Advanced Regional Anaesthesia Fellowship Commencing FEBRUARY 2022

ST6/7 Trainees can apply for a six month Fellowship in Advanced Regional  Anaesthesia Training with a proposed start date of February 2022.  The postholder would spend 6 months at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton and they will facilitate day release to Oswestry on an honorary contract. You would be expected to complete other advanced general modules during this Fellowship.  Only Post Fellowship trainees in ST6 or ST7 are eligible to apply for the Fellowship, as it is important to get Advanced Regional modules signed off, which the RCoA prohibits in ST5.  Expressions of interest, in the form of a CV and personal statement outlining why you wish to undertake this Fellowship, must reach this office by the 28th May 2021 at the latest – .  Interviews are likely to take place in June or July 2021 at a date to be advised.


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North East Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Review (NE-AIR) 2021

Our 2021 meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday 11 August 2021 from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm.

The meeting consists of presentations from regional Intensive Care and Anaesthetic doctors in the form of case reports, audit/QI projects related to Anaesthetics, Critical Care, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Medicine.   

Keynote Speakers:

Dr Ashwani Gupta, RA-UK board member and founding faculty member of the MSc in regional anaesthesia at UEA, talking about ‘Awake shoulder anaesthesia, the interscalene block and beyond’.

Dr Dominic Lea, Consultant in anaesthesia and critical care and FICM tutor at QE Gateshead, presenting ‘Identification, Investigation and Treatment of Perioperative Anaemia’.

Everyone welcome to attend, please book on-line at  in Professional Development.

Fee £20  /  5 CPD points pending / programme to follow.

Best wishes

Dr Peter Ricketts

Consultant Lead, NE-AIR 2021

Final FRCA CRQ/SAQ Club – Season 5

Please find the details of our Final FRCA CRQ / SAQ Club – Season 5, below.

 The format of the Club will be as follows:

 1. It will be online on either TEAMS or google meet.

 2. Each of the trainees who agree to participate will get three or four topics /articles from me . They will be required to prepare CRQ questions and their answers in a PowerPoint format .

 3. The articles will be sent at least two days in advance. On the day of meeting each trainee will present his / her four CRQ’s, with each CRQ taking max of 10 mins. At the end of the meeting depending on the total no of trainees, we would have discussed at least 16 to 20 topics/article.

 4 . I will select the articles (module wise) so that after each meeting you would have at least completed that module and can entirely depend upon the meeting for the revision of that module.

 5. I propose to complete at least 8 major modules between now and mid-Sept.

 6. After each meeting I will share all the slides from the meeting as well as the module wise slides of my previous SAQ Club . All the slides from our previous SAQ club are mapped to the curriculum and can be a very useful resource as they are all well-referenced.

A minimum of four trainees is required to run this club efficiently.  If you think that this is for you then please email me : or send me a message on : 07730159661

This CRQ club is only for the trainees who are planning to take the mid-Sept exam. There will be another one for the March exam.

Best Regards


Dr. Amit Bhagwat


Consultant Anaesthetist 

Royal Stoke University Hospital

Quality Matters Day – Tue 20 July 2021 – Virtual

Dr Jayadoss – TPD-QA-HEWM, is arranging a virtual “Quality Matters” day on Tuesday 20th July 2021 for all Trainees and Trainers – please see programme and registration form.  Links to attend the meeting will be sent out to the email address supplied on the registration form. 

Abstracts are requested for the afternoon presentations – there will be four 15 minute presentations each from Trainees and Trainers celebrating quality and excellence in training during the Pandemic, highlighting practices that worked well to support peers and boost wellbeing.  If you would like to share your experiences then please send your abstract to: before the end of June.


RCOA Endorsed Free Online Airway Course

Who is this course for? Airway Matters is for is for all members of the multidisciplinary team who provide airway support to patients, or care for patients with a compromised airway, including: Anaesthetists & Anesthesiologists Operating Department Practitioners Anaesthesia Associates Adult and Paediatric Intensivists Prehospital Care and Emergency Department Doctors Nurses (Recovery, Intensive Care, Anaesthesia, Theatre, Emergency Department) Paramedics ENT and Maxillofacial Surgeons Physiotherapists Members of the Cardiac Arrest Team Healthcare professionals or students who are upskilling to provide support to critically unwell COVID-19 patients   FREE AND FLEXIBLE
Airway Matters is FREE. It runs over 5 weeks with a flexible 4 hours of learning per week and is hosted by the UK’s largest free online course provider, FutureLearn.  You are welcome to complete the entire course or just focus on the areas most relevant to your area of practice at this time.  

Please use this link to sign up and join us from 12 April 2021.  We look forward to learning with you!

With best wishes
Dr Emilie Hoogenboom
Dr Laura Elgie 
Consultant Anaesthetists, University College London Hospitals
Lead Educators for Airway Matters

Medical Devices and Acute Pain Team Improving Patient Outcomes

Effective analgesia or pain relief is crucial to patient outcome following surgery or trauma, to ensure comfort and to aid rehabilitation.

Local Anaesthetic (LA) infusions for the management of acute pain in trauma patients and more recently groups of post-operative surgical patients have been implemented in the Trust. Local Anaesthetics are a key part of acute pain management and has benefits of reduced strong pain-relieving drugs requirement and consequently a reduction in opioid related side effects.

Local Anaesthetic catheter insertion to enable the infusion relies on skilled clinicians and the Medical Devices Team along with the Acute Pain Team have been training nursing staff on Ward 223 to ensure staff have an understanding  of both the theory and  practical aspect.

Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Lead for the Acute Pain Service Lotta Blake-Jansson focuses on the theory and competence of knowledge surrounding LA infusions and Mandy Wilkes, Medical Devices Trainer develops and assesses competence with the infusion device.

Despite the pandemic ward 223 have managed to support their staff to receive the training package and are 100% complaint ,meaning as a cardio thoracic ward  they can lead the way to take patients with the LA infusions improving patient outcome.

Lotta Blake-Jansson said: “This demonstrates the good work that has been going on during the pandemic but also raise awareness of Local Anaesthetic infusions and the positive impact it has on patients.

“Nursing , medical and other disciplines use a wide variety of infusion devices on a daily basis to deliver safe and effective care and to minimize risk to our patients , it is important that all staff are trained and competent with all the devices they use.”

Mandy Wilkes added: “My role sits within Quality, Safety and Compliance and the monitoring of compliance, planning and facilitating medical device training is a fundamental part of my role.

Collaborative working is essential especially when a new device is being launched, this ensures staff are receiving a structured, streamlined approach to training that incorporates both theory and practise. The Local anaesthetic training is a prime example of how collaborative working has excellent benefits for both staff and patients.”

The Bodyguard 595 infusion device is specifically for Local Anaesthetic infusions and is for the management of acute pain in Trauma patients and more recently groups of post-operative surgical patients.

If you require more information or training on Local Anaesthetic infusions please email or

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