Professional Development Courses for Post Fellowship Trainees

Places still available for the last date of 2017:

Application Form 2017

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.

Pre-operative Assessment Day at Royal Stoke – 4 Sep 2017

Airway Day at New Cross – 6 Sep 2017

Pharmacology Day at Royal Stoke – 21 Sep 2017

IAC Test Day at Burton – 31 Oct 2017

Introduction to Anaes Course Sep 2017 – Dates and Topics

Application Form – Introduction to Anaes Course Sep17


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 to be announced

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 – dates to be announced.

Final Level FRCA teaching (September November 2017)

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

Final Teaching Dates Autumn Term 2017

Application Form – Final TP AutumnTerm 2017


Final FRCA Exam Preparation Programme

Dr Arif Hasan (UHNM) organises an Exam Preparation programme for the Final FRCA, on behalf of the Stoke School, 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.  Dates for 2018 to be announced.


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.

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

CT1/ST3 Interview Course

The Heart of England Trust run an interview course at Solihull Hospital. The most recent was in January 2016, see below for Flyer. Subsequent dates will be added to the website as they are released

Contact Lisa Evans

CT1 ST3 Interview Course Flyer January 2016

Post Fellowship Trainees – Start planning for your perfect consultant post!

For those fortunate few looking past the exam, the RCoA is running a day looking at subspecialty training and CV building (£165).

After the Final FRCA – Making the most of training years 5-7