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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:



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.