Teaching Days

Primary FRCA 

Please see for a list of all Primary FRCA Teaching days

It has been our intention not to clash with Final fellowship teaching, as well as half term etc. Topics suggested are guides only to try and cover most of the syllabus and can be amended.  I have chosen the dates to prevent clashing with Final FRCA teaching sessions, exams or holidays (as much as possible) and to maximise opportunities prior to exam dates.

The Primary MCQ guide is written by Bristol core trainees and offers some practical advice and tips on how to approach the MCQ part of the Primary FRCA exam. 

Final FRCA 

Final FRCA teaching days take place on Fridays generally once every three weeks. Please see Events tab for a full list. If you would like to change any of the days listed below can you please contact Ian Ryder, Lead for Final FRCA Teaching Programme.

Post Fellowship Study Days 

There are approximately seven PFSDs a year, please see Events tab for a full list. These are organised by the senior trainees for post fellowship trainees. Each hospital within the rotation takes it in turn to organise the study days. Here are the things to consider to make your day as successful as possible.

You need to start thinking about dates, venue and subject of the day at least three months beforehand.

1. Date.  Your college tutor knows the month in which their particular hospital is responsible for organising a PFSD and will be grateful to hear from volunteers with ideas. The dates are distributed at the School Board meeting each September. Plan the study day for any date within the month, but AVOID Fridays because it clashes with pre-fellowship and primary teaching programmes. Wednesdays are a good day because all flexible trainees work on a Wednesday, but avoid the first Wednesday of the month, which is changeover day.

2. Venue.  Depending on which hospital you are based in, determines the ease of this. Often, rooms are booked far in advance with a one-hour booking, which prevents you having a whole day there. The earlier you start, the fewer grey hairs acquired.

3. Topic.  Below are the recent PFSDs. You can repeat a topic on a two yearly basis and be pretty much guaranteed a new audience (with apologies to LTFT trainees who may have been there once or thrice before). Or you could introduce your colleagues to something to completely different.

Topics Covered in 2012 –

Management, Teaching Leadership & Human Factors, Regional Anaesthesia, Recent Advances in the Care of the Critically Ill Patient and Academic Training.

Topics Covered in 2013 - 

Major Trauma (Frenchay), Good Clinical Practice (Cheltenham), Paediatric Anaesthesia (Bath), Teamwork (Southmead), Revalidation & Preparing for the Consultant interview (Gloucester), General Wellbeing (UHBristol)

Topics Covered in 2014 - 

Preparing for the Consultant Interview (Cheltenham), RAF Brize Norton (Frenchay), Working in the NHS (Swindon), Audit, management structure, statistics for research (Bath), Veterinary Anaesthesia at Langford Vet School (NBT), Anaesthesia - the path less trodden (Gloucester), 

Topics covered in 2015 -

14th January - BRI (Medical Education), 27th February - NBT (The Severn Trauma Network), 27th March - Cheltenham (Medicine & the Law, Vascular Anaesthesia), 29th April - Swindon (NHS Structure & becoming a Consultant), 6th May - Bath

Topics covered in 2016 -

27th January - NBT (Transfer, trauma & surgery for Anaesthetists), postponed (Cheltenham), 18th May - Bath (Transfers, getting a Consultant post, Ethics/Research, latest in cardiac arrest management), 8th June - Swindon (Post CCT Fellowships, Writing a CV, the Consultant Interview and contracts, NHS Structure & Function), 13th July - NBT (Managing Death in theatre for Anaesthetists & Intensivists), 13th October - Cheltenham (Quality Improvement), 23rd November - BRI (Healthcare Management, Coroners, Healthcare Strategy, NHS Finance), 

Topics covered in 2017 -

25th January - NBT (Advances in Vascular Surgery), 29th March - postponed (Cheltenham), 26th April - Leadership, Paediatrics, 24th May Bath - Tonsillectomy: airway management, Working in urgent care, NCEPOD, quality improvement & team work in perinatal care, 28th June BRI - Anaesthesia for MRI, Endovascular treatment for acute stroke, Anaesthesia & sedation for Cath Lab, 19th July NBT - TIVA & BIS, Overseas working post CCT, Major Trauma Update, Major Incident Protocols, 11th October - Gloucester, 15th November - BRI

Dates for 2018

24th January - NBT (MIMMs), Emergency preparedness, major incident plan, NHS & its cultural context), 28th March - Cheltenham, 25th April - Swindon (Human Factors, extreme transfer medicine, Obstetric Haemorrhage), 23rd May - Bath (cancelled), 27th June - BRI (teambuilding & stress management), 18th July - NBT, 10th October - Gloucester (Clinical governance & risk management, Nursing structures, role of NHS Managers)

