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    Regional Postfellowship Group Meeting

    Date: 6 March 2018

    Venue:  TBC

    Programme:  to follow

    Departments will expect you to book study leave.

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    It is aimed at  Core Anaesthetic Trainees and working towards the Primary FRCA exam.

    Matched to the Basic Level Curriculum and incorporated Practical Workshops with both Depth of Anaesthesia Monitoring and Infusion Pumps.

    Date:  7 March 2018

    Vuneu:  Institute of Transplantation, Freeman Hospital


    Further details:   Barbara.Sladdin@nuth.nhs.uk

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    Date: 12 March 2018

    Venue: Simulation Centre, Freeman Hospital

    The course is aimed at anaesthetic trainees, Cardiothoracic/Thoracic anaesthetists of all grades or anaesthetists who use one lung anaesthesia occasionally, such as trauma, upper GI, vascular or scoliosis surgery. It is particular complementary for specialist trainees in cardiothoracic anaesthesia modules to achieve competencies.

    There will also be a Storz rep coming along, with a range of scopes for people to get their hands on.
    The course is limited to 12 delegates.

    Further information: Barbara.Sladdin@nuth.nhs.uk

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    No additional detail for this event.

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    Keep up to date locally with essential topics in anaesthesia by attending the AAGBI’s Core Topics meeting. Central to the AAGBI’s educational programme Core Topics meetings are one or two day conferences held at different locations about the UK and Ireland.

    • Covering a broad spectrum of core topics essential to every anaesthetist, including trainees
    • The opportunity to update your knowledge and top up your CPD in a time and cost effective way.
    • Discover what’s new, share ideas and network with peers in these didactic and interactive sessions.
    • Covering FRCA exam subjects, perfect for busy trainee anaesthetists.
    • Come away with up-to-date information and skills.

    Date:  14 March 2018

    Venue:   Newcastle Civic Centre

    Further details:  https://www.aagbi.org/education/events/core-topics

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    A three day mentorship course designed for you to:

    • Develop mentorship skills
    • Meet GMC best practice

    Date:  16 March 2018

    Venue:   Education Centre, James Cook Unversity Hospital

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    MEPA is a national course for Specialty Trainees in Anaesthesia, teaching management strategies for paediatric anaesthetic emergencies. MEPA is recognised by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists.

    A one-day, small group simulation course, offering both practical and theoretical training using simulation. Provision is made for detailed scenario feedback and discussion in a supportive and constructive manner.

    This regional course is held throughout the year, at the Newcastle Hospitals Trust Simulation Centre based at the Freeman Hospital.

    Course date – 19 March 2018

    Further Information:



The Buddy System

What is it?

An informal system set up to offer support to new trainees moving to the region, starting in anaesthetics, or returning to work following a career break.

Trainees are paired with a more senior trainee if new to the speciality – or equivocal level trainee if new to the region. Those returning from career breaks are paired with a trainee who has had similar experience – e.g. returning after maternity leave or a period of ill-health.

Ideally buddies are paired depending on geographical location and hospital if possible.

How does it work ?

The buddy is given the e-mail address, name and grade of the trainee they are to buddy with. They then make contact to see if any help or advice can be given.

Hopefully the new/returning trainee will then respond – a face to face meeting can be arranged if felt appropriate, but generally communication is via e-mail or telephone.

The amount of support is variable and up to the individuals to establish.

What are the aims?

The buddy system is there to try and give new trainees a peer with whom they can communicate regarding any problems they may have.  The buddy can guide them in how training in the northern deanery works and how training within the speciality of anaesthesia occurs.  Tips regarding revision, books, exam preparation and courses can be given.  For trainees new to the region advice regarding different hospitals and information regarding life in the North East can be shared.  It is there to support anyone new in a friendly non-intimidating manner.  Should an individual require further support the buddy should know the people to refer to within the Northern School of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine?

The buddy scheme for those returning work is being set up to help trainees who have had a career break.  This is usually for maternity leave or ill-health. Returning to work after such a career break and a life changing event can be difficult – often the fear of the return can be more of a challenge than actually getting back to work.  We hope to ease this by allowing an individual to share their experiences and provide any tips and support for those returning to work-be they full or part time.

All new starters will be given a buddy as will those trainees new to the region.

Those returning to work will be contacted and offered the option of having a buddy – some individuals may have had more than one career break from work, so be confident and comfortable returning for a second, or third time!

What does the buddy system rely on?

We rely on trainees volunteering to be buddies and providing that initial communication with new trainees – being friendly, approachable and supportive! We all started life as new starters – try and remember how daunting and confusing at times it can be!

Who to contact if any questions?

Currently the buddy system is organised by Dr Elaine Winkley, Senior Trainee Email