Courses & Study Days

Courses & Study Days


See E-learning page for details of recommended E-learning and useful educational resources for the Primary and Final FRCA exams and Post Fellowship CPD.

Although courses and study days have been cancelled, some virtual teaching is taking place. Please contact the following people if you are interested in attending web based teaching sessions:

Primary FRCA
Primary FRCA viva teaching at University Hospital of Wales is being organised and delivered by Dr Haitem Maghur. If you are keen to join in then please contact him Places will be limited.
Paulo Antoniazzi, Gwen Howe and Emily Gott are conducting virtual primary teaching across Cwm Taf Morgannwg sites - all trainees are welcome to join in. Contact and/or for details.

Final FRCA
Anyone post primary considering or taking the Final FRCA there is virtual Finals teaching (usually on Wednesday mornings). Contact or for information on this weekly teaching.

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.

The content of the Introduction to Higher & Advanced training study day is being developed and will be made available virtually by mid-July 2020. An abbreviated Advanced training selection day is still scheduled for 22nd September 2020.

Exam Teaching

Cardiff Q
Future dates and venues TBC.

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 Anaesthetics Basic Sciences (SWABS)
A regular regional teaching programme is in place. Please contact for the latest information on SWABs.

A series of online lectures are being created for the SWABs programme due to the restrictions COVID-19 has on face to face delivery of teaching. These lectures will be based on the usual SWABs material delivered by each hospital and can be accessed via the hyperlinks below:

Inductors, capacitors & transformers

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. Please email for more details. Future dates and venues TBC.

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. Future dates and venues TBC.

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. 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. Future dates and venues TBC. For further information 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 please contact Dr Simon Slinn, Future dates and venues TBC.

Welsh Final FRCA Written Course
Please contact for more information and bookings.

Educational Supervisors Update Day
This year's Welsh School of Anaesthetics ES/NCS Study Day was scheduled to be held on 5th October 2020 at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells - plans for a revised date or format are being discussed in light of COVID.

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 next course includes:

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

Please contact Dr Catrin Maidment, for further information. Future dates and venues TBC.

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.