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Chief Executive Award

A child’s life has been saved, thanks to the quick action of staff in UHNM’s emergency care centre. The patient, who had sustained a traumatic brain injury, received essential expert care from Royal Stoke’s emergency medicine team, spending less than 60 minutes at the site before being quickly transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Over an intensive 30-minute period, a range of staff from across the field of emergency medicine came together to analyse the extent of the child’s injuries and administer lifesaving care.

Earlier in the year, Dr Chinery and colleagues had been training in County Hospital’s Extended Reality Lab (ERL), where by coincidence they had worked on a simulation which covered very similar circumstances. The lab offers an immersive virtual reality training experience and allows any setting to be projected onto blank walls, taking away the need for lengthy set up when providing simulated training in a ward, emergency resus area or pre-hospital environment.

Dr James Chinery, (far left), Consultant in Trauma Anaesthesia and pre-hospital emergency medicine, said: “The training we had undertaken at the ERL had a direct benefit to this patient’s care as it meant we were able to put the right processes in place as quickly as possible. However, knowing what to do would have counted for little without the impressive work of the team of Outreach, Adult, and Children’s emergency nursing staff, who were all outstanding. I am particularly grateful to Helen Bloor, who ably accompanied me on the transfer and to my colleague Dr Mike Greenway, who volunteered to cover Code Red trauma calls during my absence from the hospital whilst I undertook the transfer. This is a moment where I felt truly proud to care. I had a sense that we had delivered something really impressive for this lad, giving him the very best of medical and nursing care, something which we should all be genuinely proud of as an organisation.”

The team have been given the Chief Executive’s Award in recognition of their services.

Tracy Bullock, Chief Executive, said: “I remember hearing about this and just thinking “wow!”  This award epitomises the great skill and expertise that these guys have, as well as the passion for caring for our patients. Their work has a huge impact on patients’ lives and in this case the young man that needed their help. I really thank them for all that they do.”

Global Anaesthesia Seminar – 24 March 2020 – RCOA, London

The World Anaesthesia Society seminar day at the RCOA, London is on 24th March 2020 and the theme is “Global Anaesthesia- Towards Health Equity”.  

The World Anaesthesia Society annual AGM will also be held at the close of the meeting and all members and non-members are welcome to join.

Booking is now open:


This event is being held the day after the Developing World Anaesthesia course, which you may also be interested in attending. 

The day will be a fantastic opportunity to listen to great speakers as well as network with like minded colleagues. 

Hope to see you there!

Kind regards,

Francesca Mazzola

Anna Janowicz

Events and Education Secretaries 


Period of Grace Updates

The rules governing the ‘Period of Grace’ at the end of training have been modified slightly. Along with the recent changes that moved it from automatic to optional, the timescales for applications have changed to 6 months before the end of training.

for further details click here

Critical Care Pioneers Innovative Sedation Device

UHNM’s critical care unit is pioneering the use of an innovative new device called ‘AnaConDa’ (Anaesthetic Conserving Device). The product offers a unique way of sedating patients and is set to particularly benefit those with multiple complications as well as reduce patient time in intensive care. Critical care team members travelled to Germany last year to learn more about the device and see it in use. Only five other NHS Trusts in the UK currently use it.

Dr Bala Murali, Consultant Anaesthetist, said: “The AnaConDa device allows us to sedate patients with anaesthetic gas via a ventilator as opposed to the traditional method of intravenous sedation. Use of the device in this pilot programme marks a huge advancement in the management of patients in critical care. It will be more beneficial for patients with multiple complications, those intolerant to opiates and patients with respiratory conditions such as asthma because it reduces inflammation in the lungs. It also has a very predictable ‘wake-up’ time so that patients can be managed easily and it reduces the need for tracheostomy.”

The AnaConDa device is used in conjunction with a ventilator, a gas monitor and a syringe pump. Liquid anaesthetic is delivered from the syringe into the AnaConDa where it is vaporised within the device. The evaporated gas is then transported from the ventilator and delivered to the patient.

Asha Seewoosaha, Senior Staff Nurse for Quality, said: “After going to Germany last year we have now got the go-ahead to start our trial after much hard work.  We have worked extremely hard and we are so proud that we are able to start using it for the benefit of our patients. Because we are one of only a few trusts using the device we will even be in a position to train others on how to use it, which is a mark of how advanced UHNM is in its approach. “

LTFT Update

Couple of LTFT updates:

The RCoA and AAGBI have released an LTFT guide for TPDs which is a useful resource for trainers and trainees alike.

Murray du Plessis from the Birmingham School has developed an amazing LTFT calculator tool to help work out training dates for LTFT trainees

Both of these are available on the LTFT section of the Stoke School Website

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