Workshops | Association of Anaesthetists

Workshops at WSM


Throughout both days Mentoring sessions (FREE) please book at the enquiries desk on the day
Thursday 12 January Olivier (2nd floor) Albert (2nd floor) Victoria (2nd floor) Guild (Mezzanine level)   
10:50-12:20 Focused TOE @ £50 CANCELLED Trauma @ £45 CANCELLED Wellbeing @ £10 Worlds biggest journal club - best of the best from the last year @ £35
14:25-15:55 Focused TOE @ £50 Chest wall blocks @ £45 Human factors - practical tips and examples @ £35  
Friday 13 January Olivier (2nd floor) Albert (2nd floor) Victoria (2nd floor) Guild (Mezzanine level)
09:00-10:30 Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) - part 1 @ £75 for both parts - delegates will need to be able to attend both sections of this workshop Trauma @ £45 Virtual Reality (VR) training in anaesthesia - Supported by Medtronic @ £45 CANCELLED Decision making - a pragmatic approach @ £35
14:35-16:05 Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) - part 2 @ £75 for both parts - delegates will need to be able to attend both sections of this workshop How to teach people how to teach airway skills @ £35
Virtual Reality (VR) training in anaesthesia - Supported by Medtronic @ £45
Worlds biggest journal club - best of the best from the last year @ £35 CANCELLED

How to book

You can book for workshops by visiting enquires on the day.

Workshop descriptions

Virtual Reality (VR) training in anaesthesia - supported by Medtronic

Imagine a world where you can practise low frequency, high risk procedures in a fully immersive, life-like virtual environment that looks the same and feels the same as the real world and where you can learn and gain experience without the risk of harm. Well… we are not quite there yet but relatively recent advances in both VR hardware and software mean that the journey towards virtual reality simulation training in anaesthesia has begun.

Join us in this workshop to experience VR training (Medtronic McGRATH™ VR Intubation) and other non-VR tech-enhanced simulation platforms. 


This unique workshop will take a diverse journey through cutting edge trauma management, using a combination of 'rolling' simulation, managing clinical challenges set by the audience and the educators, as well as practical teaching and interactive discussion. A hand picked team from the ATACC Faculty, including Dr Mark Forrest (President of Faculty of Trauma & Critical Care), Prof Simon Carley, (President Elect of the RCEM), Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden (Consultant in Anaesthetics, Critical Care and HEMS), Dr Halden Hutchinson Bazely (HEMS/Critical Care Fellow), Mr Joe Benson (Simulation Technology Specialist) will take us on a trauma journey that could extend anywhere from roadside to critical care.

Airway: teaching how to teach airway - the ATACC way!

ATACC has a worldwide reputation for teaching, team building and bringing out the very best in people through their training methods, which extend from theory through to immersive simulation and stress inoculation.

This is a very exciting session, as we do not anticipate teaching any of the delegates how to insert 'plastic into holes' - this session will demonstrate and teach, so much more than that. Building from basic principles, the members of the ATACC Faculty will discuss and present how they take individuals and teams from a level of good practical airway skills to a much higher level of highly competent providers, with good crew resource management, kit management, elective and emergency drills and then finally advanced coping mechanism for the most challenging patients, teams or situations. 

The session will be a blend of interactive teaching, simulation, discussion and highly practical tips for coping and improving. It will also be a whole lot of fun and we are really looking forward to delivering this and to interacting with you all. We have no doubt that everyone who attends this session will take something away to use in their every day work and in how you teach others.


The concept of point of care ultrasound to identify haemodynamic instability has revolutionised patient care. There are circumstances when a transoesphageal echocardiogram (TOE) can potentially overcome many of the limitations encountered in patients with poor transthoracic ultrasound windows.

As the operator can stand well away from most surgical fields, fTOE can also be employed as an intra-operative tool to guide and inform decision-making.

Human factors - practical tips and examples

Using video footage, we will explore practical aspects of human performance in a high pressure situation, and discuss strategies (including design of safe systems and non-technical skills) that can be used to address these

Decision making - a pragmatic approach

An introduction to a structured approach to making decisions and discussing how to make the best decision under pressure. 

World's biggest journal club - best of the best from the last year

Have the pressures of clinical work left you behind on current publications? Is there a pile of journals sitting on your desk waiting review? Do not despair, as the most exclusive journal club in the world's occurring at the WSM this year.

The Editors of Anaesthesia, the world's leading anaesthetic journal, have scoured all the medical journals to identify the 16 most important publications in 2022 relating to anaesthesia and critical care. These include papers relevant to obstetrics, paediatrics and intensive care. Attendees will review the papers in small groups (max 5) in conjunction with members of the editorial board to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the studies in detail. This will provide valuable updates in contemporary clinical practice and also help attendees improve their critical appraisal skills.

Copies of the papers will be provided.


The workshop will be a small group facilitated discussion. This year, two specific areas will be considered but there is also an opportunity to bring up any issues related to wellbeing in the discussion.

Developmental mentoring- benefits for Wellbeing - Dr Gordon French

If you have an opportunity or a challenge in your life and not quite sure what to do about it, having a mentor might help.  Dr Gordon French talks about the benefits of mentoring.  Afterwards, if you keen to try it out,  you can also book on to a mentoring slot during the conference.

Retirement - when and how? - Dr Steve Yentis

Many anaesthetists have become aware of pension taxation recently and, possibly for the first time, have also thought about retirement. This talk and facilitated discussion will focus on the theme of retirement in general and aims to generate some discussion and new perspectives, that will also be of relevance to those who are not near retirement age or actively planning their retirement. (Note - this will not be about financial aspects of pension taxation - see Dr Tony Goldstone talk and link).

Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS)

This workshop, run by international experts in point of care ultrasound, will teach you how the 5th pillar of clinical examination can be utilised to help your patients in day-to-day practise. You will be hands on scanning the key aspects of heart, lung, airway, gastric and abdominal ultrasound. Learn how easy it is to move beyond procedural ultrasound and aid your critical peri-operative decision making.

Chest Wall Blocks

In this workshop, we will cover all aspects of popular chest wall blocks, including those for elective surgical procedures, as well as those for trauma. You will also receive instruction in ultrasound of the spine (epidural/subarachnoid spaces). The main blocks included will be paravertebral, PECS, serratus anterior and Erector Spinae Plane Blocks.