Medical professionals discuss anaesthesia issues

Published: 2 February 2009 at 10:00

First of a series of conferences on specific areas of medical practice is to be staged in Essex

The first of a series of one day conferences for medical staff from the region is being staged at the new Postgraduate Medical Institute (PMI) at Anglia Ruskin University’s Rivermead campus in Chelmsford, on Wednesday 4 March. The idea of the event is to bring professionals from different specialities together to improve collaborative working in advancing the standard of healthcare for the benefit of the population as a whole.

The inaugural symposium, Identifying and Managing the High Risk Surgical Patient, will focus on the in-depth scientific and training issues of anaesthesia. It has ben structured and organised in conjunction with a number of leading consultants from our partner hospital trust, Broomfield Hospital. Speakers include anaesthesia experts, Professor Pierre Foex, Dr Georgina Howard Alpe, Professor Monty Mythen, Dr Rupert Pearse, Dr Jonathan Wilson and Dr Mike Swart.

The much publicised recent changes in medical training and education make it important that multiple routes exist for junior doctors to specialise to achieve promotion. The PMI at Anglia Ruskin University is led by medical academics in partnership with eleven NHS trusts from around the East of England, which provide a regional nucleus for postgraduate education and training, alongside medical research and development. 

It builds on existing medical research activity at Anglia Ruskin University, creates a focus for investment from the NHS and the private sector, and provides opportunities for training and R&D partnerships with industry, allowing NHS Trusts to develop their senior staff locally.

Speaking about the event, Marcia Baldry from Anglia Ruskin University’s PMI said:

"This first symposium at the Postgraduate Medical Institute will bring together a mix of healthcare professionals, academics and trainee medical staff for the purpose of further improving and refining practice in the area of anaesthesia."

"We are delighted that this event is based in Essex, helping to provide a better healthcare R&D infrastructure here.  In time, this will mean we will be able to attract even higher calibre UK consultants to the region."

Primary sponsor of the event is Fresenius Kabi, a healthcare company specialising in the areas of infusion therapy and clinical nutrition.

The new Institute supports postgraduate training in medicine by organising relevant courses, symposiums and conferences for a wide range of professional activities. The Institute currently uses the existing facilities at Anglia Ruskin University but will ultimately have its own dedicated building.

In a competitive academic environment, the Institute intends to develop a targeted approach to its research programmes. These include research into Bio-engineering, cancer control, mental health and Optometry/Ophthamology. 

Partners involved in the establishment of the Postgraduate Medical Institute include Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, NHS North East Essex, Nuffield Health, North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, The Royal Society for Public Health, Ramsay Health Care UK, NHS South East Essex, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.