Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management
The Anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain management Specialty is one of 30 Specialties which bring together communities of clinical practice to provide national networks of research expertise. Our membership made up of research-interested clinicians and practitioners at both national and local levels. Our job is to ensure that the Anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain management studies that are included in our national portfolio of research receive the right support to ensure they are delivered successfully in the NHS.
About Anaesthesia Research
We oversee research that deals with Anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain management. This means that we support a wide range of research studies such as those involving:
- Studies on the development, use and effect of anaesthetics, including drugs and techniques for sedation
- Studies on the non-surgical aspects of the perioperative management of patients undergoing surgical procedures
- Studies on the management and treatment of acute and chronic pain
- Studies on the organisation and delivery of services for the perioperative management of patients and the treatment of pain, including the impact of training staff
Related links to the Anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain management Specialty.
Anaesthesia specialty leads
Patient, carer and public information
Patients are at the centre of our work. As a patient, carer or as a member of the public you can get involved by taking part in research, or by helping to shape research.
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Assistant Specialty Cluster Lead
Clinical Research Specialty Lead Anaesthesia - Preoperative Medicine and Pain Management
Professor Fang Gao Smith
Clinical Research Specialty Lead Anaesthesia /Preoperative Medicine & Pain
Dr Mathew Patteril
Existing study enquiries - life-sciences industry
Enquiries about studies already on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio