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South West Anaesthesia Research Matrix

Established in February 2012, the South West Anaesthesia Research Matrix or SWARM is an anaesthetic trainee-led audit and research collaborative based in Peninsula Deanery in the South West of England.

SWARM's aims are to:

  1. Establish a regional network of anaesthetic trainees who conduct multi-centre research and audit with a high potential for making an impact.

  2. Allow trainees to continue their involvement in research and audit projects as they migrate around the deanery.

  3. Provide training in research for the educational benefit of SWARM members.

  4. Attract national funding for research and audit work.

PenCLAHRC supports SWARM through a funded Fellowship programme. This programme allows trainees to take a leading role in SWARM projects - including multiple aspects of project management from design, ethics, recruitment and data collection through to analysis, write-up and presentation. SWARM Fellows are also given the opportunity to develop and lead an upcoming project. The role provides individuals with generic research methodology training and involvement in collaborative working across the six regional NHS Trusts based in Taunton, Barnstaple, Truro, Plymouth, Torbay and Exeter.

The SWARM CUPPA project has been featured in the July 2017 edition of the Royal College of Anaesthetists Bulletin. The collaborative has also recently won the Royal College of Anaesthetists and Clinical Research Network trainee network award, which will be awarded in May 2018. 

PenCLAHRC SWARM Research Fellows:

Name Dates Project(s)
Dr Victoria Field August 2015 - December 2016 Comprehensive moUth-care to reduce Post-operative PneumoniA (CUPPA)
Dr Tim Warrener December 2016 - August 2017 Intraoperative Hypotension in Elder patients (iHyPE), Epidemiology of Critical Care provision after Surgery (EPICCS pilot and main trial), Satisfaction and Wellbeing in Anaesthetic Training (SWeAT) and Cognitive function testing pre- and post-op for elderly patients (COMPASS)
Dr Johannes Retief August 2017 - August 2018 Cognitive function testing pre- and post-op for elderly patients (COMPASS)

PenCLAHRC are supporting the development of similar networks across other disciplines within healthcare, including a child health network.

 

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