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Annual Meeting

A message from the President

RAUK 2019

I am writing this piece for the website just over a week since the 2-day #RAUK19 conference in Belfast on 16THMay 2019. The last year went past in a flash and was the culmination of hard work on the part of significant number of people, all of whom were instrumental in the production of a record-breaking meeting for RA-UK.

I must mention the incredible local organising committee consisting of Dr. Rosie Hogg, Dr. Lloyd Turbitt, Dr. Dave Johnston, Dr. Peter Merjavy and Dr. Michael Jones. Their passion and drive was contagious and they succeeded in putting together an inclusive meeting full of innovative ideas, incredible imagery, hi-tech audio-visual support and a staging set up that brought the speakers out into the audience in an engaging manner that I have never really seen at a conference before.IMG 0131

I received significant support from all of the RA-UK board, but special mention must go to Dr. Alan Macfarlane, our treasurer, who helped keep things on track and tempered our enthusiasm appropriately, Dr. Sim West, our webmaster, who dealt with an inordinate number of requests from us all, and Dr. Nat Haslam, our secretary who did everything else!

We were also supported by a brand-new Event Management Company, EMD, who via Kate Stephenson and Nick Gray, helped bring our dream alive.

Read more: A message from the President

ASM Photos

RA-UK ASM 2018 Swansea

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RA-UK Annual Scientific Meeting 2018


Thursday 10th May 2018

Liberty Stadium | Updates and Workshops

The National Waterfront Musuem | Gala Dinnerbook online

Friday 11th May 2018

Brangwyn Hall | Scientific Conference Day 


Dr Michael Barrington (Melbourne, Australia)

Dr Mathias Desmet (Kortrijk, Belgium)

Prof Graeme McLeod (Dundee, UK)

Dr Kariem El-Boghdadly (London, UK)


Innervation of the hip joint

Applications of Fascia Iliaca Block

Safety aspects

Critical evaluation of Quadratus Lumborum Block

Using US Skills Beyond RA.


12 CPD points allocated for attending the 2 days





Prices: Early bird rates (in brackets) will end on April 1st 2018


Scientific Meeting ONLY - Member 195 (175.00) GBP
Scientific Meeting ONLY - Trainee Member 140 (100.00) GBP
Scientific Meeting ONLY - Non-Member 220 (200.00) GBP
Workshops & Scientific Meeting - Member 365 (340.00) GBP
 Workshops & Scientific Meeting - Trainee Member 265 (220.00) GBP
Workshops & Scientific Meeting - Non-Member 420 (395.00) GBP






RA-UK Annual Dinner 2017

RA-UK Annual Dinner 2017

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Date:Thurs 11th May

Time: TBC

Cost: £50 per head

Venue: British Airways i360 tower, Brighton.

The gala dinner will begin with a drinks reception in the tallest moving observation tower. The 162 m tall steel construction will carry us up to 138 m above the seafront in a glass viewing pod, offering 360 degree views across Regency Brighton, the South Downs and a stretch of over 66 miles of coastline, east to Beachy Head and on clear days to the Isle of Wight in the west.  The sky bar will serve English sparkling wine, Harvey's Ale and Sussex Wobblegate juices.

Following the pod flight we will enjoy a 3 course dinner in a private dinning space with beautiful sea views and open access to a private beach-side terrace. The dinner menu will be designed by Steven Edwards, Master Chef Winner 2013 with locally sourced food from Sussex and Kent.

Venue & Travel


rsz grand hotelThe meeting is being held in the Grand Hotel, Brighton, an iconic Victorian property that is steeped in British history and stands centre stage on Brighton’s famous seafront

The hotel is conveniently located just 30 minutes from Gatwick Airport, 1 hour from Central London and just a stone's throw away from the famous Lanes and Royal Pavilion.

For more information on reaching the meeting, please see the travel tab.

Social Programme



Fri 12th May 2017

Programme Day 2 - Friday 12th May 2017

08:30-09:00    Registration & Coffee  
09:00-11:00   Session 1: New Horizons in Regional Anaesthesia   
    Tequila Block: The transmuscular quadratus lumborum block – where, when, why and how J.Borglum, Copenhagen
    Regional Anaesthesia for shoulder surgery and the best brachial plexus approach N.Bedforth, Nottingham
    New approaches to thoracic & abdominal wall analgesia – The ESP block & other paraspinal approaches K.J.Chin, Toronto
11:00-11:30   Coffee & Trade Exhbition  
11:30-13:00   Session 2  
    Pro/Con Debate   
    Spinal Anaesthesia should be the default technique for ASA 1 patients undergoing day case knee arthroscopy

O.Tweedie, Dorchester

S.Tighe, Chester

    B Braun Unsung Hero Award 2017  
    The Bruce Scott Lecture: "From humble beginnings to New Horizons" A.Hadzic, Leuven
13:00-13:30   RA-UK Annual General Meeting  
13:30-14:00   Lunch & Trade Exhbition  
14:30-16:30   Session 3  
    Hip Fracture - is there an optimal technique? S.White, Brighton
    Liposomal Bupivacaine - is this the future? C.Vandepitte, Genk
    The optimal analgesic block for total knee arthroplasty J.Borglum, Copenhagen
    Trainee poster competition presentations  
16:30   Close  

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Meetings & Courses

Looking for regional anaesthesia courses or events to attend?  Look at our Meetings Section which contains a list of forthcoming events, RA-UK Official courses are run by current or previous board members and part of the profit goes towards benefitting the society, RA-UK approved courses meet educational standards set by RA-UK, and we also advertise other courses internationaly for our members benefit. 

RA-UK You-Tube channel

rsz youtubeCheck out the RA-UK You-Tube channel - high quality video demonstrations of US guided blocks (videos available - Interscalene , Supraclavicular,Axillary,Radial, Median, Ulnar, Femoral,Proximal Sciatic, Popliteal, Tibial, Rectus, Ilioinguinal, TAP,and Epidural).


Pocket Guide to USGRA Book

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This second edition of the handbook covers the principles of ultrasound-guided regional anaesthesia and the technique to perform all commonly used ultrasound-guided upper limb, lower limb, trunk and neuraxial blocks. It has been updated with all new images and sections on Quadratus Lumborum, Fascia Iliaca, Adductor Canal and Erector Spinae Block.

It is now available to order on Amazon at the bargain price of £22 inc p&p. 

Courses can order in bulk (>15 copies) by emailing support@ra-uk.org.