The anaesthetic and postgraduate education trust was set up as a charitable body by the anaesthetic department in 1978 to assist in the training and education of Junior anaesthetic stuff. The consultant body (12 members at the time ) agreed to pay £40 per year by deed of covenant. This allowed the charity to claim back from HMRC a further £21, making each member’s contribution £61 annually. In 2015/16, due to resignations and retirements, there was a requirement to appoint new trustees. After taking legal advice, the best way forward was to wind up the original charity and to transfer the remaining funds to a new charitable company with new trustees.
In the 37 year history of the original charity it has helped financially with the following projects:
- Essay and presentation prizes for trainees
- Purchase of the departmental electronic whiteboard for presentations
- Purchase of video equipment for fibre-optic intubation for teaching and supervising trainees
- Purchase of medical books for library
- Purchase electronic overhead projector for presentations within the Department
- Purchase of manikins for teaching difficult intubation
- Assistance with funding of research carried out by anaesthetic trainees within the trust
- Purchase of computer software for research
- Funding travel for departmental visits to manufacturers of anaesthetic and monitoring equipment
- Assisting with funding for poster presentations at national meetings for trainees
- Assisted with funding for Teaching aids for anaesthetic theatre staff
- Funding annually, the ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia course run by Dr Alison Schulte
- Assistance with travel for visiting Guest speakers
- Paying legal fees involved with the charity administration such as appointment of trustees and setting up of the new anaesthetic postgraduate educational who trust.