Operating Theatres Best Value Group

The Operating Theatres Best Value Group has been in operation for over 19 years, allowing open and frank discussion around current theatre practice and pressures. The group members are able to contribute through open conversation and gain insights to assist them with the daily activities, stresses, and in some cases Never Events. The group is made up of varying levels of theatre staff, who bring knowledge and experience to the group interactions.

As the chair of the theatre benchmark group it has helped me grow as a leader and a productive theatre manager. I have made many contacts and peers. I have been asked to chair other conferences which are attributed to theatres and its being a great experience for myself. Sharing governance and quality has been so supportive to all members. We have together supported robust CIP challenges and even a league table for a bit of competition. We have now started a basecamp communication cell to communicate with each other faster and all can see. This is a trial and I hope to move the teams to Microsoft teams as basecamp is costly. Each series gives me and the team a better understanding to make changes in this changing NHS and make theatres most cost efficient.” Mark Rigby, Head of Theatres Services Surgery, Women’s and Children’s Division, Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Facilitator Claire Jones-Manning
Coordinator Marie Cherry

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“NPAG for theatre managers is critical in regards to National communication. Discussing topics such as  CIP, Roles and Responsibilities and  Safer Surgery to name a few ensures that  best practice due to Human Factors is passed on to all as to avoid repetition. We are all aiming to ensure our Finances are wisely spent in regards to GIRFT, ensuring we have a workforce suitable for today and the future given the low number of students entering the NHS but the most crucial part of NPAG for me is knowing we are not alone, all of my colleagues are experiencing the same operational stresses daily, it’s just how we deal with them.”

Operating Theatres BVG 2018-19 Member

Deputy General Manager – Theatre Lead, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton, NHS Foundation Trust

“At the very first meeting we attended we listened to Mark Rigby explaining the benefits and importance of practice development education. Little did we know that this was a golden nugget of experience that was shared. As a result of our investment into practice development education we are now in our third year of having no agency staff in our theatres. The impact this has had has been phenomenal. We have seen our theatre teams go from strength to strength supported throughout their careers with us. We have also been able to add new career options with the creation of Surgical First Assistant posts as a result of having a stable workforce. The Dip HE Operating Department Practice Course at Bournemouth University has received a 100% satisfaction rate in the latest National Staff Survey.  We could not have achieved this without NPAG. We look forward to the events and always bring back new ideas to work with and enjoy spending time with our colleagues.”

Operating Theatres BVG Mmeber 2017-18

Directorate Manager – Critical Care, Anaesthetics, Theatres, Sterile Services, The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust