Belfast Waterfront has welcomed The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) regularly over the last seven years, but this was the first time it hosted this specific event.
Having previously used venues in England, Scotland and Wales, this year Northern Ireland was chosen to host over 130 members from The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI), and NHS England.
The theme of the meeting was safety issues relating to anaesthesia care. Joining members were lay people and patients, who were invited to highlight actions they would like to see implemented to achieve maximum safety.
The main headliner, ‘Updates from the Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group’ presented by the Chairman, Dr Tom Clutton-Brock, in the venue’s 380-seat Studio, focused on the benefits of shared learning.
In the same vein, the conference’s main goal was to promote knowledge sharing, and Northern Ireland’s only purpose built conference centre created the perfect place for networking. Open and spacious gallery areas provided ample space to house poster boards and exhibition stands for delegates to peruse during breaks. Break out areas facilitated productive discussions aimed at improving procedures.
Mr Charlie McLaughlan, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Clinical Quality at The Royal College of Anaesthetists, commented: “Belfast Waterfront was by far the best city venue. Its prime city centre location with accommodation next door and very accommodating staff made our decision an easy one.”
“The venue’s flexibility is a real attraction - both in terms of its spaces and service delivery. The choice of breakout areas and ability to accommodate plenary sessions from small groups to over 2000 delegates is a key strength. Fundamentally the team recognise the ever-changing nature of an event and gave us the flexibility to make changes to our requirements even on the day of the conference...We have, and will continue to recommend this venue.”
In keeping with the theme of shared learning, The Royal College of Anaesthetists held a CPD Study Day in the venue the following day. Ten keynote speakers delivered sessions on hot topics facing the profession, whilst six trainees delivered presentations in breakout areas.