Junior Anaesthetists of Wales

Given the large area encompassed by the Welsh Deanery, we felt that an online forum would help disseminate information and solidify the community of anaesthetic trainees.

The forum is open to all current training grades from FP1 to senior registrars, either on an anaesthetic rotation or hoping to join one in the future.

To allow the forum to be as honest and as practical as possible, we have initially decided to make it a closed forum.

We very much hope that you will find this a useful resource and in time we hope to develop into the Junior Anaesthetists in Wales group outside of the internet.

To apply for membership of the forum you must first be a member of The forum can then be found under "Forum", scroll down to the "Education and training" section and select "JAW". Alternatively, click here

J.A.W. homepage can be found here


Welsh Anaesthetic Audit Research and Engagement Network (WAAREN)

A research network setup in Wales for anaesthetic trainee doctors. The core aims of the group are:

  • To support Welsh anaesthetists' potential projects by nurturing and developing them to achieve their potential
  • To improve patient safety by organised audit, research and public engagement
  • To increase trainee opportunities and accessibility to high quality audit, research and public engagement

WAAREN was established in August 2013 and has moved forward and achieved a considerable amount since that time within Wales and the wider UK. We have completed seven major projects across ten Welsh hospitals since 2014.

Our most recent project during summer 2018 was DALES (Drug Allergy Labelling in Elective Surgical Patients), which was the 3rd national collaborative project through RAFT (the Research and Audit National Federation of Trainees). It was designed to evaluate the prevalence of patient-reported and documented allergy to drugs relevant to anaesthesia and to learn more about anaesthetists' knowledge and attitudes to allergy. Data analysis is ongoing and results are eagerly awaited...

How to get involved

  • Help out in an upcoming project and be recognised as a contributor.
  • Submit your own idea for the summer project and if selected have the chance to run the project UK wide!!
  • Volunteer to be your hospital WAAREN representative.

Visit our website WAAREN and follow us on twitter to keep updated. @WAARENgroup


Trainee Support

Educational Supervisor
Your Educational Supervisor should be the first port of call for any problems that arise during your training. You should meet your Educational Supervisor within the first two weeks of an attachment and thereafter at least every three months..

College Tutor
Each hospital has a College Tutor who has overall responsibility for the trainees in the department. If you have a problem that cannot be resolved by your Educational Supervisor please speak to your College Tutor. Your College Tutor is the link between your department and the WSA. If there is a problem that cannot be resolved locally the College Tutor will liaise with the WSA

Buddy Scheme
When you first start in Anaesthetics you will be teamed up with a Buddy who will be a more experienced trainee. Your Buddy will be an excellent source of encouragement and advice.

Trainee Reps
There are trainee reps for core, intermediate, higher trainees, and additionally for Less Than Full Time Trainees (LTFT).
See 'contacts' for their contact details.

Professional Support Unit

The Professional Support Unit supports all doctors in training whose performance has been affected for any reason and can be contacted for advice and guidance regarding any issues affecting progression through training. You can be referred to the Professional Support Unit by the School or you can request a referral yourself via e-mail: or telephone 03300 584211. They will invite you to a confidential meeting to discuss your situation or any issues raised and offer appropriate support.

The School Leads for Professional Support are:
Core Trainees - Dr Haitem Maghur,
Specialist Trainees - Dr Val Hilton,