Thank you for PLAN, WMTRAIN, WAAREN & SEARCH for presenting at our Annual Project Selection Meeting at AAGBI GAT Annual Scientific Meeting on 17.6.15.
Many congratulations to the project proposal by PLAN for being selected as our Annual Project this year.
The National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia’s Health Services Research Centre (NIAA HSRC), in conjunction with the UCLH Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe), the London Clinic and Princess Grace Hospital, seeks to appoint three clinical research fellows to work on national health services research projects. The positions are:
Health Services Research Fellow to the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA)
Health Services Research Fellow to the second Sprint National Anaesthesia Project (SNAP-2)
Health Services Research Fellow to the Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme (PQIP)
Each of these posts is linked to a clinical commitment to the critical care unit at either the London Clinic or the Princess Grace Hospital, both situated in central London.
The posts will commence in August 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter (latest start date: Wednesday 3 February 2016).
Further details can be found at http://www.niaa.org.uk/article.php?newsid=1436
The closing date for applications is 5 pm on Tuesday 5 May and interviews will be held on Monday 18 May 2015.
Applications are invited for the role of co-opted Trainee Representative on the Board of the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA). 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 eligible to apply.
The appointment will be made for three years or until achievement of CCT in the first instance, with the potential for re-appointment for a second three year term.
The successful applicant will be expected to attend quarterly Board meetings and participate in activities to promote and enhance the work of the NIAA and academic anaesthesia in the UK. The trainee representative will also be invited to attend meetings of the Health Services Research Centre's Executive Management Board.
The closing date for applications is 5 pm on Monday 18 May 2015. Those called for interview will be notified by Tuesday 26 May and interviews are scheduled for the afternoon of Tuesday 9 June.
Full details about how to apply can be found at: http://www.niaa.org.uk/NIAA-Vacancy-Trainee-Representative-on-NIAA-Board.
Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care PSP – where are we now?
The National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) and the James Lind Alliance (JLA) are conducting a research priority setting exercise in Anaesthesia and Perioperative care.
Last year, you completed an initial survey gathering research suggestions from patients, carers and clinicians. We had a fantastic response and received nearly 1500 suggestions – thank you for your support!
These responses have now been distilled to 93 ‘summary’ research questions by a multidisciplinary steering group. We are now performing a second survey asking you to choose your top 10 questions of these 93. This survey takes around 15 minutes to complete.
Second Prioritisation Survey – your views are vital!
This survey is now live and can be accessed via our website at https://niaa.org.uk/PSPSurvey#pt and will remain open until the end of March. We will then tot up the scores, and the most popular 25-30 research questions will go through to our final prioritisation workshop. At this workshop, a balanced multi-disciplinary group will decide on the top 10 research priorities.
For further information about the Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care PSP, please see our web pages at http://www.niaa.org.uk/PSP#pt.
Many thanks for your support for this important exercise. Please do keep an eye on our website for updates and the results.
Best wishes and thanks on behalf of the Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care PSP Steering Group.
Round 1 2015 is now open and details of the 11 available categories can be found on the NIAA website at: http://www.niaa.org.uk/article.php?newsid=597 .
These include a joint ACTA/VASGBI/BJA & RCoA grant for £40k.
Funding partners are kindly asked to advertise the round on their websites with the deadline of noon on Friday 24 April 2015, and to share details with any colleagues who may be interested in applying.
Trainee help needed from other trainee groups!! Please collaborate with SPARC-ICM with this project!
New Project - BIS Monitoring in the ICU
Calling all Trainees!!
Please could you consider collaborating with us to conduct one of our regional projects in the other regions around the U.K. It is a survey-based project that aims to assess current practice regarding the use of BIS monitoring to guide sedation in the ICU. The purpose of this is to inform a non-commercial study.
Some clinicians in the ICU use Bispectral Index (BIS) to titrate the depth of sedation, although its use has only been validated in neurologically healthy patients over one year of age  and seems to correlate poorly to the Sedation-Agitation Scale . BIS monitoring may however be usefully employed as an adjunct to reduce the incidence of awareness in critically unwell patients in certain situations (e.g. patients requiring neuromuscular blockade and during invasive procedures such as tracheostomy insertion), or to minimize over-sedation, which is associated with poorer clinical outcomes .
Please let us know if you (or your group) are interested in contributing to this.
The SPARC-ICM Team (Part of the South Coast Perioperative Audit & Research Collaboration)
Email: email@example.com @sparc_icm
1. Sadhasivam S, Ganesh A, Robison A, Kaye R, Watcha MF. Validation of the Bispectral Index Monitor for Measuring the Depth of Sedation in Children. Anesthesia & Analgesia. 2006;102(2):383–388. doi:10.1213/01.ANE.0000184115.57837.30.
2. Nasraway SA SA, Wu EC, Kelleher RM, Yasuda CM, Donnelly AM. How reliable is the Bispectral Index in critically ill patients? A prospective, comparative, single-blinded observer study. Critical Care Medicine. 2002;30(7):1483–1487.
3. Bigham C, Bigham S, Jones C. Does the bispectral index monitor have a role in intensive care? 1A03 2C04 3A13. Journal of Intensive Care Society. 2012;13(4):314–319.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
(pilot from Dec '14 - Jan '15 & main one from Apr - Jun '15)