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Wednesday 8 January  Session
Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association (OAA) workshop - £10  10.55 - 12.25
Difficult Airways Society (DAS) workshop - £10  10.55 - 12.25
Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists (APAGBI) workshop - £10  16:05 - 17:35
The NHS Pension Crisis workshop - FREE  16.05 - 16.50
Mentoring taster sessions - FREE  Throughout the day
CV 1-2-1 drop-in sessions - FREE  Throughout the day
 Thursday 9 January Session
Ultrasound blocks - £45  09.00 - 10.30
Cardio-pulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET) - £35
 09.00 - 10.30
SAFE paediatrics - £35
 09.00 - 10.30
Ultrasound blocks - £45
 14.00 - 15.30
Cardio-pulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET) - £35
 14.00 - 15.30
How to publish a paper - FREE  14.00 - 16.00
Mentoring taster sessions - FREE
Throughout the day 
CV 1-2-1 drop-in sessions - FREE Throughout the day
 Friday 10 January Session           
Stuff that people don’t tell you (or you're too afraid to ask) – a workshop for new consultants - FREE  11.30 - 13.00
Mentoring taster sessions - FREE
Throughout the day 
CV 1-2-1 drop-in sessions - FREE Throughout the day 


Workshop descriptions


Mentoring sessions

The Association are offering conference participants mentoring sessions with one of a team of highly trained and experienced mentors, all of whom use mentoring for themselves. The mentors are a selection of trainee and senior anaesthetists, some of whom have hold posts as Association Council members. Mentoring conversations are confidential.

Sessions will be most useful to conference participants who:

  • Are strategic about their own development
  • Want to discuss a potential opportunity or a dilemma
  • Have specific educational or work needs
  • Are at a crossroad in their career - Career/life planning

To book, please email with your preferred time slot.

The NHS pension crisis

Talk by Dr Tony Goldstone,
Cons Radiologist, Hull and East Yorkshire, National Clinician Adviser on Pay & Pensions (BMA)

Ultrasound blocks

Use of ultrasound (US) is becoming an integral part of modern day medicine. US improves the quality, safety and delivery of various perioperative interventions. Advisory bodies such as NICE recommend the use of ultrasound for various interventions including central line insertion and regional anaesthesia. The knowledge and skills required to perform US guided regional anaesthesia is constantly changing and improving.

Our workshop at the WSM will facilitate safe and effective application of US in regional anaesthesia. The main focus of the workshop is to discuss difficult clinical scenarios and encourage hands-on scanning. There will be three workstations - Upper limb, Lower limb and Lumbar spine sonography. Experienced faculty (EDRA and Society for Ultrasound in Anaesthesia) will be demonstrating and coaching delegates. Attending delegates are expected to benefit from advanced knowledge and skills in performing ultrasound-guided regional anaesthesia.

Cardio-pulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET)

This very popular workshop is back again. Cardio-pulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET) is key to risk stratification for major cavity surgery.  This simple test has contributed towards risk stratification and successful outcome after major surgery. The practice has been embedded in perioperative medicine practice across UK.

This taster session will be an ideal introduction to all practicing anaesthetists and critical care physicians. For the expert group this workshop will aid in evidence based practice discussion.

The session involves live demonstration of CPET with top tips to interpretation of CPET.

How to publish a paper

Publishing a paper can be difficult, even for the most experienced authors and academics. Simple errors at the start of the process can lead to problems later, and not all projects succeed. This workshop is aimed at doctors of all grades and experience who may wish to better understand what journal editors are looking for when making decisions on work submitted for publication.

The session is delivered in three rotating groups with a team of experienced editors from Anaesthesia. Additionally, invited abstract authors will have dedicated time with an editor to discuss how to turn their abstract into a full paper.

This session is free to all delegates and booking early is advised.

Stuff that people don’t tell you (or you're too afraid to ask) – a workshop for new consultants

A chance to have an informal chat about life and work as a new consultant, covering any topic that delegates wish to discuss (e.g. appraisal/revalidation, how departments/hospitals work, contracts/job plans, etc). Aimed at consultants in the first 1-3 years of their substantive post, although those in locum consultant positions and trainees applying or about to apply for consultant jobs may also find it interesting/useful.