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It was an enormous privilege to take over from John Andrzejowski as President of NACCSGBI in May at our AGM in London. John has been a wonderful President and the Society has flourished under his leadership. He will be a hard act to follow but, as immediate Past President, he will be on hand to guide me in my new role. At the AGM, we said goodbye to Ian Tweedie, Immediate Past President, and Ian Appleby, Honorary Treasurer. Both have made significant contributions to the Society over many years and they will be sadly missed. In their places, we welcome Thea de Beer and Gemma Nickols as newly elected Council members. Matt Wiles has been deservedly re-elected to lead our research; Elfyn Thomas takes over as Honorary Secretary and Roger Lightfoot as Treasurer.

 

I am looking forward to my term in office and hopefully meeting with as many of you, our members, as possible over the next two years. Although these are challenging times, not just professionally but politically and socially, there are many things to look forward to. Our Society is flourishing. Our recent ASM was co-hosted by SNACC and was a huge success. For this I would like to thank my London co-organisers and SNACC for all their support. There was also significant representation from our colleagues in ISNACC. In total, we welcomed 324 delegates from 22 countries. We had excellent speakers and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Videos of many of the talks are available via the members’ section on the website. If you did not attend the meeting, log on and see what you missed. We are already in the process of planning the 2018 ASM in Bristol and 2019 in Glasgow. A call for future hosts will be going out soon. We have other educational meetings planned over the next year – keep an eye on the website for details.

NACCSGBI members benefit from substantial discounts for the ASM and our other educational meetings. This, along with additional advantages such as access to monthly CPD, travel grants, research grants, surveys via the website, and with annual trainee membership at only £10 and full membership at £50 – how can you resist? With regards to trainee membership, we are delighted to welcome our first Trainee Rep, Omar Siddique. He has some great ideas as to how to reach out to the next generation with an interest in neuroanaesthesia and neurocritical care.

 

The Council are here to represent our members working within the speciality and have been incredibly busy over the last year. Amongst other things, NACCSGBI has contributed to:

  • ACSA Domain 5 Standards update
  • GPAS & NICE
  • RCOA CPD Committee
  • NIAA Research Committee
  • NHS Stakeholder event: Mechanical Thrombectomy in Acute Ischaemic Stroke
 

Within Neurocritical Care we have been represented at:

  • CCLF
  • FICM training committee
  • JNC – eBrain
  • Service Specification working group
  • Devastating Brain Injury
 

We have collaborated with the AAGBI to update:

  • Transfer of the Brain injured patient
  • TIVA
  • MRI
 

We have many plans for the next year including work on a national study of CSDH and a national workforce survey. However, we are always available to be contacted with requests or ideas for future projects.

 

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible over the next couple of years.

 

With best wishes

Judith