Regional techniques are an important part of anaesthesia. The hospitals in the School all offer some exposure to these. We also have a number of opportunities for higher and advanced training in regional anaesthesia at UCLH and the Royal Free Hospital.
Regional Fellowships at UCLH
At UCLH there are opportunities to do a Regional Fellowship inside the standard training programme. There are also two 2 out-of-program Advanced Fellowships available at our “Block Room” – one of the few of its kind in the UK.
The out-of-program Fellows have a a 30% (FTE) research commitment. This is funded by the Chief executive. Research activities include quality assurance, patient experience studies and involvement in RCT’s
The clinical work includes regional techniques for
- breast surgery general surgery
- chronic pain
We run a catheter service for upper limb and trauma.
We offer a monthly Sonoclub teaching program, organised by the Fellows for the current trainees, and Fellows will get involved in regional anaesthesia training courses run by LSORA and nationally.
Previous fellows have successfully attained the EDRA Part 1 and 2, and we run a viva course for the Part 2 annually.
Regional Fellowships at the Royal Free
The Royal Free Hospital offers 6-month fellowships in Regional Anaesthesia. They commence in August and February.
These are exciting posts suitable for trainees looking to master a wide range of regional anaesthesia techniques. Trainees will learn to develop specialist skills in sono-anatomy in our dedicated plastic surgery hand trauma service that takes place seven days a week, as well as trauma and orthopaedics, renal, renal vascular, general vascular and breast surgery. We continue to receive excellent feedback from our previous fellows, who develop extensive experience in providing anaesthesia and analgesia for upper, trunk, and lower limb surgery.
At the Royal Free Hospital we provide an enjoyable balance between clinical and non-clinical commitments. Previous fellows have gone on to present award-winning oral and poster presentations at national and international anaesthesia meetings. We intend to set up a block room to better utilise the ability to provide regional anaesthesia for our patients.
The fellowship entails clinical work in regional anaesthesia for our specialist plastic hand trauma service, as well as trauma and orthopaedic, renal vascular, gynaecology and breast reconstructive surgery.
Leadership, Management, and Medical Education
This post offers many opportunities to participate in leadership and quality improvement, depending on Fellow’s personal development objectives. All fellows undertake a QI project, supported by a consultant, and be given the opportunity to publish in a peer reviewed journal and/or present their work at national and international meetings. In most cases, projects will use existing datasets or will have already been established by the time the fellow is in post, meaning that maximum gain can be made from their Fellowship. In return, fellows will be expected to ensure that a project is in place for their successors.
There is also opportunity to develop an interest in medical education at our post-FRCA study day in regional anaesthesia, local practical workshops and ‘Block of the Week’ tutorial sessions.
Further informationFurther information can be obtained from the Specialty Leads.