SPARC Fellowship

The new SPARC fellowship starts in August 2017. Click here for further details. It will be comprised of 75% clinical time in Intensive Care Medicine (ICM) and 25% paid time to support quality improvement work though SPARC. This role is primarily aimed at ST3+ dual ICM/Anaesthetic trainees on Wessex rotations, but if you are interested and […]


The trainee led NIHR portfolio study “IHypE” will be running in every hospital in Wessex this November/December 2016, looking at intraoperative hypotension in the over 65s and its sequelae. This is an important clinical issue and a landmark achievement for trainee led collaborative research so lets make it a success!

Call for Projects

SPARC is looking to run five new projects over the coming year designed and organised by Wessex trainees. So if you have a good idea and fancy turning it into a regional project then get in contact at

Peer-reviewed article from SPARC

SPARC has published it’s first peer-reviewed article: “Perioperative intravenous fluid prescribing: a multi-centre audit”. Follow the link to the paper:

Lung Protective Ventilation

This new project led by Dr Sarah Birkhoelzer aims to improve lung protective ventilation in every intensive care unit in Wessex. It will be the first time that SPARC has led a regional change in practice and it provides an excellent example of the strength of trainee led networks such as this.  If you would like […]

Transfusion threshold in Intensive Care

We are looking for individuals who wish to be involved in our upcoming project which will assess transfusion threshold in intensive care. This will kick off across the region in October. The first month will allow for set up followed by two months data collection and a data submission date mid February. If you are […]

SPARC meeting: Tuesday 29th September at 6.30 pm in Southampton Anaesthetic Dept

You are all welcome to the SPARC  meeting on Tuesday 29th September at 6.30pm in Southampton Hospital Anaesthetic Department. Pizza and drinks. We’ll be discussing recent projects (rib fracture, weight in ICM, cricoid pressure) and planning future projects. Two exciting upcoming projects: 1. Transfusion threshold in intensive care 2. Burnout and depresison amoungst anaesthetic and […]

National trainee led project

The Research and Audit Federation Trainees (RAFT) have selected their national project. Incidence, management and outcomes of intraoperative hypotension. SPARC will be contributing and we’ll be looking for local leads. This is trainee led collaboration on a national scale!