Setting up a national workshop as an anaesthetic trainee

ituIt is important for senior trainees to exhibit their talents at management and management to be able to get hold of a Certificates of Completion of Training[1] and get shortlisted for a marketing consultant job. Setting up a workshop would offer a good platform for me to show these qualities, to point out my enthusiasm to show and at the similar time to enhance patient’s safety.

Choosing a matter

A great chief wants to have the ability to set a new course, develop a imaginative and prescient of the longer term and determine methods to realize the required modifications.

I began by researching what may be a suitable matter. In order for a workshop to be appealing, it needed to be totally different from what was already provided within the area. During my ST5 yr, I completed an audit on the accuracy of the landmark strategy versus ultrasound for central neuraxial blocks in each the overall and obstetric populations. Our accuracy price was solely 45.4% regardless of the grade of the anaesthetists performing the process[2], worryingly, this discovering was thought-about a lot better than what was quoted in other literature[3],[4],[5] .

I first turned competent and assured in using ultrasound to carry out ultrasound of the again as a core trainee (CT2). Subsequently, I completed two 6-month superior modules in Regional and Obstetric Anaesthesia as an specialty trainee (ST6). I actually felt this was a talent I might train and inspire others to enhance their accuracy charges and patient security in central neuraxial blocks. The efficacy and security of ultrasound for siting of epidural catheters was reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Medical Excellence (NICE)[6] and British Medical Journal[7]. The potential for neurological problems was additionally highlighted by the National Audit Venture (NAP3)[8].

A majority of regional anaesthesia programs operating nationally cowl the varied peripheral nerve blocks with only a small period of time particularly devoted to the again. These courses are typically costly and together with the price range cuts in research depart, they are less interesting to obstetric and non-regional anaesthetists.

I, subsequently, approached my school tutor and was encouraged to set up this course from scratch.


I had attended many regional and national courses prior to now, however I had by no means organised something of this scale. I discovered this notably daunting. The place ought to I begin? There have been so many issues I wanted to think about, such as a venue, sponsors, equipments, audio system, the format of workshop and publicising of workshop. This definitely gave me an alternative to improve on my communication expertise to interact with numerous parties and to convey my new concept across enthusiastically.

I first approached the Schooling Centre at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan, United Kingdam (where I was working at the time). I was pleased that they might be comfortable to offer their Medical Expertise Lab and a few of their assembly rooms freed from cost. The venue was exactly what I needed. It was newly renovated with the newest info know-how for shows.

From my previous attendance in regional anaesthesia programs and national congresses, I had contact particulars for Sonosite and Pajunk. I approached them and launched my concept of a new workshop. They found this idea extraordinarily interesting and have been completely happy to offer meals and refreshment for the inaugural workshop. Sonosite was also joyful to offer 5 ultrasound machines freed from cost.

With venue, sponsors, meals and gear organised, I required audio system and demonstrators. I all the time believed one ought to never forget how and whom he/she obtained one’s initial competency and expertise. Subsequently, I instantly approached Dr Abraham Ssenoga who first taught me this talent and he was delighted to show within the workshop. The other speaker can be Dr Ram Krishnamoorthy at Wigan, who routinely performed ultrasound on all his central neuraxial blocks. I used to be happy that my degree of enthusiasm had motivated and impressed them to return on board to the school for this utterly new workshop.

My expertise in gaining confidence in performing a new talent was to know its indications and to practise it as many occasions as potential. I used to be determined that this have to be the purpose of the workshop – most hands-on experience to develop the arrogance required to carry out it with out supervision. Therefore the format of this workshop can be a lecture-based morning followed by 90 to 120 minutes of hands-on follow in groups of 3 to 4 only. The maximum number of the workshop can be restricted to 15 candidates to maximise hands-on apply. This remained the hallmark for all my workshops. This small number would also permit me to do all the executive work in my own time.

With a view to encourage individuals to attend, this first workshop was free of charge and candidates have been expected to scan one another’s backs during their hands-on sensible periods.

It was necessary to apply for RCoA CPD factors to increase its attraction to varied grades of anaesthetists for future revalidation and improved its national profile. This was utilized on-line by way of and with 1 instructional hour represents 1 CPD level. This workshop was authorised for 3 CPD factors.

Finally, the part that concerned me probably the most: “Would people be interested in attending my workshop?”. I understood that publicity was the key, subsequently by utilising my expertise in social media and my experience as the Communication Lead for each North West Analysis and Audit Group (NWRAG)[9] and Analysis and Federation of Trainees (RAFT)[10], I produced a poster, created an event on facebook, contacted all the anaesthetic secretaries at the numerous hospitals I previously labored at and the North Western Deanery Instructional Administrator to publicise this workshop.

Luckily, this workshop turned out to be highly regarded and was absolutely booked within hours with a ready listing of greater than 30 individuals.

