Sprint National Anaesthesia Projects (SNAPs)

SNAPs are observational clinical research studies which aim to recruit a large number of patients in a short time period

The Sprint National Anaesthesia Projects (SNAPs) examine commonly occurring events related to anaesthesia and surgery which affect a large number of patients. Each SNAP is conducted within a short data collection window of a few days at most, though their planning and analysis takes much longer. Two SNAPs have run to date, with Chief Investigator applications now open for SNAP3.

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The Sprint National Anaesthesia Projects (SNAPs) are delivered by the NIAA Health Services Research Centre on behalf of the College. They provide important data on common elements of anaesthetic practice and have international reach, with SNAP2 taking place not only in the UK but in Australia and New Zealand.

The SNAPs are only possible due to the fantastic enthusiasm and engagement of collaborators across the UK, including anaesthetic trainees and their Trainee Research Networks. Since SNAP2, individuals who contributed data to the project are listed as collaborators in PubMed.

Unlike other research projects, the SNAPs do not release their findings in a single or annual report. They are released as separate, peer-reviewed papers in clinical journals.

For more on the SNAPs, please visit the HSRC website.

SNAP1: Patient-reported outcomes after anaesthesia

SNAP1 was a research project which involved a two-day evaluation of patient-reported outcomes after anaesthesia: specifically, patient satisfaction after anaesthesia and patient-reported awareness. Data collection took place on Tuesday 13 May and Wednesday 14 May 2014.

The SNAP1 results were published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia in December 2016.

SNAP2: Epidemiology of Critical Care Services

The 2nd Sprint National Anaesthesia Project: Epidemiology of Critical Care provision after Surgery (SNAP2: EpiCCS) examined the epidemiology of perioperative risk and outcome, and critical care referral and admission after inpatient surgery in the UK, and whether planned postoperative critical care admission is effective as an intervention to reduce postoperative morbidity.

SNAP2 was managed in conjunction with the UCL/UCLH Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe) and was generously supported by the RCoA and the Association of Anaesthetists.

SNAP3: Frailty and Delirium

The RCoA and HSRC are inviting submissions from colleagues who wish to be the Chief Investigator (CI) for a 3rd National Sprint Anaesthesia Project (SNAP3) based on frailty and delirium.

The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of their credibility to lead SNAP3, including clarity of ideas for the research questions and methods, ability to work in a high-pressure environment (coordinating over 250 hospitals can be stressful!) and perhaps most importantly, their ability to work with, supervise and mentor the trainee lead who will be appointed subsequently.

The candidate will be able to claim 1PA salary backfill, and will be supported by a trainee who will work at least 75% WTE on the project, and the RCoA/HSRC team who provide administrative, academic and project management support.

Please provide an application in the format specified in the Commissioning Brief, plus a 2-page CV and a letter of support from your Clinical Director or equivalent line manager; this should include that they would be prepared to accommodate the time required to deliver this project within your job plan (acknowledging the 1PA contribution from RCoA).

Applications should be submitted to hsrc@rcoa.ac.uk by 5pm on Friday 7 February 2020.

Want to find out more about the SNAPs?
Please visit the SNAP webpages for more information and detailed study documentation on each project.