The online component of the course is available by clicking the link below.

We have devised a course format that recognises the restrictions in place due to the current social distancing rules

About the Imperial Novice Course

The Imperial Novice Course was established in 2010. We have consistently tried to improve and keep our content relevant to the developing needs of our novices. Our faculty have always enjoyed being able to support the growth of our novices and we are proud to say that we have been recognised as the gold standard novice course previously. 

Our traditional course format, up until now, has been 4 days of lectures and workshop-based small group teaching, and one day of simulation. Our face-to-face course has consistently received excellent feedback. These examples are typical of the kind of comments we receive year on year:

"Incredible course all round. Perfectly aimed at our level. Good blend of practical and theory."

"Really good course, great balance of knowledge and practical. All the faculty are extremely approachable and encouraging."

"Clear and focused sessions, cemented knowledge and gave good practical advice."

Course Format

Unfortunately, due to the social distancing rules currently in place because of Covid19, we cannot deliver our traditional course. We have transformed our course into a digital format. We fully recognise that novices, starting this August, will have drastically reduced training opportunities as elective surgery is likely to continue to run at a reduced level. With this in mind, the content has been devised to ease you into the specialty well-known for its complicated knowledge, drugs, equipment, and skills. The purpose of the course is to support you to achieve the Initial Assessment of Competency which must be obtained within your first 3-6 months of anaesthesia training.

This course will not only provide you with the very basic knowledge you need to achieve your Initial Assessment of Competency but also a taste of things you should be considering during your everyday practice. We know and understand that to begin with it’s also about survival (both novices and patients! We were novices once too!). Video podcasts have been produced on key areas of anaesthetic practice which are likely to be completely new to you. You will be expected to be familiar with these basics within weeks of starting your training but being able to refer back, reflect and refresh on them as you progress will be of real benefit.

In recognition of the steep learning curve you are facing, the Imperial School of Anaesthesia, has made the novice course a mandatory requirement for all core anaesthesia trainees, all ACCS trainees and all ICM trainees with a rotation in Anaesthesia – you will have been sent login details.

Course Components

The course will be composed of 3 components.  Details are below.

Online Content

The content will be presented as video podcasts and written content. The material has been carefully constructed into easy to digest chunks.

Each podcasts is up to a maximum of 15 minutes duration. The podcasts have been recorded by consultants and trainees from the Imperial School of Anaesthesia hospitals network and we would like to thank all those that have contributed to this material. 

ONLINE Seminars

To supplement the online content, we will be running interactive remote sessions where we will hold small group case-based discussions and a panel session to answer questions. The planned dates for these interactive sessions are as follows:

Day 1: Wednesday 12th August 2020
Day 2: Thursday 20th August 2020
Day 3: Wednesday 26th August 2020
Day 4: Thursday 3rd September 2020

 

You will be sent more information about these sessions in due course.

Simulation

To be confirmed.

If you are not a trainee within the Imperial School of Anaesthesia but would like to access our course, you would be most welcome, please get in touch with us at info@imperialnovice.com

We wish you a warm welcome to the Specialty of Anaesthesia. We hope you enjoy the course. Good luck!

Meet the Directors

Hello and welcome to Anaesthesia training! We are sorry that we are unable to meet you all in person. Please do not hesitate to email us during your novice period or beyond. We will do our best to help you and if we can’t, we’ll be able to point you towards someone who can help with your query.

Dr Sadie Syed

Dr Sadie Syed

Consultant Anaesthetist|Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Dr Rakhee Nathwani

Dr Rakhee Nathwani

Consultant Anaesthetist|West Hertfordshire NHS trust
Dr Rajinder Chaggar

Dr Rajinder Chaggar

Consultant Anaesthetist|London North West Hospitals NHS Trust
Dr Patrick Ward

Dr Patrick Ward

Consultant Anaesthetist|Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust
Dr Ivan Dillon

Dr Ivan Dillon

Associate Specialist|Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Dr Rajan Saini

Dr Rajan Saini

Locum Consultant in Anaesthesia and|Cardiac Intensive Care|Great Ormond Street Hospital
Dr Sanooj Soni

Dr Sanooj Soni

Clinical Lecturer|Imperial College London
Dr Sneh Shah

Dr Sneh Shah

Senior Specialty Trainee|Imperial School of Anaesthesia
Dr George Bailey

Dr George Bailey

Consultant in Emergency Medicine|Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust