About Us

About Us

The organisation for health professionals working in the preoperative field

The Preoperative Association is an organisation for health professionals working in the preoperative field and was launched in 2004. The founding members of the Association were Amanda Bassett, Pam Parry, Jane Jackson, John Carlisle, Marie Digner and Jenny Bramhall

The Preoperative Association has 12 council members who meet regularly at the Association of Anaesthetists, London. The committee is leading the development of Preoperative Assessment in the UK, and works alongside the Royal College of Anaesthetists, National Institute of Clinical Excellence and NHS producing national policies.

Any person, whether a staff member in healthcare or a lay person may seek membership of the Preoperative Association, resulting in an inclusive and open association. Please see the Membership section for further details.

 

Mission Statement for The Preoperative association

  • Establish best practice in the field of preoperative medicine through research, audit and consensus
  • Disseminate this best practice through conferences, publications and the Preoperative Association web site
  • Provide study days and training events to promote a safe national standard and knowledge base
  • Identify the competencies expected for nursing grades working in the preoperative assessment clinics within the NHS and private healthcare sector
  • Contribute to the production of guidelines to facilitate multi-disciplinary teams working in the Preoperative Assessment clinics.
  • Establish and award grants for research in the field of preoperative optimisation for patients undergoing surgical procedures.
  • Establish and award bursary for developing and implementing projects to improve patient safety in the field of Preoperative medicine.

 

Council Members

Professor BURRA MURTHY, MD, MSc, M.Med.Sci, FCA RCSI, FRCA

President

Clinical Lead for Preoperative Asessment service at Royal Liverpool University Hospitals.
 

Ms Ali Curtis RN DipN BSc (Hons)

President Elect

Matron - Outpatient & Clinical Support Services, Benenden Hospital Trust

 

Dr Rob Hill, MB BS FRCA

Educational Development and Secretary. Past-President 2013-2015

Consultant Anaesthetist and Clinical Lead for Preoperative Assessment Service, St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester


Dr Sameena Ahmed


Treasurer

Consultant Cardiothoracic Anaesthetist and Clinical lead for Cardiothoracic Preassessment.
 Freemam Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne


Mrs Marie Digner, RGN, BSc (Hons), MSc, AMIHM (Senior)

Past-President of Preoperative Association 2015-17

Clinical Manager Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

MRS JOANNE BRATCHELL, RGN DipHE (Nursing), BSc(Hons) MSc

educational support

Lead Nurse for Pre-operative Assessment St Georges Hospital

Dr Nick Lavies , FRCA

EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Consultant Anaesthetist and Clinical lead for Pre-assessment Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust

Lee Wadsworth RGN MSc V300

Marketing & Educational Development

Freelance Clinical Trainer and Nurse Consultant

Mrs Rekha Shah

educational support

Lead Pharmacist for Surgery at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Simon Lewis

Marketing

Consultant Anaesthetist and Clinical Lead for Peroperative Assessment, Bristol

 

Miss Claire Badger BN (Hons), RGN, MSc

MARKETING

Consultant Nurse Lead Preoperative Assessment Service University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire

Anne Wright

MARKETING

Senior Sister for Preoperative Assessment services in District General hospital in Wales.

Jo Mahoney, BSc (Hons), RN, V300

Educational Development

National Lead in Pre-Operative Assessment for Spire Healthcare