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The British Geriatric Society have a special interest group:

Proactive Care of Older People Undergoing Surgery (POPS) which feature regularly on the BGS blog


and can also be found at their homepage



POPS Resources:

The Guy's and St Thomas's POPS team have produced an excellent set of resources on the perioperative care of the older patient. 


These include guidelines on anticoagulation, cardiac assessment and diabetes alongside a useful selection of assessment proformas used by the POPs team at GSTT.


University College London Institute of Perioperative Medicine

The UCL Institute of Perioperative Medicine is directed by Dr David Walker.  


University College London Masters degree in Perioperative Medicine

UCL run an innovative distance learning Masters in Perioperative Medicine, summarised here:

An international Teaching faculty have produced a state of the art curriculum which covers the span of perioperative medicine topics. For more information go to:


UCL MOOC in Preoperative Medicine:

UCL and the Royal College of Anaesthetists will soon be opening the second run of their free MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) Perioperative Medicine in Actionafter a highly successful launch earlier this year.  

Why a MOOC on perioperative medicine
Too many patients die or suffer prolonged complications following surgery. Perioperative medicine is an emerging multidisciplinary approach optimising the care of the high-risk surgical patient.

We have brought together an internationally recognised, expert faculty to help you understand what perioperative medicine is and why we need it. By providing high quality free education in perioperative medicine we hope that these principles will be widely adopted, ultimately leading to safer surgery and improved outcomes for the high-risk surgical patient.

Who this course is for
This free online course is designed for all healthcare workers who are involved in a patients perioperative journey, including:

  • anaesthetists
  • surgeons
  • geriatricians
  • pre-assessment nurses
  • ward nurses
  • theatre staff
  • physiotherapists
  • pharmacists
  • GPs
  • medical managers

The best MOOCs are those in which thousands of learners join together for a shared learning experience. We want tens of thousands of healthcare workers across the globe to join us. The first course run in July 2017 attracted over 4000 learners from 129 different countries and we are hoping this course run will attract many more.

Accessible learning for busy people
It's free! A four week course with a flexible three hours of learning per week hosted by the UK's largest MOOC provider: FutureLearn.

The course re-opens on the 13th November 2017 and we would like to invite you to enrol now by following the link below:

Perioperative Medicine in Action

Very best wishes,

Dr Abigail Whiteman
Consultant in Anaesthesia
University College London Hospital (UCLH) and Honorary Senior Lecturer, UCL Division of Surgery & Interventional Science
Perioperative Medicine in Action Lead Educator 

The Royal Free Hospital London are producing a weekly summary of their in house journal club (  This excellent initiative is produced by trainees and should form the model for other local journal clubs.

Other useful resources include: 

The Bottom Line: summaries of ICM, EM and perioperative medicine research

Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) ChecklistsTrisha Greenhalgh’s “How to Read a Paper” series


The UCL surgical outcomes research centre is a fantastic resource targeted at using measurement to improve quality in perioperative health care. SOuRCe offers a series of fellowships in quality improvement and measurement that can lead to the attainment of a higher research degree. 

PRISM (, produced by Dr Maria Chazapis of SOuRCe has excellent educational resources in quality improvement methodology, including RCOA curriculum linked introductory modules in improvement science.


EBPOM is a not for profit collaborative project between a number of UK and international academic institutions that exists to promote the examination, discussion and application of evidence based medicine to perioperative care.

EBPOM organises a series of UK and International conferences and meetings that are at the centre of modern perioperative medicine.

The EBPOM website contains multiple useful resources in perioperative medicine, as well as links to future meetings and conferences.  TRIPOM launched at this year's EBPOM conference.


Age Anaesthesia Association

"The mission of the Age Anaesthesia Association is to promote evidence based, high quality perioperative care for all elderly surgical patients. We are at the forefront of bringing together anaesthetists, surgeons and elderly care physicians to promote and develop a cohesive approach to the management of this frequently overlooked and vulnerable group of patients."

Anaesthetic Fellowships:

A specialist resource for anaesthesia trainees looking for worldwide sub-specialty fellowships in higher, advanced or post-CCT training.