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Stage 1 Professional "Sim" Day 24th June 2022

Monday 28th March 2022

Stage 1 Professional "Sim" Day A novel & interactive day; highlighting some of the clinical scenarios faced by anaesthetists in training and focussing on the RCoA 2021 Curriculum requirements for Domain 1 of the Generic Professional Capabilities (Professional Behaviours and Communication). This will enable all Stage 1 trainees to evidence this domain in their portfolios, and is designed for CT1, CT2, CT3s (& ST3s to evidence their Stage 1 Equivalence). The January 2022 course was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID pandemic restrictions. The next course date Friday 24th June 2022 at Grange University Hospital Education Centre. It is free for Welsh School of Anaesthesia trainees. Click here to sign up via eventbrite.

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Educational Development Time - School principles

Tuesday 15th March 2022

Educational Development Time In order to support trainees achieving the GPC domain capabilities, the RCoA have produced guidance on the provision of specific time in the working week i.e. Educational Development Time (EDT) for developing and assessing skills to support learning and assessment in professional practice. The RCoA has a suggested time required for each stage of training, recommending trainees in anaesthetic posts in Stages 1 and 2 of the curriculum on both Core Anaesthetic Training and ACCS pathways should be allocated up to 2 hours of EDT per week. Those in Stage 3 should be allocated up to 4 hours per week, reflecting the requirement for greater involvement in some of these areas in the later stages of the training…

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ES pre-ARCP planning webinar March 24th

Thursday 3rd March 2022

Next ES Update meeting - March 24th 2022 The next ES Update TEAMs meeting will be held on March 24th 9.30-11.30am and we will cover pre-ARCP planning content. The meeting link will be forwarded to all ESs in Anaesthesia prior to the date. We will also record and ensure the content is uploaded to the ES webpage after the event.

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N+SWAC 3rd May 2022

Friday 21st January 2022

The next NSWAC 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

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ARCP Dates & Checklists 2022

Tuesday 28th September 2021

The ARCP dates and revised School ARCP Checklists for 2022 have all been published on the ARCP webpage - see here These Checklists supersede all previous COVID checklists and are differ depending on the relevant curriculum to each current training year. All ARCPs will continue virtually for the foreseeable future.

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Documents to support Stage 1 Equivalence

Wednesday 14th July 2021

See attached documents for CT3 and ST3 trainees attempting to evidence Stage 1 Equivalence.

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2021 Curriculum Webinar & Pre-Webinar Material

Wednesday 16th June 2021

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

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HoSS Update May 2021

Monday 24th May 2021

As we move into our major ARCP season, I wanted to remind you of the ARCP requirements and give a few updates on where we are with the GMC survey, recruitment, the new 2021 curriculum, plus a number of educational resources that are available to you all through the different sections of HEIW. GMC NTS 2021 Firstly, can all trainees and trainers ensure that they have completed the GMC National Training Survey for 2021. The deadline has been extended to midday tomorrow, May 25th - the survey can be accessed via your GMC Online account Recruitment There has been a significant amount of reported discontent across the UK with the outcome of ST3 recruitment this year. I wanted to clarify the situation in Wales and would…

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Higher Training Recruitment - letter from Postgraduate Dean

Friday 14th May 2021

Professor Tom Lawson writes an open letter to trainees and trainers on issues raised at the last recruitment round to Higher training, and what HEIW have done to offset some of the problems: 14th of May 2021 Message to anaesthesia trainees and trainers in Wales from Dr T Lawson PG Dean, HEIW Dear Colleagues, You will I'm sure be aware of the recent publicity surrounding recruitment to higher training in anaesthesia across the UK. I understand the disappointment of those trainees completing core and ACCS anaesthesia training in Wales, who may not have secured the higher training posts they wanted for August 2021. Many factors have contributed to the high application numbers including the planned change to the anaesthesia curriculum, curriculum derogations, the lack…

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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 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: 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. 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. 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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