NIAA Update: May 2016

Welcome to this month's 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


Dr Iain Moppett appointed as NIAA-HSRC Deputy Director

We are delighted to announce that Dr Iain Moppett has been appointed as Deputy Director of the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia Health Services Research Centre (NIAA-HSRC).

Dr Moppett brings a wealth of experience in patient safety and perioperative care and we are pleased to welcome him to the HSRC team. Find out more here.

Anaesthesia Information Management Systems

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. Many thanks for your help!

Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellowships

Up to five senior post-doctoral research fellowships are currently available under the Health Foundation's Improvement Science programme. The posts offer three years' funding to lead original, applied research dedicated to improving health care in the UK. A PhD, professional doctorate or an MD is the minimum entry requirement. Applications are open until Tuesday, 5 July 2016. More information is available here.

If you wish to have an informal discussion about these Fellowships Dr Ramani Moonesinghe, HSRC Director, is a current Improvement Science Fellow and would be happy to discuss with you. Please contact Ramani on and include Improvement Science Fellowship in the subject line.

NIAA Vacancy

NIAA Academic Training Co-ordinator

We are recruiting an Academic Training Co-ordinator 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. The post 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.

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

Perioperative Medicine

Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network

The UK POM CTN is now launched 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:

Applicants will be able to select which scheme they wish to apply for at the time of registration. We expect most members of the PI scheme to be consultant level; unless you expect to be eligible to act as a Principal Investigator on most CTN studies, you should apply for the Local Investigator scheme. Choice of scheme does not preclude acting as PI for individual studies.

Perioperative Medicine Courses

We will be promoting Perioperative Medicine courses on our POM microsite and would like your help in identifying all relevant options. We so far have details on:

Perioperative Medicine MSc, UCL

Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Master of Medicine, Monash University

If you are aware of any further courses available please contact us at:

Other Research News

RCPH framework for working with children in research

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has published the Infants', Children's and Young People's Child Health Research Charter, developed with input from children, young people, parents, carers and healthcare professionals.

The publication puts forward seven guiding principles to provide a framework for anyone working with children, young people and families to carry out research, including a "what you need to know" information guide and useful tools and resources to help professionals talk about child health research. Read more here.

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