NAPGET Stories

Poster at the International Congress of Anaesthesia, Cape Town.

I wanted to write to NAPGET to say thank you for the generous support you provided to help me attend and present a poster at the International Congress of Obstetric Anaesthesia in Cape Town.

This conference was a fantastic opportunity for me to further my training in obstetric anaesthesia and helped me to meet some of the outcome requirements of my higher obstetrics unit of training. 

In addition, this specific conference also combined my interest for global health and global surgery.  This was the first international obstetric anaesthesia conference held within Africa, and it definitely was an international event with speakers and delegates from multiple high and low and middle-income countries.  I was completely starstruck as I had the opportunity to meet people whose education work and research in global health I had admired for many years. 

Being an event where practice in African countries was discussed a lot meant a number of the sessions involved discussing patient cases with significant medical and obstetric co-morbidities, as well as fantastic update sessions on many obstetric emergencies.

Every single talk had me interested the whole way through and I really look forward to attending this again in the future.  Thank you again to NAPGET as I would have struggled to attend without your support. 

Dr Sonia Akrimi FRCA


CardMedic is an innovative and multi award-winning website and mobile app designed to improve communication between frontline healthcare staff and patients, across any barrier – including foreign language; visual, hearing or cognitive impairment; or PPE.

Written simply and succinctly by clinical experts, CardMedic encompasses an A-Z collection of digital communication flashcards that replicate clinical conversations around common healthcare topics. Information is presented to patients on a tablet, mobile or desktop, enabling healthcare staff to both ask questions and provide explanations.

CardMedic is a “One Stop Communication Shop” with the ability to flex at the point-of-care to meet any communication need, at the touch of a button. Content is multi-lingual, available in EasyRead with pictures, British Sign Language and a read-aloud mode. It also hosts an integrated translation tool with speech-to-text, to support conversations extending beyond the flashcards.

CardMedic is available as both a freemium model with free access to the emergency flashcards with the above-mentioned functionality, as well as an annual subscription model for healthcare settings to purchase. The subscription service offers access to the full suite of content with enhanced features and functionality, including the ability to customise content and access additional languages.

CardMedic is readily adaptable to use in any healthcare setting including primary, secondary or tertiary care, pre-hospital, community or residential care, dental practices and pharmacies.

CardiMedic aims to improve patient safety, experience and quality of care, and reduce health inequalities. Our core ethos is to make a positive social impact and ensure we are reaching huge underserved populations with communication challenges.

CardMedic supports legislation including the NHS Long Term Plan, NHS England’s Accessible Information Standard, Equality Act, Human Rights Act and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

– From concept to launch in 72 hours, CardMedic has had over 46,000 users in 120
countries and 16,000 app downloads since 1 st April 2020.
– With huge thanks to NAPGET, we were able to fund initial development of the website, open Apple and Google app store developer accounts, and a register the Trade Mark and Logo applications.
– CardMedic has been endorsed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
– Endorsed by national patient safety bodies: Patient Safety Learning (UK) and Patient Safety Learning (USA).
– Approved by ORCHA.
– Awarded NHS Digital Data Security and Protection Toolkit clearance.
– Approved by NHS Clinical Safety Standards.
– Recruited by the Department for International Trade for inclusion in the Healthcare UK Digital Health Export Offer, 2020.
– Named in the Department for International Trade’s “Top 25 Ones to Watch List” for international expansion.
Fast-tracked through the Ministry of Defence’s “Defence Medical Services Clinical Research and Innovation Gateway COVID-19 Taskforce” for dissemination to over 70 senior clinicians in NHS Trusts across the UK.
– Alumni of The Hill Market Access Accelerator Program, run by Oxford University, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford Brookes University.
– Part of the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Program 2021 Cohort.

Multi award-winning:
o Points of Light Award from UK Prime Minister: Volunteer Services to COVID.

o Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group: National Patient Safety Award.

o Health Services Journal (HSJ) Partnerships Award: Most Effective Contribution to Patient Safety (shortlisted – presentation April 2021).

Dr Rachael Grimaldi

Royal College of Emergency Medicine – research poster presentation (2019)

Thank you very much to NAPGET for supporting me with funding to allow me to attend a conference to present a poster. 

I’m an F1 in an anaesthetics post with future aspirations to apply for ACCS Anaesthetics training. Unfortunately, there is no funding or study leave available for FY1 doctors to attend conferences to present work however with application for training both competitive and required early in the F2 year, this leaves little time to polish the CV. NAPGET were very generous and were able to assist with funding which gave me the opportunity to attend and present my poster on the haemodynamic stability of ketamine pre-hospital emergency anaesthesia following return of spontaneous circulation after a ‘medical’ cardiac arrest at the RCEM annual scientific conference. 

