Places available for Professional Development Course 2018

Places are still available for the remaining three Professional Development course dates this year, all taking place at Stafford Postgraduate Medical Centre:


Wednesday 04 July              

Leadership & Influence Skills – TTI Development


Wednesday 17 October      

Medical Ethics & Law – Dr Roger Worthington


Friday 09 November          

Teaching & Medical Education – Dr Lorien Branfield


Course Fee is £60 per date, please complete application form and submit to 

Application Form – Professional Development Course 2018

Applications now open for Advanced Regional Anaesthesia Fellowship from August 2018

We are again offering a six month Fellowship in Advanced Regional  Anaesthesia Training with a proposed start date of August 2018.  The postholder would spend 6 months at Wolverhampton (with New Cross Hospital facilitating some time at Oswestry) and would be expected to complete other advanced general modules during this Fellowship.


Expressions of interest, in the form of a CV and personal statement outlining why you wish to undertake this Fellowship, must be sent to


Interviews are likely to take place later in May 2018.

For further details: Regional Anaesthesia Fellowship


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Lifelong Learning Platform – Update

Message from the Royal College of Anaesthetists:

Users will be starting to receive their login details to access the new platform. As the emails are being sent directly from the platform, these may automatically turn up in junk/spam inboxes (this will depend on the service provider or preferences). We ask you therefore to please check your junk/spam inbox. The plan to add users is listed below and follows a phased approach; this takes into account factors that could affect go live and we want to ensure we get this right, are able to support schools during this busy time and get everyone online within the week.

Day 1   01/08/2018

AM       Northern Ireland, Scotland North

PM       North West, Mersey, Wales


Day 2   02/08/2018      

AM       Bristol, South West, West Midlands, East Midlands

PM       Northern, Oxford, Wessex, Yorkshire


Day 3   03/08/2018

AM       London, KSS, East of England

PM       Scotland East, Scotland West, Scotland Southeast    

Using the site

As we launch the site with a phased approach (in agreement with each school), you’ll find that the platform has some similarities with the way the e-Portfolio works, however, certain areas of the platform will be new. Please do take the time to allow familiarisation with the platform in your region (your lead will also be able to support with this). The videos created by the team are a very useful tool and can be accessed here, .

Changes and issues

Like all big software releases, we do anticipate that some issues will surface after launch. The team at the College will be working with the developers to resolve any issues as they are identified and will publish known issues to the College website: and will work to resolve these following successful go-live.


Stoke School Queries:

If you have still not received your log-in then please inform the Stoke School Office –

If you have any queries with the Life Long Learning Platform Dr Mohamed Elriedy or Dr David Robinson will be happy to help you.

They can be contacted as follows:



FRCA Anatomy Day – 16 October 2018 – Keele University Medical School

• Aimed at Primary and Final FRCA candidates

• Morning: Interactive seminar reviewing anatomy relevant to the exam

• Afternoon: OSCE-style spotter question and answer session using pro-sections in the Keele Anatomy lab (supported by anatomy demonstrators)

Cost: £25 to Stoke Trainees / £50 to External Trainees


Hire of the Anatomy Facility is charged at £50 per person by the University – the Stoke School is automatically meeting half the cost for Stoke Trainees, the remainder can be also be requested from individual Study Leave Budgets


Please see Flyer and Registration Form to be completed and returned to

University Hospitals of Birmingham Advanced Clinical Fellow in Obstetric Anaesthesia Post

This opportunity is for anyone Post Fellowship who is interested in Obstetric Anaesthesia.


The post will be interviewed in July but the successful applicant will be able to start at a mutually convenient time as we know it will be too late for OOPE applications for August.


If you would like any further information about the post then please contact our obstetric anaesthesia lead- Dr Martina Nejdlova –


Job Description

Life Long Learning Platform Changeover Guidance

Dear Trainees and Trainers

As you all know by now the RCoA e-portfolio in it’s current form is coming to an end on the 31 July 2018 and will be replaced by the Life Long Learning Platform.

Please read the attached RCoA and local guidance explaining the changeover procedure and requirements.

Please note it is paramount everyone engages in this changeover to prevent loss of data and information from previous training years.


LLL Platform changeover for West-Midlands Anaesthesia Trainees

Lifelong Learning: What you need to know

RCoA Lifelong Learning Guidance

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