President’s Message

Dr Sally Wilson

Dr Sally Wilson, London

I am delighted to be representing the Neuroanaesthesia and Neurocritical Care Society. I took over as President in May 2021 from Roger Lightfoot during our Annual Society Meeting which should have been in Leeds, sadly this was a virtual event due to the COVID situation at the time. That said, due to a huge amount of hard work by Roger and many others, we had an extremely successful meeting with excellent feedback and a good international attendance. We really do hope to be able to meet face to face in Birmingham in May this year. I want to thank Roger for his help and support, he has provided stable and clear leadership and he remains on council, so I will continue to depend on him for advice.

This has been an incredibly difficult two years for all of us as every aspect of our lives has been affected, I know many of you are exhausted and want some sort of stability at work and home. Your support for NACCS has been invaluable and our membership continues to grow, so that we now have over 500 members, including 110 trainees which is excellent. We are working closely with the Paediatric Neuroanaesthesia Network (PNAN) to incorporate them as a special interest group to the Society. We now have a strong trainee forum with representation from most neuroanaesthesia departments in the UK. We are also working to streamline the membership process.

NACCS council continue to meet virtually and have managed to move forward with some exciting developments which I want to share with you. As you will know the curriculum for neuroanaesthesia and neurocritical care is changing. NACCS has collated a collection of training documents which map the curriculum so will be of help to trainees at all stages and may be of use to consultants for CPD. This will soon be on our new look website. The content of the online resource has been approved by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine. We welcome any feedback or suggestions to expand the content.

In addition to the May ASM which has an excellent programme with some interesting workshops, we also have plans for another virtual CPD day in November and a medicolegal seminar for anaesthetists in early spring. Dates will be announced soon on the website. We are also involved with NAP7, a national multidisciplinary working party on the care of patients with subdural haematoma and we continue to support research and innovation in neuroanaesthesia and neurocritical care.

I am always open to new ideas so do not hesitate to contact me.  I look forward to working with you all in 2022

Best wishes

Sally