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Welcome to CAI Congress 2021

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no-one ever becomes a master”. Ernest Hemingway.

After a year of tragedy and disappointments, the practitioners of our disciplines have gained recognition worldwide for their value, and we have all learned or re-learned the value of humility. One disappointment for our College during 2020 was the need to cancel our Annual Scientific Congress, normally the showpiece of our advances and ideas.

For 2021, the College of Anaesthesiologists in Ireland and its Faculty of Pain Medicine are determined to offer our community a Congress of scientific rigor and of inspiring quality. We believe the Programme and the invited Faculty reflect that intent. In addressing the theme of safety and wellbeing of patients and health professionals, we reflect the number one priority of the College. We honour the life and work of our esteemed colleague in the inaugural Brian Kavanagh Lecture, to be delivered by Professor Martin Tobin.

We are proud of our anaesthetists in training and Congress 2021 is better for their participation, not just as an audience but as key contributors, not least as social media moderators. For the first time, we present a session on sustainability in recognition of our shared responsibility to preserve and protect the environment.

We trust that you will enjoy CAI Congress 2021, and that it will be useful, memorable for the right reasons and hopefully a little inspiring. For more information visit:

Prof George Shorten, Congress Chair
Dr Brendan Conroy, Dean, Faculty of Pain Medicine

From the IPOMS team:

“We are absolutely delighted to invite you all to attend the Inaugural Irish Perioperative Medicine Society (IPOMS) launch webinar. It will be delivered online on Tuesday the 23rd of March 2021 from 6pm to 8.30pm. This event is FREE and is accompanied by 2 CPD points from the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland. Registration details for the event can be found here: 

The event is being hosted and proudly sponsored by EBPOM (Evidence Based Perioperative Medicine). Our international speaker, Prof Monty Mythen, will give a personal account of his experience and involvement in delivering a perioperative medicine service. This will be followed by a presentation of Irish Perioperative Medicine initiatives, and a presentation of the results of a recent national survey on the topic of Perioperative Medicine in Ireland. Attached is a flyer outlining the agenda for the meeting.

The Irish Perioperative Medicine Society aims to provide a platform for like minded people, who want to evolve the practice of Perioperative Medicine in Ireland. Our shared vision is to develop education, collaboration amongst colleagues and improve patient perioperative outcomes. IPOMS is currently a small movement, but the concepts of the society have been kindly supported by the College of Anaesthesiology of Ireland (CAI) and the National Clinical Programme of Anaesthesia (NCPA), amongst countless other supportive colleagues. Our shared goal is to encourage multi-speciality and multi-disciplinary involvement in IPOMS.


At the end of the webinar we will hold an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) in order to establish the interim IPOMS committee. If you are interested in being involved in the IPOMS committee, we welcome you to please email to express your interest by 5pm Friday the 19th of March.

Please Register for the event on the 23rd March at 6pm at

For more information see our website or please email us at

Please take the time to share this event with all of your colleagues – anaesthesiologists, surgeons, physicians, physiotherapists, dieticians, nursing staff – all involved and interested in the perioperative care of the surgical patient. 

We look forward to seeing you all on the 23rd of March at 6pm.”



Peri-operative Nurses Wellbeing in Relation to Staff Involved in a Critical Incident.

Researcher: Cora Brennan. Contact:

Place of employment: Theatre Department Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar.
Survey aimed at peri-operative nurses.

Thank you for considering participating in this research project. The purpose of this document is to explain to you what the work is about and what your participation would involve, so as to enable you to make an informed choice.

“The purpose of this dissertation is towards a positive wellbeing environment in the peri-operative setting. Introducing the Work Positive Initiative from the State Claims Agency as a tool to collect data in relation to employee stressors.  “Work Positive” an initiative from the State Claims Agency and endorsed by The Health & Safety Authority and Employee Well-being Ltd. This is a tailor made psychosocial risk assessment framework for critical incidents in the workplace. The aim of the dissertation is to risk assess the current state of wellbeing nationally by collecting data gathered from a confidential survey developed with similar questions to that of Work Positive CI. The onus on preparing frontline staff for a Work Positive- Critical Incident, General Workplace Stress and Critical Incidence Stress using the Work Positive tool. 

Should you choose to participate, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire, which will include items on wellbeing, staff engagement and critical incidents. The study is aimed at peri-operative nurses only.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary. There is no obligation to participate, and should you choose to do so you can refuse to answer specific questions or decide to withdraw from the study. All information you provide will be kept anonymous.

You maintain the right to withdraw from the study at any stage up to the point of data submission.  At this point your data will be collated with that of other participants and can no longer be retracted.

After collection, your data will be anonymised and any hard copies of the questionnaire will be destroyed. The anonymous data will be stored on the University College Cork OneDrive system and subsequently on the UCC server. The data will be securely stored for 10 years and then destroyed.

The information you provide will be contributing to the case study/dissertation element of a MSc in Leadership in Healthcare.

We do not anticipate any negative outcomes from participating in this study. This study has obtained ethical approval from the IMI Social Research Ethics Committee.

If you have any queries about this research, you can contact me at

If you take part in this study you are agreeing to consent.

If you have been affected by topics mentioned in this survey, please contact supports at:

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) – a free and confidential service to support you in relation to Critical Incident Stress Management. Callsave: 1850 420 420. Contact details for EAP providers in your local area can be found on this page or The HSE Psychosocial Response Group