Professional Development Courses for Post Fellowship Trainees


Our Professional Development Courses are open to Post Fellowship Trainees accross the three Schools of Anaesthesia within Health Education West Midlands.

We run six Study Days each year, taking place at the Post Graduate Medical Centre, County Hospital, Stafford.  All six topics can be covered over a three year period, either by attending our Study Days in Stafford or elsewhere.

Please see our 2018 Programme for Topics and Dates.

Please complete the 2018 Application Form and email to

Pay by card over the phone or send a cheque to the Stoke School Administration Office, to secure your booking.

We look forward to you joining us on our 2018 Professional Development Courses!


Novice Anaesthetist Courses

We offer two courses tailored to the needs of novice anaesthetists

Introduction to Anaesthesia Course

This course is hosted in September every year and covers Airway Skills, Pharmacology and Pre-operative Assessment over 3 separate days.

This course also includes an Initial Assessment of Competencies (IAC) Test Day which is usually held in October/November and aids towards achieving some of the required Units of Training for achieving the IAC.

We suggest this course should be attended by all CT1 Anaesthetic Trainees as well as those ACCS Trainees who are starting their Anaesthesia placement between August and February. Individual Trusts will ensure a repeat of this course locally for those ACCS trainees undergoing their Anaesthesia placement after February.


Critical Incidents Simulation Course

This course has been designed to allow all trainees who require the Critical Incidents Unit of Training for their ARCP to be signed off.

To find out whether this is a requirement for you, refer to your Workbook and ARCP requirements. It is currently an Anaesthetic CT and ACCS (all streams) requirement.

Attending a Critical Incidents Simulation Course is mandatory for achieving the Completion of Unit Sign Off for this unit of training.

In rare circumstances, Anaesthetic CT1 trainees that cannot attend during their CT1 year can attend the course as a CT2 the following year.

2018 dates:

20th March 2018 – FULLY BOOKED

24th April 2018

Flyer Critical Incidents SIM Course 2018

Application Form – Critical Incidents SIM Course 2018

FRCA Based Courses

Please be aware that examination crammer / revision / preparation courses are not supported by study leave or funds.

FRCA teaching resources can be accessed here. MCQs, Presentations, etc.(Login Required)

FRCA Based Teaching

The Stoke School runs educational courses regionally for the three stages of training.

Attendance at these courses is mandatory. Due to exceptions such as Annual/Study/Sick leave it is expected that attendance is at least 70%. If attendance falls below 70% then this will be considered when applying for extensions to training time, OOP’s etc.

Primary Level FRCA teaching (November to July)

Co-ordinated through the School office.

Primary Level FRCA Teaching Course Dates 2017 – 2018 

Final Level FRCA teaching (September November 2017)

Co-Ordinated through the School Office and Dr Alex James (UHNM)

Dates to be advised

Final FRCA Exam Preparation Programme

An Exam Preparation programme for the Final FRCA, on behalf of the Stoke School, is organised in conjunction with Syma Sunny and Venu Mehta.

This includes:

SAQ writers club
MCQ/SAQ study day
Jounal Club (relevent to Final FRCA)
SOE study day

For details contact:

Transfer Training

Transfer Training is mandatory at Basic and again at Intermediate level.  A Basic Level Training Course and an Intermediate Level Training Course are provided by the Stoke School every year in April / May / June.  Dates for 2018 are as follows:

Basic Level Transfer Training 2018 

  • Wednesday 18 April 2018 – FULLY BOOKED
  • Wednesday 23 May 2018

APPLICATION FORM – Basic Level Transfer Training 2018

Intermediate Level Transfer Training 2018

  • Tuesday 26 June 2018 – FULLY BOOKED

APPLICATION FORM – Intermediate Level Transfer Training 2018


Airway Course

This is a requirement at Basic & Intermediate Level to complete your Airway Unit of Training. To achieve this attending an external course is required. The best resource for finding a course is the Difficult Airway Society website. Click the COURSES tab on the DAS website for approved courses.

Difficult Airway Society

Courses are required to be DAS or RCoA approved (with CPD accreditation) and need to cover most or all of the following elements:

  • Effective management of airways
  • Appropriate use of airway technology
  • Emergency airway Strategies
  • Use and handling Fibre-Optic Intubation
  • Team training & risk management

NB. The Airway Management Day during the Introduction to Anaesthesia course within the IAC period of training, does not count as a valid course for the Basic Level Airway module. A further course is required.

 Clinical Leadership and Management Course

Higher Trainees are required to attend a Clinical Leadership and Management Course towards the end of their training. The most commonly attended course is run by Keele University, 4 times a year. A discount is offered to UHNM employees.

2018 Two-day Clinical Leadership and Management Courses for Specialty Trainees

  • Specifically designed as single specialty
  • Interactive and participant focused
  • Provided by experts with experience in and knowledge of your particular challenges
  • Opportunity to convert your learning into an academic award

Full details and booking form available on the Keele Website. 


Return to Work Course
  • Are you currently on a break from clinical anaesthesia?
  • Are you due to return to work or would you like a refresher?

This new course is an exciting opportunity in the West Midlands to prepare you to re-enter clinical practice

  • Dedicated high fidelity simulation
  • Small group sessions
  • Focus on improving confidence and human factors
  • Clinical updates
  • Opportunity to meet others in a similar position
  • Mentoring offered

Return To Work Sim-Course Flyer 2017