7th Nov 2013

Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care Priority Setting Partnership

PSP Awareness Raising Meeting
PSP Awareness Raising Meeting

The NIAA is engaged in an anaesthesia priority setting partnership, led by the HSRC in collaboration with the James Lind Alliance. The exercise will survey the funding partners of the NIAA, alongside selected patient groups, in order to identify the important new research directions in anaesthesia and perioperative medicine.

A meeting to raise awareness about the exercise was held on Friday 18 October at the Royal College of Anaesthetists. The workshop was a great success and some 28 organisations attended, representing the NIAA's Specialist Societies, nursing bodies, about a dozen patient representation societies (covering pain, cancer, cardiac, childbirth), the James Lind Alliance (JLA) and the Cochrane Anaesthesia Review Group. The purpose of the day was primarily to introduce the external societies to the NIAA and to introduce everyone to the James Lind Alliance (JLA) and their methodology of Priority Setting Partnerships (PSPs).

The meeting was chaired by Professor Adrian Grant, JLA Adviser on the project, and talks were received from Katherine Cowen of the JLA, Mike Grocott (on the NIAA), Simon Howell (on the NIAA's previous research prioritisation exercise), Mike Galsworthy (on the progress of this PSP so far) and Irene Dalton (on the NIAA and RCoA's history of involvement with patient input).

In the afternoon participants were divided into four groups to identify immediate feedback so far, network and raise any particular opportunities or barriers in the process. There was then a final session involving feedback from the group, Q&A and describing planned future progress.

Energy was high throughout the day and most importantly the patient representation groups showed great enthusiasm for being involved in the project. The next stage is to form a Steering Group that will guide the process over the next 18 months.

The main effort of the PSP will be to survey all societies for ideas about important research directions for anaesthesia and perioperative care. These ideas will then be voted on in a second round and screened according to work already undertaken/planned in order to make a list of the top unexplored research uncertainties in anaesthesia and perioperative care.

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