NIAA Update: April 2019

Welcome to the April newsletter

POMCTN Spring Education Day

Wednesday 1 May 2019
The Studio, Birmingham

POMCTN 2019 Stack

There's still time to book your place and join us for the Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network's first ever Spring Education Day in Birmingham on 1st May.

We have a full agenda for the day including interactive training sessions, presentations from major trial teams, and delegates will have the opportunity to train in the fundamentals of trials methodology and focus on the key issue of obtaining informed consent in clinical trials.

Delegate rates:

  • Consultant - £55
  • Anaesthetist in Training/MTI Doctor - £40
  • AHPs - £40
  • Student/Foundation Doctor - £40

Click here for details of how to book.

If you are not a POMCTN member but would like to be, please click here to join.

We look forward to seeing you there!

NIAA 2019 Round 1 Grants

The first round of NIAA research funding for 2019 has grant awards of up to £100,000 available from a number of NIAA partners, including a new joint grant funded by the Association of Anaesthetists & Barema.

More information on all the grants in this round can be found here.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions and application guidance can be found here.

All applications for NIAA grants need to provide details of any patient/public involvement in the proposed research study. You can get support for PPI in a number of ways, including applying to the NIAA-HSRCs' Patient, Carer, Public Involvement & Engagement (PCPIE) Group which is made up of committed members of the RCoA Lay Committee who have a particular interest in clinical research. More details are available here.

The closing date for all funding applications is noon, Friday 26 April 2019.

John Snow Anaesthesia Intercalated Awards 2019

Open to intercalating medical students studying on either bachelors or masters medical degree programmes and conducting (or plan to conduct) a research project relating to anaesthesia, these awards of up to £2,000 are designed to encourage early stage engagement in academic research in anaesthesia and its related topics.

The individual awards are to contribute towards the student's personal living costs. Applications require input from the student and their academic supervisor, and an institution can submit a maximum of four applications.

Awards of £2,000 each are being offered by NIAA founding partners Association of Anaesthetists/Anaesthesia and BJA/RCoA, and awards of £1,000 award are being offered by NIAA funding partner NACCSGBI. More information on the John Snow Award is available here.

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Tuesday 30 April 2019.


Joint RCoA/NIHR Research Awards

Recognising NHS consultants and trainee doctors who are active in research

The College, in partnership with the NIHR CRN (Clinical Research Network), is awarding a third year of research prizes to recognise outstanding contributions from NHS consultants and trainees - including trainee networks - in the conduct of NIHR CRN portfolio studies.

Applicants must be NHS clinicians (clinical academics are not eligible) and must be a member or fellow of the RCoA. There are three award categories for entry:

  • Consultant (including SAS doctors)
  • Anaesthetists in training - individual
  • Anaesthetists in training - network

Each award carries a £1,000 prize.

To apply there is a short form to complete and the deadline is midnight, Tuesday 30 April 2019.

The awards will be presented during an RCoA-organised event in 2019. Award winners will be notified of the event date and location in advance, and complimentary places will be allocated for winners to attend.

For an application form and further information on criteria please visit the website here. Good luck!

Recruitment: RCoA Centre for Perioperative Care - Clinical Director & Fellow

The College is inviting applications for an exciting opportunity to lead the delivery of perioperative care across the NHS in collaboration with cross-specialty national stakeholders.

Building on the success of its world-leading Perioperative Medicine Programme, the Royal College of Anaesthetists is establishing a cross-specialty Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC) dedicated to the promotion, advancement and development of perioperative care. CPOC will facilitate closer and more effective cross-organisational working, changing inpatient pathways and integrating services through a multi-disciplinary team approach.

CPOC is now inviting applications for a CPOC Clinical Director.

The successful candidate will be an effective clinical leader with experience of leading change and delivering service improvement in perioperative care at a national level. This is an exciting opportunity for a senior clinical leader to shape the development of perioperative medicine in collaboration with cross specialty stakeholders and partners across the health and social care landscape.

The post is supported by the cost of 2 PAs per week, back-filled to the post-holder's employing trust. It is anticipated that the workload will fluctuate and the post-holder will need to be flexible enough to dedicate greater amounts of time to the Centre when this is required.

The Director will ideally commence their duties in June 2019 for a period of three years, subject to an annual review.

Closing date: Monday 8 April 2019
Interview date: Friday 10 May 2019

Full details on how to apply for the CPOC Clinical Director role are available here.

