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STAR 2nd Annual Congress 2019

The 2nd STAR Annual Congress was held at North Bristol Trust Learning & Research Centre on 14th June 2019. 

Building on the success of last years Congress, we were thrilled to welcome a world class platform of speakers, research guidance and presentation pitches for the next regional anaesthesia project. 

Expert Speakers

  • Prof Jas Soar gave an overview of the NAP 7 project, currently in development

  • Prof Tim Cook gave us more insights into incidence and management of peri-operative anaphylaxis from NAP6

  • There was an informative update from the PQIP team

  • Dr Julian Thompson outlined the prolific Trauma & Pre-hospital trials coming out of NBT right now 

  • Prof Tony Pickering shared his entertaining insight into the world of academia & gave advice on how to develop a research career

  • RAFT and STAR trainee research and QI networks

  • For more detail of all of the above and more from the day - see our Twitter Feed 

STAR Project Pitch  

  • There were 3 strong pitches for the next STAR project - from trainees Charlie Pope & Swati Gupta and  NBT consultant Scott Grier. Congratulations went to Swati, who's 3 part project on Pre-op Smoking Cessation will be our next regional study. We look forward to getting this underway!

Many thanks to all the speakers who delivered really engaging and thought-provoking material. Special shout out to our wonderful Suzie Harrogate who did a fantastic job of organising the very successful event. And finally many thanks to all the trainees who attended and contributed with pitches, probing questions and thoughtful discussion. The future of anaesthetic research in Severn is looking bright!



Prof Tim Cook

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Royal United Hospital NHS Trust, Bath

College Advisor on National Audit Projects

College Advisor on Airway

Macintosh Professor of Anaesthesia, RCoA 2012-13

Prof Cook has led three Royal College of Anaesthetists National Audit Projects (NAP3 on central neuraxial block, NAP4 on airway management and NAP5 studying Accidental Awareness during General Anaesthesia ) that have shone a light on major aspects of anaesthetic practice and changed practice.


Prof Jas Soar

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, North Bristol NHS Trust

Chair (2009-2012),  Resus Council (UK) 

ILS Subcommittee Chair from 2004 to 2016,  Resus Council (UK) 

Guidelines 2015 Working Group Chair,  Resus Council (UK) 

Prof Soar currently chairs the Advanced Life Support (ALS) Subcommittee and the Quality Standards Working Group, as well as membership of the CARe and Research and Development Subcommittees. Jas has had roles in the development of both the iResus and Lifesaver apps. He also has a number of national and international resuscitation roles and is an editor for the journal Resuscitation.


Prof Jerry Nolan

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Royal United Hospital NHS Trust, Bath

Chair of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) 

Chair, Research and Development Subcommittee, Resuscitation Council (UK)

Former Chair of the Resuscitation Council (UK)

Prof Nolan is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Resuscitation. Jerry’s research interests are in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, airway management, and post-cardiac arrest treatment – he has authored over 300 original papers, reviews and editorials on these topics. He was bestowed the honorary title of "Giant of Resuscitation" by The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) in 2016.


Dr Julian Thompson

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, North Bristol NHS Trust

Research Lead for the Severn Major Trauma Network

Critical Care Doctor for the Great Western Air Ambulance

Associate Professor at the University of Stavanger, Norway.

Dr Thompson trained in Oxford and London and completed a doctorate in hypoxia and genetics at University College London and was Executive Director of London’s Air Ambulance (HEMS) from 2011-15. He is Deputy Editor of the Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine and his research interests include pre hospital critical care, major trauma and wilderness medicine.


Prof Tony Pickering

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, University Hospitals, Bristol

Professor of Neuroscience and Anaesthesia

Honorary Professor of Bristol Medical School 

Much Prof Pickering's current work is on neuromodulation with a focus on Noradrenaline and its long range influences on pain perception.  He leads the academic foundation program in Severn and the INSPIRE program for Medical and Dental students.  He continues to practice as a consultant Anaesthetist and Pain clinician. The goal of his research activity is to identify new targets and methods for therapeutic intervention.


PQIP National Team

PQIP was established in 2016 by the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia’s (NIAA) Health Services Research Centre, working on behalf of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, and in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons (England), the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Nursing, the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and the Faculty of Pain Medicine plus a number of professional specialist societies.

Our methodology is to establish a dataset and then use it to measure and improve patient outcomes, while also answering important research questions. The first PQIP study will recruit 70,000 consenting patients over four years. We will systematically measure complications, patient-reported outcomes and failure to rescue. Once a patient has started their PQIP journey they will be followed up for one year after their procedure to assess their general health and wellbeing.


RAFT National Team

RAFT is the national trainee-led body that brings together the multiple regional anaesthetic Trainee Research Networks (TRNs). We facilitate annual national trainee-led projects and support the TRNs. We strive to improve access to research and promote the collaborative model of 'Team UK Anaesthesia'. We are proudly supported RCoA and AAGBI. 

As an umbrella organisation, RAFT acts as the exoskeleton for Trainee Research Networks in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care that are spread across the UK. This allows us to conceive and conduct pan-UK projects on a scale not previously possible. This in turn is helping anaesthetic trainees to be one of the major driving forces behind recent strides in collaborative perioperative research and audit.

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