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  • All day

    Date: Monday 11 June 2018

    Venue:   Institute of Transplantation, Freeman Hospital

    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

  • All day

    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 – Monday 25 June 2018

    Further Information:


Guide to the Initial Assessments of Competency

These should be completed (usually) by 3 months:


How to complete the assessments & paperwork

  1. On the following page is the list of competencies (appendix 1), each one has a corresponding code; for either DOPS, ACEX or CBD. These all start with IAC (Initial assessment of competence) followed by _A01 etc.
  2. Print it out & carry it with you at work.
  3. Ask your supervising consultant if they will perform one (or more) of the assessments
  4. Keep a signed record (ideally on page 2 of appendix 2, the reverse side of the certificate) of who has done each assessment and when.
  5. Log into your account after the assessment and send it to the supervisor.

From the home page, select the tab ‘Assessment tools’ then Enter New Assessment Tool’

In the ‘Enter Assessment Tool’ section select a Consultant whom you want to fill in the form. You may need to search the consultant first.

Then select the type of assessment. DOPS, CBD etc..



The simply add some information to the observation box. I suggest write the details of the assessment, for example:

Recover the patient from anaesthesia (this would be IAC_A05)

Then in the code box type: IAC_A05


Email a ticket – to email just click the email to assessor tab at the bottom.


  1. Repeat the above for the other 18 IAC’s.
  2. The Final Sign off. For this you need appendix 2 with all the competencies completed. Take it to your Es or College Tutor. 2 consultants need to sign this form (usually ES and College Tutor
  3. This Compency document is required to be present in your e-Portfolio.