Advanced Regional Anaesthesia Fellowship

ST6/7 Trainees can apply for a six month Fellowship in Advanced Regional  Anaesthesia Training with a proposed start date of February 2021.  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 30th June 2020 at the latest –


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Post Fellowship Volunteers wanted

To all post fellowship trainees

We are asking for some volunteers to help the College with the online exam practice runs on Monday and Tuesday the 2nd and 3rd of November 2020 next week.

We are requesting post-fellowship trainees to volunteer as candidates. You don’t need to know any answers. It is purely a test of the logistics not the questions.

The process will last for an hour for the SOE on Monday and 2 and a half hours for the OSCE on Tuesday.

If you are interested please contact Saul Perryman at the College

Professional Development Courses – Available to Book

We have the following Professional Development Courses available to book. They are Free-of-Charge to all West Midlands Schools of Anaesthesia Trainees.

Mentoring – Via Microsoft Teams – Part 1 on Sep 30th 2020 and Part 2 on Oct 07th 2020

Teaching & Medical Education – At Stafford PGMC – Nov 11th 2020

Please complete the application form and email to to confirm your place.

Medical Ethics & Law to be delivered via Microsoft Teams – dates to be confirmed asap.

Fundraising Consultant To Tackle Snowdon – Three Months After Surviving Covid-19

A Consultant Anaesthetist from the Royal Stoke University Hospital is taking on Wales’ highest point just three months after surviving COVID-19.

Dr Murali Vallabhaneni, Consultant Anaesthetist from the University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) found himself needing the care of colleagues after becoming ill with the virus at the beginning of May.

After spending two weeks in the Critical Care Unit (CCU) at Royal Stoke, Dr Vallabhaneni will be scaling Mount Snowdon on Saturday 15 August to raise funds for UHNM Charity and thank the staff who saved his life.  

Dr Vallabhaneni said: “At the beginning of May I started to feel unwell with severe head and body aches, so went into self-isolation. Around a week later my condition deteriorated, and I started to develop severe shortness of breath, so called for an ambulance.

“I was considered to be very poorly, so was admitted to the CCU at Royal Stoke, where I was given hi-flow oxygen. Unfortunately my oxygen levels became dangerously low, so it was decided to put me on a ventilator.”    

Dr Vallabhaneni, who provides anaesthetic services to Critical Care, Oncology and Vascular patients, spent five days on the ventilator before being considered well enough to be weaned off it.

He said: “My condition had deteriorated significantly, enough so to give my colleagues a very anxious three days. When I woke up I was very weak and unable to perform even simple tasks, so was totally reliant on the care of the Critical Care staff. I stayed on CCU for a further four days before finally being discharged from hospital after three weeks.”

Speaking about his recovery, Dr Vallabhaneni said: “During the same period my wife also tested positive for COVID-19 and started to self-isolate, so it was very challenging for my two children who had to look after themselves more. When I got home I was very short of breath, even walking short distances left me breathless. I’d lost 10kg and had severe muscle wasting.

“My Critical Care colleagues said it would take up to four months to get back to normal and return to work, but I was determined to work hard and make an early recovery. The support I received over the next few weeks from my wife, children, friends and colleagues was immense and invaluable, and I made significant improvements. 

Dr Vallabhaneni is planning to make the 3,559 foot trek to the summit of Snowdon with his 13-year-old son Rohan and colleagues from UHNM.

Dr Vallabhaneni added: “Throughout my Critical Care stay, the staff on the Unit were incredible. Despite working in difficult conditions wearing full PPE, they continued to perform their duties and provided the highest quality of care to all patients, including myself. I decided to attempt my Snowdon climb as wanted to challenge myself and raise as much money as possible to improve the working environment and patient experience on the Unit that did so much for me.”  

Donations to Dr Vallabhaneni’s appeal can be made online here.

If you would like to fundraise for UHNM Charity visit for more information, or call 01782 676444 to speak to one of the UHNM Charity team.

UHNM – Trainer & Trainee COVID Response Awards

UHNM’s post-graduate team have been busy rewarding colleagues who ‘stepped up’ during the pandemic. There was an overwhelming response to the plea for nominations and trainers and trainees from across the Trust have been recognised.

More than 20 nominations were received in the trainee teams category, with a further 15 individual trainees nominated for their hard work and dedication during the last five months.

