This year's Core Topic Update will provide an overview of current vascular anaesthetic practice. Lectures are provided by a faculty of established practicing vascular anaesthetists as well as colleagues in geriatric medicine and surgery. We hope that the programme will not only provide valuable CPD to those of you with occasional vascular practice but will also serve as a useful update for those with a regular vascular commitment. Perhaps not surprisingly the theme of the day is very much centred on urgent and emergency vascular procedures. Please do not forget to provide us with your valuable feedback on the event and we hope that you enjoy the day.