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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.

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

Sep
27

Making sense of health research...

Plymouth - John Bull Building - SR4

An introduction to making sense of evidence   Introduction to Making Sense of Evidence During this talk a...
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Sep
28

Searching and Review Clinic

The University of Exeter, St Luke's campus, South Cloisters (Room 2.35)

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
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News

Professor Rob Anderson wins prestigious book prize

15 September 2017

  Rob Anderson, Associate Professor of Health Economics and Evaluation, was one of the authors to...
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Job opportunity: Graduate Communications Assistant

04 September 2017

We are looking to recruit a Communications Assistant to support the Engagement, Research Information and...
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Stroke Association awards funding for stroke thrombectomy collaboration

16 August 2017

A study into a new and more effective treatment for acute stroke in England, carried...
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Research Projects

Improving the mental health of children and young people with long term conditions

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia

Systematic review evaluating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions aimed at improving the mental health...
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Cognitive Monitoring in Planned Arthroplasty Surgery Study (CoMPASS)

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

SWARM are developing a study looking at post-operative cognitive dysfunction (POCD). In an initial...
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Research Projects