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.

*NEW* Facebook Site

February 13th, 2015

facebook_login_-_Google_SearchWe are now officially on social media, making it much easier to keep up-to-date with upcoming meetings, new learning resources and to communicate with the wider audience on important work or non-work related matters.

Our new Facebook site can be found at www.facebook.com/span.scotland, or simply click here :   facebook_login_-_Google_Search

Information Gathering for Rare Syndromes

February 13th, 2015

Further to the inclusion of the ‘eponyms’ app from Dr Lee’s talk at the recent SPAN/SAG meeting, we would like to direct you towards another online resource with useful information.

Taken from the website: “Orphanet is the reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs, for all audiences. Orphanet’s aim is to help improve the diagnosis, care and treatment of patients with rare diseases.”

The site is available at: http://www.orpha.net/consor/cgi-bin/index.php

Information about the ‘eponyms’ app is already available with other useful information in the SPAN/SAG menu on the right.

Airway Management Resource Page

January 29th, 2015

We are delighted to announce that there is a brand new site for accessing resources for paediatric airway management. Look to the menus on the right of this webpage for “Airway Management Resources”. We hope that the information here will be helpful both for everyday management and for assisting in service development countrywide. Coming soon will be a further, multi-authored document compiling a lot of this information into one place. An announcement will be made soon.

In the meantime please do get in touch at nealwillis@nhs.net if there is any other airway management information or advice you would like to see uploaded to the website, or if you have any feedback we would be delighted to hear from you.

Airway Meeting Talks

January 15th, 2015

The talks from the recent SPAN/SAG Airway Meeting are now available on the website; look to the tabs to the right of this webpage. For Dr Ball’s talk there are references only due to consent and copyright surrounding some of the images and similarly for Dr Lee’s talk there are some missing images. We are certain both authors would happily answer any questions if there were any from delegates or interested parties. Please contact SPAN in the first instance. The lively debate between Dr Walker and Mr Kubba is in progress and will hopefully be available soon…

Obituary for Dr Mark Bloch

October 27th, 2014

It is with great regret that we announce the untimely death of Dr Mark Bloch on Saturday 18th October 2014, former paediatric anaesthetist at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital. A native Zimbabwean, Mark came to Aberdeen via Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals as well as training in South Africa. He had an enthusiasm for clinical work that few could emulate, and had built up a pioneering approach to simulation while in London. During his time in Aberdeen he continued his interests in this and critical care, and was well known to many in Scotland. Following a career change he found new challenges in his work with BASICS and the Scottish Ambulance Service, developing the role of the anaesthetist in Prehospital Care. He was one of two anaesthetists who contributed to the creation of a Grampian Immediate Care Scheme, attending many sick and injured in the Grampian Region.

He leaves a wife and two daughters, to whom we direct our deepest condolences.