NELA Vacancy: Surgical and Research Lead

The NIAA HSRC / National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) are seeking to appoint a Surgical Lead to work on a high profile national audit. NELA is part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP), overseen by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and funded by NHS England and the Welsh Government.

The successful candidate will gain exposure to national research and quality improvement programmes, opportunities for academic publication and conference presentations and develop leadership and management skills. The post will commence as soon as possible, but no later than 24th March 2021.

The aim of the NELA is to enable the improvement of the quality of care for patients undergoing emergency laparotomy through the provision of high quality comparative data from all providers of emergency laparotomy. The NIAA HSRC is delivering NELA on behalf of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. NELA is a collaboration between anaesthetic, surgical and other key stakeholders.

The postholder's responsibilities will include providing a surgical perspective for the audit, data analysis, report and manuscript writing, supporting quality improvement work and presentations at local/regional/national meetings. He/she will provide timely surgical assistance and advice to the NELA Helpdesk for audit queries generated by participating units. He/she will be expected to attend NELA Project Team meetings as well as additional meetings related to data analysis, quality improvement, report preparation and other meetings as required. Travel expenses for these meetings and all work related to NELA will be reimbursed.

The postholder will also act as the Research Lead for the audit, including reviewing requests for data access, maintaining records of ongoing projects, and liaising with the project team regarding secondary analysis projects.

There is no direct payment available for this role. The post is supported by the cost of one period of professional activity (1 PA) per week, back-filled to the post-holder's employing organisation, in order to enable the successful candidate to dedicate a minimum of four hours per week to the role.

The postholder shall report to, and have their performance monitored by, the RCoA's Director of Clinical Quality and Research.

We are seeking to appoint the Surgical Lead until 30th November 2022, with the option to extend based on contract retender.

NELA are looking to appoint a new Surgical and Research Lead as Ms Sonia Lockwood has recently been appointed Director of Emergency Surgery for the ASGBI.

Person Specification
This post is open to a holder of a substantive consultant post in General Surgery or a related surgical discipline. Successful applicants will have substantive knowledge of data and research governance. Successful applicants will have excellent organisational skills, senior experience of emergency laparotomy and an interest in surgical service improvement.

A full job description can be found here:  NELA Surgical Lead_JD_6 Jan 2021_FINAL.docx (119 KB)

For further information regarding the role please contact:
- Dr Dave Murray, Chair, National Emergency Laparotomy Audit ( )

- Ms Sonia Lockwood, Surgical Lead, National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (

- Ms Christine Taylor, NELA Project Manager (

How to apply:
If you are interested in this post, please send a CV with contact details for two referees, a covering letter and a letter of support from your current Clinical Director/Medical Director confirming that you have the support of your Trust and that the role can be adequately accommodated within your job plan, to the following email address:

Closing date for applications: Monday, 8th February 2021
Interview date: week commencing 1st March 2021