NIAA eNewsletter: August 2015

Funding Opportunities

Small RCoA Research, Travel & Education Grants

The NIAA 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.

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 and the NIAA have agreed to joint-fund three systematic reviews and are pleased to invite applications for systematic reviews of perioperative interventions to benefit patients.

The aim of this call is to support reviews of topics where the systematic review is seen as a step towards a funding application for a major clinical trial (+/- pilot) funded by an NIHR funding stream (e.g. HTA) or equivalent.

The deadline for applications is 12pm on Tuesday 1st September 2015.

Please click here for further details.

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.

NIAA Grants - Results of Round 1 2015

Please click here to view the results of Round 1 2015. In total, 43 applications were considered over 12 categories for a requested sum of £1,440,121 and a total of 10 awards made over 6 categories to a value of £334,726.

The Health Foundation: Innovating for Improvement Scheme

£1.5m is available for up to 20 teams to test and develop innovative ideas and approaches to improve health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care in the UK.

Each team will receive up to £75,000 of funding to support the implementation and measurement of the project.

Teams should demonstrate how their projects will lead to direct benefits or impact on patients.

Innovating for Improvement is now open for applications and closes on 12 noon, Tuesday 4 August, 2015 and further details can be found here.

Developing a clinical academic career

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Health Education England (HEE) have created an animation about the research opportunities available as part of the Clinical Academic Career pathway.

Please click here to view.

National Audit Projects

NAP6: Perioperative Anaphylaxis

NAP6 will launch on the 5th of November 2015, with a baseline survey and the start of a year's data collection. This will be followed by an allergen exposure survey in Spring 2016. NAP6 will also involve participation from Allergists and Immunologists. At present, Local Co-ordinators are being recruited across the country. If your hospital hasn't nominated a Local Co-ordinator yet, please get in touch with us, using the e-mail

NAP5: Accidental Awareness during General Anaesthesia in the UK and Ireland

The NAP5 app, iNAP5, is now available to download in the App Store.

The app features:

  • Executive summary of the report
  • Explanation of the classifications used within the project
  • Incidence broken down by patient group - all the key stats at your fingertips
  • Summary of recommendations and learning points.

PQIP 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.

The National Emergency Laparotomy Audit

First Patient Report

The 30th of June 2015 marked the launch of the First Patient Report of the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA). It focuses on over 20,000 patient cases submitted over an eleven month period from January to November 2014 by 191 hospitals participating in the audit. The report breaks down key outcomes and results by region and hospital so that sites can see how they compare to other participating hospitals. A full copy of the Patient Report and the Executive Summary can be found by clicking here.

The NELA Project Team would like to convey its deepest thanks to everyone who has and continues to contribute to the audit without whom this report would not be possible.

For further information on the ongoing audit please visit the
NELA website. Here you will be able to find the latest copy of the Proforma questionnaire, Inclusion/Exclusion criteria and FAQs. In addition to the Patient Report the website is also home to the NELA Organisational Report published in May 2014, as well as the monthly NELA Newsletter.

Events and Meetings

Introduction to Academic Anaesthesia: 14-15 September 2015

The annual London based Introduction to Academic Anaesthesia Course will run on the 14th and 15th of September at Senate House. The meeting is aimed at those wishing to gain a greater understanding of academic anaesthesia. There will be sessions by leading experts and trainees experienced in research methods on subjects including improvement science, randomised trials, health services research, epidemiology, systematic reviews, how to prepare a poster and how to get published.

Click here to view the programme and register.

Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland's (AAGBI) WSM: 13-15 January 2016

Abstract submissions for poster presentation at the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland's (AAGBI) WSM London 2016 are now open. This year they are inviting submissions in the following categories:

  • Audit
  • Case Reports
  • Original Research
  • Survey

Authors of the best poster(s) will be awarded 'Editors' Prizes'.

New for WSM London 2016 The AAGBI have introduced the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) sponsored trainee poster prize. This is for the best poster that uses your hospital's NELA data to bring about an improvement in care.

The deadline for submission is Monday 31 August 2015.

For more information please click here.

Quality Audit & Research Coordinators (QuARCs)

Save the date: The next QuARC meeting will be on the 25th February 2016. Details on the event and how to book will be circulated to QuARCs shortly.

Airway Leads

Save the date: A second Airway Leads Day is being planned for Spring 2016, the provisional date is the 17th March 2016. Further information will be advertised shortly.