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2019’s PLAN Annual Scientific Meeting will take place at the Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU on Thursday 27th June 2019 and is open to all trainees and consultants in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine within London.

This year, the topic is “How to Plan a Project” and will provide you with the knowledge you need to design, implement, report and publish your ideas for projects ranging from small yet vitally important single department quality improvement (QI) projects through to multi-centre national studies.

As ever, this event is hosted by the Pan-London Perioperative Audit and Research Network (PLAN) and supported by Health Education England. It will comprise exciting keynote talks by renowned experts, an opportunity for all London Trainees to present their research, audit or QI projects to a regional audience as well as updates from the leads of recent PLAN projects and the annual PLAN project selection event.

To register, please use the link in the top menu.

Speakers

We are delighted to reveal the keynote speakers for this year as:

Dr. Carolyn Johnston

Consultant anaesthetist at St. George's University Hospitals and Chair of the RCoA Quality Improvement Working Group. She covers general sessions with speciality interest in obstetrics, interested in both improving quality in her clinical environments of pre-assessment clinic, operating theatres and in maternity and also training in QI. (click to expand)

Carolyn is a consultant anaesthetist at St. Georges Hospital, working in obstetrics, high risk clinic and prehabilitation amongst other things. She has been involved with PLAN since it started.  She is the Associate Director of St Georges QI Academy- providing QI training and project coaching as well as QI training for Foundation Doctors in St George’s Foundation School.  She is the Chair of the RCoA Quality Improvement working group, establishing a ‘quality network’ within College, and revising the QI/audit recipe book with HSRC fellow Maria Chereshneva.

Carolyn is the Improvement lead for the National Emergency Laparotomy Network and a trustee of Birthrights- a charity protecting human rights in childbirth.

She is the owner of 2 small boys, and so spends much of her free time transporting people to and from sports pitches.

Professor Andrew Klein

Consultant cardiothoracic anaesthetist at the Royal Papworth Hospital and Editor-in-Chief of Anaesthesia. Prof. Klein also sits on the Board and Council of the Association of Anaesthetists as well as the NIAA. (click to expand)

Andrew Klein is a Cardiothoracic Anaesthetist at Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Anaesthesia, which has an Impact Factor of 5.4 and is very active on social media. He is on the Board and Council of the Association of Anaesthetists, the membership organisation for > 11,000 anaesthetists in Great Britain and Ireland. He also sits on the Board and Council of the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA), which manages research grant funding in the UK.

Andrew’s main research area is pre-operative anaemia and the effects of iron replacement therapy. He is one of the Principal Investigators of the ITACS trial (Intravenous Iron for the Treatment of Anaemia before Cardiac Surgery). He has recently chaired two Working Parties updating the national Guidelines for Cell Salvage and for the Management of Jehovah’s Witnesses patients undergoing surgery. He is also currently researching new point-of-care testing technology for managing haemorrhage during surgery and high-flow nasal oxygen to improve recovery after major surgery, including thoracotomy, emergency laparotomy and sternotomy.

Andrew is a keen cricket supporter and member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) at Lord’s in London, and a lifelong and long-suffering West Ham United season ticket holder.

Professor Ramani Moonesinghe

Consultant Anaesthetist at University College London Hospitals and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine. Prof. Moonesinghe is also Director of the NIAA's Health Services Research Centre and the Surgical Outcomes Research Centre. (click to expand)
Professor Moonesinghe is a Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at University College London Hospitals (UCLH). She is Director of the NIAA’s Health Services Research Centre based at the Royal College of Anaesthetists, and the NIHR funded UCLH Surgical Outcomes Research Centre. She is a Health Foundation Improvement Science fellow and leads the Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme and the Sprint National Anaesthesia Projects. She was Academic training advisor to the National Institute for Academic Anaesthesia for 4 years, and was the first academic Training Programme Director for the London Academy of Anaesthesia. She was a Council Member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists between 2008 and 2012, and since 2016 has been the Associate National Clinical Director for elective care at NHS England. In 2018, she was awarded the Macintosh Professorship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and has been appointed Professor of Perioperative Medicine and Anaesthesia at UCL (starting August 2018).

Her academic interest is Health Services and Improvement Research in perioperative medicine: in particular, the use of data, risk stratification and outcome measurement with a view to improving the quality of care for patients undergoing major surgery.

