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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:


Regional Advisers anaesthesia (RAAs) are senior College representatives. Their role involves all aspects of College work; clinical quality and standards, communications, lifelong learning.

Contact Details

Hospital Regional Advisor Email address
James Cook University Hospital

Marton Road


Dr Mike Tremlett Mike.Tremlett@stees.nhs.uk



Hospital Deputy Regional Advisors Email address
Royal Victoria Infirmary



Dr Julia Morch-Siddall Julia.Morch-Siddall@nuth.nhs.uk


James Cook University Hospital

Marton Road


Dr Tim Meek Tim.Meek@stees.nhs.uk


Job Description

  1. Communications: To represent the views of the College in all relevant matters within their School and region.
  1. Training & Lifelong Learning: To work with, and advise all stakeholders in training and education within the School and region, and lead in quality management of training.
  1. Clinical quality : to maintain good standards of anaesthetic clinical practice


RAAs should attend the national RAA’s meeting held annually, usually in November at RCoA London. Lead RAAs arrange the programme with input from all RAAs as offered.

5 CPD points are given; content of the meeting should satisfy aspects of educational appraisal. Expenses for travel to London will be met for one representative, usually the RAA. (If RAA is unable to attend, the DRAA may claim expenses).

RAAs should try to attend annual RCoA College Tutors meeting, in June. The educational programme with nationally renowned speakers, offers CPD points. RAAs have a breakout session, and meet other trainers socially. Attendance and expenses should be claimed from Trusts as Study Leave.

The RCoA also holds regional forums for RAAs, TPDs and HoSs. Members of the RCoA training team, and a Council member travel to regions and RAAs from surrounding regions are invited.  Expenses for local activities supporting training should be met by Trusts or the Deanery.

RAAs also encouraged to attend meetings with other stakeholders such as the Clinical Directors’ network.



Regional Advisor in Pain Management (RAPM)

Dr Allistair Dodds

The RAPM is the link between the Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) and  the Northern Region, and is responsible for the oversight of the  curricular  elements related to pain medicine. These may lead to a CCT in anaesthesia (basic/intermediate) or advanced pain training (higher/advanced). In essence my job is to advise the School of Anaesthesia on all aspects of the acute and chronic pain curriculum rather than organise its delivery.

There are a number of elements to the RAPM’s day to day role, I work closely with the School Executive and my colleagues to help ensure high quality training in pain medicine. I also work with the Training Programme Directors to co-ordinate the trainees rotations through the various pain medicine modules.

Those interested in Pain Medicine, should make an appointment to see me, I can arrange registration with the FPM for higher and advanced training, and am pleased to offer careers advice and potentially facilitate access to advanced pain training.

I’m happy to receive feedback on any of the pain modules (basic/intermediate/higher/advanced) if you feel that there’s room for improvement or if there are any specific concerns.

Those trainees that pursue advanced pain training, have regular meetings with the RAPM, and I work with the FPM and ARCP committee to ensure appropriate progression.  I encourage advanced trainees to sit the FFPMRCA, and am happy to discuss the examination if you wish to so.

For those colleagues who are post CCT and wish to retain in Pain Medicine I’m the first point of call and can help you navigate a training pathway.

Finally I’m happy to approve CPD credits for the RCoA if you are organising a regional pain meeting.


Contact Details

Hospital Regional Advisor Email address
Sunderland Royal Hospital NHS Trust

Kayll Road


Dr Allistair Dodds Allistair.Dodds@chsft.nhs.uk