It was great to see so many of you in Southampton at the ASM. We were fortunate to be able to welcome some fantastic speakers from the UK, Europe and the United States. My thanks to Roger Lightfoot and his team for organising this first class event.

We had online streaming of lectures from Southampton and used an online app (WHOVA) for live information regarding the meeting and to allow communication between attendees as well as information for sponsors. We are hoping to expand the use of this app at next year’s meeting in London.

Recent council activity includes:

  • The guideline for CPR during neurosurgery (joint venture with the Resus Council and SBNS) has been published and we are now working on a service improvement package to go alongside this guideline.
  • Several neuroanaesthetic and critical care departments have been assessed for Domain 5 accreditation standards for the ACSA and I am happy to say that the RCOA have agreed for the plaques to reflect the accreditation in Neuro Critical care alongside Neuroanaesthesia if that is what the local department wants.
  • We have representation at the Critical Care Leadership Forum (CCLF), on the FICM training committee and will directly input to the review of the critical care dataset.
  • We provided speakers for a neuro FRCA programme and also sponsored a neurosimulation session at this year’s GAT meeting in Nottingham in May. This received excellent feedback and we may do this again in future.
  • We have representatives from council on three AAGBI glossies;
    • Transport guidelines for Brain Injury
    • Anaesthesia for MRI
    • TIVA

As well as sponsoring two Nepalese anaesthetists to attend the ASM, we awarded one travel grant last year that we will hear about in London. Our society travel grants remain available at up to £2500 (details on the website), and again this year we will be offering a research grant up to £20K via the NIAA system for research relevant to neuroanaesthesia or critical care.

We are trying a new approach to improving the response rate from surveys and will be using our linkman network much more this year to facilitate this. We need a >50% response rate to be able to publish these surveys/audits in the JNSA so if your local linkperson asks for your input, please cooperate. The departments with the best response rate will even receive an award!

I hope that you have got your study leave requests in for May 18th and 19th 2017 since we have invited SNACC to participate at the ASM in London (co-hosted by all the London departments). I am looking forward to welcoming some household names from the world of Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care to our shores.

Dr John Andrzejowski

NACCS President

July 2016