The Centre for Perioperative Care is also inviting applications for a CPOC Fellow who will undertake a 12-month Fellowship at 0.5 WTE to provide clinical support and knowledge to the development of standard setting, training curricular, professional education, quality improvement, research, and policy development in Perioperative Medicine. The Fellowship will involve a combination of service delivery at the appointee's employing trust and national working with the CPOC leadership at the RCoA.

The post-holder will ideally commence their duties in February 2020 for a period of 12-months, subject to regular performance review. A start date of August 2020 will also be considered. For Anaesthetic Trainees this post is eligible for out of programme training and up to six months' advanced training in Perioperative Medicine can be approved.

Closing date: Friday 10 May 2019
Interview date: 18 June 2019

Full details on how to apply for the CPOC Fellow role are available here.

RCoA Opportunity: Bernard Johnson Advisor - Academic Anaesthesia

The College is inviting applications from interested individuals for the role of Bernard Johnson Advisor for Academic Anaesthesia.

The main purpose of this role is to be the lead for developing and maintaining advice and guidance for the smooth running of academic training and the maintenance of College standards in training.

The role requires a commitment of a minimum of 3 hours per week. Responsibilities include providing advice, guidance and expertise for the development and delivery of academic training in the UK, and to represent the College on all matters relating to academic training, including attendance at external meetings.

Criteria essential to the role includes individuals practising at Consultant, SAS or equivalent level in the NHS, as well as a Member/Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and in good standing. Also those who have previously been a Regional or Deputy Regional Advisor, College Tutor or Programme Director or trainer/supervisor in academia, anaesthesia, intensive care or pain medicine

Closing date: Wednesday 1 May 2019
Interview date: Wednesday 26 June 2019

Full details on the role as well as how to apply are available here.

SNAP-3 call for proposals

SNAP3 2019

The NIAA Health Services Research Centre (NIAA-HSRC) is inviting submissions to the open call for the third Sprint National Anaesthesia Project (SNAP-3).

SNAPs are short observational clinical research studies that aim to recruit a large number of patients from as many NHS hospitals as possible in a short timeframe. An important feature of SNAPs is their engagement of 'grass-roots' anaesthetists, particularly trainees.

The last sprint project, SNAP-2, focused on the epidemiology of critical care provision after surgery, and before that SNAP-1 involved a 2-day evaluation of patient reported outcomes after anaesthesia.

If you've got a great idea for a short national observational study, which also meets the criteria here, then get in touch. Proposals must be submitted on the SNAP-3 proposal form before the deadline on Friday 31 May. Those who propose a topic which is shortlisted will be invited to present at a topic selection meeting on Monday 1st July.
Click here for more information.

RCoA Small Grants, Awards & Prizes


If you've got an idea for a small anaesthesia-related research project and need funding to get you started, or wish to travel for anaesthesia-related education or research purposes the NIAA facilitates several small grants funded by the RCoA which could help. The following funds are currently open for applications:

Ernest Leach Research Fund
Up to £2,500 available for research purposes

Sargant Fund
Up to £2,500 available for education and research purposes

Belfast Fund
Up to £600 available for educational purposes

Closing date: Friday 6 September 2019. Full criteria, how to apply and application form are available here.

There are also a number of other awards and prizes on offer which are open for applications:

RCoA Maurice P Hudson Prize
This prize will be awarded to the anaesthetic or intensive care trainee who is the principal author of the best paper relating to the management of acutely ill patients recently published, or accepted for publication, in a recent peer reviewed journal. A prize of £500 is available this year.

Closing date: Friday 6 September 2019. Full criteria and how to apply are available here.

RCoA Macintosh Professorship
Recipients of this award will have a national or international reputation in their field. Their curriculum vitae will be consistent with an individual who is performing at, or is on the cusp of, professorial level through research, innovation, and leadership. Those who show equivalent excellence in teaching and education will also be eligible for the award.

Recipients are required to give a keynote lecture at a meeting organised by the Royal College of Anaesthetists or its associated Faculties, other related organisations and specialist societies. The lecture is commemorated by the presentation of a certificate. Applications are open to Fellows and Members of the College and other clinicians and scientists involved in anaesthesia, critical care and pain management within the UK. Applications are considered by the NIAA Board and expert external advisers. Depending on the quality of applications, the review panel reserves the right to award a Professorship to more than one candidate in any given year.

Closing date: Friday 6 September 2019. Full criteria and how to apply are available here.