'How I do it' Expert Clinical symposia sessions 

The highlight of this year's meeting is the new ‘How I do it’ expert clinical symposia sessions on day 1.  This new innovative format provides a full day of 5 interactive, dynamic, engaging sessions where international experts give clinical tips and practical pointers of how and why they use regional anaesthesia in their daily practice.  With real-life common clinical scenarios, live scanning demonstrations, audience polls and 'tweet-the-expert' questions, these sessions will provide delegates with the tools to incorporate regional anaesthesia into their daily practice, and make a difference to patient care.


We expect that most delegates will prefer to attend all of the ‘How I do it’ sessions, however we will also run some clinically focussed workshops in parallel to the symposia for those delegates who wish to freshen up their scanning skills for a particular clinical subset of nerve blocks.  There will also be workshops targeted at the infrequent blocker or ultrasound novice, which focus on 5 nerve blocks that cover almost everything. For the afternoon workshop sessions, delegates can choose only 1 of the 4 sessions.


Day 1 workshop sessions


  • 5 blocks for beginners to cover almost everything

  • Nerve blocks for hip fracture surgery

  • Spinal and Paraspinal ultrasound guided nerve blocks

  • Nerve blocks for abdominal Surgery

  • Nerve blocks for shoulder Surgery

  • Nerve blocks for elbow, forearm & hand Surgery

  • Nerve blocks for breast surgery and rib fractures

  • Nerve blocks for Total Knee Arthroplasty and ankle Surgery

  • Introduction to lung ultrasound for the regionalist

  • Introduction to gastric ultrasound

Workshop sessions will run parallel to the expert clinical symposia, and delegates can choose which workshop session(s) they wish to attend (up to a maximum of 2). Please consult both the workshop and symposia timetables to avoid missing your preferred symposia. 


Workshop places are limited.

Day 2 Scientific programme

Keynote lectures from international experts, with a particular focus on clinical practice. Topics to be covered include education in regional anaesthesia, setting up a regional anaesthesia service, regional anaesthesia pathways, new evidence-based techniques to change practice, collecting perioperative outcomes and the utilisation of perioperative ultrasound.

Dinner and Drinks reception - Thursday 16th May


The RA-UK Annual Scientific Meeting 2019 - Gala Dinner will be held on Thursday 16th May at Belfast City Hall.


Belfast City Council has also kindly offered RA-UK a complimentary drinks reception in the Rotunda area of Belfast City Hall.

RA-UK would like to thank Belfast City Council for their kind generosity for the use of City Hall.