Webinar 3: Theatre booking and scheduling and waiting list management

15 November 2023 1:00pm – 2:30pmGMT (+00:00)
Virtual (Microsoft Teams)

Please register above by 12 midday on Monday 13th November 2023. Once registration has closed, we will collate the responses and send an email to all registered attendees which will include a link to join the webinar. The joining link will be from our elective recovery PMO email address (ELECTIVERECOVERYPMO - england.electiverecoverypmo@nhs.net), so please do keep an eye out for it. 

This webinar will focus on theatre booking and scheduling as well as waiting list management. The webinar will cover: 

  • Validation, RTT and pathway management  
  • Best practice in booking and scheduling 
  • Case studies 

We would like the webinar to be interactive and encourage participation. The webinar is aimed at the following audience: 

  • Booking and scheduling teams 
  • The Pre-operative Assessment MDT 


The NHS delivery plan for tackling the COVID-19 backlog of elective care commits to strengthening perioperative care pathways starting at the point of referral or listing for surgery to support patients’ preparation.  This is vital for the recovery of elective care as up to one third of on-the-day cancellations are owing to clinical reasons, such as patients being unfit for the type of surgery or anaesthetic they were listed for. 

In the first instance, providers are asked to screen all adult patients waiting for inpatient surgery and where necessary begin their optimisation as early as possible in the patient pathway. The 2023/24 NHS Standard Contract (section 3.20) sets out that providers “must, by no later than 31 March 2024, implement a system of early screening, risk assessment and health optimisation for all adult service users waiting for inpatient surgery, in accordance with the requirements on perioperative care co-ordination set out in the NHS Elective Recovery Plan”. 

Providers should now determine which surgical pathways are their highest priority for implementing early screening and optimisation but, as a minimum, introduce the five core requirements (set out in recently published NHSE guidance) for all inpatient pathways by April 2024. 


NHS England’s Elective Care Recovery and Transformation Programme are running a series of webinars throughout Autumn 2023 to support providers with implementing this national policy. 

The webinars are intended to be interactive, and participants will be encouraged to contribute via a number of facilitated activities including Q&A panel discussions, Menti polls and virtual breakout rooms where appropriate. 

To find out more about what each individual webinar will clover, please follow the links above where you’ll find a helpful overview. There you will also find instruction on how to book your place and all the technical details to support you joining on the day.  

We look forward to you joining us. 

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