NIAA Update: August 2014

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Funding Opportunities

NIAA Grants Round 2 2014

Round 2 2014 is now open and nine awards are available. The deadline for applications is noon on Friday 26 September and further information about how to apply can be found by clicking here.

All NIAA grants are reviewed by a lay member of the grant panel and this review does have a bearing on the outcome of applications. As Patient & Public Involvement in Research is increasingly becoming a mandatory part of major grant applications, the NIAA's Health Services Research Centre has formed a Patient & Public Involvement Working Group to ensure that researchers can easily access informed and constructive feedback on their proposals. If you don't have any input from a lay person, you may wish to apply for support from the group. You can find out more on our PPI pages.

NIAA Grants Round 1 2014

Please click here to read about the projects funded in Round 1 2014.

Intro to Ac Anaesthesia 2


Introduction to Academic Anaesthesia: 1-2 September 2014

Following the success of the Introduction to Academic Anaesthesia course last year, this event will be run again and hosted at the London Deanery on Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd September 2014.

Sessions will be held on: innovative research in anaesthesia and perioperative medicine; quality improvement and audit; randomised controlled trials; systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

Please click here to view the full programme and to register.


NAP5 Professional Launch: 10 September 2014

The results of the NAP5 project on Accidental Awareness during General Anaesthesia will be presented at the Professional Launch on Wednesday 10th September 2014 at the Royal Society of Medicine. NAP5 will kindly support the registration fee for Local Coordinators in recognition of their contribution to the project, providing their Trust is unable to reimburse them. For more information and to register, please click here.

BJA/NIAA Research Methodology Workshop: 29 September 2014

Meeting cost: £150
Venue: Royal College of Anaesthetists, 35 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4SG
CPD points anticipated: 5


A joint workshop with the British Journal of Anaesthesia and the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia to introduce participants to the way in which good research should be conducted and presented.

The workshop will be useful for anaesthetists of any grade who are already involved in research or those who are about to embark on a research project. Post FRCA Specialist Registrars and Lecturers will find this meeting to be particularly appropriate to their needs since knowledge of research methodology is one of the non-clinical topics which form an important part of Post FRCA training. Even if actual research is not undertaken it is considered essential for trainees to acquire an understanding of research methodology so that they are able to critically appraise research reports in the literature.

Teaching sessions will address: developing a research idea; study design; project management; analysis; presentation and interpretation of data; dissemination of results.

Group sessions will allow participants to: provide criticism of a published research paper; design a clinical trial; detect common pitfalls in analysis and interpretation of data.

Please click here to view the full programme and to register.

Anaesthesia and BJA Peer Reviewers' Workshop: 30 September 2014

Meeting cost: Free
Venue: Royal College of Anaesthetists, 35 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4SG
CPD points anticipated: 5

Topics will include:

  • The editorial process
  • Why should I be a reviewer
  • What makes it a good publication
  • Future of Publishing
  • Meta-analyses/ systematic reviews and common statistical pitfalls
  • Should I care about bibliometrics
  • Publication ethics and misconduct
  • Open Forum/ Question Time

Keynote speech from Dr Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief, BMJ.

Please click here to view the full programme and to register.

ARS Winter Meeting: 1 - 2 October 2014

The event will include:

  • Research
  • Presidents Prize Presentations by research students
  • Invited Lecture; The future of lung imaging
  • John Snow iBSc student presentations
  • Lecture by the President of the Chinese Association of Anaesthetists
  • AGM, including election to Council vacancies
  • Dinner at Chancery restaurant (£55 per head). Walking distance from the College

Call for Abstracts
Abstract submission deadline 11.59 pm on 22nd August 2014

For further information please see the ARS website.

NIAA Promotional Materials

Please contact the NIAA Administrator if you are running a meeting with a research focus and would like any NIAA leaflets or posters to promote research in academic anaesthesia.


AAGBI Winter Scientific Meeting

Call for Abstracts

Abstract submissions for poster presentation at the AAGBI's Winter Scientific Meeting (WSM) London on 14-16 January 2015 are now open.

This year submissions are invited in the following categories:

  • Audit
  • Case Reports
  • Original Research
  • Survey

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

The deadline for submission is Monday 1 September 2014. Please click here for more information.

National Emergency Laparotomy Audit

The National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA), part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP) and overseen by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), is about to enter the eighth month of the patient data collection process.

The NELA Project Team is incredibly pleased with the audit's progress, and with over 13,000 cases entered and 8,000 completed, 190 out of the 191 participating hospitals have taken part so far.

For further information on the audit please visit the NELA website.

Here you will be able to find the latest copy of a Proforma questionnaire, inclusion/exclusion criteria and FAQs. The website is also home to the NELA Organisational Report published in May 2014, as well as the monthly NELA newsletter where you can find out about the latest NELA activities including talks from NELA speakers. The first of these talks will be from Dr Matt Oliver and will take place on the 12 September in Harrogate.

RCoA DAS Airway Leads

The Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Difficult Airway Society are keen to ensure that the RCoA/DAS Airway Lead role continues to develop. DAS is setting up a members-only area on their website for Airway Leads. In order that only registered Airway Leads can have access to this area, the RCoA will be sharing the names of Airway Leads and their GMC numbers with DAS. We have amended the indicative job description for Airway Leads to reflect this, and it available to view here. We have written to all Airway Leads to ask whether they accept this change and consent to us sharing this information with DAS.

We are keen to know what Airway Leads are doing locally and to share a range of these activities on the RCoA Airway Lead webpage to provide some ideas to other AWLs about what they might want to do and so we are also calling for information on this. Similarly we would like to hear from AWLs who aren't sure what to do.

If you are an Airway Lead and have not received this communication, please let us know.