NIAA Update: September 2017

Welcome to this month's newsletter

Final programme confirmed:
2nd Annual POM CTN Autumn Meeting

Thursday 2nd November 2017
Crowne Plaza, Manchester City Centre
Delegate rate: £45. Discount of 25% available for medical students and AHPs

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The final details have now been confirmed for the UK Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network Autumn Meeting, and you can still register your attendance. Last year's meeting was virtually standing room only so don't miss out!

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

    There will also be small interactive group sessions where you can ask the experts on:
  • Who is the Chief Investigator?
  • Surviving the Approval Process
  • How can the CRN help you?

    If you are a medical student or AHP wishing to book at the discounted rate, please contact

For the full programme and to book your place at the meeting go to the event page here.

DECIDE study

University College London is running a national survey DECIDE (DEcisions in health Care to Introduce or Diffuse innovations using Evidence), funded by the Health Foundation, to investigate the evidence decision-makers prefer to use when they are considering introducing or expanding an innovation.

The aim of the study is to improve both the production and use of evidence in decision-making. UCL are interested in asking NHS decision-makers about the kinds of evidence they prioritise when making decisions on adopting or diffusing innovations. They are also interested in the views of those involved in the decision making process.

To gather this information the research team have created a survey here, which should take around 10 minutes to complete. Taking part is voluntary, no personal details will be asked and published reports about this survey will not contain any identifiable information. If you would like to find out more and offer your views be quick as the survey closes on 30th September.

National Research Collaborative Meeting 2017

The National Research Collaborative Meeting is a pan-specialty trainee research meeting which brings together students and trainees involved in collaborative research across the UK.

This year's meeting is being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Birmingham City Centre on Thursday 30th November 2017. Registration is free, with a refundable deposit. Online registration is now open here.

The organisers have aimed to build the meeting around the twin themes of 'Research Challenges' and Perioperative care, and are keen for as many anaesthetists and intensivists as possible to join with surgeons and create a truly interdisciplinary meeting.

The event's high profile faculty includes:
Prof Dion Morton (RCSEng Director of Clinical Research)
Dr Mark Edwards (Consultant in Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, Southampton)
Prof Rupert Pearse (Director of the Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network)
Prof Ian Roberts (Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health, LSTHM)
Lord Philip Hunt (Shadow Health Minister)

Abstracts can be submitted by research collaboratives to the following two categories:

Elevator pitch (ongoing data collection, or completed research project): 120 words, plus 120 character Tweet

Research MOT (research study in development): 300 word abstract

Abstracts can now be submitted by 5pm, Friday 13th October 2017. Full submission instructions are here.

Joint RCoA/NIHR Research Awards 2017

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The RCoA, in partnership with the NIHR CRN (Clinical Research Network), is awarding a second year of research prizes to recognise outstanding contributions from NHS consultants and trainees to the conduct of NIHR CRN portfolio studies.

Applicants must be NHS clinicians (clinical academics are not eligible) and must be a Member or Fellow of the RCoA. There are three categories for entry: Consultant (including SAS), Trainee (individual) and this year there is a Trainee Research Network category. Each award carries a £1,000 prize.

To apply there is a short form to complete and the deadline is Friday 3rd November 2017.

The awards will be presented during an RCoA event in 2018. Award winners will be notified of the event date and location in advance, and complimentary places will be allocated for winners to attend.

For an application form and further information on criteria, plus a look at last year's winners Dr Gudrun Kunst and Dr James Sheehan please visit the website here. Good luck!

'#RCoA25' events and photography competition

The RCoA's anniversary activities, to celebrate 25 years since gaining its Royal Charter, are continuing into the autumn with a photography competition in partnership with the Royal Photographic Society, open to all RCoA members and fellows. There are cash prizes to be won with £500 for the winner and £250 for the runner-up, plus selected entries will be displayed at the College. Entries are welcome from beginners to advanced level photographers.

The theme is In Safe Hands. Whether this is delivering anaesthetic training, working with your colleagues, or caring for patients before, during or after surgery, creative interpretations of the theme are encouraged - see the photo below for some inspiration. Information on how to enter can be found here, and the closing date has been extended to Monday 30th October 2017 so there's still plenty of time to get snapping.

In Safe Hands

In Safe Hands photography competition

Other 25th Anniversary activities
Attend the Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garrett in London on World Anaesthesia Day, 16th October, for a fascinating evening with Dr David Wilkinson and Iris Millis (Museum and Finance Officer) who will be discussing 'The History of Anaesthesia'. Housed in the attic of the early eighteenth-century church of the old St Thomas' Hospital, this atmospheric museum offers a unique insight into the history of medicine.

Then on 17th October at the Barbican in London Dr Tom Clutton-Brock, Consultant in Anaesthetic and Critical Care will introduce the 1946 thriller Green for Danger, a mystery set on the operating table. Details about these and other 25th Anniversary events can be viewed here.


Anaesthesia and Space by Dr Kevin Fong, Fatigue and the Anaesthetist by Dr Mike Farquhar, and Gelatine and Silicone by Colonel Peter Mahoney are a few of the short talks available free online. ARIES Talks feature a variety of high profile speakers delivering short, informative and entertaining talks on areas of relevance to anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine, recorded as part of the RCoA's 25th Anniversary.

Watching each of the online talks can be recorded as a personal CPD activity attracting two 'internal' CPD credits when accompanied by reflection. To watch the talks please see here.

NICE AdviSeME Prize

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Scientific Advice have launched a competition, the NICE AdviSeME Prize, to find a transformative medical product for the NHS in its early stages, which has the potential for further clinical development and:

targets a patient population with high unmet medical need
has clinical credibility
has the potential to either:
- prolong survival
- improve health-related quality of life
- reduce use of healthcare resources
- reduce costs
- improve access to healthcare

The prize is specifically aimed at SMEs, charities and academic research groups. The winning applicant will receive a free Light Scientific Advice package valued at £15,000, which provides NICE's bespoke advice during pharmaceutical or medical technology development.

Information on how to apply for the prize is available here. Entries must be made by 13th October 2017.