Latest News & Updates

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Congratulations Dr Thomas Kitchen

Wednesday 31st January 2018
Caroline Evans

Congratulations to Thomas who is the winner of The Geoff Clarke Award for his recent OOP as a Welsh Clinical Leadership fellow. Thomas gave the STC an insight into his year as a fellow, admitting it has been the busiest year he has ever had! Returning to work as an anaesthetist made him realise how good anaesthetic training was when he was faced with a CICV situation shortly after his return. He has made partnerships, friendships and contacts across the world during his year out and we hope that he will use what he has learned within the Welsh School. Well done Thomas.

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Primary FRCA course

Wednesday 6th December 2017

The next Primary FRCA course will be held on the 10th and 11th January 2018 at St Teilo's Church Hall, Whitchurch, Cardiff. A Two Day or Single Day Course Including: - Day I Intensive VIVA Practice and Technique Advice Day II Comprehensive OSCE Practice Faculty will Include Current Examiners from the Region Course Fee - £100.00 per day (Please make cheques payable to South Wales Anaesthetic Course) Any enquiries please contact Emma Johnson, UHW 02920743106 or email

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Updated CT ARCP checklists for 2018

Thursday 9th November 2017

Attention core trainees! Updated ARCP checklists for 2018 have been added to the ARCP page of this website. One key inclusion is the requirement that all core trainees should complete "Child protection Level 2" as part of their core paediatric anaesthesia module. Certificates can be uploaded to the e-portfolio. These checklists relate to all ARCPs due to take place in 2018. Any queries, get in touch! Graeme

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Intermediate Training Pain Update

Monday 6th November 2017

Please see attachment from the Faculty of Pain Medicine outlining Pain Medicine Training for Intermediate Specialist Trainees

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Final FRCA Written Course

Wednesday 1st November 2017

Back by popular demand the Final FRCA written Course 3 day course covering all aspects of the Final FRCA written part. Includes short lectures and work on MCQ,SBA & SAQ's Running from 10th - 12th January 2018 in Birchwood House Cost £150 Contacts Dr Helen Jewitt & Dr Neeta Tailor

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Welsh Regional Anaesthesia Group South(WRAGS) meeting

Monday 2nd October 2017

All Welcome to the next WRAGS meeting on the 11th of October. 19:30 at Mountain Ash Golf Club. The topics of Discussion are 1. Erector Spinae Catheter for acute pain by Dr Ranj Khaffaf Con Anaesthesia/ Pain Medicine PCH 2. Setting up Rectus Sheath Catheter Service for Laparotomy- UHW experience By Dr Tessa Bailey/Dr Sarah Bell/Dr Jo Fox 3. Post Block Nerve damage: What next by Dr Simon Ford Can you please give your names before 7th October to Dr Murthy Varanasi ( Hope to see you there

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UPDATED SWABS Dates 2017-18

Friday 15th September 2017

Please download attachment for the forthcoming SWABS dates

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More Dates for your diary

Friday 4th August 2017

WAFT (Welsh Anaesthetics Finals Teaching) will be holding a Neuro-anaesthesia day on September 26th at 08:30 held in Room 416/417 at the Cochrane Building near UHW. Should you wish to attend please email me directly to confirm a place and include any dietary requirements ( The day will focus on exam preparation including up-to-date lectures on FRCA Finals neuroanaesthesia topics as well as some SBA/MCQ & SAQ practice. Lunch will be provided. Please book your study leave now should you wish to attend. SWAC South Wales Anaesthetic course for Primary FRCA October 17th &18th 2017 Please contact Dr Haitem Maghur at UHW Book place with Mrs Emma Johnson on

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NEW Trainee Appraisal documents

Sunday 30th July 2017

NEW Trainee Appriasal documents have been introduced at all training levels for use from August 2017 across the School. They should be used to guide all ES & trainee 3 monthly meetings and discussions, and can be found within the relevant training areas of the website. Thanks to Dr Vimla Victor & a team of trainees; Elana Farrant, Nia Elen Williams and Ellie Fisher for their work revising the appraisal documentation.

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Mentoring for Trainees

Wednesday 19th April 2017

A group of Welsh Trainees have recently completed the AAGBI mentoring course. If you feel that you would like a mentor please contact the generic email account - to plan a session.

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