Anaesthetic and Academic Meetings

The School organises meetings for trainees at all levels and for Consultants. We have listed listed here the regular meetings that make up the core of our School programme.

We have separately listed the dates and details of current meetings.


5th Annual Cadaveric Ultrasound Guided Regional Anaesthesia Course at UCL / UCH

Tuesday June 11th & Wednesday 12th June 2013. An exciting two day cadaveric ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia (UGRA) course at the UCL Department of Anatomy and the University College London Clinical Skills Centre.

Day 1 Tuesday 11th June 2013 UCL Clinical Skills Center, Rockefeller Building, University Street.

The sonoantomy lectures will be delivered by expert regional anaesthetists. We will focus on essential knowledge of the ultrasound machine, probe handling and safe needling techniques. Live model scanning of the upper limb, lower limb, belly and back will be led by anaesthetists experienced in UGRA. We will teach the 5 essential blocks for everyday UGRA practice

09.00 Introduction Lecture

09.15 The Ultrasound Machine Lecture

09.30 Upper Limb Sonoanatomy Lecture

10.00 Model Ultrasound Scanning & Phantom Needling

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Lower Limb & Abdomen Sonoanatomy Lecture

13.30 Model Ultrasound Scanning

15.30 Coffee

16.00 International UGRA Update Lecture

17.00 Closing Lecture Feedback and Evaluation

Day 2 Wednesday 12th June 2013 UCL Anatomy Department, Rockefeller Building

The cadaveric anatomy teaching will be led by both anaesthetists and surgeons on both cadavers and prosected anatomy specimens. There will be an opportunity to both ultrasound scan and practice in-plane and out-of-plane needling techniques on the cadavers.

09.00 Anatomy Lectures

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Cadaveric UGRA Practice

17.00 Close

And a free book!

£300 trainees and £500 consultants.
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Autumn Scientific Meeting - Dingle, Ireland

This is a three-day meeting, held in an area of outstanding beauty. The conference is chaired by Monty Mythen, Jim Down and Mike Grocott, and speakers are invited from London and the UK, Ireland and the USA. The Skellig Hotel, where the conference is held, is a 4-star 110-bedded hotel, with first class conference and leisure facilities.

The conference program is broad-based, and there is a full social program and Partners Programme for non-anaesthetists. Sailing, golf, horse-riding and boat excusrsions are available.

Further details of the programme, and an application form, are available from

Core Knowledge Days

The School runs a series of Core Knowledge Days. These are intended to guide SpR 1/2 Trainees through the Competencies that they require, and the curriculum is based around the syllabus.

Further details can be obtained from Clare Prudden, UCH Anaesthetics Secretary or tel: 0207 691 5827. The most recent courses will be advertised on the News Page. They can also be seen at
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Fibreoptic Intubation Practical Course at UCLH

There is now a monthly one-day course, held at UCLH.

The aim of the course is for registrars to learn how to anaesthetise the airway and pass a fibreoptic scope in an awake patient (each other!!). Basic training on cleaning & handling the scope will be included.

Candidates can get dates, further information & application form by emailing Simon Clarke. The course fee will be 100.

Fibreoptic Intubation Practical Course in Colchester

We are running an awake fibreoptic training course at Colchester hospital. The delegates are the subjects, and to ensure 1:1 training, numbers are limited to 4 participants and two observers only. The course is running every two months and there are places available in June, October and December. The cost is 175 for participants and 150 for observers. All grades of staff are welcome-SHOs, SpRs , staff grades and Consultants. The morning consists of lectures followed by mannequin and model practice,during the afternoon there is supervised endoscopy and intubation. It is anticipated that each participant will perform three endoscopies and one intubation.

More information is available at the website

The course is accredited for 5 CPD points from the RCoA. PLease contact Marion Brown on 01206 742149 for further information and an application form.

Introduction to Anaesthesia - Foundation Course for Novices

This course has been designed to give ST1s in anaesthesia an introduction to the specialty, and to cover the core requirements necessary for the Competency Assessments which should be carried out after 3 months training. The course is held on Fridays. It consists of 5 weeks of classroom teaching at the Royal Free, a one day ALS/Critical care Workshop teaching and one day in the Anaesthesia Simulator at Barts.

The topics covered in the classroom sessions include preoperative assessment, management of the airway, anaesthetic equipment, drugs used in anaesthesia, regional analgesia and dealing with common adverse events.

The cost of the course is 495.

The course is open to trainees in the North Central Thames School. Places are limited and the course is very popular. Trainees in other schools are welcome to apply if places are available.

Application forms are available for downloading on the download page on this site.

For further information, contact Leo Minnion, Course Administrator, on 0207 7472 6294

SpR 345 Study Days

These meetings are held 4 times a year, jointly with the other anaesthetic schools in north London. They cover a wide range of topics, including clinical matters, current research and developments in anaesthesia, clinical governance and management. Talks are regularly included on the appointment procedure for Consultant posts. Once a year the meeting is devoted to current research going on within the School.

We consider that attendance at these meetings is an important Training Objective. Details of the next meeting are posted on the News Page.

Winter NTAM Scientific Meeting - French Alps

This annual meeting is held in the Alps and combines the opportunity to experience the delights of the mountains with an exceptional academic programme. Further details can be obtained from their website

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