The Productive Operating Theatre

The Productive Operating Theatre helps theatre teams to work more effectively together to improve the quality of patient experience, the safety and outcomes of surgical services, the effective use of theatre time and staff experience.

This focus on quality and safety helps theatres run more productively and efficiently, which subsequently can lead to significant financial savings.

What is The Productive Operating Theatre?
• A modular improvement programme created by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and co-produced with NHS organisations.
• A systematic way to deliver significant improvements in safety, efficiency and patient care.
• A proven method of involving and enabling front line theatre teams to transform the way they work.
• A cultural change programme.

Who is it for?
The programme is for staff who work in theatres including surgeons, anaesthetists, theatre matrons, perioperative practitioners, managers and operating department practitioners.

What benefits can you expect?
• In the first 12 months of implementing The Productive Operating Theatre, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust saved £2 million through reducing waiting lists.
• By implementing briefing and debriefing into operating theatres Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust was able to demonstrate a statistically significant improvement in staff attitudes; specifically team work climate, safety climate and job satisfaction.