Setting up this primary workshop had allowed me to exhibit the varied points of my management qualities: setting a new path, capability to speak, encourage and inspire others.

First workshop

This was extremely demanding. As a trainee, you wouldn’t be capable of depend on the secretary to organise the register for you since you’d be rotating to a different hospital inside a few months. Operating this workshop had allowed me to delegate duties, to organise a group of individuals and to problem-solve for its clean operating. Like all programs, there have been inevitably individuals dropping out at the last minute and I needed to always exchange them with those on the ready listing by personal emails.

I drafted a provisional programme making an allowance for the places of each room and Medical Expertise Lab, in the hope that this may ensure uninterrupted transition between lectures, breaks and hands-on sensible periods. I recruited Dr Ravi Natesan at Wigan to be a demonstrator for the hands-on practical session within the afternoon to permit a demonstrator for every of the 4 teams. The audio system and sponsors have been absolutely essential, in order that they have been despatched further reminders nearer the time to verify their attendance.
I negotiated automotive parking with the Safety Office to allow free parking for all audio system, sponsors and candidates. I also emailed them personally the provisional programme and instructions on find out how to get to the venue.

Finally on the day of the primary workshop, all of the candidates attended without difficulties and had absolutely loved the workshop. After the workshop, all the suggestions was analysed to enhance the next workshops and I also wanted to create certificates for the school and candidates for his or her data.


Another necessary high quality of a good manager was the power to plan and finances for the longer term, subsequently I was absolutely decided that this was not going to be a one-off workshop. The hardest half was to take care of such normal and curiosity. I would really like this workshop to be the first of many to increase the notice on using ultrasound for central neuraxial blocks both regionally and nationally. Because of the high calls for, I decided to run this workshop on a Four-monthly cycle with precedence to those who had previously shown interest in attending this workshop.

USSPINE logoIn an effort to make this workshop more nationally recognised, I had additionally designed a emblem to make it extra marketable and a trademark for any future workshops (see aspect).

I modified the next workshops based mostly on the suggestions:

  • introduction of a small charge to allow future gear purchases, pay for volunteers and promoting
  • longer period and less rushed and subsequently CPD points have been elevated to 4 points
  • volunteers have been to be recruited for scanning
  • recruiting volunteers with raised Physique Mass Index (BMI) if potential

The anaesthetic secretary at Wigan kindly agreed to assist obtain all of the cheques posted to the department and stored a financial report.


I have now efficiently run 5 workshops over the past 18 months. The last 2 workshops have been additionally open to physicians and emergency docs and included 5 candidates from outdoors the North West, with one travelling from as distant as Kettering.

There are presently more than 40 individuals on the ready record and the workshop is absolutely booked within hours of its announcement. I’ve a listing of college members who would have the ability to help with demonstrations and new competent trainees expressing an interest in helping out with any future workshops. The University of Manchester has also been variety enough to publicise this course for volunteer recruitment for the hands-on sensible periods. Vygon and eZono have joined as regular sponsors. I’ve produced a booklet for the workshop with Pajunk from the course charges to allow candidates to deliver house the necessary key factors from their attendance on the workshops. I’ve additionally created a website ( specific for this workshop.


I hope this workshop will continue to realize national recognition. Utilisation of ultrasound for central neuraxial blocks exhibits good evidence and safety document. This talent is going to be essential sooner or later as the prevalence of obesity continues to extend. It is estimated that by 2050, the prevalence of obesity is predicted to have an effect on 60% of adult males, 50% of adult ladies and 25% of youngsters[11].

I have been invited to show and exhibit in comparable courses in the Mersey Deanery and West Midlands Deanery based mostly on my success in setting up and organising this workshop in the North Western Deanery.


I hope that this text would encourage and highlight the varied points trainees encounter to set up and organise workshops or courses to reveal their management and management qualities. It has been extraordinarily tense to get this workshop to its established stage, but it’s really rewarding and has fulfilled my want to show new expertise and improve the quality of patient’s care and safety. A nicely organised workshop or course can improve your profile each regionally and nationally as a trainee and additionally it is something that you might continue to organise once you turn into a advisor for future revalidation purposes.


I want to thank Dr Nervana Mahmoud for her encouragement to set up a new workshop, Dr Abraham Ssenoga and Dr Ram Krishnamoorthy for helping with the launch of the first workshop and their continuous help in all subsequent workshops, and Dr Ravi Natesan, Dr Pavan Kochhar and Dr Arun Mohanraj for serving to with the hands-on sensible periods.

I might also wish to thank Lindsay Ellis for their help in creating the brand for this workshop and Sue Newall and Carol Smith for providing the well-equipped Schooling Centre at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan for this workshop.

Jason Lie
Marketing consultant Anaesthetist
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
[email protected]


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