Sprint National Anaesthesia Project Outline


SNAP-1 is a pragmatic evaluation of patient reported outcomes after anaesthesia; specifically patient satisfaction and patient reported awareness. The project is managed by the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia – Health Services Research Centre (NIAA-HSRC), in conjunction with the UCL/UCLH Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe). It is being funded by an NIAA administered grant provided by the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA).


SNAP aims to establish a national benchmark for patient satisfaction after anaesthesia, which hospitals may then use to evaluate the service that they are delivering to patients and subsequently, if necessary, take action to improve quality.

Secondarily, the intention is to establish an estimate of the incidence of accidental awareness during general anaesthesia in the UK population.

Inclusion criteria

All adult (≥18 years) patients undergoing any type of surgery in an operating theatre.

Exclusion criteria

  • Patients <18 years old
  • Patients that are unable to understand spoken or written English
  • Obstetric patients
  • Patients who are too unwell or confused to be able to complete the questionnaires of those who decline to participate

Local Trust Project Lead

Dr James BainPortsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Dr Samar Al-RawiUniversity Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Princess Anne Hospital
Dr Mai WakatsukiUniversity Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Michael GirgisPoole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Poole Hospital
Dr Simon Williams Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Salisbury District Hospital