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.

“This group is vital for all Theatre Managers and Theatre Leads. The benchmarking element gives the members a strong sense of awareness of how other theatre departments are performing. CIP programmes are continually shared in meetings, contributing to a big difference to an organisation’s financial stability. It’s useful to identify the value of spend between the larger trusts and small trusts within the group.

I have been a member for over ten years and have chaired the group for 7. In this time, I have developed a great network of colleagues and friends. The governance aspect is amazing, we are dedicated to sharing never event incidents and audit types to keep theatres safe. We have members who work with the CQC and add great feedback and value to the group. Often, we invite key speakers to meetings who normally stay for the duration, their feedback about the group is first class.

Included in the membership is attendance to the NPAG Theatres and Decontamination Conference. This is a fantastic opportunity to engage with key speakers and network with non-members and suppliers. This year, we invited a young staff nurse who told his story and innovations of the orthopaedic scrub social he set up which has attracted a great following. The conference received him well.

With the NHS financial challenges, we face over the coming year, we will essentially be concentrating on staffing cost and financial cost reductions, plus continue to examine all the above.” Mark Rigby, Head of Theatres Services Surgery, Women’s and Children’s Division, Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Facilitator Dale Atkins
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