The support is greatly appreciated and also highlights what a fantastic and supportive specialty anaesthesia is. Thank you!

Dr Carl Evans

Research Presentation – European Society of Paediatric Anaesthetists

Thank you so much for for supporting and allowing me to attend ESPA’s European Congress for Paediatric Anaesthesiology in Rotterdam in September 2019.

I presented two poster presentations on work led by Dr Mishra and Dr Lillie from the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital.  We spent several months auditing the notes of children who have had tonsillectomy and adenotonsillectomy surgery with the aim of improving day case rates and patient outcomes.  One presentation showed how the Alex has been able to significantly improve its day case rate by continued refinement of selection criteria through audit cycles.  The other presentation looked at variation of opioid use intra-operatively and found remifentanil had no significant clinical advantage in reducing PACU times but had increased rescue opioid analgesia requirement compared to the non-remifentanil group.

RSCH L5 Anaesthetic Department

Thanks to NAPGET for furnishing our great new educational and training space at BSUH with seating to allow trainee tutorials, shared learning and rest space during the long evening on call period.

This long-awaited departmental teaching area, allocated by the trust in response to a mandatory order from HEKSS, would not have been functional without the funds to equip it with basic equipment like seating and IT. It is great to see money from our departmental teaching endeavours ploughed back into the RSCH department in such a fantastically tangible way, to make it a great place for BSUH educators to provide anaesthetic teaching and training.

Difficult Airway Society – Edinburgh 2018

This annual meeting took place in Edinburgh, and the hosts organised a three-day event with workshops and speakers from across the world, as well as discussion sessions that covered various aspects of airway management.

A group of us attended from BSUH, including anaesthetists at all levels (CT1 up to senior consultants) and three of our Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs). Between the group we submitted a number of poster presentations, which NAPGET generously supported.

Myself and another anaesthetist focused on ‘Plan D’ of the difficult airway planning – which is emergency Front of Neck access (eFONA). This is a rare occurrence, but something as anaesthetists we rely on drill sessions and scenarios to ensure we are familiar with the procedure if needed. Within the trust over an 18 month period, we unusually had 6 eFONA cases, and therefore used this as an opportunity for learning.

We recognized the highly emotive nature of being involved in such an emergency case – and developed a semi-structured questionnaire which enabled the clinicians to talk through the case, and to enable technical / logistical details to be covered as well as giving an opportunity to discuss the non-technical aspects.

Four main themes were highlighted in the poster that we presented at DAS, which included the reassurance that the actual procedure was very straightforward. More challenging was decision making and some of the logistics, and we were able to learn as a department from these points.

Two other posters were presented by a colleague and showcased the unique eFONA kit that we have developed at BSUH, alongside our ODP colleagues.

All poster presentations were very wellreceived. Thank you so much NAPGET for your support with producing the posters.

Dr Cally Dean, Consultant Anaesthetist, BSUH

Regional ACCS/Core Anaesthesia Interview Preparation Course

For the second year running I have organised a course helping those applying for Core level anaesthetics jobs. It provides an opportunity to face high fidelity interview panels with the same structure used by the deanery.  Each candidate cycled through the clinical, presentation and portfolio stations and received feedback just as they would on the day. As well as verbal feedback, all candidates got written feedback in the same format as HEKSS, with specific domain-by-domain feedback. Attendees from 2017 gave very good feedback and this year’s course has built on their constructive feedback. 

Thank you NAPGET for helping with room hire. We even managed to return some funding to the charity from attendees fees.

Dr Amin Eikhawad, CT2 Trainee

BOAS Poster Presentation

We designed a patient questionnaire to receive patient feedback on the service we provide in the preoperative anaesthetic assessment clinic at the Sussex Eye Hospital in Brighton.  Regarding the patient feedback, our aim was to develop a questionnaire that would truly reflect the patient’s perspective. Ideally, it would enable us to understand the aspects of care we need to focus to improve the patient’s experience according to NICE guidance on patient experience in adult NHS services. The questionnaire design and results from the feedback were presented at the British Ophthalmic Anaesthesia Society Annual Conference at the Royal College of Anaesthetists in London.  

Thank you to NAPGET for funding the printing of this poster.

Dr Amin Eikhawad, CT2 Trainee

History of the charity.


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.