Dates for 2019

30th January - NBT (Wellbeing & Pain Psychology), 27th March - Cheltenham (US Teaching, management, shortlisting & interviews, the struggling trainee) , 24th April - Swindon (preparing for Consultant interviews, Nepal/ENT, pensions, mountain medicine), 22nd May - Bath (Regional Anaesthesia, ABC of Pre-hospital care, Echo Skills), 26th June - BRI (work life balance, SWeAT study, Leadership mentor, Fellowships, working overseas), 10th July - NBT (ACSA, Pre-hospital, Mercy Ships, Prei-op, the awareness Project), 18th October - Glos, 20th November - Swindon

Date for 2020

4th March - Bath, 20th May - NBT 


4.  Advertising. Rota writers will appreciate advance notice of dates (even if you can’t provide a programme at this point), to enable departments to release as many post-fellowship trainees as possible. When the date of the study day has been arranged email Julie Flowers, who will put the date on the website together with the topic and send details to trainees in the School weekly newsletter.

Once you have a more settled programme, then you need to ask Julie Flowers to email this out and put it on the website: people need to be persuaded that it is in their best interests to attend your marvellous day.

Then when your successful day is all over … please send copies of any feedback (or a summary) as appropriate to the Education Lead after the event and an attendance list  & feedback to Julie Flowers, School Support Manager.

Regional Pain Teaching Days

Friday 27th September
Wednesday 16th October
Wednesday 13th November
Thursday 30th January 2020
Friday 21st February
Friday 27th March
Monday 11th May

For further information please email Shelley Barnes

ICM Teaching Days 

There is a new region wide intensive care teaching programme open for all to attend.  The sessions run on Tuesdays and will be hosted by BRI, North Bristol, Gloucester/Cheltenham and RUH.  A full programme is available under the Events Tab.  The programme is matched to the new FICM syllabus and will run twice a year.  It will cover topics required for those sitting the EDIC and FICM exams and will also cover the ICU elements of the final FRCA.  Following attendance at an ICM Teaching Day, can you please complete and return the ICM Teaching Day Feedback Form to Dr Christopher Bourdeaux, Consultant in ICU, Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Simulation Courses 

There are many courses run at the Bristol Simulation Centre aimed at anaesthetists. These include:

  • Transport of the critically ill
  • Team training for critical incidents

For more information see the Bristol Simulation Centre website.

Other Courses 

Educational Supervisors Course

The School runs an Educational Supervisors course for senior trainees facilitated by the Edgecumbe Group and the next course will be taking place in March 2019 at Severn PGME, Vantage Office Park, Bristol.  To book a place please see 'Events' section.

New-2-ICU Course

This is a course designed for Foundation or junior ST grade doctors who have started or are due to start working on an intensive care unit. The course provides practical, hands-on experience, making these doctors capable and proficient in the basic requirements of junior doctors in the day-to-day running of an intensive care unit both during the day and at night. It will also teach them the skills and knowledge they will require to manage emergency situations prior to the arrival of senior help.


Anatomy for Anaesthetists Course

Anatomy for Anaesthetists is a unique one day course designed by a group of anaesthetic registrars from the Severn Deanery. It is open to all anaesthetists and provides excellent preparation for all parts of the FRCA examination. The day involves structured stations that cover the anatomy relevant to anaesthesia and is taught by enthusiastic and knowledgeable University demonstrators and anaesthetists.  Delegates have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with cadaveric prosected specimens as well as detailed models and diagrams.  Teaching is informal, interactive and restricted to small groups so early booking is essential!

The course is run at the University of Bristol and St George’s London.

For more information please contact the Anatomy for Anaesthetists Team .

Management Courses

The management course for trainees in Anaesthesia at Keele/Southmead and Brighton University are popular.

Deanery Courses

The Severn Institute Multi Professional Generic Skills Programme consists of 9 modules. The earlier modules are aimed at junior trainees and the latter ones such as Leadership and Management are aimed at senior trainees coming to the end of their CCT. The course is funded centrally (£50 per trainee per module) and therefore the delivery of the modules is free at the point of delivery and held on a variety of dates commencing in October in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Bristol North Academies. Trainees who sign up for the modules and fail to attend will be penalized by having to pay £50 for their next module.

Details of the programme are available on the Regional NHS Managed Learning Environment (MLE).