Trainee Routes into Clinical Research
By Dr James Sheehan, RCoA/NIHR Research Award Winner

Trainees are the future of Academic Anaesthesia

The NIAA is committed to the academic advancement of Trainees whether they are purely clinically orientated or future clinical academics. We believe involvement in academic activity is a key component of anaesthetic training and leads to improvements in patient care.

Academic anaesthesia is a rapidly growing field. The number of studies in our specialty is increasing annually, and their findings are being translated into practice that benefits our patients. Whilst much of this research is led by senior investigators throughout the country, Trainees are now engaged at all stages of research, and this is where the future of academic anaesthesia lies.

How can I get involved?

If you have ever wondered what it might be like to get involved with research, but thought that research was just for 'academics' you should read on. We have put together some useful information that may help you decide whether research is something you would enjoy. From helping to collect data for a local project to designing and funding your own study for a PhD, we hope there is something here for everyone.

If you cannot find what you are looking for here, please contact one of the NIAA representatives who sit on the NIAA Board and Research Council:

Dr Daniel Martin OBE
NIAA Academic Training Coordinator
University College London and Royal Free Hospital
Contact Dr Martin

Dr Andrew Owen
NIAA Trainee Representative

RECRUITING NOW: NIAA Trainee Representatives (x2)

Applications are currently being invited for the role of Trainee Representative (x2) on to the Research Council of the NIAA, to represent the interests of trainees involved in research or academic training.

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 encouraged to apply.

More information available here.