NSAICM Guidance for Trainers & Trainees
Initial Educational Supervisor (ES)/Trainee meeting
This should be within the 1st 2 weeks of the trainee starting the placement, during which a training plan should be set.
Every year a Core Level (CT1/2 & ACCS CT2/3) Trainee should complete:
- WPBAs (workplace based assessments) – for requirements see table overleaf and keep reading!
- An audit or evidence of research/high level presentation or publication(s).
- An MSF (one for anaesthesia, and one for ICM if completing a 3/12 slot). Start these early as a minimum of 10 colleagues needed (12 in ACCS), 5 of whom should be senior medical/nursing staff.
- They are registered with the RCoA
- Ensure they have updated their E-portfolio with the name of ES.
- Stress to them the importance of getting the exam early and confirm they are attending the Primary FRCA Revision Course and have an “exam strategy”.
- They have a plan to satisfy requirements of the ST3 selection process with respect to study leave (i.e. training for transfer/ALS/ATLS courses). If they have not booked these courses, why not/what is their plan?
Workplace Based Assessments
- Each Unit of Training is predicated on a number of Core Clinical Learning Outcomes being completed (these are listed in the curriculum). Evidence needed is the appropriate WBAs, as well as a “Completion of Unit of Training (CUT)” sign-off. If the ES (and other trainers) feel that the core clinical learning outcomes have not yet been achieved, (even if the WBAs have been done), then the CUT should not be done
- A minimum of one of each assessment tool (i.e. DOPS, CbD, A-CEX) should be completed per unit of training. One assessment however can be linked to several units of training (This must be done BEFORE the WBA is sent out by the trainee)
So what is expected?
The Core level syllabus is in 2 sections:
- The Basis of Anaesthetic Practice (0-6 months)
- Basic Anaesthesia (6-24 months)
Prior to the ARCP of their CT1 year, trainees should complete the Basis of Anaesthetic Practice (including the ICM sign-off)
Trainees should complete the Basic Anaesthesia competencies prior to the ARCP of their CT2 year.
Most trainees complete their first 3 month block during their CT1 year.
The ICM curriculum can be found here;
WBAs comprise DOPs, I-Cex, ACAT and CPD assessments and an MSF. A CUT form should be completed on the e-portfolio.
Documentation should include an Educational Training Record.
This document continues throughout the trainee’s ICM training.
WBAs; The Bare Minimum Expected