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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:



Less than full time (LTFT) Training in the Northern School of Anaesthesia

If you are thinking of training less than full time (LTFT) it is likely that you have other commitments or areas of your life you need to devote time to, whilst getting the most out of your training.  The Northern School has a long tradition of valuing and supporting its LTFT trainees.  The School have a Training Programme Director (TPD) for trainees with differing needs, including those who train LTFT and across the region, each department has a lead Consultant for LTFT training.  We have a trainee representative for LTFT training and an active LTFT trainee group.  If you are interested you can find some frequently asked questions below.  More detailed information is available in the A to Z of LTFT training.


Who can train less than full time?

Anyone holding an National Training Number can apply to train LTFT.  You need to be able to demonstrate that full time training would not be practical for you.  Requests normally fall into 2 categories

Category 1 – Those doctors in training with:

Category 2 – Those doctors in training with:

How do I apply to train LTFT?

If you would like to train LTFT please let your educational supervisor and TPD know.  Once the TPD has approved your request to train LTFT, they will contact Human Resources (HR) at the Lead Employer Trust (LET).  HR will then contact you with the relevant documentation to complete.  Once your application is accepted, the LET will notify you in writing and you should receive an amended contract of employment.  Please don’t forget to notify the training department at the RCOA – they need to know your percentage of work in order to re-calculate your CCT date.

What are my hours of work?

Trainees tend to work either 0.6 of full time or 0.8 of full time.  Full time trainees usually work an average of 48 hrs per wk.  Therefore, if you are 0.6, your hours are 0.6 x 48 = 28.8 hrs average per week, or if you are 0.8, this would be 0.8 x 48 = 38.4 hrs average per week.

What is my pay banding?

Anaesthetic full shift rotas band at FAF7 if you are 0.6 and FAF9 if you are 0.8.  You can look up your salary on the NHS Medical and Dental Pay Circular available online.

Can I fix my days?

Most LTFT trainees work fixed days, but this is with prior agreement from the department you are working in.  Please speak to your departmental rota maker well in advance of rotating.  It may be worth bearing in mind that for certain modules, certain lists only take place on certain days.  If all the lists you need to complete are on days you do not work, then you may need to re-arrange your schedule to allow you to get the appropriate training.

Modular Training

All training modules should be adjusted pro-rata.  For example, if you work 0.6, one training year is 20 months.  If you work 0.8, one training year is 16 months.  Therefore, a 3 month placement full time would become a 5 month placement at 0.6 or 4 months at 0.8.

On call shifts

LTFT trainees should work the appropriate pro-rata proportion of the on call rota, ie. if you are 0.6 you should work 0.6 of the long day shifts, 0.6 of the night shifts and 0.6 of the weekend shifts that a full time trainee would work.  If you work more than your fair share of on call shifts, you will lose out on valuable daytime supervised lists.

Parental leave (maternity/paternity/shared parental leave)

Information and relevant paperwork can be found at HEENE website.  Before you go on parental leave please plan your return to work using the resources below.

Return to work

All the information you need can be found in the documents below.  As well as contacting your educational supervisor, please contact the LTFT Consultant lead in your department as they will be able to facilitate your return to work.

Return to practice guidance

Pre-absence ES meeting paperwork

Return to work ES Meeting and review

LTFT Consultant Leads

Each Department has a lead consultant for LTFT training.  Their job is to support you within the department and many have personal experience of LTFT training.  Please get in touch with the relevant consultant prior to your start date in the department.  They will be able to assist you with planning your day to day training in the department and advise you regarding rota, annual leave, study leave, pay queries etc.  They are a valuable source of support if you are having any difficulties and will provide support for those returning to work following a prolonged absence.  Contact details for your LTFT lead can be found below:

Department Name Email
Carlisle Dr Jenny Fraser Jenny.Fraser@ncuh.nhs.uk
Darlington Dr Vaishali Nalawade vaishalinalawade2003@yahoo.co.in
Durham Dr Hannah Whinn h.whinn@nhs.net
Freeman Dr Joanne McCheyne Joanne.mccheyne@nuth.nhs.uk
Gateshead Dr Vanessa Nesbitt vanessa.nesbitt@ghnt.nhs.uk
JCUH Dr Rebekah Thompson Rebekah.Thompson@stees.nhs.uk
North Tees Dr Ola Shalaby Ola.shalaby@nth.nhs.uk
Northumbria Dr Catherine Rafi Catherine.rafi@northumbriahealthcare.nhs.uk
RVI Anaesthetics Dr Karen Simpson Karen.Simpson@nuth.nhs.uk
RVI ICM Dr Miriam Baruch miriam.baruch@nuth.nhs.uk
Sunderland Dr Linda McGhee linda.mcghee@chsft.nhs.uk


Consultant Advisor For Less Than Full Time Trainees

Below is the handbook guide on becoming a Consultant for less than full time trainees

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