Latest News & Updates

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Pain Medicine Study Day - 19th May 2021

Tuesday 27th April 2021

The next Final FRCA Pain Medicine Teaching session will be a half-day session on TEAMs on 19th May from 9am and everyone is welcome from CT2-ST5. Organisers: Dr Valentina Jansen, Dr Sunil Dasari, Dr Ceri Beynon Venue: Teams Time 09:00 - 9:05 Introduction 09:05 - 09:45 Pain Physiology, plus Implantable Devices, ITDD and SCS 09:45 - 09:55 Break 09:55 - 10:55 Past Question Session 1 10:55 - 11:05 Break 11:05 - 12:00 Past Question Session 2 12:00 - 12:05 Close Teams link is: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MGM3YjAyOGItODcxNi00YTMwLWE3YzctM2U5YjU4MjE1MzUy%40thread.v2/0?context

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Shielding Trainees - Training advice

Wednesday 23rd December 2020

Shielding Trainees - Training advice Following the Wales CMO announcement on December 22nd, new instructions have been issued to the most vulnerable individuals who were previously shielding in this document https://gov.wales/written-statement-new-advice-those-who-are-clinically-extremely-vulnerable-previously-shielding All affected trainees will need to re-do their individual risk assessments with their employer, who will follow the advice as it is set out. Pregnant trainees should continue to follow the latest guidance from the RCOG, which can be found here: https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/guidelines/2020-09-10-occupational-health-statement-rcog-rcm-fom.pdf The School Leads have put together non-clinical training opportunities for affected trainees which are available on our resources webpage - they provide a range of options for the most vulnerable training grade anaesthetists who will need to work remotely. Any trainee who has returned to shielding and remote working should keep Libby…

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COVID Advice for Pregnant trainees

Tuesday 1st December 2020

Advice for Pregnant Anaesthetic Trainees after 28 weeks gestation The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has updated its guidance for employers and pregnant women. https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/guidelines/2020-09-10-occupational-health-statement-rcog-rcm-fom.pdf Employers are advised to undertake individual risk assessments for pregnant staff members that considers the individual circumstances, underlying health conditions and the risks of their employment setting alongside the latest clinical advice from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Pregnant women should socially distance in line with Welsh government guidance. https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance Your training timeline will continue from 28 weeks up until you take maternity leave providing you have good evidence of a range of ongoing work as highlighted in your LLP. The School have produced a COVID Checklist for trainees who are following guidance for non-clinical or…

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HoSS Update Nov 2020

Monday 9th November 2020

Message from the Head of Specialty School for Anaesthesia & ICM As COVID Wave 2 is now upon us and patients continue to flow into our ICUs, wards and maternity units, I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who continues to do their utmost to deliver the best possible patient care, and at the same time deliver high quality training in anaesthesia and ICM in Wales. The feedback from trainers across Wales has been universally positive on the adaptability of junior anaesthetists as they step up to this continuing challenge. Elective surgery and anaesthesia remains reduced in content across Wales, but has continued throughout this wave in protected surgical units and the use of independent sector hospitals, to…

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Virtual ES Update - Thursday December 10th

Tuesday 27th October 2020

In place of the usual autumn Educational Supervisors Update Day, we will be hosting a virtual ES Update on MS TEAMs on the morning of Thursday December 10th. Topics covered will include: National Recruitment update - how to prepare trainees New curriculum planning & transition New assessments Examination update Teaching opportunities HoSS & COVID update The ES Update will be followed by a Winter Showcase of Trainee QI/Research/Case Report presentations - further details to follow Please register your email address with Briany.Morgan@wales.nhs.uk for the TEAMs link for the day

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ARCP 2021 Update

Tuesday 27th October 2020

All scheduled ARCPs will continue in 2021, with evidence being viewed electronically in trainee absence. School specific adapted COVID ARCP Checklists are now available for Core, Intermediate and Higher training levels on the ARCP webpage. Please ensure that you are using the latest ARCP checklist to gather all relevant evidence on your LLP. Higher and advanced trainees have also been issued with guidance on the optimum manner in which to populate all clinical and non-clinical domains on the LLP. The dates for Winter Anaesthesia ARCPs are: Core Trainees: 1st February 2021 Specialist Trainees: 21st January 2021 Summer dates have also been set and are available on the ARCP webpage

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New Pain Medicine e-learning

Thursday 10th September 2020

We recognise that the availability of pain medicine training has been significantly impacted by COVID. A new innovative and interactive pain medicine training programme has been released for Intermediate Trainees, followed exceptional developmental work by Dr Kate Wainwright, Dr Richard Wassall and Dr Sonia Pierce. Two scenarios are currently available to work through via Welsh Pain Medicine either with your Faculty Tutor for Pain Medicine or independently. A certificate can be downloaded once the scenario is completed, to then upload to your LLP. Your feedback on the scenarios is also welcome.

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Specialist TPD handover

Tuesday 4th August 2020

After 7 years as a Training Programme Director for Anaesthesia, initially as Core TPD and for the last 4 years as ST TPD, Dr Caroline Evans will hand over the reins of ST TPD to Dr Libby Duff from September 1st. Caroline has always demonstrated exceptional ability and commitment, and the School and every trainee in Wales should be hugely grateful for everything she has done to support and drive forward their training - always fair, always kind, always available - the time and thought she has given every trainee and their circumstances has been quite incredible. We are all delighted that she will continue in her role as Deputy Head of School, supporting the transition to the new 2021 curriculum and…

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HoSS Update Aug 2020

Tuesday 4th August 2020

Message from the Head of Specialty School for Anaesthesia & ICM As August is now upon us and we mark the end of a training year for many trainees, I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who has done their utmost to deliver the best possible patient care during the last few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, and at the same time deliver high quality training in anaesthesia and ICM in Wales. It was clear from the Summer ARCPs, that training opportunities may have been different, however they were very much present and trainees have benefitted from the variety of opportunities on offer, particularly within the non-clinical domains of their training. Thank you all for taking the time to prepare…

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Teaching opportunities

Saturday 1st August 2020

ALL FACE-FACE TEACHING CONTINUES TO BE SUSPENDED OVER THE COVID PANDEMIC, HOWEVER............ Over the last few months we have successfully re-established teaching in a number of different virtual formats within the School. To assist this, Eduroam for wifi access has now been enabled in Swansea Bay UHB & POWH, and Microsoft Teams is now available to all trainees via your Health Board. Please visit the elearning page for all new online teaching resources, including a narrated series of tutorials for novice obstetric anaesthetic trainees to assist with the IAOC, paediatric specialist training lectures and cardiac anaesthesia e-learning modules. FRCA Exam teaching is now taking place weekly in a number of sites via MS Teams or Zoom - details of contacts are available on…

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