By: 31 July 2019

The Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) has revealed a stellar line-up of speakers and exhibitors for its new-look Residential Conference, due to be held between 8 and 11 August at York University.

The once-a-year conference aims to bring together all members of the perioperative team, students and medical practitioners from across the globe for a three-day fun-packed and educational event.

AfPP have evolved the conference dramatically since its first appearance in the 1960s, attracting over 40 medical technology exhibitors to this year’s event, as well as some of the most inspiring speakers in the industry.

Speaking for the first time, Chris Pointon, co-founder of the #hellomynameis campaign, will deliver a must-hear speech about the importance of introductions in healthcare, covering the inspirational story of his late wife Dr Kate Granger MBE.

Kate fought a rare type of cancer and established the campaign as a result of her own experiences during post-operative sepsis, after making the stark observation that many care staff didn’t introduce themselves before delivering her care. Since her passing in 2016, Chris has continued the campaign in her memory.

Other inspiring individuals to headline the event include:

  • Jules Wyman- Coach and Professional Speaker – In her talk ‘how infectious are you?’ Jules shares her personal journey through the health care system in the UK and the impact that two particular consultants had on her.  She discusses how others can learn from them to make a difference to themselves, their work and their home.  
  • Adam Alderson of The Yorkshire Yak– As one of only four people in the world to have survived eight organ transplants and radical tumour de-bulking surgery, Adam demonstrates the difference that organ donations can make to those dealing with terminal diagnosis. Adam will speak of his recovery and why he decided he wanted to take on one of the world’s biggest motoring challenges – The Mongol Rally.
  • Rob Tomlinson, Junior Charge Nurse and creator of the 10,000 Feet Initiative- As creator of the 10,000 Feet Initiative- an airline safety initiative adopted in East Lancashire to reduce the risk of hospital theatre errors caused by noise, distraction and poor communication, Rob will discuss ways to stop all unnecessary noise in a theatre and allow practitioners at all levels to concentrate completely on their work. 
  • Dr Harriet PalfreymanHistorian of Medicine at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester- Harriet will deliver her winning presentation, The Time Travelling Operating Theatre: How the past can inform the future. The public engagement project stages recreations of surgeries from three time periods and has been delivered in museums across the world.

In addition, Allan Marriott, Maxine Page, Dr Steve Ray, Stryker Surgical, Linda Hindle, Oliver Tierney, Scarlett McNally, Adrian Jones, Helen Bevan, Mona Gukian Fisher, Joy Ongcachuy and Gail Lowdon will deliver a variety of speeches, educational workshops and silent lectures between them, some of which account for up to 12 CPD accredited hours.

Delegates will also be given the opportunity to meet with, and hear from, 93-year-old author and former vice president of the Royal College of Surgeons, Professor Harold Ellis CBE, who will be on hand to sign copies of his latest book, Stories from the Operating Theatre and Other Essays.

Professor Ellis’ speech, ‘The early days of the NHS, an old surgeon looks back’, also forms this year’s Siobhan Ranking lecture, which is delivered in honour of a past AfPP president who died in Service.

CEO of the association, Dawn Stott said: “We’re extremely excited about our line-up of speakers this year and can’t wait to welcome them to York University.

“Some of our speakers will be speaking for the first time and some have shared their stories with us before, but each will inspire and educate all those who attend.

“This year’s agenda ensures there’s something for everyone, in fact, I think many delegates will struggle to choose who to listen to.”

For more information on the agenda or to grab a last-minute day ticket, please visit or call 01423 882 969.