NIAA Update: March 2017

Welcome to this month's newsletter

NIAA Opportunities

John Snow Anaesthesia Intercalated Awards 2017

The deadline is fast approaching to apply for this year's John Snow Awards. Up to £2,000 towards student living costs is available to intercalating medical students that are undertaking a research project on a topic related to anaesthesia, critical care, perioperative medicine or pain.

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

Applications must be submitted with input from the student's academic supervisor by 5pm, Friday 31st March and this year we are accepting applications from both intercalating Bachelors and Masters students. We are also particularly encouraging applications from students at institutions in Wales and Ireland (RoI and NI). Please click here for more information.

NIAA Grants 2017: Round 1

The Round 1 of NIAA Research Grants for this year is open for applications until Friday 21st April. Various levels of funding up to £100,000 are available from NIAA funding partners:

  • AAGBI/Anaesthesia and Wiley
  • Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland
  • BJA/RCoA - who have launched a new International Collaborative Grant
  • Difficult Airway Society
  • Neuroanaesthesia & Critical Care Society
  • Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association
  • Regional Anaesthesia UK
  • Vascular Anaesthesia Society of Great Britain and Ireland

More information on how to apply and the types of funding available is here.


NIAA Annual Scientific Meeting, Friday 12th May 2017

There are now just 6 weeks until this year's meeting, being held at the Royal College of Anaesthetists. We have a full agenda for the day aimed at an audience which includes clinicians, academics, researchers and those interested in quality improvement.

The day will explore a range of topics including clinical trials, health services research, the NIHR CRN and trainee networks. Shortlisted NIAA Research Award finalists will also be presenting their abstracts to the audience, and a panel of judges will announce the overall award winner on the day.

Delegate feedback from last year's event:
"As a trainee, the event was useful and inspiring."
"Great speakers and good range of topics covered. I particularly liked the competition in the afternoon - it was interesting to see the range of research topics"

If you would like to join us at this year's event please register here. We look forward to seeing you there.

NIAA-HSRC Annual QuARC Meeting

If you are registered as a Quality Audit & Research Coordinator (QuARC) within your Trust you should already have received an invitation to attend this meeting, which will provide updates on long-term projects such as the NAPs, NELA, and PQIP, breaking news on new HSRC-led research, and information on emerging research or themes including in paediatric perioperative care, big data and the development of the RCoA/HSRC Quality Faculty. It is being held at the RCoA on Thursday 27 April 2017.

If you're a QuARC and haven't yet registered your attendance please click here for booking instructions and to view the full programme.

Save the date: 2nd Annual POM CTN Autumn Meeting

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Wednesday 2nd November 2017
Crowne Plaza, Manchester City Centre

Along with the presentation of major new trial proposals, plenary sessions will include:
• Qualitative Data - More Than Just Numbers
• Big Data- the Future?
• Using Clinical Research to Influence Policy
• Working Together with Surgeons to Deliver Perioperative Studies

The meeting will also offer small group interactive training sessions on:
• Who is the Chief Investigator?
• Surviving the Approval Process
• How can the CRN help you?

With lectures from distinguished health care leaders, delegates will also have the opportunity to provide and receive constructive feedback on future studies and network with fellow researchers across the UK. This is a full day not to be missed!

For more information please go to or Tweet @POMCTN.


SNAP2-EPICCS: Thank you!


The Health Services Research Centre would like to thank all the investigators and clinicians who contributed to SNAP2-EPICCS.

We are sure that between the patient and clinicians perceptions studies we will have recruited over 20,000 cases. This is an extraordinary achievement for UK perioperative research and would have been impossible without the engagement of all staff working in theatres during the week of recruitment and all research staff who have led and supported data collection and entry.

The hard work of analysing the data will start in June after the final follow-up window has ended. We would like to remind all sites that entries need to be uploaded by 9am on Monday 10th April in order for local accruals to be counted towards NIHR portfolio targets.

Please don't hesitate to contact if you have any queries.
Find out more about SNAP2 here.

Patient, Carer & Public Involvement & Engagement (PCPIE) Group

Did you know that the NIAA-HSRC can provide lay input to your research proposals, via the PCPIE Working Group? The group consists of members selected from the RCoA's Lay Committee who have an interest in clinical research and has been set up to provide patient, carer and public involvement and engagement to support researchers in anaesthesia and perioperative medicine.

