Primary FRCA

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.

All Wales Anaesthetics Basic Sciences (AWABS)

AWABS 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 AWABS programme will be run as a series of half day webinars. The dates and organising hospital are shown below. More details can be found here.

  • 19th January 2022 (morning) via MS Teams. General pharmacokinetics; Acid-base balance & buffers; Magnetism & MRI
  • 26th January 2022 (morning) via MS Teams. Blood & coagulation; Heat, temperature, thermodynamics and thermometers; Humidity.
  • 4th February 2022 (morning) via MS Teams. Autonomic nervous system; Breathing circuits; Airway anatomy.
  • 7th February 2022 (morning) via MS Teams. Pituitary gland physiology; Arterial lines, damping & resonance; Ageing & frailty.
  • 10th March 2022 (?morning) via MS Teams. Steroids & adrenal physiology; Antibiotics; Gas supplies & cylinders.
  • 16th March 2022 (morning) via MS Teams. Cardiac physiology; Ultrasound - physics & uses; Allergies & anaphylaxis.
  • 22nd March 2022 (morning) via MS Teams. Muscle physiology; Myopathies; Body fluids, capillary dynamics & electrolytes.

Some AWABs lecture content is archived as video lectures below:





Anaesthetic Equipment & Safety



N+SWAC - Primary FRCA Anaesthetic Course

This course is held 3 times each year, just prior to the Primary SOE/OSCE sitting. It is normally run as a face to face course, but in light of COVID it is run via MS Teams. The next course will be May 3rd 2022. If you wish to attend this online course then please complete the booking form via this link. For further information please contact the course organisers at