Dr Will Carroll, Consultant Paediatrician, said: “The last four months have been extraordinary and we wanted to do something to recognise our trainee doctors and congratulate them for their immense efforts in supporting the hospital.  I have been overwhelmed by the response, particularly from our consultants, who have expressed how grateful they have been to the teams.”

He added: “Our trainees, together with FY1 medical students, gave up their time and came in early and they deserve to be given recognition for the quality patient care they have been able to provide at such a challenging time.”

Dr Prabhjoyt Kler (pictured below) received numerous nominations and was recognised for her work ethic and compassion.

She said: “I would like to thank every person who took the time to nominate me for this award. I am amazed by the kindness that has been shown. I am only a small part of the amazing teams I have worked with and they have been inspirational in their efforts to get through this pandemic. It has been a pleasure to work alongside so many fantastic colleagues and consultants who are the true winners of this award.”

See the full list of winners …

Trainee Prize

Haematology middle grade
Ward 14
Infectious Diseases
Cardiology Registrars
Cardiology Junior Trainees
Paediatric Trainees
Cardiology Juniors
Critical Care Trainees
Anaesthetic and Critical Care Trainees
Paediatric Middle Grade
Cardiology Trainees
ED SHO group
Ophthalmology Trainees
Anaesthetic Trainees
Elderly Care
PICU Juniors
Harplands Ward 5
Urology and Vascular Registrars

Individual Trainees

Hinesh Patel: Anaesthetics
Helen McCreedy (FiY1)
Jaimie Marchall (FiY1)
Andrew Dickson (CT2)
Prabhjoyt Kler (ST5 anaesthetics)
Mohanad Elhassan
William Osborne
Laura Kocierz
Steve Lord
Edwin Halliday
Rosa Sun
Freya Dulson
Benjamin Rowlands
Ben Clarke

Trainer Team

COVID-19 Taskforce – Theatres
PICU and General Consultants
Anaesthesia and Theatre PDT
Jointly awarded: PICU, COVID Taskforce


Dr John Alexander
Dr Diane Barker
Dr Duckett
Dr Adam Farmer
Miss Aideen Walsh
Dr Zia Din
Mr Jinesh Shah

TestReach Tutorials are now available for candidates

Generic tutorials of the TestReach system are now available on the RCoA website for candidates who wish to view the system prior to receiving a personal log in three weeks before the test date.  There are tutorials for standard delivery, dyslexia and candidates with sight issues.

The tutorials are in TestReach’s Flexible canvas, which will be used for the live test. In this canvas, candidates can adjust the panel size and highlight and annotate text.

Calculators are not permitted in the examinations, therefore the calculator option shown in these tutorials will not be available in the live version of the test. 

With kind regards

The Exams Team

Fiona Daniels  |  Head of Examinations Royal College of Anaesthetists Telephone: +44 20 7092 1566  |  Web:  
Karen Morris​  |  Regional Representatives Coordinator Royal College of Anaesthetists Churchill House | 35 Red Lion Square London | WC1R 4SG Email: Direct Line: +44 20 7092 1573

Acute Medicine Summer Series

Acute Medical Problems in Pregnancy: Summer Series

Monday 27th July 2020  7.30pm Book here

Obstetric Medicine cases: live and interactive, Dr Charlotte Frise and Dr Felicity Coad

Wed 12th August 8pm book here             

Shortness of breath, Prof Catherine Nelson-Piercy

Practicalities of pregnant women on the medical take, Dr Fran Neuberger

Wed 19th August 8pm book here

Palpitations in pregnancy, Dr Paarul Prinja

Headache in pregnancy, Dr Pooja Dassan

Wed 26th August 8pm book here

Emergencies in women with diabetes, Dr Anita Banerjee

Other acute metabolic disturbances, Dr Charlotte Frise

Wed 2nd September 8pm book here

Hypertension in pregnancy, Dr Lucy Mackillop

Acute kidney injury, Dr Kate Wiles

September – MOMS event, details to be confirmed

15th October 2020 – save the date!  Obstetric Medicine: a global perspective (to be confirmed)

Please contact or follow @ObsMedEd on Twitter for updates

New College Tutor at shrewsbury

Dr Simon Leach has been appointed as the new College Tutor at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital SATH NHS Trust. Dr Leach replaces Dr Paul Jones who is concentrating on his role as Training Programme Director for Study & Simulation in the West Midlands.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Dr Leach as he starts his new role.

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