RA-UK Regional Anaesthesia Research Priority Setting Partnership

What are the aims of the RA-UK Regional Anaesthesia Research Priority Setting Partnership?

The aim of the Regional Anaesthesia Research PSP is to identify the unanswered questions about Regional Anaesthesia from both patient and clinical perspectives and then prioritise those that they agree are the most important.

The PSP will therefore:

  • work with patients and clinicians to identify unanswered questions regarding regional anaesthesia.
  • to agree, by consensus, a prioritised list of those questions for research.
  • to publicise the results of the PSP and its process.
  • to take the results to research commissioning bodies to be considered for funding.

How will the Regional Anaesthesia Research PSP achieve these aims?

RA-UK will work with partner organisations to reach out to a wide range of healthcare professionals and patients.  Their opinions on what questions research into regional anaesthesia should address will be sought via the means of an online survey.

Suggested research questions will be reviewed and similar questions grouped together to form indicative questions.  The Literature will be reviewed, and unanswered questions will progress to priority setting.

A second online survey will ask respondents to rank questions in order of importance.  As with the 1st survey RA-UK will work with partner organisations to ensure a wide range of views are included in this step.

The highest ranked questions will progress to a final priority setting round.  A multi-disciplinary group of experts will reach consensus on the 10 most important research questions

The final research questions will be published and hopefully influence the direction of future regional anaesthesia research.

Who Are the Partner organisations working with RA-UK on the Regional Anaesthesia Research PSP?

Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh)

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 

College of Operating Department Practitioners 

British Anaesthetic and Recovery Nurses Association 

Society of Bariatric Anaesthesia 

British Elbow Surgery Society

Association for Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Critical Care

Association of Breast Surgery

British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

British Orthopaedic Oncology Society

Society of British Neurological Surgeons 

Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons

British Trauma Society 

British Orthopaedic Trainees Association 

British Association of Day surgery

The Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association

In addition to formal partner organisations many other organisations have agreed to share the online surveys, ensuring a wide range of healthcare professionals and patients will have the opportunity to contribute to the project.

How can I Help?

If you are a healthcare professional who cares for patients that have had regional anaesthetic techniques or have undergone a regional anaesthetic technique yourself, we’d like to hear your ideas! The online survey below will ask for your ideas on what should be researched and a little bit about you.  It is open from the 1st of March until midnight on the 30th of April.


The full research protocol can be accessed here.





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NIHR Non-Commercial Partner

RA-UK is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) non-commercial Partner. This means the studies that we fund may be eligible to access the NIHR Study Support Service which is provided by the NIHR Clinical Research Network. The NIHR Clinical Research Network can now support health and social care research taking place in non-NHS settings, such as studies running in care homes or hospices, or public health research taking place in schools and other community settings. Read the full policy: Eligibility Criteria for NIHR Clinical Research Network Support.

In partnership with your local R&D office, we encourage you to involve your local NIHR Clinical Research Network team in discussions as early as possible when planning your study. This will enable you to fully benefit from the support available through the NIHR Study Support Service. To find out more, please visit: www.nihr.ac.uk/study-support-service

If your study involves NHS sites in England you will need to apply for Health Research Authority Approval. For guidance on submitting an application please visit: www.hra.nhs.uk.

NIAA RA-UK Project Grant

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RA-UK wishes to promote scientific study and the academic basis of the sub-specialty. We appreciate financial support is difficult to obtain for regional anaesthesia research, particularly for smaller studies.

The Support

The grant is intended to support research projects involving regional anaesthesia and may be used to contribute towards salaries (in which case, the employer is responsible for ensuring appropriate governance is in place) or for the purchase of items of equipment and consumable items.
The applicant will be required to submit an account of the project within 2 years of award payment.

For further information and details of how to apply visit the NIAA website.

Previous awards

Dr Peter Odor for a prospective evaluation of plasma levobupivacine concentration after fascia iliaca block in fractures neck of femur patients.

Dr Loiuka Tsaprouni forstudying whether cyclooxygenase inhibitors decrease human core temperature during exposure to operating room temperatures.



ESRA Research Grants

ESRA Research Grant

The European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA) proudly presents the ESRA Research Grant in order to achieve the distinctive goals of ESRA such as

  • to encourage specialisation of anaesthesiologists and other physicians in regional anaesthesia or pain management
  • to promote, sponsor and encourage research in experimental, epidemiological or clinical settings regarding regional anaesthesia or pain management
  • to help anaesthesiologists in under-resourced countries to develop their scientific programmes

ESRA members from all over the world are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be ESRA members and should be in at least their third year of medical specialisation.

Applications can be forwarded any time of the year to the ESRA Office.

More details at http://esraeurope.org/education/grants/

ESRA Educational Grant

The European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA) offers the ESRA Educational Grant in order to achieve the distinctive goals of ESRA:

  • to encourage specialisation of anaesthesiologists and other physicians in regional anaesthesia or pain management
  • to promote and sponsor courses and workshops
  • to encourage teaching of regional anaesthesia in anaesthesiology training programmes
  • to help anaesthesiologists in under resourced countries

ESRA members from all over the world are encouraged to apply. However, emphasis will be placed  on applications from anaesthesiologists coming from countries that lack the financial infrastructures needed to achieve the education in regional anaesthesia. Such countries include some eastern European or African nations.

Applicants should be ESRA members, have spent a minimal amount of time in their specialty, and be in at least their third year of medical specialisation.

More details at: http://esraeurope.org/education/grants/


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