CPD Confirmed for Spring 2017 Meeting

March 7th, 2017

Good news everyone!

We now have confirmation of 5 CPD points from the RCoA for our Spring meeting.

So if you were holding off applying just in case, get your application in now!

Your appraisal folder will thank you!

See you there!



Eyes Right People!

February 1st, 2017

Look to the menu bar on the right side of the webpage to find information about this year’s SPAN meeting, to be held at Crieff Hydro on Friday 21st April 2017. We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

Remember: If you’d like to travel a day before, the hotel offers a rate of 145 GBP for dinner, bed and breakfast stay for a single room and 179 GBP for double occupancy in a twin room. To get a discount, enter SPAN as a code when booking online.

Click here to visit the Crieff Hydro website




November 22nd, 2016

Good news everyone!

There is now a freely available teaching package to assist in the introduction of capnography to recovery areas in your hospital. NAP4 (since 2011) and now the AAGBI recommend the use of capnography in all patients who are anaesthetised or sedated, regardless of where they are in a hospital.

A team of anaesthetists in Ninewells have agreed for their work to be freely available for use and adaptation to suit local needs.

See the tab to the right of the screen to find the resources. Please use, adapt and share freely with colleagues. This is important stuff!

SPAN 2017 Spring Meeting

November 8th, 2016

Following delegate feedback on venue choice, we have chosen Crieff Hydro Hotel (in Crieff) to host next year’s Spring meeting. The date is Friday 21st April 2017. There will be a delegate rate for the Thursday night for those who wish to come down for some relaxation and dinner prior to the meeting. Full details to follow. There will, once again, be parallel sessions running for our trainee members with the AGM and the chance for trainee members to deliver oral presentations during a session. All successful oral presenters will not pay a course fee. So pass the message on and get the QI projects finished that you want to boast about to the rest of us and convince us all to change our practice for the better!

See you all there.

The SPAN committee

Scottish Airway Group Meeting 2017

September 6th, 2016

The Scottish Airway Group are holding their annual meeting next year in Edinburgh on Friday the 10th March 2017. As you can see there are some topics on offer which will be of interest to those involved in paediatric anaesthesia. As well as the chance to catch up with old friends and see what’s new in airway management in both adults and children.

“Cognition and Decision Making in Airway Management” sounds like an excellent topic for discussion.

So, as they say; “Save the Date”



POEMS course, Kirkcaldy, 31st August 2016

May 22nd, 2016

Training in the management of anxious children: the POEMS course will be held in Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy on 31st August 2016.  You can book on-line at www.poemsforchildren.co.uk or download a form.

The price is £80 for consultants, £50 for trainees, and £40 for others.

Kirkcaldy POEMS poster

SPAN Spring Meeting 2016

April 6th, 2016

We are delighted to announce that Dr Chris Gildersleve, current Secretary of the APAGBI, will be joining us next month at the Spring meeting to talk to us about IV fluid therapy in children, in the context of the new NICE guidance published in December 2015. the document can be downloaded from the following link;


Call for Trainee Abstracts Winter Meeting 2015

October 6th, 2015

We would like to invite submissions for poster and short oral presentations at the forthcoming SPAN Education Meeting.  Topics including audits, research and case presentations should relate to paediatric anaesthesia or paediatric critical care.

Please submit your poster abstract to laura.jack1@nhs.net in a word document with a word count of less than 400 words by Wednesday 4 November.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Caring for Children in the Independent Sector

March 18th, 2015

A recent document has been published by the Independent Healthcare Advisory Service (IHAS) outlining standards of care for children in the independent sector. There are some points within this document that have caused concern and have propmpted a joint statement from the APA and RCOA.

Read the full statement by clicking on the following link;


MORE Airway Resources

March 4th, 2015

We have just added 2 new documents to our ‘airway management resources’ page, well worth a look as guidance for anyone looking to update/review their airway equipment and/or set-up of their airway equipment. Drawing on expertise from around Scotland, the document is a consensus document on which all the authors agree. Hopefully it provides a useful framework for those interested in remaining current and safe in airway management. Please take a look and tell us what you think.