Regional Training Days

The teaching programme is organised at different venues throughout the region so that traveling is shared out.

Please ensure you liaise with your individual departments to arrange study leave on these days

ACCS

In ACCS CT1, all trainees, independent of their parent specialty, will attend the deanery-wide generic ACCS training days. These tend to have an EM and AM focus, although some anaesthetic teaching may also be covered. The teaching programme can be found here http://heeoe.hee.nhs.uk/node/2262

In ACCS CT2 and CT3, Anaesthetic stream trainees will attend anaesthetic teaching, which is delivered on a regional basis, according to the sectors  (North, South, West) listed in Core (Primary FRCA) below.

Core (Primary FRCA)

The region is split into three areas for regional teaching to reduce traveling. Teaching rotates around the hospitals usually on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. The focus is on preparation for the Primary FRCA. There is also opportunity to meet trainees from other hospitals and compare experiences.

North = Kings Lynn, Norwich, James Paget, Ipswich and West Suffolk

South = Colchester, Southend, Basildon, Mid Essex and Princess Alexandra

West = Bedford, Luton, Watford, Stevenage and Peterborough

ST (Pre Final FRCA)

During the first two years, teaching is directed towards attainment of the final FRCA. Exam orientated teaching is provided by a day-release course throughout the year (except holiday periods). This comprises all-day teaching on alternate Tuesdays shared between Cambridge and Norwich (occasional days hosted by a DGH), which all candidates are expected to attend. Twice a year, before each sitting of the examination, there is a three-day FRCA revision course, alternating between Cambridge and Norwich. Study leave will be required for all these courses.

ST (Post Final FRCA)

After the success of the FRCA, there are study days  arranged around the region on a monthly basis (except change-over and holiday periods) focusing on topics of interest to senior trainees eg management, preparation for consultant interviews. A local senior trainee organises the day as part of their management training. The organisation of the programme is overseen by muhilan.kanagarathna@addenbrookes.nhs.uk

ICM

#Separate ICM teaching is organised regionally and the public online calendar is available here: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=eoeictwebmaster%40gmail.com&ctz=Europe/London

Simulation teaching

Simulation based medical education is an important part of your anaesthetic training in the School and a number of programmes are available throughout your training programme.

 

CT and ACCS (Anaesthetics)

 

You are expected to attend three programmes in your CT1/2 and ACCS2/3 years:

 

Novice Introduction to Anaesthesia programme:

A structured introduction to anaesthesia which provides valuable preparation for clinical practice, the initial assessment of competence, and for on calls. It is run at three centres across the region - Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, Lister Hospital Education Centre, and Norfolk and Norwich / Bury St Edmunds.

 

Anaesthetic Critical Incident simulation:

Towards the end of your CT1 / ACCS2 (Anaesthetics) year you will attend a day of Anaesthetic Critical Incident simulation. This is mapped to the critical incident module of the RCoA Basic Level training syllabus, which states that simulation may be the only way for trainees to safely experience rare but serious critical incidents. The programme is run at two centres – Anaesthetic Crisis Resource Management (OCRM) at Addenbrooke’s Simulation Centre in Cambridge, and Anaesthetic Critical Incidents (ACI) at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford. You will be allocated your date in advance.

 

Basic Obstetric Anaesthetic simulation:

In the first part of your second year of anaesthesia you will attend a day of Basic Obstetric Anaesthetic simulation. This is mapped to the obstetric competencies in the RCoA Basic Level training syllabus and is designed to help with the management of common clinical scenarios and anaesthetic emergencies on labour ward that you may experience when you start your obstetric anaesthesia placements. The programme is run at two centres – Obstetric Crisis Resource Management (OCRM) at Addenbrooke’s Simulation Centre in Cambridge, and Obstetric Basics – Simulation for Anaesthetic Core Trainees (Obs+Act!) at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford. You will be allocated your date in advance.

 

Delegate registration in 2016-2017 for all three programmes is fully funded by HEEoE for all new CT1/2 Anaesthetic trainees and ACCS2/3 (Anaesthetics) in the School. As the amount of this funding varies annually, you may be asked to make a contribution towards the total cost. This may be reclaimed from your study leave budget in the usual manner.

 

 

ST3 and ST4

 

We are pleased to have secured HEEoE funding for 2016-2017 to offer a limited number of fully funded places for ST3 and ST4 anaesthesia / ICM trainees on airway and transfer simulation courses across the region. Each ST3/4 trainee may select one of these courses and details will be e-mailed to eligible trainees in advance. Registration is on a first come first served basis. To register for a course please e-mail Tracey.Cadenhead@qehkl.nhs.uk .

 

Airway Simulation

Mapped to the RCoA Intermediate Level training syllabus and includes advanced airway management techniques, difficult airway management algorithms and human factors. Depending on centre, the day may be multiprofessional with ODPs as co-delegates. Funded places are available on Cambridge Airway Training at Addenbrooke’s Simulation Centre, Eastern Airway Skills Training (EAST) at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, and the Lister Airway Course at Lister Hospital.

 

Transfer Simulation

Mapped to the RCoA Intermediate Level training syllabus covering the principles of intra- and interhospital transfer of critically ill patients. Depending on centre, the day may be multiprofessional with ODPs and ITU nurses as co-delegates. Funded places are available on the Transfer in Medicine Course at Addenbrooke’s Simulation Centre, Simulated Transfer And Retrieval Training (START) at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, and the Lister Transfer Course at Lister Hospital.

 

 

Other courses

 

There are a wide range of other simulation courses available at different centres across the region. Course details are published under external courses

 

There are also many opportunities to develop educational skills by becoming Faculty on educational programmes.

 

 

Finally, and importantly, there are only two occasions when simulation is used for assessment in your anaesthetic career – at the Initial Assessment of Competency and in the Primary FRCA OSCE. All the simulation programmes provided within the School are for education, not assessment.

 

 

Dr Nick Wilson

Consultant Anaesthetist Broomfield Hospital

HEEoE School of Anaesthesia Simulation Lead

 

November 2016

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