NIAA eNewsletter: November 2014

NIAA Grants

NIAA Grants Round 2 2014

All of the applications submitted for Round 2 2014 will be considered by the NIAA Grant Committee at its meeting in early December. Applicants will be contacted by the Grant Officer soon after the meeting.

John Snow Anaesthesia iBSc Awards

The NIAA is delighted to confirm that it will be offering the John Snow Anaesthesia awards for medical students again next year and details will be uploaded to the NIAA website soon.

AAGBI/Anaesthesia Research Grants - December 2014

The AAGBI will be advertising a new grant from 1 December. Applications that address the key areas of the AAGBI's research strategy are welcome and the Association wishes to offer particular support to projects that address the research areas identified by NAP5. The grant will be advertised on the Current Opportunities section of the NIAA website and the NAP5 report can be accessed here.

AAGBI Awards for Undergraduates

The Wylie Medal 2015 will be awarded to the most meritorious essay on this year's topic related to anaesthesia "Safety in numbers" written by an undergraduate medical student at a university in Great Britain or Ireland. Prizes of £500, £250 and £150 will be awarded to the best three submissions. The overall winner will receive the Wylie Medal in memory of Dr W Derek Wylie, President of the AAGBI 1980-82.

Undergraduate elective funding: Medical students in Great Britain & Ireland are eligible to apply to the AAGBI Foundation for funding towards a medical student elective period taking place between April and September 2015.

Find out more about these awards here.

AAGBI Research and Grants Committee

The AAGBI Foundation is currently seeking a lay member to join the Research & Grants Committee. Find out more on the full details of this role here. The deadline for applications is 1 December 2014.


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BMA Grants

The next round of BMA Research Grants will be advertised on the BMA website from 9 December 2014. Approximately £500,000 of research funding is available across ten different grants on topics ranging from heart disease, the development of novel technologies and research into clinical outcome measures.
Please click here for further details.


Quality Improvement Teaching Day: 1 December 2014

Venue: Institute of Transplantation, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne

An introduction to improvement science terminology and methodology using interactive lectures and small group work mapped to Annex G of the Royal College of Anaesthetists curriculum and 1I05 of the CPD Matrix. Supported by an NIAA bursary.

This event is free to attend and lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Click here for further details.

Joint NIAA and Royal College of Surgeons Meeting: 4 March 2015

The Royal College of Surgeons will host a joint meeting with the NIAA at the Royal College of Surgeons on the 4th of March 2015. The title of the meeting is Perioperative Clinical Research Opportunities for surgical and anaesthetic collaboration. The meeting will be free of charge. Further details can be found here.

Joint UK Perioperative Clinical Research Forum and Anaesthetic Research Society Meeting: 21-22 April 2015

The HSRC and the ARS will host a joint meeting at the Royal College of Anaesthetists on the 21st and 22nd of April 2015. The meeting will also feature a NETSCC workshop. For more details, please click here.


Sprint National Anaesthesia Projects

The data from the first SNAP audit conducted in May 2014 (SNAP-1) is currently being analysed with a proposed final submission date of Spring 2015.

NAP5: Accidental Awareness during General Anaesthesia

The NAP5 project on Accidental Awareness during General Anaesthesia (AAGA) has now been published following professional and public launch events in September.

The NAP5 report has received considerable media attention:

  • 395 print and online publications across 20 countries, including Africa, China, Australia, India and Europe
  • Thirty radio interviews
  • Interviews on several television programmes, including BBC Breakfast and Sky News

The full report and individual report chapters can be downloaded

The presentations delivered at the professional launch are available for download here.

The NAP5 Anaesthetic Awareness support pack is now available to help clinicians analyse reports of AAGA and to help ensure that affected patients receive appropriate psychological support. The pack can be downloaded here.

NAP6: Perioperative Anaphylaxis

Invites have now gone out for the NAP6 Stakeholder Meeting in January 2015, from which the NAP6 steering panel will be identified.

For the latest news on NAP6, please click here.

QuARCs (Quality Audit and Research Coordinators)

The HSRC has established a network of local Quality Audit and Research Coordinators (QuARCs) within 179 Trusts and Health Boards across the UK. The QuARCs act as a single point of contact for national audits, quality improvement projects, multicentre research and other academic matters.

There are currently 35 Trusts and Health Boards without a QuARC. If you would like to learn more about QuARCs, including whether your organisation has QuARC representation, please click here.

A Research & Audit for Quality Improvement Day for QuARCs is being planned for March 2015. Further details about the day will be circulated in due course.

Airway Leads (AWLs)

One of the key recommendations of NAP4 on Major Complications of Airway Management in the UK was that each hospital should have a nominated Airway Lead. This recommendation has been endorsed by the College and the Difficult Airway Society. For further details please click here.

A database of Airway Leads can be found on the HSRC website to allow Airway Leads to contact each other. There are currently 53 Trusts and Health Boards without Airway Leads on this database. To see if your organisation has an Airway Lead, please visit click here.

If you are interested in the Airway Lead role or already fulfil this role at your hospital but are not on our database, please contact us here.


National Emergency Laparotomy Audit

The National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) is now nearing the end of the first year of the patient data collection period, with Year 1 of the Patient Audit coming to a close on the final day of November 2014. Once all patient cases entered during the audit's first year are completed the NELA Project Team can begin the process of writing and publishing the first Patient Report.

The Project Team is incredibly pleased with the audit's progress to date; with over 18,700 cases entered and 12,760 completed we have seen 100% site participation from the 191 hospitals taking part in NELA.

The audit was also recently recognised at the HQIP Quality Improvement Conference by winning an award in the category of 'Partnership Working with Professional Stakeholders'.

For further information on the audit, to access the latest copy of the Proforma questionnaire, for inclusion/exclusion criteria and FAQs please click here. The website is also home to the NELA Organisational Report published in May 2014, as well as the monthly NELA Newsletter.