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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:


Local Guidelines

Please read the Lead Employers Parental Leave Guidelines.   This gives you information about KIT days*.


It is helpful to let your Programme Director/Barbara Sladdin know if you are planning to take parental leave.   This is purely for workforce planning and rota organisation.

The School organise ‘return to work simulation’ sessions for trainees who have had an extended absence from work.  Further information:    http://www.nsaicm.com/return-to-work-simulation-day.

If you would like information regarding working LTFT, please read:


*Keeping in Touch (Kit) Days

Employees on maternity, adoption or shared parental leave can agree arrangements for keeping in touch during their period leave. This includes, but is not limited to, completing normal duties or attending training, conference or meetings.

Form – Notification of KIT Day


The Pregnant Anaesthetist

Pregnancy is an exciting time.  Adjusting to your changing body and planning your future at the same time as working in a demanding job can be challenging. Negotiating your way through the maze of paperwork surrounding rights and benefits on maternity leave and pay can be difficult to fit in between antenatal appointments, work and preparing for a new arrival.

This article aims to clarify some of the main issues facing pregnant anaesthetists and provide guidance on your rights and responsibilities towards your employer.