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NIAA Update: June 2016

Welcome to the June newsletter


Funding Opportunities

RCoA Research, Education and Travel 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. Applications are now invited for the following awards:

Ernest Leach Research Fund
Up to £2,500 available for research purposes

Sargant Fund
Up to £2,500 available for education and research purposes

Belfast Fund
Up to £600 available for educational purposes

Eligibility and assessment criteria with details on how to apply are available here.


RCoA Payne Stafford Tan Award

The aim of this Award is to mark excellence in clinical practice, teaching or research in anaesthesia, critical care or pain management. It is open to any Fellow or Member of the College, and comprises a grant (to a maximum of £1,000) to be used for educational purposes. Nominations are now invited for the 2016 Award.

Further details on criteria and how to apply are available here.


RCoA Maurice P Hudson Prize

Dr Maurice Hudson was a consultant anaesthetist in London, took the DA in 1936, was awarded the FFARCS in 1948 and had a particular interest in dental anaesthesia. The late Dr Maurice Hudson's daughter generously donated money to the College in memory of her father for an annual prize for the best paper on his favourite subject; resuscitation. The criteria for this prize has now been extended and the prize will be awarded to the anaesthetic or intensive care trainee who is the principal author of the best paper relating to the management of acutely ill patients published, or accepted for publication, in a recent peer reviewed journal. A prize of £500 is available this year.

Further details on criteria and how to apply are available here.


RCoA Macintosh Professorship

Macintosh Professorships are aimed at established clinical or laboratory researchers who are already performing at a high level. Their purpose is to recognise and disseminate the work of the award holders and facilitate their progress in the academic world. Recipients of the award will have a national or international reputation in their field. Their curriculum vitae will be consistent with an individual who is performing at, or is on the cusp of, professorial level through research, innovation, and leadership. Those who show equivalent excellence in teaching and education will also be eligible for the award.

Recipients are required to give a keynote lecture at a meeting organised by the Royal College of Anaesthetists or its associated Faculties, other related organisations and specialist societies. The lecture is commemorated by the presentation of a certificate. Applications are open to Fellows and Members of the College and other clinicians and scientists involved in anaesthesia, critical care and pain management within the UK.

Further details on criteria and how to apply are available here.


The closing date for applications for all of the above grants, awards and prizes is 5pm Friday 2 September 2016

NIAA Academic Training Co-ordinator

There's still time to apply for our Academic Training Co-ordinator vacancy. This role is to promote and develop training in research for trainees in anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain. The post holder will support the further development of trainee research networks, collaborating with relevant stakeholders to promote and increase opportunities for trainees. There is no direct payment for the role; it is supported by the cost of 1 PA per week backfilled to the post-holder's Trust/Health Board, and will require a minimum commitment of 4 hours per week. The deadline for applications is 12 noon, Friday 29 July 2016. Interviews will be held in September.

For a Job Description, Person Specification and details on how to apply please visit our website here.


Anaesthesia Information Management Systems survey

Dr Pele Banugo (Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital) and colleagues have developed a national survey on the use of Anaesthesia Information Management Systems (AIMS) in UK hospitals. Although the systems have been in existence for some time, their prevalence is unknown. Dr Banugo and his team are keen to design better systems for the future and this survey will help them to establish a baseline from which to move forward.

The survey will take five minutes to complete online and can be accessed here.


NCEPOD call for topics

NCEPOD is commissioned by HQIP on behalf of NHS England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to undertake the Medical & Surgical Clinical Outcome Programme. The call for topics is currently open, and chosen topics from this round will be started in 2017.

Topics can be suggested by anyone who suspects there is a concern about the quality of care being provided to patients. An open call ensures that all voices are heard, which may include policymakers, patients, health care professionals and funding bodies.

The deadline for submitting a topic study proposal is Friday 23 September 2016. Details on how to submit a topic can be found on the NCEPOD website here.


Clinical Trials Network

The UK POM CTN is up and running and accepting registrations. The CTN offers three registration schemes for prospective researchers: Local Investigator, Principal Investigator and Chief Investigator (please note that the Chief Investigator scheme is not open for direct application at this time). Registration is voluntary and can be made via the secure area of the CTN website: www.pomctn.org.uk.


The CTN is also holding its first event since officially launching in April. The Autumn Meeting will be in Birmingham on Wednesday 9 November, and will combine Investigator training and up to date information on current and future trials. For a copy of the event programme and to book your place, please visit here. Attendees are invited to submit proposals for their clinical trials to be adopted by the CTN here.


National Emergency Laparotomy Audit

The Second NELA Patient Report is due to be published on Tuesday 5 July 2016. Commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership as part of the National Clinical Audit Programme, the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) report analyses the care received by more than 23,000 emergency bowel surgery patients treated in NHS hospitals in England and Wales between December 2014 and November 2015. To view and download a copy of the report please click here.


John Snow Anaesthesia iBSc Award 2016 Winners

We're happy to announce that following this year's round of applications, eight medical students have been granted John Snow Awards - funded by the AAGBI/Anaesthesia, and the BJA/RCoA. The successful applicants are from a range of institutions across the UK. The NIAA is pleased to support these young investigators at the start of their research careers and we look forward to hearing more from them as their projects unfold. Read more about this year's award winners here.