Trainee Prize Evening – Wed 13 May 2020 – Cancelled Until Further Notice

Many colleagues are expressing concern about the implications of large gatherings of clinicians and the subsequent risk to the clinical workforce in responding to frontline service pressures.  Regional Teaching for Trainees and other events have been cancelled for now.  We have also decided to postpone the Trainee Prize Evening.

The event at Stafford Post Graduate Medical Centre on 13 May 2020 is cancelled.

We will be in touch in due course with a rearranged date, which we hope you will be able to attend.

I know you will understand the reasons why we have made this decision, at this time. Sorry for the inconvenience to those of you who have already submitted Abstracts, but thank-you in advance for your understanding.

Levelling the Field Study Day – 07 May 2020 – Newcastle – U – Tyne

We have today released our new ‘Levelling the Field’ study day to be held on the 7 May 2020 at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne.  A packed, interactive day for ALL DOCTORS including Educational Supervisors, College Tutors and CESR Tutors who are interested in the challenges faced by BAME and International Medical Graduate doctors.  

This is a free day supported by A-liNE & Health Education England, North East.  CPD points have been applied for.  Informative, knowledgeable and engaging speakers with plenty of personal experience, with a great lunch and plenty of time for questions and networking.    

We would be very grateful if you could make your trainees, Trust doctors, SAS, MTI, Educational Supervisors, Consultants, College Tutors and CESR Tutors aware of this study day.   All welcome.

If you would like to attend please register at:

Best wishes

A-liNE Admin Team

Covid-19 – Cancellation of Regional Teaching Effective Immediately

Please see attached letter, which has been emailed out to all, today. Note that it includes the cancellation of tomorrows Primary Teaching at Royal Stoke (Thu 12 March 2020). Apologies for the short notice but i’m sure you will understand the reasons. Please ensure your rota master/college tutor are aware you are now available to be redeployed as you will not be attending these teaching sessions. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Stoke School of Anaesthesia Admin’ Office.

Primary FRCA OSCE/VIVA Revision Day – 28 Apr 2020 – London

Guys’ and St Thomas’ Hospital are running a FRCA Primary OSCE/VIVA Revision Course dayon Tuesday 28th April in the Guys’ Hospital Anaesthetic Department, London Bridge. 

The day will comprise of one full circuit of OSCE stations in the morning followed by an afternoon of Viva practice covering pharmacology, physiology, physics and clinical, both with tailored individualised feedback, delivered by an experienced and enthusiastic Faculty. 

The course would be suitable for any of your trainees planning to sit the OSCE/VIVA in the forthcoming May sitting. 

The price of the course is £100 and includes lunch and refreshments, with certificates being provided for attendance. 

Please note, there are limited number of places, so early booking is advisable! Places can be booked at

Please  also note, more places are likely to be released so trainees who are unable to initially book onto the course are strongly encouraged to put their name down on the waiting list (via bookcpd), should they still wish to attend. We will contact them in due course should we be able to accommodate them. 

We have have had excellent feedback from previous courses. Please see the attached flyer for further information. 

Thank you very much for help with circulating this to your trainees, and if your trainees or yourself have any further questions, please do not hesitate to email us. 

Very best wishes,The GSTT Primary FRCA OSCE Team

Welcome Home From Mercy Ship Mission, Dr Avann

Dr Felicity Avann, an Anaesthetic Trainee at UHNM has been helping Senegalese people on the Africa Mercy Ship. Mercy Ships is an international charity that deploys hospital ships staffed by volunteers to help those in low-income and lower-middle-income countries have access to basic surgical care. During her time on the ship Felicity helped to run three operating theatres anaesthetising for maxillofacial, general surgery, plastic surgery and ENT operations and has found it incredibly rewarding. She said: “While I was on the ship I helped teach local Senegal anaesthetic nurses and doctors and I was also honoured to give a presentation at the weekly anaesthetic seminar. I was very impressed by the dedication and professionalism of the volunteers and I highly recommend it to anyone.”

Chief Executive Award

A child’s life has been saved, thanks to the quick action of staff in UHNM’s emergency care centre. The patient, who had sustained a traumatic brain injury, received essential expert care from Royal Stoke’s emergency medicine team, spending less than 60 minutes at the site before being quickly transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Over an intensive 30-minute period, a range of staff from across the field of emergency medicine came together to analyse the extent of the child’s injuries and administer lifesaving care.

Earlier in the year, Dr Chinery and colleagues had been training in County Hospital’s Extended Reality Lab (ERL), where by coincidence they had worked on a simulation which covered very similar circumstances. The lab offers an immersive virtual reality training experience and allows any setting to be projected onto blank walls, taking away the need for lengthy set up when providing simulated training in a ward, emergency resus area or pre-hospital environment.

Dr James Chinery, (far left), Consultant in Trauma Anaesthesia and pre-hospital emergency medicine, said: “The training we had undertaken at the ERL had a direct benefit to this patient’s care as it meant we were able to put the right processes in place as quickly as possible. However, knowing what to do would have counted for little without the impressive work of the team of Outreach, Adult, and Children’s emergency nursing staff, who were all outstanding. I am particularly grateful to Helen Bloor, who ably accompanied me on the transfer and to my colleague Dr Mike Greenway, who volunteered to cover Code Red trauma calls during my absence from the hospital whilst I undertook the transfer. This is a moment where I felt truly proud to care. I had a sense that we had delivered something really impressive for this lad, giving him the very best of medical and nursing care, something which we should all be genuinely proud of as an organisation.”

The team have been given the Chief Executive’s Award in recognition of their services.

Tracy Bullock, Chief Executive, said: “I remember hearing about this and just thinking “wow!”  This award epitomises the great skill and expertise that these guys have, as well as the passion for caring for our patients. Their work has a huge impact on patients’ lives and in this case the young man that needed their help. I really thank them for all that they do.”

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