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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:



Advanced Module in Paediatric Anaesthesia

The Great North Children’s Hospital (GNCH) within the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle upon Tyne is a tertiary care referral centre that brings together most Children’s Services within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the paediatric academic research programmes of Newcastle University. It offers state-of-the-art facilities within an environment designed to meet the needs of ill children and young people.

The Paediatric Theatre suite is located in New Victoria Wing of the hospital on level 4. There are 10 core paediatric anaesthetic consultants at the GNCH. They have a wide variety of interests and this adds to the uniqueness of this place. This is the only department in the region, where trainees can undertake their Higher and Advanced Paediatric Anaesthesia modules. The department sets very high standards in patient care and this is reflected in the patient and family feedback received by the department. The advnced trainee has a major role within the anaesthetic department.

Educational Supervisors:

Dr. Sarah Bell (sarah.bell@nuth.nhs.uk);

Dr. Claire Campbell (georgina.campbell@nuth.nhs.uk).


Departmental Services:

Preassessment services: The paediatric anaesthesia department at the RVI has recently started its Consultant-led preassessment service. This is very topical presently. There will be many audit opportunities for trainees in future to shape this service.

Theatre services: The main surgical specialties at GNCH include: Neurosurgery, General surgery, Otorhinolayngology (ENT), Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics and Plastic surgery. The anaesthetic department has to cater to the needs of some other departments as well. These include: Paediatric medicine (insertion of central and peripheral long lines, Bronchoscopies); Oncology (injection of intrathecal chemotherapy, Bone marrow aspirations); Rheumatology (Injection of steroids).

Radiological services: The department provides anaesthetic services for MRI and CT scans (4 lists per week) in children, which are carried out either in the Level 5 MRI suite or Level 3 CT suite at the New Victoria Wing (NVW) of the hospital.

On-call services: There are two types of on-call services that an advanced trainee will be expected to do. One of these is called the PINC on call, which stands for “Perioperative-Neurosurgical-Children emergencies”. The other type of on-call is called the ORANGE on-call, which stands for “Out of theatre-Resuscitation-And-General emergencies”. As the advanced paediatric fellow, a trainee would be given more opportunities to do PINC on-calls, which will involve providing anaesthesia to General Surgical and Neurosurgical procedures over and above the Paediatric cases.

Acute and chronic Pain Services: There are paediatric acute and chronic pain services in the hospital, which an advanced trainee is expected to participate and gain from the experience.


Trainee Opportunities:

Trainees get excellent support both in terms of direct and indirect supervision, with supervision tailored to requirements. As the advanced trainee, there will be lots of learning opportunities. Some aspects of the advanced training that this post can offer are as follows:

Domain 1 – Clinical Practice

 There are over 8000 paediatric anaesthesia procedures per year at the RVI. Being a tertiary care referral centre, trainees get to see and experience a varied mixture of cases. A full week of work in the Paediatric Theatre Suite should allow the advanced trainee to finish off his/her required number of Work-Place-Based-Assessment (WPBA)s.

Domain 2 – Team Working

 The advanced trainee will get the opportunity to work closely with members of the surgical, medical and theatre teams, to learn planning and management of cases. Theatre lists and their management within the paediatric suite are very dynamic, with the whole team working as a close unit. One is expected to communicate closely with the theatre team, to provide safe delivery of anaesthetic services.

Domain 3 – Leadership

 The advanced trainee gets to do solo (distantly supervised) lists, where one can demonstrate his/her leadership skills. There are also opportunities to get involved with organization of teaching. The advanced trainee has to work as the lead on-call trainee coordinating emergency care.

Domain 4 – Innovation

 The advanced trainee will be expected to undertake at least one audit/survey or research work during the placement, which can lead to service improvements, change of practice or update an already existing departmental guideline.

 Domain 5 – Management

The advanced trainee can get involved with the departmental rota and management level meetings. There is a monthly consultant meeting within the anaesthetic department, which the advanced trainee can attend to get some experience of management.

 Domain 6 – Education

 The advanced trainee will be expected to help with the Introduction to Intermediate Training Paediatric Anaesthesia day and the Final FRCA Revision day. There are other opportunities to expand one’s educational portfolio too e.g. teaching junior trainees, informal teaching of Operating Department Practitioners and getting involved with the consultant-led departmental teaching on Wednesdays.


For further information, please contact Dr. Sarah Bell or Dr. Claire Campbell.