NIAA Update: July 2015

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New Pilot

Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme pilot - sign up now!

The Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme (PQIP) is a novel system which
will measure and improve patient outcomes after major surgery. Using an innovative
but evidence-based approach, we will support clinicians in delivering high quality
perioperative care, through the use of data and shared learning. The project is being led by the NIAA-HSRC on behalf of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and supported by the Health Foundation.

If you want your hospital to be a pilot site, please liaise with your Quality Audit and Research Coordinator (QuARC). You can locate your QuARC by clicking here and emailing

For more information about the project please download a copy of the introductory booklet here.


Webcasts: HSRC UK Perioperative Care Research Forum & Anaesthetic Research Society Meeting

Catch up on lectures from the Joint UK Perioperative Care Research Forum and Anaesthetic Research Society Meeting held in April via the RCoA's webcasting system.

These include webcasts from Professor Rupert Pearse on the Optimise II study and Dr Aris Komporozos on the NIHR Research Design Service and PPI.

Click here to listen!

Introduction to Academic Anaesthesia: 14-15 September 2015

A joint meeting between the Pan-London Academic Anaesthesia Training Advisory Group (PLAATAG) and the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA). This two-day course will introduce the principles of RCTs, how to conduct a systematic review and how to engage in research.

Click here to view the programme and register.

MRC Workshop Opportunity: How to be a Good Clinical Investigator

The MRC Network of Hubs for Trials Methodology Research are giving a free one day training event for newly funded Chief Investigators on randomised clinical trials.

The workshop will include panel discussions, presentations from clinical trial units, trial funders and trial methodologists, problem solving sessions and discussions on workshop relationships.

Deadline for applications: 4 pm on 17 July 2015.

How to apply: This workshop is free to shortlisted applicants, but spaces are limited. A contribution to travel costs will be available for invited delegates. Applicants must be a new CI on a randomised clinical trial which is already currently funded.

To apply please email a 2-page CV detailing your career to date and a cover letter containing the title and funder of your trial, and a copy of the trial abstract to with the subject heading: "CI workshop 2".

NIAA Grants

AAGBI / Anaesthesia Research Grants

Don't forget the deadline for the next round of AAGBI/Anaesthesia Research Grants is 5 pm on Friday 7 August 2015.

Applications should address the key points of the AAGBI's research strategy and provide value for money. Further details about how to apply can be found here.

Small RCoA Research, Travel & Education Grants

The National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia has several small grants funded by the Royal College of Anaesthetists for the purpose of supporting research, education or travel connected with the study of anaesthesia. Priority will be given to educational projects, the presentation of original work or the provision of education to developing countries.

The deadline for applications is 5 pm on Friday 28 August 2015 and further details can be found here.

British Oxygen Company Chair of Anaesthesia Research Grant

Invitations are invited for the British Oxygen Company Chair of Anaesthesia Research Grant.

Funding of £60,000 per annum is available. This can support the costs of research sessions, projects or infrastructure.

Applicants must demonstrate an existing research record, the support of a senior mentor/supervisor, a credible research proposal and evidence of a supportive research environment.

The deadline for applications is 8 am on Monday 16 November 2015 and further details can be found by clicking here.

John Snow iBSc Awards 2015

Seven John Snow Anaesthesia intercalated BScs have been awarded this year.

Funded by the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland (AAGBI)/Anaesthesia, the British Journal of Anaesthesia/Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Neuroanaesthesia & Critical Care Society of Great Britain & Ireland (NACCSGBI), these awards are designed to support medical students undertaking research in anaesthetics and its related disciplines.

Please click here to find out more about this year's success stories.


The National Emergency Laparotomy

The first NELA Patient Report was launched on Wednesday 1 July. To view the report please click here.


The first of the SNAP-1 papers, outlining the design and methodology of the project, has been published and includes all 1700 collaborators. Please click here to access.


Mike Grocott

New NIHR Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management CRN Specialty Lead

Professor Mike Grocott, Director of the NIAA's Health Services Research Centre (HSRC), has been appointed to serve as the NIHR CRN Specialty National Lead for Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management.

Mike will follow in the footsteps of Professor Martin Leuwer, highly regarded as one of the leading lights of British anaesthesia.

Please click here for further details.

Rupert Pearse

Director of the new UK Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Group Appointed

Professor Rupert Pearse has been successfully appointed as Director of the NIAA's UK Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Group.

The establishment of a clinical trials group sees the NIAA entering an exciting new phase of its development. Under the supervision of Professor Pearse the group will seek to identify, develop, support and coordinate the efficient delivery of large scale clinical trials in order to improve the health outcomes of patients receiving perioperative care in the UK.

Read more here.

Defence Anaesthesia

A free US-UK resource on combat anaesthesia has been created which civilian colleagues managing blast and ballistic casualties may find helpful. Please
click here to access this resource.