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 actively try to keep our content relevant to the developing needs of our novices. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have transformed our course into a qualitatively successful hybrid learning package. Below are some examples of our 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"
Our course content has been devised to familiarise you with the essential knowledge, drugs, equipment, and skills necessary to provide safe anaesthetic care to patients. You will be expected to be familiar with these basics within weeks of starting your Anaesthesia rotation. The course content will support you to attain 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!).
In recognition of the steep learning curve you are facing, the North West London School of Anaesthesia has made our hybrid novice course a regional mandatory requirement for all Core Anaesthesia trainees, all ACCS trainees and all ICM trainees with a rotation in Anaesthesia.
Our course is available in two formats – hybrid (online AND face-to-face components) and a standalone online course.
The hybrid course is available to all novices completing an anaesthetic rotation within the North West London School of Anaesthesia. A small number of places may be available on our hybrid course for novices outside of our training region.
The standalone online course can be accessed by any healthcare professional for a small nominal fee which you may be able to claim back from your study budget. Please email us if you would like further information.
The course components are outlined below:
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.
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 course 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 2022 course interactive session dates are as follows:
- Wednesday 10th August 2022
- Thursday 18th August 2022
- Wednesday 24th August 2022
- Thursday 1st September 2022
Practical Skills Workshop Day
Workshops will include airway management, spinals, epidurals, arterial lines and central lines. This will be held on Friday 2nd September 2022.
We will run through a mixture of common and uncommon emergencies you may encounter in your Anaesthetics rotation. For each scenario, we will consider the clinical management as well as the non-technical skills important to managing similar anaesthetic emergencies.
August 2022 course simulation dates will be in held in October 2022 – exact dates TBC.
If you are not a trainee within the North West London School of Anaesthesia but would like to access our course, you would be most welcome, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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! 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.