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    Royal College of Anaesthetists and Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine awards – now open for entries

    22nd August 2016

    The awards aim to recognise outstanding contributions of NHS clinicians to the conduct of NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio research studies.

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    New date announced for Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

    19th August 2016

    The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) has announced the next launch date for the next Massive Open Online Course, which will run on 7 November 2016 for the third time since it was developed in 2015.

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    Award Success for Birmingham Lung Trial

    19th August 2016

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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
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Related links to the Anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain management Specialty.

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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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Case studies

  • Engaging global communities in research learning

    Enabling understanding of clinical research and its role in improving healthcare is a core objective in the Network. In 2015 the Network’s Workforce, Learning and Organisational Development team partnered with the Digital Learning team at Leeds University to develop an online course; ‘Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research’. The course is free, and available to anyone wanting to learn about clinical research.

  • Maintaining the UK's leading edge

    Eight senior clinical academics joined the ranks of the Network in 2015 as Specialty Cluster Leads. Their role? To ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of clinical research so that NHS patients can continue to benefit from leading-edge treatments. Insight magazine learns why and how.

  • Trainee research networks: A model for success

    In some areas of medicine the proportion of clinicians undertaking clinical research is lower than in others. This is true of surgery and anaesthesia. However, the tide is turning. Insight magazine reveals how Trainee Networks are creating the next generation of research active anaesthetists and surgeons.

  • Flexible Network workforce in practice

    Find out how CRN: South London recruited 235 patients in one week to a surgical study.

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Key contacts

  • Assistant Specialty Cluster Lead

    Joanne Ashcroft

    T: +44 (0)7769248875


  • 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

    T: 02476 965871


  • Existing study enquiries - life-sciences industry

    Enquiries about studies already on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio


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