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An Introduction to Anaesthesia

A one day introductory course in the basics of anaesthesia aimed at those

  • who are about to start a post in anaesthesia
  • who are considering a career in anaesthesia
  • who need to have a basic understanding of anesthesia eg Surgical / ER trainees
  • who have had no anaesthesia experience

Previous comments about the course:

 "....very enthusiastic and motivating, good content and engaging presentations!"
"very comprehensive and helpful for anybody who wants to start anaesthetics..'
'very good course, physiology teaching was highly relevant..'

read the BMJ review of the  ICU course.....

Thank you to 



22th July 2018


The UCLH Education Centre
1st floor west
250 Euston Road

Please pay on line - you just need to register - takes 1 min!

and please fill in this form and email it to muska.khpal[at]

Current Programme 

The talks are now available to download for 4 weeks after the course.
Please click on the lecture titles to download.

Some of the files may be large.

0830- 0900 Register + breakfast


0900 Welcome and Introduction

0915 Airway: Dr Mark Lambert

0945Breathing: Dr Rob Stephens

Further reading see Ventilation talk by Rob Stephens for the MSc

further reading: Respiratory physiology

Extra reading: Using inotropes and Vasopressors

Extra reading: Arterial lines

1015 Circulation: Dr Mel Tan

1045 Break

1115 Drugs: Dr Sucheen Ng

1145 Preoperative Assessment, : Dr Rob Stephens

Extra: Preoperative Assessment Podcast by Mark Lambert

Extra: NICE 2016 Preop Assessment tests

1215 Fluids + Transfusion: Dr Richard Gordon-Williams

Extra reading: Transfusion

Extra reading: NICE ward fluid guidelines

1300 Lunch - Careers in Anaesthesia

Podcast by trainees and consultants

1330  'hands on' experience in groups with top issues in anaesthesia, airways, intubation essentials, blocks and the anaesthetic machine

1530 Break

1545 Regional Anaesthesia + Pain: Dr Martin Rooms

Extra reading: Postoperative Pain

Extra reading: Pain in children

Extra reading: Epidurals on the ward

1615 EmergenciesDr Muska Khpal An introduction to crisis management, with thanks to Dr Demot McGuckin and Dr Jane Lowery

1645 Final Talk: TBA

1715 Feedback and Summary

Practical sessions

Great teaching presentation on the Anaesthesia Machine

  • Airway equipment in Anaesthesia
  • Basic airway management
  • Regional Anaesthesia

More information


22th July 2018: £110, but think about coming to this course and the Practical Introduction to ICU   the day before!

Sorry but no refunds will be possible within 2 weeks of the course.
Food, refreshments, handouts included!

Please email robcmstephens[at] if you have any problems

Public transport

Venue: The UCLH Education Centre

Nearest tube: Warren St /Euston Square
Nearest train: Kings Cross/Euston
Online map to the venue,
250 Euston Rd
National Rail Timetable

Education Centre Website

Course manager

UCL Centre for Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine 


Course organisers

Dr Robert Stephens
Dr Martin Rooms
Dr John Whittle

Dr Muska Khpal 

Course Faculty

Dr Olivia Davies

Dr Ned Gilbert

Dr Mark Lambert

Dr Mel Tan

Dr Dermot McGuckin

Dr Dave Cain

Dr John Whittle

Dr Kirsty McPherson

Dr Claire Frith

Dr Su Cheen Ng

Dr Matt Wilson

Dr Pav Sarai

Dr Ros Perring

Dr Tejal Dave

Dr Jonathan Lacey

Dr Doug Blackwood

Dr Dan Heaton

Dr Chandni Rajani

Dr Rosie May

Dr Clare Morcane