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Core Anaesthetics Training
The Core Trainees work on a rolling rota which is EWTD compliant. The rota consists of normal days, long days and nights. On a normal weekday, they would be either in theatres, ITU or in maternity. When on-call, the trainees on the Core rota would do the Acute pain rounds with a Consultant then they would be covering theatre emergencies on the CEPOD list. They would be supervised by a Consultant or other senior colleague. In the night, they are first on-call for theatres, cardiac arrest calls and other emergencies. They would get help from more senior trainees, Middle Grades and Consultant on-call. When the CT1/2 trainees undergo their modular training in ITU, they will be on call for the ITU. This will enable them to complete their basic ITU training. They will also get modular training in Obstetrics, General Surgery, Urology, Trauma and Orthopaedics and Gynaecology.
The training is competency based. The assessments would be based on CBDs, MiniCEXs, and DOPS etc. You would be periodically assessed by your Educational Supervisor and you would be helped in achieving basic and special skills as appropriate. The Educational Supervisor and College Tutor would also help you with setting and achieving your goals within the period you are with this department.
There is a weekly half day protected teaching geared towards Primary and Final FRCA. This is mapped to the curriculum of the RCOA. There is a monthly Audit meeting and monthly departmental M & M meetings. The trainees are encouraged to attend the mandatory KSS Deanery Study Days.
Higher Specialty Registrar Training
We run a very effective Consultant supervised, exam oriented teaching (weekly half day protected), based on Primary and Final curriculum. There is monthly half day Audit programme. In addition, we conduct Mortality and Morbidity meetings. The trainees are encouraged to utilise in-house teaching as well as attend regional and away study days.
Darent Valley Hospital organises a Final FRCA course which is open to all trainees taking the exam but every effort is made to accommodate local trainees.
The department runs 3 or 4 Paediatric simulator days a year with the help of PICU, Evelina Hospital.
The Education Centre runs courses on a high fidelity simulator. We also offer ALERT and ALS courses.