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South West Anaesthesia Research Matrix

The South West Anaesthesia Research Matrix (SWARM) is an anaesthetic trainee-led audit and research collaborative. SWARM is based in Peninsula Deanery which provides postgraduate training for doctors 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.

PenARC supports SWARM through a funded Fellowship programme which allows trainees to take a leading role on  its projects. This creates the opportunity to gain experience in varied aspects of project management, from design, ethics, recruitment and data collection through to analysis, write-up and presentation.

Fellows benefit from 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 was featured in the July 2017 edition of the Royal College of Anaesthetists Bulletin. The collaborative also won the Royal College of Anaesthetists and Clinical Research Network trainee network award in 2018.

PenARC SWARM Research Fellows:

Name Dates Project(s)

Dr Rachel Revenant

August  2019- 2020

Cognitive function testing pre- and post-op for elderly patients (COMPASS)

Dr Andrew Woodgate

August 2018 - August 2019

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)
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 Victoria Field

August  2015- December 2016

Comprehensive moUth-care to reduce Post-operative PneumoniA (CUPPA)

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


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