Temporary problems with RAPM login
Dear RAUK members,
We have been informed by several users that the access to RAPM and the ESRA website is currently not working for 2020 RAUK members.
We are working with ESRA to resolve this asap, and will update after the weekend when we expect this to be fixed.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
The RAUK Board.
This issue should be resolved by end of Monday (20/1/20), please bear with us a little longer.
Last few places remaining at Belfast Cadaver Course 2020
There are a few remaining places left on the reknowned RA-UK Belfast Cadaver course on 3/4th April 2020.
This course features faculty including: Prof. Graeme Macleod (Dundee), Paul Kessler (Frankfurt) as well as RA-UK's own Alan Macfarlane and Lloyd Turbitt.
It counts towards one of the 3 workshops required by ESRA for EDRA Part II, including the cadaver workshop component.
Further details and booking here
Plan A Blocks
We are pleased to announce a new section of the website entitled Plan A blocks.
A recent editorial by Turbitt et al in Anaesthesia highlighted the inconsistencies in education and training of anaesthetists to perform basic level regional blocks, and hypothesised that the explosion of new techniques facilitated by ultrasound had compounded the problem by intimidating the normal practitioner. They drafted a list of seven Plan A blocks that cover the key areas of surgery/acute pain, and suggested that every anaesthetist should be proficient in these, leaving the expert RA practitioner to help provide blocks for more complex circumstances. The text of the editorial is provided.
At RA-UK we believe in the widespread adoption of regional anaesthetic techniques for all, and it is our mission to improve patient care by promoting excellence in RA practice and education.
We endorse the 7 Plan A blocks suggested, and have made available a new educational resource based on our popular Pocket Guide to Regional Anaesthesia - Second Edition. We will continue to update this section should new evidence arise to suggest other blocks fit the brief of “highest possible value to the greatest number of patients”. We hope that this can be used to teach and train the next generation of anaesthetists so that no-one comes out of training with an inability to provide this standard.
Regional experts will, of course, continue to provide the wide range of blocks as they see fit, and continue to research and push the boundaries of analgesia, and we fully support that endeavour.
Election to RA-UK Council 2020
Nominations are being sought for up to 2 positions on the RA-UK Council, plus one trainee representative.
Each nominee must be:
i. An Ordinary member of the Society in the year of the vote and have been a member for at least one year. ii. Proposed and seconded by two Ordinary members of the Society.
Please note that only one applicant from any hospital/institution will be considered. Nominations should be returned by post and email to the Honorary Secretary at the address below by 12:00 Mon 13th April 2020.
All RA-UK members will be invited to participate in an online ballot which will commence on Monday 20th April 2020. The election results will be announced at the RA-UK Annual General Meeting in Sheffield on Tuesday 21st May 2020.
Please note that all ordinary members of RA-UK are eligible to vote. This includes Full ESRA members from the UK who have not also joined RA-UK. If you believe you are eligible to vote, but aren't an RA-UK member, please register your intent to vote prior to April 1st 2020, along with your ESRA membership number to the webmaster email.
Pocket Guide to Regional Anaesthesia now available
We are delighted to announce that the shiny, brand new second edition of the RA-UK Pocket Guide to Regional Anaesthesia is now available to purchase from Amazon.
Thanks for your patience, and we hope you like the new book!
A call for RA/ERAS protocols
At RA-UK 2019 I noticed that one of the most photographed slides of the conference was Dr Sandy Kopps' ERAS protocol for knees, which gave me a thought....
Why not host as many regional anaesthesia and enhanced recovery protocols as you'd like to share?
In time I hope this will become a valuable resource where people can see what others are doing, learn from and be inspired by different ways of doing things, as well as just plain not reinventing the wheel each time. We are interested in hearing from institutions around the world for their contributions.
RA-UK will provide these on the basis that they do not encompass societal recommendations of care, but rather a learning resource.
A message from the President
I am writing this piece for the website just over a week since the 2-day #RAUK19 conference in Belfast on 16THMay 2019. The last year went past in a flash and was the culmination of hard work on the part of significant number of people, all of whom were instrumental in the production of a record-breaking meeting for RA-UK.
I must mention the incredible local organising committee consisting of Dr. Rosie Hogg, Dr. Lloyd Turbitt, Dr. Dave Johnston, Dr. Peter Merjavy and Dr. Michael Jones. Their passion and drive was contagious and they succeeded in putting together an inclusive meeting full of innovative ideas, incredible imagery, hi-tech audio-visual support and a staging set up that brought the speakers out into the audience in an engaging manner that I have never really seen at a conference before.
I received significant support from all of the RA-UK board, but special mention must go to Dr. Alan Macfarlane, our treasurer, who helped keep things on track and tempered our enthusiasm appropriately, Dr. Sim West, our webmaster, who dealt with an inordinate number of requests from us all, and Dr. Nat Haslam, our secretary who did everything else!
We were also supported by a brand-new Event Management Company, EMD, who via Kate Stephenson and Nick Gray, helped bring our dream alive.
Read more: A message from the President