NIAA Update: October 2016

Welcome to our October newsletter.

NIAA Opportunities

NIAA Grants Officer

Applications are welcome for our Grants Officer position, which will become vacant in 2017. We are looking for a research experienced candidate who has a broad understanding of anaesthetic research, and a proven track record of academic publication along with extensive peer review experience.

The post is open for clinicians and non-clinicians alike. If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more please visit our website here, and if you'd like to discuss the role with the current post-holder Prof Dave Lambert please get in touch with us. This is a great opportunity to play a strategic role in grant funding for anaesthesia and its related specialties.

The closing date for applications is Monday 12 December 2016 at 5pm.
Interviews will take place in January 2017.

NIAA-HSRC Fellows vacancies

The NIAA Health Services Research Centre (HSRC) in conjunction with the UCLH Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe), the London Clinic and Princess Grace Hospital, seeks to appoint up to three clinical research fellows to work on national health services research projects. The positions are:

• Health Services Research Fellows to the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) - 1 or 2 posts

• Health Services Research Fellows to the Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme (PQIP) - 1 or 2 posts

• Paediatric Health Services Research Fellows - 1 post

Each of these posts is linked to a clinical commitment to the critical care unit at either the London Clinic or the Princess Grace Hospital, both situated in central London.

The posts will commence in August 2017.

Full details on each post can be found on the NIAA-HSRC website here.

The closing date for applications for all posts is Monday 31 October 2016 at 9am.
Interviews will be held on the morning of Wednesday 16 November 2016.

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.

PQIP Podcast editor

Are you interested in audio technology and perioperative quality improvement? Applications are invited to join our exciting UK wide Perioperative Quality Improvement Project (PQIP) as Podcast Editor. PQIP is a new joint initiative between the Royal College of Anaesthetists, NIAA Health Services Research Centre, and the Health Foundation and will launch in November.

The successful applicant will be responsible for producing one 15-30 minute podcast per month initially, based around topics related to perioperative medicine, data and statistics, and QI and improvement science. In addition, the role will involve the opportunity to become a part of the PQIP project team, attend monthly PQIP meetings in London (in person or by teleconference), and the potential to expand into other medias.

For more information on the role please click here.

More information on PQIP is available here.

The closing date for applications is Monday 14 November 2016 at 9am.
Interviews will take place on the morning of Wednesday 7 December 2016.

Other Opportunities

Joint NIHR CRN/RCoA Awards

The closing date is fast approaching for NHS clinicians to apply for the first joint RCoA/NIHR CRN awards. The awards are designed to recognise NHS clinicians (Consultants/SAS and trainees) who are making outstanding contributions to clinical research, particularly in relation to NIHR CRN Portfolio research studies.

Applicants must be NHS clinicians (clinical academics are not eligible) and must be a member or fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

Entries can be made under one of two categories: Consultant/SAS or Trainee, with an Award prize of £1,000 for each category.

To apply, there is a short application form to complete. The deadline for applications is midnight Monday 31 October 2016 (please note this has been extended from the previously advised date).

For an application form and further information on criteria please visit here.

AcMedSci Daniel Turnberg Travel Fellowships

The Academy of Medical Sciences' Daniel Turnberg Travel Fellowships scheme is currently open and accepting applications.

These fellowship opportunities are designed to encourage scientific collaboration between the UK and the Middle East and allow researchers to meet experts in their field, learn new techniques and develop plans for future joint work. They are open to medical and non-medical graduates who can show a commitment to a career in research, and applicants will typically be at post-doctoral level.

The countries included in the scheme are the UK, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories. You must either be based in the UK and plan to work in one of the other countries, or intend to come to a UK institution from one of the other countries.

Funding is provided to an upper limit of £3,500 for a period of up to four weeks per fellowship, and a small number of three month fellowships of up to £9,000 are also available this year.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 11 January 2017.

For more information and to apply, please visit the website here.


Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network Autumn Meeting

We're looking forward to welcoming delegates to the first POM CTN meeting in a few weeks, and if you haven't booked your place yet it's not too late to join us. There are some discounted spaces for medical students, so please contact us if you would like to find out more.

The morning sessions will focus on clinical trials training with speakers outlining what is involved in the process, and the afternoon will include presentations of research proposals. There will also be plenty of opportunity for questions, discussion and networking.

The event takes place at The Studio, Birmingham on Wednesday 9 November. To book your place and view the event programme, please visit here.

Registering as an Investigator can be done via the secure area of the CTN website.

RCoA 25th Anniversary

In 2017 the Royal College of Anaesthetists will celebrate 25 years since gaining its Royal Charter. As part of the celebrations, we are planning a year-long programme of events and activities that will celebrate the achievements of the College; its history and role in the development of the specialty and our vision for the specialty for the next 25 years. The full programme can be found by clicking here.

Other News

Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care Priority Setting animation

Throughout 2014-15 the Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) - a collaboration between the NIAA, James Lind Alliance and numerous patient and specialty association organisations - asked patients, the public and clinical professionals to identify the most important directions for new research in anaesthesia and perioperative care. This identified the top ten uncertainties or 'unanswered questions' about treatments that were collectively considered to be the most important.

To illustrate this we're pleased to share a short animation which demonstrates the process and the outcomes of this prioritisation exercise. To view the animation and find out more about the PSP, please click here.

Improving the health of the public by 2040

The Academy of Medical Sciences has released its latest report Improving the health of the public by 2040, which explores how the UK's research environment needs to adapt to meet complex health challenges we will face in the future. Solving these challenges will require shifting towards a 'health of the public' approach and the report recommends six key developments to help address this:

1. Rebalancing and enhancing the coordination of research
2. Harnessing new technologies and the digital revolution
3. Developing transdisciplinary research capacity
4. Aligning perspectives and approaches between clinical and public health practice
5. Working with all sectors of society, including policymakers, practitioners, the commercial sector and the public
6. Engaging globally

To view the report and more about its recommendations please visit here.