ESPA just 9 days away!

September 19th, 2017

Click here to view the ESPA/SPAN programme for next Thursday!

Courses at the Scottish Centre for Simulation and Clinical Human Factors

August 22nd, 2017


We would like to draw your attention to the website for the Scottish Centre for Simulation and Clinical Human Factors, which will henceforth be referred to as the SCSCHF for the sake of brevity.

The list of courses available at the SCSCHF can be accessed by clicking here to take you to their website.

Upcoming courses are listed below, with links to follow for more information.

It’s worth noting that the simulation day covering meningococcal disease is FREE!

12/10/17 – MEPA-FC (Managing Emergencies in Paediatric Anaesthesia – For Consultants) – More Info Please!

16/11/17 – Simulation Training on Paediatric Meningococcal Disease – More Info Please!   FREE

18/1/18 – MEPA (Managing Emergencies in Paediatric Anaesthesia) – More Info Please!

15/3/18 – Simulation Training on Paediatric Meningococcal Disease – More Info Please!   FREE

SPAN ESPA Details Available

August 4th, 2017


Good News Everyone!

We now have a finalised programme and pricing for the Thursday session at ESPA.

We feel that the programme is an excellent compacted version of a typical SPAN meeting, covering very relevant and current topics in paediatric anaesthesia. We hope to see as many of you there as possible, and hope to be able to entertain some ESPA members from further afield as well.

The dates for ESPA are Thursday the of 28th – Saturday the 30th of September 2017, with SPAN running our session on Thursday the 28th in the morning, before the ESPA conference opens officially. The pricing on the flyer and the website is for the whole of Thursday, not just the morning session. The LOC are trying to negotiate the earlybird rate for all SPAN applicants; more information will follow on the website and the facebook page as it is available.

Click the link below for the flyer;


The main ESPA website and programme can be viewed here: ESPA Main Site. Just click on the menu options to the right for information. The SPAN talks are not detailed here as they are not part of the main ESPA event, see the flyer above for details.

Information Video about Autism

August 2nd, 2017

This is a really nice information video about autism. It’s short enough to be watched in a free moment and the information is pitched at a very accessible level. A useful entry-level video to give a bit of insight.

New resources available for families attending for GA in hospital

June 27th, 2017

Here we are pleased to share some work from a couple of teams within the UK:

Firstly, the guys and girls at NHS Tayside have teamed up with the charity Action for Sick Children Scotland (click here for website) to produce an information sheet for parents and carers. It outlines what to expect as a parent/carer when taking their child for an operation/anaesthetic, and captures that experience very well. The information sheet can be viewed by clicking here. Dr Grant Rodney (consultant anaesthetist, NHS Tayside) has been part of the team involved in producing this piece of work and is happy to be contacted by anyone who wishes to use the information sheet in their own trust. He can be contacted at

Secondly, there is an excellent short film (about 6 minutes) which has been made by Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and one of their local charities “The Grand Appeal”. It is a professionally made animated film which features sound bites from children who agreed to be interviewed about their hospital experience. This link will take you to the film on YouTube.

Finally, the Scottish charity What? Why? Children in Hospital (click here for website) is continually adding new videos and resources to help patients and their families/carers with their visits to hospital. It’s well worth having a look to see what is out there for our young patients.

Pediatric sedation outside of the operating room

May 31st, 2017

There will be a meeting in San Franciso from 15th to 17th September 2017 on paediatric sedation.

Poster: 2017_PedSedationBrochure and website:

Provisional SPAN date for 2018

April 26th, 2017

An early note for your diaries!  The provisional date for next year’s SPAN meeting is Friday 20th April 2018.  If you have any suggestions for speakers, topics or venue, please contact the SPAN committee!

ESPA in Glasgow, 2017

April 26th, 2017

The European Society of Paediatric Anaesthesiology is holding its 9th congress in Glasgow from 28th-30th September 2017 at the Radisson Blu Hotel.  SPAN has been invited to chair the Thursday morning session.  Please support the local organising committee.

Further details are available on the meeting website:

What? Why? Children in Hospital Charity

April 11th, 2017


This charity has a host of useful videos aimed at preparing children for a trip to hospital, including having a cannula and having an anaesthetic. They have recently uploaded a whole load of new videos and it would be the ideal thing to share with colleagues involved in pre-assessment of children or preparing children for their visit to hospital.

The website is

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!