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 2018 and will be held in September 2018. Further details to follow to ALL successful appointees.

Exam Teaching

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.
We'll be in touch with dates for 2018-2019 soon.
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 Isra Hassan and Dr Emily Buckwell. Please contact Isra or Emily, if you have questions regarding future dates & venues, or to organise a future study day.

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,

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. Please contact Emma Johnson at University Hospital Wales for details -

SWAC - Final FRCA Intensive Course
This course alternates between focussing on the Final written exam and the structured oral exam (SOE). It is open to all trainee anaesthetists planning to sit the Final FRCA exam.
A four day course for the written part of the exam held either annually/ biannually approximately six weeks prior to the written exam paper.
This course is structured around lectures, interactive sessions, MCQ and SAQ mock exams, with answers provided for further revision.
A one or two day course for the SOE part of the exam either annually/ biannually approximately six weeks prior to the published exam dates
Day one: Clinical Anaesthesia - Long cases and Short cases
Day Two: Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology, Clinical measurement
For more information or to book a place, please contact:
Dr Simon Slinn,
Dr Neeta Tailor,
Ms Emma Knights, emma,
Tel: 01633 234165/234167

THE NEXT COURSE WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY in Cardiff. Please contact Beth Phillips at the Royal Gwent Hospital for details -

Welsh Final FRCA Written Course

11th-13th July 2018
Birchwood House, University Hall, Cardiff
3 Day course for the Final FRCA Written exams
Lectures from experts in subspecialty fields included in the exam
MCQ and SBA practice
SAQ Practice
Fully catered with lots and lots of caffeine!
Please contact for more information and bookings.

Educational Supervisors Update Day
This year's Welsh School of Anaesthetics ES/NCS Study Day will be taking place on the 9th October 2018 at the Commodore Hotel in Llandrindod Wells.

This will be a full day event, at a cost of £65 per person. Please make sure you apply for leave in time!

Places must be booked in advance via this form - your place will be confirmed once payment is received.

The deadline for bookings is the 7th September 2018.

Return to Clinical Anaesthesia
For further information contact: Catrin Maidment, ST7 trainee, or, Consultant Anaesthetist, Cardiff

Preparing for Consultant Selection.
A free course run by the deanery for final year trainees. The course is run several times a year.
The next course dates will be from September 2018.
For details go to

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

Management Course
A one day Management Course in held annually at UHW. For details of the next course please contact Dr Sahir Rassam or Maria Gundy -


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.