NIAA Update: December 2016

Season's greetings and welcome to the December newsletter

NIAA Opportunities

NIAA Research Council Chair

Applications are invited for the role of Chair of the NIAA Research Council, which will become vacant in 2017. The post holder will be expected to provide senior leadership and academic support to the NIAA Research Council. He/she will develop and deliver the research strategy of the NIAA as set out by the NIAA Board and oversee the award of grant funding. Our funding portfolio to date is approximately £7.5 million in eight full years of activity.

The post holder will also be required to build strategic relationships with funding partners to support research in national priority areas and support the 'research aware', 'research ready' and 'research experienced' through the development and promotion of training opportunities. The post holder is a co-opted member of the NIAA Board. The position is a fixed-term post of three years. There is no remuneration for the role. Further information about the role including the Job Description and Person Specification will be available on the NIAA website from January 2017.

The closing date for applications is Friday 24 March 2017 at 5pm.
Interviews will take place in April 2017.

NIAA Trainee Representative

We are inviting applications for the role of co-opted Trainee Representative on the Research Council of the NIAA.

Trainees who hold a National Training Number in Anaesthesia, and are either Academic Clinical Fellows, Academic Clinical Lecturers or are undertaking/have completed an MD(Res) or PhD are eligible to apply.

The successful applicant will be required to attend two NIAA Research Council meetings per year as well as other internal meetings, and participate in activities to promote and enhance the work of the NIAA and academic anaesthesia in the UK including attending external events.

This role is one of two Trainee Reps currently co-opted on the NIAA Research Council. More information on the role is available here.

The closing date for applications is Monday 20 March 2017 at 5pm.
Interviews will take place in April 2017.

NIAA Research Award 2017

We are pleased to announce that the 2nd NIAA Research Award is now open for applications. The award aims to promote and encourage current (within 18 months of submission deadline) and active researchers within the field of anaesthesia, perioperative medicine or pain research in the UK.

It will be awarded to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in scientific research relevant to anaesthesia, perioperative care or pain and will allow new investigators to achieve recognition through presentation at a national meeting with peer-review.

The 2017 NIAA Research Award will be presented at the NIAA Annual Scientific Meeting on Friday 12th May 2017 at the RCoA in London.

Applicants are invited to submit a summary of their 'body of work', this should be fully referenced and state the author's contribution. A 'body of work' will include a project that covers a clear, evidence-based research question, appropriate methods, well-conduced study/studies and statistical analysis of results drawing to a valid conclusion. A 'body of work' would typically be the equivalent to two or more research papers on one subject area or from a higher degree thesis (MD/PhD).

The closing date for applications is Monday 13 March 2017 at 5pm.

For more information on the Research Award and submission criteria please visit our website here.

The John Snow Anaesthesia Intercalated Awards 2017

The NIAA is delighted to announce details of the John Snow Intercalated Awards available in 2017.

Awards will be offered by the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI)/Anaesthesia, the British Journal of Anaesthesia (BJA)/Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), and the Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care Society of Great Britain and Ireland (NACCSGBI).

Designed to encourage medical student interest in anaesthesia and its related disciplines, these awards go to the student and not the supervisor/institution and are meant to contribute towards living costs.

The awards are intended for students who are studying as part of a programme of work leading towards a registered medical qualification. Therefore students of intercalated Bachelors or Masters degrees are eligible to apply. Applications from students undertaking either programme of study will be reviewed in parallel.

o The AAGBI/Anaesthesia and BJA/RCoA are each offering awards of £2,000
o NACCSGBI is offering one award of £1,000

Project running costs will be funded by the supervisor/institution.

Each institution can submit a maximum of four applications, so some co-ordination between supervisors will be required.

The closing date for applications is Friday 31 March 2017 at 5pm.

For more information and to apply for these awards please visit the NIAA website here.

Other Opportunities

BJA/ARS Travel Bursaries 2017

The British Journal of Anaesthesia and Anaesthetic Research Society have up to 10 travel bursaries of £1,000 each available to support members of research active departments presenting their work at the joint meeting of the BJA/ARS Research Forum, with the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA) to be held in Washington, DC from 4th - 5th May 2017.

Abstracts for poster presentations can be submitted via the AUA website from December 2016, before the closing date of Tuesday 31st January 2017.

To apply for a bursary you will need to be a member of the BJA/ARS Research Forum, and send a copy of your submitted abstract by Wednesday 1st February 2017.

For more information on applying for a bursary, poster submissions and the joint meeting please click here.

HSRUK Symposium 2017 - call for abstracts and sessions

The HSRUK Symposium 2017 presents the leading edge of health services research. The programme is multidisciplinary and includes research presentations and posters, and plenaries from research and service leaders. Delegates attend from a range of organisations: NHS and social care bodies, patient and citizen groups, universities and research institutes, industry and commercial knowledge consultancy, central and local government and the third sector. The event will be held 6-7 July 2017 at Nottingham Conference Centre.