Professor Jaideep Pandit

Consultant anaesthetist at the Oxford University Hospitals and Fellow of St. John's College, Oxford. Prof. Pandit is a member of the Research Council of the NIAA, Scientific Officer of the Difficult Airway Society and was the Clinical Lead of NAP5 investigating awareness under general anaesthesia. (click to expand)

Professor Pandit is a Consultant Anaesthetist at the Oxford University Hospitals. He trained in Medicine at Oxford (Corpus Christi College) and obtained a First in Physiology along with University prizes in Medicine, Cardiology and Clinical Pharmacology. After a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship to support a DPhil in Respiratory Physiology, he undertook anaesthetic training in the Oxford region. He was Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA (1998-9), appointed to his NHS Consultant post at the John Radcliffe in 1999 and elected to St John’s 2000. He served as the Jobson Visiting Professor to the University of Sydney in early 2017, and in late 2017 will serve as USP Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

National and Specialty Roles

He was the Academic Strategy Officer of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (2005-7), publishing the National Strategy for Academic Anaesthesia – a policy document commissioned to help prepare the specialty nationally for changes in academic medical training. Formerly he has been a member of the Court of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (until 2010), examining the MRCS exams. During 2015-16 he served as external Examiner to the University of Kent. He is an Editor of Anaesthesia and sits on the Research Council of the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia and is Scientific Officer of the national Difficult Airway Society (the largest specialist society in anaesthetics in the UK). In 2010 he was elected Chairman of the John Radcliffe Medical Staff Committee (chairman of consultants) for a 4-year term and the first consultant re-elected to a second term 2014. In 2014 he published the international report (NAP5, UK and Ireland) on ‘Accidental Awareness during General Anaesthesia’, culmination of a 4-year Royal College project making over 60 recommendations for clinical practice. In 2016, he was appointed by NHS England to be a Clinical Associate, to advise on its New Care Models programme,  a £50 million initiative designed to adopt new and efficient ways of working through selected ‘Vanguard’ sites.

At the University he has been Chairman of Examiners, Graduate-Entry Medical Exams and have served as examiner for Final Honour School. He is Training Program Director for over 400 NHS consultants in Oxford, supervising their specialist registration as trainers with the General Medical Council, and through NHS England is seconded part-time to advise as Associate Director of Education to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals, where he sits on the development board of the new Aston Medical School.

National and international awards include the Royal College Gold (Jubilee) Medal (2000), Humphry Davy Medal (2006), Macintosh Professorship (2012), and the Spring Silver Medal (2012) of the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland. In 2013 I was Visiting Professor of the US Society of Anesthesiologists’ Foundation for Education & Research and have been Visiting Professor 2015 to several US centres (Anesthesia at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Florida and Harvard Universities; Neurology at University of Texas Southwestern) and appointed Associate Professor, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford. I delivered the Victor Horsley Lecture of the British Medical Association 2015 and in 2017 will be Jobson Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney, Australia.


Abstracts

We are currently inviting submission of abstracts for the event on any project that you have undertaken within your hospitals within the specialties of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine. The authors of the top three abstracts will be invited for oral presentation at the event, with the other accepted abstracts invited for poster presentation.

We are inviting abstracts describing projects related to original research, audit, quality improvement, surveys and case reports, however any abstract of relevance to the general anaesthetist will also be considered.

To submit your abstract, please email it to abstracts@planasm.org.
Please submit your abstract in either PDF, Microsoft Word or plain text format including a title, name and institution of all authors, a contact email address and the body of the abstract which should be fewer than or equal to 250 words. We will anonymise all abstracts prior to review.

The closing date for abstract submission is Friday 31st May 2019 at 17:00 and we aim to notify all submitting an abstract of the outcome by Tuesday 11th June 2019.

PLAN Project Selection

The next PLAN London-wide collaborative project will also be chosen at the event. Following shortlisting of three proposals, the project leads will be invited to present their proposed project to the audience at the Meeting. Following all presentations, the winning project will be decided by audience voting with the winner announced on the day. Full details of the project selection process can be found here.

Closing date for project submission is Friday 31st May 2019 at 17:00.

Workshops

Several highly interactive workshop sessions will also be run. They will be broadly structured around the following themes but these are highly flexible, so if a topic you are interested in is not covered, please ask!

How to develop a Trial?
A broad overview of the things to consider when setting up a trial, including who to contact, how to set up a steering group, overview of R&D/IRAS/HRA/REC, external agencies that can help (CRNs, R&D design service, PCPIE), principles of trial design, practical tips on getting funding, engaging investigators and heading off common problems.

How to conduct Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses?
The appeal of these projects is that they can often be run without external funding or ethics/R&D approval, however their methodology is often complex and daunting. Join us to unravel to mysteries of these projects that are considered to be the highest form of evidence available for a particular intervention.

Quality Improvement (QI) Methodology
The overall aim of all research in the health services is to improve the care delivered to patients. In this workshop, we will discuss exactly how this improvement is performed, including how to get ‘buy-in’ from your department and how to measure whether your intervention has had an effect.