The National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) is interested in developing an MRes (Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine) in conjunction with a UK university.

Opportunities for formal research training specifically designed for anaesthetists are limited. The number of academic anaesthetists continues to decline and this will continue unless trainee anaesthetists are helped to compete with their peers in other specialties for limited academic training numbers and funding . We also need a cadre of NHS consultant anaesthetists who are equipped to participate in and lead clinical research within their departments, if NHS Trusts are to meet their statutory duties under the Health & Social Care Act (2012).

Completing an MRes (Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine) will enable anaesthetists to acquire the skills needed to work both autonomously and collaboratively across a number of research settings at local, national and international levels. By working in partnership with the NIAA and a respected University, the degree will provide a stepping stone for a doctoral research fellowship and other personal research applications.

The aim of the NIAA is to develop and enhance research activity in the NHS. The NIAA is already involved in research methodology education and training, and offers continuing professional development opportunities for anaesthesia researchers and academic trainees. The combination of a university’s experience in running generic MRes programmes combined with the NIAA’s current educational provision and growing body of potential faculty, would provide the ideal foundation from which to establish such an important qualification.

As a first step, we wish to investigate whether there is a demand for such a qualification. To that end, I would be grateful if you could complete this short survey which should only take 5 minutes of your time.
 
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