NIAA Update: October 2015

Funding Opportunities

British Oxygen Company Research Grant

Invitations are invited for the British Oxygen Company 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.

NAP6: Perioperative Anaphylaxis

NAP6 will launch on 5th November 2015, with a baseline survey and the start of a year of data collection. This will be followed by an allergen exposure survey in Spring 2016. NAP6 will also involve participation from allergists and immunologists.

We are delighted that all NHS hospitals have now appointed a Local Coordinator to coordinate this exciting project. For more information on NAP6 please visit the
NAP6 website or email

NAP5 wins BMA Medical Book Award

Earlier this month, the NAP5 report: "Accidental Awareness during General Anaesthesia in the UK and Ireland", won the BMA Anaesthesia book of the year.

The project - and therefore the report - is the product of an enormous amount of work from the NAP5 Local Coordinators, anaesthetic departments, and NAP5 Steering Panel. It simply would not have been possible without these efforts.

The reviewers were very complimentary about the report and described it as "changing practice worldwide". Many departments may have already made steps to implement the recommendations of NAP5.

Many thanks to all who contributed to this project.

Joint RCS & NIAA Perioperative Care Systematic Reviews

Following the second successful Joint RCS/NIAA meeting on Perioperative Clinical Research, held on March 4 2015, The Royal College of Surgeons of England agreed to joint-fund four systematic reviews with the NIAA and recently invited applications for systematic reviews of perioperative interventions to benefit patients.

We are pleased to announce the winners:

  • Systematic review on perioperative analgesic techniques in abdominal surgery
    Professor Dileep N Lobo, Professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Systematic review and individual patient data meta-analysis of the clinical- and cost-effectiveness of peri-operative goal-directed haemodynamic therapy in patients undergoing emergency laparotomy
    Dr Andrew Cumpstey ACCS (Anaesthetics) ST2, NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow (Southampton)
  • Patient reported outcome measures in lung surgery rehabilitation
    Ms Nicola Oswald: Trainee, Clinical Fellow in Thoracic Surgery
  • Amongst orthopaedic trauma patients does the perioperative use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) compared to treatment with alternative analgesics, increase the risk of non-union to fractures of the shaft of long bones?
    Hannah Lonsdale, Fellow in paediatric anaesthesia, Alder Hey Children's Hospital

Congratulations to all those selected!

Further details about the applications will be uploaded here.

PQIP Pilot - it's not too late to sign up!

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.

Events and Meetings

Perioperative Medicine Event: 9 February 2016

Integrating care throughout the patient's surgical journey; how can we harness multi-disciplinary working, reduce variation and improve patient outcomes?

Aimed at health and care professionals who come into contact with patients throughout their surgical journey, as well as commissioners and policy-makers, this one-day conference held at The King's Fund building will explore how to improve multi-disciplinary working to deliver the best possible outcomes for patients before, during and after major surgery.

Run in partnership with the RCoA, Royal College of Surgeons, Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of General Practitioners, this conference provides a key opportunity to discuss and debate how best to ensure that the patients' care is coordinated from contemplation of surgery to full recovery.

For further information and to book your place on this event, please
visit The King's Fund website and quote 'RCoA' when making your booking to receive a 25% discount.