Many funding bodies including the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the National Institute for Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) now ask if patient, carer and public involvement has been part of the research process, and the National Research Ethics Service (NRES) will ask about plans for public involvement in your research if you apply for ethical approval. This is where the PCPIE Group can help, by offering comments and views on study proposals and draft versions of public-facing information amongst other input.

All members give their time voluntarily and there is a short online form to request their support - please just allow sufficient time for the group to provide a response, especially if you have a grant application deadline to meet. More information on PCPIE is available here.

DREAMY: Direct REporting of Awareness in MaternitY patients


DREAMY aims to describe the incidence, risks, experiences and consequences of accidental awareness under general anaesthesia in the obstetric population with a prospective one-year study in London and South East England.

The study has been developed by the Pan-London Perioperative Audit and Research Network (PLAN) in response to NAP5 highlighting women undergoing emergency caesarean section with general anaesthesia as being at disproportionately high risk of spontaneously reported awareness.

DREAMY will screen all eligible individuals with the standardised Brice questionnaire on three occasions over thirty days, then rigorously assess each potential report with further investigation, before reaching a consensus classification of the event against pre-established definitions of accidental awareness.

In addition, the psychological impact of an accidental awareness event will be assessed using structured interviews and validated post-traumatic stress disorder symptom checklists. The study is supported by a large project grant from the NIAA/OAA. Read more about DREAMY here.

Other News

Watch this space: POM CTN Chief Investigator Scheme opening soon

The UK Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network (POM CTN) will soon be opening the application process for its Chief Investigator mentoring scheme, which will launch at the NIAA Annual Scientific Meeting on Friday 12th May. The Chief Investigator scheme is intended to provide training and mentorship for a small number of talented individuals who wish to lead their own clinical trials in perioperative medicine.

Applicants will be need to be existing members of the POM CTN Principal Investigator scheme, with a proven track record of recruitment to clinical trials as a local principal investigator and ideally with experience of a complete research cycle as a grant co-applicant, from outline application through to publication and dissemination of results. Applications are welcomed from individuals of any clinical background of relevance to perioperative medicine.

For further information please visit the website, email: or Twitter: @POMCTN.

Calling all Medical Students, Foundation Year Doctors and Anaesthetists in Training


The deadline is approaching for entering the RCoA's Essay Awards by Monday 3rd April. The essay awards have been specifically developed to celebrate the Royal College of Anaesthetists' 25th Anniversary this year.

Prizes: £500 1st prize for each category and £250 for runner up. Essays to be no more than 2,000 words. Winners will be announced at the Royal College of Anaesthetists Summer Symposium in Belfast in June.

There are three essay prize categories:
Medical Student Essay Prize
Medical students are invited to submit a paper on the title 'What will anaesthesia look like in the next 25 years?'

Foundation Year Doctor Essay Prize
Foundation Year Doctors are invited to submit a paper on the title 'What will anaesthesia look like in the next 25 years?'

Anaesthetists in Training Essay Prize
Anaesthetists in training are invited to submit a paper on 'Anaesthetic training in 2042 - a day in the life of an anaesthetic trainee'.

For further information please visit the RCoA 25 site. Good luck!

A Research Trainee's Experience

Trainee research fellows play a huge role in the many quality improvement, audit and research projects carried out year on year and one such trainee, Dr Rhys Rhidian has given a first-person account of his experiences as part of the Severn Trainee Anaesthetic Research (STAR) group in the current issue of The Gas, RCoA's Trainee newsletter.

Dr Rhidian discusses his path to securing his clinical research fellowship, and STAR's current SWeAT study which is exploring issues of professional satisfaction, stress and burnout syndrome amongst Anaesthetic and ICM trainees. STAR is part of the national Research and Audit Federation of Trainees (RAFT), which is supported by the NIAA. You can read the full article in the March Gas newsletter here.

BSOA Annual International Scientific Meeting


2nd - 3rd November 2017
Corinthia Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic

The British Society of Orthopaedic Anaesthetists' (BSOA) 22nd International ASM: Anaesthesia for Orthopaedic Surgery - The Evidence.

Keynote speakers include NIAA Board Chair, Prof Monty Mythen and Prof Timothy Briggs from The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, London.

For registration, abstract submission and further information please visit the website.