The National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia

The NIAA has four main objectives: 

  • to improve patient care by promoting the translation of research findings into clinical practice; 
  • to develop and maximise its academic profile within the healthcare profession, NHS, universities and major research bodies; 
  • to facilitate high profile, influential research; 
  • to facilitate and support training and continuing professional education in academia.

Through effective partnership working the NIAA has developed a model process for the distribution of research funding across the profession, provides support for trainees and works closely with Military Anaesthesia and Critical Care.

The RCoA is responsible for the governance and finances of the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia.

Health Services Research Centre (HSRC)

The HSRC is a major resource for research and audit and facilitates national collaborative projects leading to improved healthcare delivery, quality and outcomes.  It is responsible for the management of the highly successful National Audit Projects (NAPs) and the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit.

The Health Services Research Centre was launched in 2011 with the aim of being a hub for world-class anaesthesia research (including peri-operative, pain related and sub-specialty research).

Its aims are:

  • initiating and coordinating large scale clinical audits (including NAPs)
  • methodological innovation in clinical measurement
  • conducting and facilitating research to improve patient outcomes

The RCoA is one of the four founding partners of the NIAA