National Paediatric Pre-operative Network Conference
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, supported by the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), has today launched the Choosing Wisely campaign across the UK.
For Choosing Wisely, the RCoA has developed five evidence-based recommendations for elective surgery, all of which have been endorsed by the Royal College of Surgeons. The recommendations were developed to not only improve patient care and safety, but deter the use of unnecessary treatments which cost the NHS millions of pounds every year.
Once again, the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) is sponsoring the Anaesthesia Team of the Year category in the 2017 BMJ Awards.
Started in 2008, The BMJ Awards are the UK's leading medical awards programme, recognising and celebrating the inspirational work undertaken by clinicians and the teams they work with. The award recognises an innovative project in the field of anaesthesia which has significantly improved the quality of patient care.
Last year the SW Anaesthesia Research Matrix (SWARM) team were recognised as the 2016 Anaesthesia Team of the Year for their work in providing a route into research in anaesthesia, pain and perioperative medicine for NHS clinicians.
Dr Liam Brennan, RCoA President, said: “I strongly encourage as many teams as possible to take part and submit their entries for Anaesthesia Team of the Year. Across the UK, there are many impressive examples of innovative patient-focused research and quality improvement activity which would be very worthy candidates for receipt of this prestigious award.”
Anaesthesia & Perioperative Care Priority Setting Animation
The National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) has released a short animation describing the process and outcomes of the Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care Priority Setting Partnership (PSP), a collaboration with the James Lind Alliance and numerous patient and specialty association organisations.
The PSP asked patients, the public and clinical professionals to identify the most important directions for new research in anaesthesia and perioperative care.
The full list of top ten priorities for new research and further information on the PSP process can be found at: http://www.niaa.org.uk/PSP
The 'professional' stakeholder organisations included the two main anaesthetic professional organisations (RCoA and AAGBI), anaesthetic specialist societies, as well as the Royal College of Surgeons (Eng) and various organisations representing other healthcare professionals involved in perioperative care delivery. Between them these professional organisations represent over 40,000 members. The 'patient, carer and public' stakeholder organisations represented a diverse range of patients with experience of anaesthesia and perioperative care. The total active membership of the affiliated organisations was estimated at well over 50,000; the overall 'patient reach' of the partner organisations is likely to number several million.
More information on the NIAA can be found at: http://www.niaa.org.uk
The units came into effect at the start of the 2016 academic year (August 2016) and are mandatory for all trainees who started a new level of the training programme in August 2016. This include CT1s, ST3s and ST5s who started in August 2016. All other trainees will commence their mandatory units when they progress to their next training level (i.e. ST3/5 in 2017).
The Perioperative Medicine units of training are intended to run in parallel with other units of training. They are not designed to be undertaken as standalone dedicated modules. The learning outcomes are applicable to all patients and will be achievable during clinical practice whilst undertaking the other units of training.
Russell Ampofo, Director of Education, Training and Examinations, says: “These FAQs are designed to help trainers and trainees understand the new Perioperative Medicine modules and how they work as part of established anaesthetic training. The FAQs will be updated over time based on feedback from our trainers and trainees”.
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Perioperative Medicine Themed Issue of RCoA Bulletin
The RCoA is keen to receive as much feedback as possible from its Fellows and Members on the topic of Perioperative Medicine and the College’s continuing work in this area – your comments are very welcome.
Please click the links below to read the Bulletin articles and leave your feedback in our Comments section at the bottom of this page, or contact us directly.
- Perioperative Medicine: from vision to implementation – Editorial from Ms Sharon Drake, RCoA Director of Education and Research
- Anaesthesia’s Existential Crisis – Article from Dr Alan McGlennan, Dr Lila Dinner, Dr Helen Drewery and Dr Catherine Shaw challenging aspects of the RCoA Perioperative vision
- Perioperative Medicine from the perspective of a Geriatrician – Article from Dr Jugdeep Dhesi offering a physician view of perioperative care
- Prehabilitation, behaviour change and collaborative working: a strategy to improve outcome? – Article from Dr Gerard Danjoux and Dr Elke Kothmann discussing developments in the field or prehabilitation within the perioperative pathway
- National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) – improving Perioperative care – Dr Dave Murray, NELA National Clinical Lead, discusses the role of NELA as an evolving perioperative quality improvement project
- Medical students and Perioperative Medicine: balancing vision and content – Dr Ben Shippey, Dr Andy Norris and Dr Andrew Smith discuss the complicated issue of perioperative competencies within undergraduate curricula
- Developing training in Perioperative Medicine – Dr Chris Carey reports on the work undertaken by the College to identify and stratify Perioperative competencies within The CCT in Anaesthetics.
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