The 2017 Symposium abstract call comprises:
• Call for individual abstracts (presentation and/or poster)
• Call for session proposals

Abstracts on all aspects of health services and policy research are welcome, and submissions are being invited across 12 themes including Quality, Emergency Care and Patient Voice. The Symposium 2017 call also includes the option to submit joint proposals to run sessions or workshops.

The deadline for all submissions is Wednesday 1 March 2017. For more information on the event and submitting an abstract or session please visit the website here.

BMA foundation for medical research grants 2017

The 2017 BMA foundation for medical research grants is now open for applications.

The BMA provide approximately £500,000 of research funding annually, this year across 11 different grants. Funding areas range from heart disease to schizophrenia to the impact of working pressures on the medical profession.

Applications are invited from medical practitioners and/or research scientists for research in progress or prospective research. The closing date for applications is Friday 3rd March 2017.

Details of funding available, deadlines and contact details for the 2017 grants are available on the BMA website.

Call for Trainee abstracts

Trainee anaesthetists are invited to submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation at the 2017 GAT Annual Scientific Meeting, being held at Cardiff City Hall 5-7 July 2017.

Categories available for entry are:

  • Dräger Oral Presentation Prize
  • Dräger Case Presentation Prize
  • Poster Competition
  • Medical Students Poster Prize
  • New for 2017 - Barema and AAGBI environmental poster prize

All submissions must be made online by Monday 20 February 2017, 23:59.
For further details on criteria and prize information please visit here.

Thomas Boulton Anaesthesia History Prize 2017

The AAGBI and the History of Anaesthesia Society will award a cash prize of £500 to a trainee or medical student member of the AAGBI for an original essay of 4000-6000 words on a topic related to the history of anaesthesia, intensive care or pain management.

The £500 prize and an engraved medal will be awarded at the discretion of the judging panel, and the winner will be invited to present the paper at the GAT Annual Scientific Meeting. Certificates of merit may also be awarded to other entries of high standard.
All submissions must be made by email by Monday 20 February 2017, 23:59.
For further details on criteria and submission guidelines please visit here.

VASGBI Trainee Development Grants

The Vascular Anaesthesia Society of Great Britain and Ireland invites applications for Trainee Research and Audit Development grants of up to £5,000 for the purpose of supporting research and audit projects in the field of vascular anaesthesia undertaken by anaesthetic trainees. The purpose of these awards is to advance both the care of patients undergoing vascular procedures and the training and development of the vascular anaesthetists of the future.

Awards are open to all anaesthetic trainees in United Kingdom and Ireland not holding a substantive or locum consultant post. The trainee must be working in or affiliated with a department providing vascular anaesthetic services.
Applications will be considered for research and audit projects that can be undertaken during the course of training.

The deadline for applications is Friday 31 March 2017, 5pm.
Further information on criteria and how to submit your proposal are available here.


Perioperative Day at SARS Annual Meeting 2017

The Perioperative Care Day at the Society of Academic and Research Surgery (SARS) Annual Meeting is being held at The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, on Thursday 19th January 2017.

Registration for the event is now open via the SARS website. Medical Student registration rates are heavily discounted.

Online registration will close on Monday 16th January 2017, 8.00am. Registration on arrival will be possible, but an additional £25 surcharge will be applied to each 'on the day' registration.

Further information and a full programme for the event is available on our website here.

NIAA Annual Scientific Meeting 2017 - Save the date

We are pleased to announce the date of the 2nd NIAA Annual Scientific Meeting - Friday 12 May 2017. Building on the success of last year's inaugural event we have a programme planned which will cover a broad range of NIAA-related research activities including an update on the work of the Health Services Research Centre (HSRC) and the UK perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network (UK POM CTN), and a session on anaesthesia within the NIHR Clinical Research Network portfolio.

Short listed finalists of the NIAA Research Award, open to all research active investigators of anaesthesia, critical care, perioperative medicine and pain within the UK who are engaged in a higher degree programme, will also be presenting their work.

For more information on the event and to book your place to attend please click here.

Other News

NELA animation on improving data feedback

The National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) has launched the first in a series of Quality Improvement animations.

NELA data collection is most effective for local improvement if we feedback our data following a few simple rules. The first animation in the series describes how we can use our NELA data to drive local improvement, using simple effective principles for data feedback.

For more information on the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit, please visit here. To access the NELA webtool, please visit here.

NELA aims to enable the improvement of the quality of care for patients undergoing emergency laparotomy through the provision of high quality comparative data from all providers of emergency laparotomy.

The RCoA 25th Anniversary countdown begins

The RCoA's year-long Anniversary celebration is now just around the corner. The past quarter-century has seen anaesthesia and our College make huge advances and the RCoA today is virtually unrecognisable from the organisation in 1992.

In 2017 the College officially begins its programme of activities to mark the milestone, and will be celebrating our 25 year history as a Royal College, as well as looking back at the development of the specialty before this point. We also look ahead to the next quarter-century for the College and our specialty, a topic explored in detail by Dr Ramani Moonesinghe in the latest ARIES Talk, in which she asks whether anaesthetists will be required in 25 years.

From regional events to trainer awards and photography competitions, there is something for everyone in 2017. See our full programme of events here.