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.

2021 Curriculum Webinar & Pre-Webinar Material

A webinar to discuss the changes that will occur with the introduction of the 2021 anaesthetic curriculum will be held on 17th June. Below is some important pre-webinar material which will provide you with essential information prior to attending the webinar.
2021 Curriculum Overview
Core Training Curriculum Transition
Specialty Training Curriculum Transition

Induction Days

It is mandatory for all trainees to attend the relevant Welsh School Induction. The next induction day will be held "virtually" as a webinar on 25th February 2021 09:00 (for all trainees commencing CT1 and ST3 training programmes in February 2021). A series of panopto presentations have been created to support this day and can be accessed via the hyperlinks below. These presentations should be watched prior to attending the webinar on 25th February 2021.

Induction presentations for new CT1 trainees
An introduction to Welsh School of Anaesthesia
An introduction to core training
LLP induction for novices
Core Trainee Educational Resources
The Professional Support Unit
LLP preparation for ARCP
The primary FRCA exam webinar by Dr Haitem Maghur

Induction presentations for new ST3 trainees
An introduction to Welsh School of Anaesthesia
An introduction to specialist training and a move to the new curriculum
LLP induction for ST3
Out of program training
Specialist Trainee Educational Resources
The Professional Support Unit
LLP preparation for ARCP
The Final FRCA exam webinar with Dr Simon Slinn

The Introduction to Higher & Advanced training study day has been recorded into a series of panopto presentations that can be accessed via the following hyperlinks:
LLP Higher and Advanced Induction
Pain medicine higher and advanced training
CV writing and career development
Out of programme training
Advanced training selection
Advanced training
Higher training

Less Than Full Time Training (LTFT) Webinar & Pre-Webinar Material

LTFT webinar recording 22nd April 2021
LTFT training: the TPD perspective by Dr Libby Duff
LTFT training and the role of the RCoA by Dr Caroline Evans
Rotas, pay and returning to work by Dr Elizabeth Boucher
Return to work course by Dr Gemma Phillips

Primary FRCA Exam Teaching & Courses

Primary exam based teaching should be taking place in your local hospital (virtual or face to face depending on numbers). Please contact the following people if you are interested in attending web based virtual primary FRCA teaching sessions:
- 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.

South Wales Anaesthetics Basic Sciences (SWABS)
SWABS is usually delivered as a regular face to face regional teaching programme and is currently organised by Dr Mark Burtonwood (Consultant Anaesthetist Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend). Due to COVID-19 restrictions the SWABS programme will be run as a series of half day webinars. The dates and organising hospital are shown below. More detail on the time table and topics to be covered can be found here.

  • 26th April 2021 (morning) via MS Teams. Delivered by Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend. Webinar recording
  • 11th May 2021 (morning) via MS Teams. Delivered by University Hospital Llandough, Cardiff. Webinar recording
  • 26th May 2021 (morning) via MS Teams. Delivered by Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport. Webinar recording
  • 10th June 2021 (morning) via MS Teams. Delivered by Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant. Webinar recording
  • 23rd June 2021 (morning) via MS Teams. Delivered by Morriston Hospital, Swansea.
  • 9th July 2021 (morning) via MS Teams. Delivered by Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil.

Some SWABs lecture content is archived as video lectures below:





SWAC - Primary FRCA Anaesthetic Course
This course is held 3 times each year, just prior to the Primary SOE/OSCE sitting in Cardiff. It is normally run as a face to face course, but in light of COVID it is run via Zoom. The next course will be May 5th 2021. For further information please contact the course organisers at

Final FRCA Exam Teaching & Courses

Final exam based teaching should be taking place in your local hospital (virtual or face to face depending on numbers). Regular finals 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:

Welsh Anaesthetics Finals Teaching (WAFT)
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 focus on condensing this specialist knowledge/understanding in to exam orientated sessions. Normally the WAFT days are face to face but they will be temporarily delivered as webinars. The next WAFT webinars are scheduled for the following dates and topics:

Please email for more details.

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. It is normally run face to face but in light of COVID it is being run via Zoom. The next course date is Wednesday 26th May 2021. For more information please contact Dr Simon Slinn,

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

Post Fellowship Teaching

A programme of post-fellowship teaching days are normally 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 Steph Wallis and Dr Cat Griffiths. Due to COVID-19, PFSDs will be delivered "virtually" via webinars for the foreseeable future. Provisional plans are for:

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.

Trainees in North Wales may also attend the Merseyside teaching.

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

Welsh Journal Club

Welsh journal club is held at 12:30pm on the first Tuesday of every month via MS teams. The meeting is open to all Wales trainees and the meeting invite is distributed to all by HEIW. The programmes is currently organised by Dr Shamila Khot and Dr Anna Roberts. Anyone keen to present should contact Dr Anna Roberts at

Other Courses & Events

Educational Supervisors Update Day
This year's Welsh School of Anaesthetics ES/NCS Study Day was held on 10th December 2020 as a webinar. Video recording is available on request.

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.

For information on the next course date please contact Dr Catrin Maidment, for further information.

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.