prove costly errors. This workshop aims to demonstrate how free software such as Zotero and Mendeley can save you time and money.

Workshop Leads:

Mike Charlesworth – Social Media Editor, Anaesthesia

Kariem El-Boghdadly – Editor, Anaesthesia Reports