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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:



Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead

Module lead:     Andy Bracewell   (email)

This module offers the opportunity to gain experience in a range of major surgery, predominantly colorectal (including laparoscopic) and gynaecological oncology (gynae-onc) surgery.  As well as involvement in the intraoperative care of these patients, trainees will also expect to gain experience in high risk anaesthesia assessment clinics and Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET).

The department runs 3-4 CPET clinics per week.  All of these are Consultant led, “one-stop shop” clinics, where patients are tested, results are analysed and the patient given the results and counselled about the risks of surgery.  In addition to this there are three “High Risk” Anaesthetics Assessment Clinics per week, which are all Consultant-led.  Trainees will be expected to attend both CPET and “High Risk” clinics, and should expect to gain a good understanding of the conduct of CPET testing, and the results generated.  There is much opportunity for audit/research within the scope of CPET.

In terms of theatre experience, trainees should expect to gain a large amount of experience in anaesthesia for both major colorectal (both laparoscopic and open) and gynae-onc surgery.  QE Gateshead has a world-renowned gynae-oncology service and is the Tertiary referral centre for the North of England.  Gynae-onc surgery performed includes major laparoscopic procedures as well as prolonged, extensive open intra-abdominal surgery, with bowel resection, splenectomy, diaphragmatic surgery and liver resection, in addition to the “gynaecological” component of the surgery.  There is potential for massive blood loss and fluid shifts.  Peri-operative management of these patients is challenging and trainees will gain valuable experience with development of new and transferable skills.

What trainees would be expected to achieve during Advanced module:

So far we have had one trainee complete an Advanced Module in major surgery (working on a LTFT basis).  In addition to gaining experience in peri-op management of major surgery, the trainee was also able to: