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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.

 

Upcoming Events

May
01

PPI Advice Clinic

The University of Exeter, St Luke's campus, South Cloisters

Patient and Public Involvement Clinic What? These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC PPI Team manage and respond...
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May
15

Searching and Review Clinic

Room 2.35, South Cloisters, St Lukes Campus, University of Exeter

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
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Improving health care pathways for patients with chronic conditions

05 April 2018

PenCLAHRC Senior Research Fellow, Dr Helen Lloyd, has spoken to the BBC about the impacts...
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Partner in Focus - Devon Partnership NHS Trust

29 March 2018

As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, plus the Universities of...
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Does brain function really decline after hip and knee surgery?

28 March 2018

A new study due to launch in the South West aims to explore if brain...
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