The Welsh School of Anaesthesia holds an Induction Day for those trainees commencing Core Training. The Induction Day is held in early September for trainees who commence programmes in August, and in late February/early March for trainees commencing in February. Please see the Courses & Study Days pages of the website for further information.
Progression through the anaesthetic training programme requires demonstration of clinical competence in a range of clinical units of training. The training Programme changed in August 2016. Trainees will complete and Introduction to Anaesthesia which underpins the 'newest' part of the Anaesthetic Curriculum, Perioperative Medicine as well as Preassessment. This is followed by Core Anaesthesia comprising 15 units of training. Competence in knowledge, skills and demonstration of good attitude and behaviour are also assessed.
The Introductory units must be completed in the first 3-6 months of training. There are mandatory assessments, 6xDOPS, 5xAnaes-CEX and 8xCBD's, which are mapped against these units and comprise the Initial Assessment of Competence (IAC)
Trainees cannot work without direct supervision until this is successfully achieved. Once the IAC is achieved trainees can begin the CORE anaesthesia units of training. Sign-off of these units requires 1xDOP, 1x Anaes-CEX and 1xCBD per unit together with logbook and any other evidence leading to a successful Core Clinical Learning Outcome for that unit.
These units are not necessarily delivered in module form, except for a mandatory 3-month ICM module, and it is also desirable to complete obstetric anaesthesia training as a single 3-6 month module. There is an Obstetric Assessment of Competence, similar in format to the IAC, which must be completed before trainees can work unsupervised in obstetrics.
One anaesthetic MSF per year is also mandatory, in addition you may also be required to complete an MSF during your ICM module.
When all units are successfully completed and the trainee has passed the Primary FRCA, the Core Level Training Certificate (CLTC) is awarded allowing career progression to the Specialty Training Programme.