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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:


Advanced Pain Module

The Advanced Pain module is suitable for all trainees wishing to pursue a career in Chronic Pain Medicine or as an Acute Pain Lead Clinician. It comprises a year secondment to either the Royal Victoria Infirmary or James Cook University Hospital pain clinics, though there are opportunities to work in the larger DGH’s too.    As an Advanced Pain Trainee (APT) your day time commitment will be exclusively to pain medicine, you will maintain your anaesthetic skills by participating in the on call anaesthetic rota for your base hospital.

You will receive intensive training in pain medicine, working in outpatients to develop your interview skills, diagnostic skills and knowledge of imaging. You will become expert in the use of analgesics and develop a biopsychosocial approach to holistic care.  About 1/3 of your time will be spent in theatre acquiring interventional skills that will include the use of  radiologically guided blocks, ultrasonography and neuro-ablative procedures. You will become familiar with the use of neuromodulation and implantable devices.

As part of your training you will learn the advanced management of cancer pain, spending time in palliative medicine and learning about neuro-destructive procedures. There are opportunities to explore paediatric pain and will receive training from medical colleagues e.g. rheumatology.

The module develops key aspects managerial & governance strategies. MDT working and team leadership are essential. You will have a better understanding of the commissioning process and business planning.  There are ample opportunities for audit, research and publication.

The module involves working in small teams, working towards increasing levels of autonomy. You will develop the skills to work as an independent consultant with your own patients rather than exclusively as part of an anaesthetic service provider. Having successfully completed APT there are many opportunities for employment in this shortage speciality and you will be in a position to explore private practise as an autonomous practitioner.

In order to secure a place on this part of the rotation you should arrange a meeting with the Regional Advisor in Pain Medicine, as soon as is practicable.