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The Future of Surgery

April 23 2020 @ 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Future of Surgery Conference


Welcome to the Future of Surgery

The Commission on the Future of Surgery gazed twenty years into the future to identify advances in medicine and technology that are likely to change surgical care. We analysed evidence and assessed the implications of such developments for patients, the surgical profession and the healthcare system.

This is an exciting time to be involved in surgery. The future of surgery will bring innovative technologies, enhanced understanding of disease and wider collaboration among experts and innovators to improve patient care. The partnership between patients and clinicians will remain at the centre of healthcare.

Technologies such as surgical robots, artificial intelligence, three-dimensional printing and new imaging methods are already changing and will continue to change the way surgical care is delivered. Developments in fields such as genomics, regenerative medicine and cell-based therapies could open new avenues for predicting and treating disease, which were unthinkable only a few years ago.

Explore what the future looks like, which technologies are likely to have the greatest impact, and what this means for patients and surgical professionals.


On 23rd April 2020 the All-Party Parliamentary Health Group will hold ‘The Future of Surgery’ event with the Royal College of Surgeons. The event will bring together key experts to showcase exciting new technologies in surgery and will involve equipment exhibits. This event will be one year on from the publication of the Future of Surgery Report by the Royal College of Surgeons.

Confirmed speakers include:

– Baroness Nicola Blackwood (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care)

– Mr Richard Kerr (Royal College of Surgeons and Chair of the Commission on the Future of Surgery)

– Professor Stephen Powis (National Medical Director, NHS England)



United Kingdom


All-Party Parliamentary Health Group
0207 202 8574
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With any Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) test ordered, a Record of Discussion (RoD) form will also need to be submitted. This document is to record the patient’s consent for genomic testing and their choice on taking part in research. Guidance on the patient choice conversation can be found here
This RoD form will be available for clinicians to download from this webpage. Once completed with the patient, it can be send to the lab with the corresponding test order form and sample.
Tests available to order will be listed in the National Genomic Test Directory. A test order form will soon be made available for clinicians on this webpage to download and complete. This form will include the address of the laboratory that the appropriate sample and completed form needs to be sent to.
Until the new Genomic Laboratory Service goes live, please continue to follow existing test order processes.
Later this year, the online test ordering tool for Whole Genome Sequencing will be integrated into the National Genomics Informatics System (NGIS) and clinicians will be able to search or filter to find a clinical indication, confirm eligibility criteria and start the test request process for their patient.