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

We have devised a course format that recognises the impact of Covid-19 on novice anaesthetic training.

About the Imperial Novice Course

The Imperial Novice Course was established in 2010 and we have over a decade of experience delivering a high-quality introduction to Anaesthesia. We have consistently tried to improve and keep our content relevant to the developing needs of our novices. Our traditional face-face course format, prior to 2020, consisted of 4 days of lectures and workshop-based small group teaching, and one day of simulation. As the Covid-19 pandemic evolved, we transformed our course into a qualitatively successful online learning package for our August 2020 novices. Below are some examples of our August 2020 course feedback.

"It has been a fantastic course - both in content and execution!"

"The best teaching I’ve had as a postgrad!"

"Fantastic discussion, faculty were excellent and provided plenty of opportunity to ask questions and clarify points"

"Excellent course content! Very useful for our stage of training"

"Really well put together mixture of talks and written format pieces."

"Useful and well structured, gives insight into the knowledge expected of us at this stage"

We fully recognise that novices, starting in February/March 2021, will have drastically reduced training opportunities as elective surgery is likely to continue to run at a reduced level. With this in mind, the online 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 about surviving and getting through the list (both novices and patients alike – we were novices once too and remember how tough some days can be!). 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. You will have access to this online material for the next 12 months.

In recognition of the steep learning curve you are facing, the Imperial School of Anaesthesia, has made our 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 Format

Learners progress through online material at a self-directed pace. The online material is divided into 71 video podcasts and 46 written topics. Each topic is stand-alone and approximately 10 minutes duration. The content has been divided in this way to allow it to be viewed in easily digestible chunks with a low risk of screen fatigue. Our learning platform is designed to allow us to monitor progress of our individual learners so that poor compliance or potential issues can be rapidly identified.

The online material will be accompanied by live interactive sessions which will be held once a week for four weeks. The focus of these sessions will be to apply the learning from the online material in small-group discussions of case-based scenarios. Please see below for the dates of these sessions.

Once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, we hope to re-instate the face-to-face components of our course which include practical skills workshops and simulation.

Course Components

The course will be composed of 3 components which are outlined below:

Online Content

This material will be available from February 2021 and will be presented as video podcasts and written topics. The content has been carefully constructed into easy to digest chunks.

Each podcast 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. 


The online material will be accompanied by live interactive sessions which will be held once a week for four weeks. During these sessions, the online content will be applied in small-group discussions of case-based scenarios.

February/March 2021 course interactive session dates are as follows:

  • Wednesday 17th March 2021
  • Thursday 25th March 2021
  • Wednesday 31st March 2021
  • Thursday 8th April 2021


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

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