Competencybased training and assessment

Becoming a safe and competent anaesthetist is not only about passing the appropriate examinations; workplace assessments must be successfully completed by an SHO to achieve the SHO training certificate in order to apply for an SpR post. An SpR must pass the appropriate competency tests in order to receive accreditation. An SHO must be able to interpret simple radiological images showing clear abnormalities including chest radiographs, CT and MRI scans of head, neck and thoracic inlet films, and films showing abdominal fluid levels/air. At SpR level, the anaesthetist should understand the implications of different radiological procedures in their anaesthetic care of the patient and be able to establish safe anaesthesia or sedation within the confines and limitations of the X-ray department.

Recommended reading

Primary and Final Examinations for the FRCA - Syllabus. Royal College of Anaesthetists,

March 2000 (ISBN 1 900936 755). Primary and Final Examinations for the FRCA - Regulations. Royal College of Anaesthetists,

January 2002 (ISBN 1 900936 16X). The CCST in Anaesthesia. Manuals for trainees and trainers, Parts I-III. Royal College of

Anaesthetists, 2000-2002. RCA website:

The Royal College of Anaesthesists Guide to the Primary FRCA Examination. The Primary.

Ed. Paul Cartwright. Royal College of Anaesthetists, 2001. The Clinical Anaesthesia Viva Book. Eds. Mills S.J., Maguire S.L., Barker J.M. Greenwich Medical Media, London, 2002.

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