Courses & Study Days

Courses & Study Days


Induction Days

It is mandatory for all trainees to attend the relevant Welsh School Induction Day. The next induction day will be for all trainees commencing CT1 and ST3 training programmes in August 2020 and will be held on 8th September 2020. Further details to follow to ALL successful appointees.

Advanced training selection day is scheduled for 22nd September 2020.

Exam Teaching

Cardiff Q
The date of the next intensive Primary FRCA MCQ preparation day will be Monday 27th April 2020 in Ty Dysgu (HEIW), Nantgarw. To book your place click on the following link: Eventbrite

Primary FRCA
North Wales: a regular regional teaching programme is in place, please contact the College Tutors at Betsi Cadwaladr UHB for further information.

South Wales: a regular regional teaching programme is in place. Please contact for the latest SWABS dates

Final FRCA
North Wales: a regular regional teaching programme is in place, please contact the College Tutors at Betsi Cadwaladr UHB for further information.

South Wales: regular regional teaching occurs in Newport, Swansea and Cardiff. We would like to see a flexible approach to where & when you attend to receive maximum benefit from the teaching available across South Wales. Please contact relevant Lead Consultants for Final FRCA in each hospital if you would like to attend:

Plus the following intensive teaching days support early Final FRCA preparation -

Welsh Anaesthetics Finals Teaching (WAFT)
Are you post primary? Are you preparing (or even just starting to think about preparing) for your final FRCA? ...then WAFT is for you!
WAFT runs free study days on specialist topics to support preparation for both the written and SOE aspects of the final FRCA exam.
The days are focused on condensing this specialist knowledge/understanding in to exam orientated sessions to complement local finals teaching and the Welsh Written and SOE exam practice courses. They are also a great way to meet up with colleagues at similar stages of exam prep.The next WAFT day is:

  • Paediatric theme, 22 May 2020, University Hospital of Wales.

If you would like to be added to the email contact list, then please email with your name and where you are up to with your exams - see you soon.

See also information for the Final FRCA intensive viva course below.

Post Fellowship Teaching

A programme of post-fellowship teaching days are arranged, approximately 6 times per year. The Welsh School strongly encourages trainees to contribute to the organisation of at least one teaching day during their higher training. An interesting and varied programme of topics aims to prepare trainees for their consultant careers. The post fellowship teaching days are co-ordinated at present by Dr Lucy Emmett and Dr Stephanie Wallis. If you email you can request to be added to the mailing list (for regular updates future dates & venues) or you can express interest in organising a future study day. The next PFSD are:

  • 23 April 2020, Theme: Research, Location: Ty Dewi Sant
  • 15 May 2020, Theme: Quality Improvement, Location: HEIW

Trainees in North Wales may also attend the Merseyside teaching. There are plans to have video-conferencing between North & South Wales.

Pain Study Day

Pain Study Days are held on a regular basis to complement the RCoA training curriculum. Further information is available under latest news. The course organiser is Dr Shefali Kadambande, Consultant in Anaesthesia & Pain Medicine, Cardiff

Improving Quality Together training - Silver Level

The School has formed a partnership with 1000 Lives to provide Quality Improvement Training for senior anaesthetic trainees in Wales Deanery. Further information is available from Dr Gethin Pugh,

Courses & Study Days

Other Courses & Events

SWAC - Primary FRCA Anaesthetic Course
This course is held 3 times each year, just prior to the Primary SOE/OSCE sitting in Cardiff. The next course is

  • 27th April 2020 (SOE)
  • 28th April 2020 (OSCE)

For further information or to book a place, please contact the course organisers at

SWAC - Final FRCA Intensive Viva Course
An intensive day of Final Viva practice - It is open to all trainee anaesthetists planning to sit the Final FRCA exam. For more information or to book a place, please contact Dr Simon Slinn, The next course is:

  • Monday 8th June 2020, Llandough Education Centre, Cardiff

See poster below for further details

Welsh Final FRCA Written Course
The date for the upcoming Welsh Final Written Course is:

  • 10th-12th June 2020, Life Sciences Hub, Cardiff Bay.

Please contact for more information and bookings.

Educational Supervisors Update Day
This year's Welsh School of Anaesthetics ES/NCS Study Day was held on 5th October 2020 at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells.

Return to Clinical Anaesthesia
A one day course designed to provide workshops and simulation scenarios relevant to work in anaesthetics. Suitable for those who have taken time out of clinical work and are planning their return to practice. The date for the next course is:

  • 29 April 2020 at University Hospital Llandough.

The day will include:

  • Workshops - paediatrics, airway and TIVA.
  • Multiple simulation scenarios.
  • Talk on LTFT matters.

Please contact Dr Catrin Maidment, for further information and application forms.

Preparing for Consultant Selection.
A free course run by the deanery for final year trainees. The course is run several times a year.

Transfer Courses
All Wales Transfer Courses. For further details please contact

MEPA - Medical Emergencies in Paediatric Anaesthesia
This course is run every 3 months for trainees completing their higher/advanced paediatric anaesthesia module in Cardiff.
To book on the course contact

Research Courses
The following programme of courses are available through the Cardiff Academic Department of Anaesthetics

  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Introduction to Research
  • Clinical Innovation

For further details please contact


Society of Anaesthetists of Wales
For further details please see

Paediatric Anaesthetic Group of Wales
For further details please see

South Wales Obstetric Anaesthetists' Forum
Venue: Postgraduate Centre, Bridgend
Trainee Research/QUIP/Case Report submissions are always welcome.