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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:



Final FRCA Course

The Final FRCA Course is comprised of different aspects of the Exam and is coordinated by various Consultants and Senior Trainees around the Northern Region.   The following comes as a complete package:

For a registration form, please email:  Barbara Sladdin



Introduction to the Final FRCA Exam: Exam technique Course

This is a 2 day introduction to the final exam, aimed at maximising your potential to pass by working on exam technique.  You will be invited to attend the first day of the course about 6 months before you plan on sitting the Final FRCA written paper.  

It will include:

Day 2 will occur a few weeks prior to the sitting of the written exam.

It will be include:

A full MCQ/SBA paper.

You will be encouraged to participate in the Writers Club and the WhatsApp discussion forum in between these 2 sessions.

Course Coordinators:

Senior Trainees, Northern School of Anaesthesia


Writers Club

The Writers Club runs in 3 week cycles with an estimated 2 hours’ work required for each 3 week block.

There will be 3 tasks during each cycle which includes creating mark schemes for set questions, answering questions under timed conditions and marking other candidates question papers.

Each task has specific learning outcomes which can be found in Guidance for NSAICM Writers Club. The Writers Club requires dedication and commitment but will provide exam question practice and technique.

Course Coordinators:

Senior Trainees, Northern School of Anaesthesia


Written Crammer Course

There are four intensive Crammer days on the 6 core essential units along with general duties and basic science.  These days start at 8:00 am and finish around 5:00 pm.

Programme outline:

Course Coordinators:

Advanced & Senior Trainees, Northern School of Anaesthesia


Final FRCA Written Preparation Day

This will be a full mock timed Written Exam with feedback and results at the end of the day held approx. 1 month before the written part of the Final exam.

Course Directors:

Dr Keith Fordy, Consultant Anaesthetist & College Tutor, Sunderland Royal Hospital

Dr Lynne Waring, Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist, Royal Victoria Infirmary

Dr Kitty Roberts, Consultant Anaesthetist, Royal Victoria Infirmary


Final FRCA Viva Exam

Under exam conditions, trainees will complete at least a full Clinical & Science VIVA by using recent exam questions supplied by post FRCA trainees.

Clinical long case

Clinical short cases

Science vivas – anatomy, pharmacology, physics and physiology.

There is an expectation is that after success at the Final FRCA, trainees return as Examiners at least twice by way of payback.

Course Directors:

Dr Linda Waddilove, Consultant Anaesthetist, Freeman Hospital

Dr Stephen Robb, Consultant Anaesthetist, Sunderland Royal Hospital

For further information, please email:  Barbara Sladdin