Study Leave Guidelines 2019-2020

These local guidelines for the School of Anaesthesia (Mersey Rotations) replace any previous local instructions and will be updated as course dates are confirmed throughout the training year.
They are to be used in conjunction with Health Education England North West Guidelines - click here

  • The list of courses below have already been approved by the Training Program Directors and Associate Head of School and so do not require a formal Study Leave Approval Form to be submitted
  • Trainees are still required to gain permission from their Rota Coordinator and Educational Supervisor at their own hospital for all study leave and it is their responsibility to do so
  • Trainees are allowed up to 30 days of study leave per training year of these a maximum of 7 days per training year can be for private study (at Educational Supervisors discretion and note MSA MCQ courses count as 5 days of private study)
  • The study leave financial year runs from 1 March each year
  • All trainees will be top-sliced a proportion of their study leave allowance to pay for the local courses detailed in this document
  • Any other study leave - an application must be made using the Deanery study leave form found HERE. This should then be forwarded to study.leave@aintree.nhs.uk once completed
  • Currently the Deanery are not reimbursing retrospective claims
  • Travel expenses to local courses are to be claimed from the Lead Employer but travel expenses to external courses will be considered. For any queries on this please contact me - simon.mercer2@nhs.net
  • It important to be aware that if you do not spend adequate time on the shop floor then you will not be signed off your modules and your training may be extended. Please bear this in mind when organising your study leave

Simon Mercer - Associate Head of School
Health Education England North West School of Anaesthesia (Mersey).


Core Trainees Courses covered by Top-Sliced Funding of Study Leave 2019-20

Updated 1 July 2019 – more dates to add over course of the year. See CALENDAR for dates.

All these courses are already approved and DO NOT require permission from the Deanery to attend – you MUST STILL get permission from your hospital though.
Any other courses need the Deanery Form filling in and sent to STUDY.LEAVE@aintree.nhs.uk

If you wish to teach on any courses, then you must apply for study leave in the usual way and this will be granted at the discretion of the Associate Head of School (Dr Mercer).
You will be required to submit trainer and trainee feedback as well as writing a reflection for your e-portfolio.

This package of courses also included a 2-month subscription to onexamination.com which can be arranged by contacting Janet Coulson - janet.coulson@mft.nhs.uk


Key Dates for Primary FRCA

Primary FRCA MCQ Primary FRCA OSCE/SOE
3 September 2019
19 November 2019
3 March 2020
Week beginning 4 November 2019
Week beginning 27 January 2020
Week beginning 18 May 2020

Courses for Core Trainees

Course Course Lead Venue Booking Information

Novice Laryngoscopy Course - CT1

See CALENDAR for dates

Dr Seema Charters
seema.charters@me.com

Education Centre, Warrington Hospital, Lovely Lane, Warrington
WA5 1QG
Dr Seema Charters
seema.charters@me.com

BASICS - Core Trainees Primary Preparation Course - 12 days
2nd Thursday of the Month

See CALENDAR for dates

Dr Emily Lear
emilylear@doctors.org.uk

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, East Prescot Rd, Liverpool
L14 5AB

Assumed you are attending
please contact Janet Coulson - janet.coulson@mft.nhs.uk - if you cannot attend

BASICS + – Core Trainees Primary Preparation Course - 2 Days

See CALENDAR for dates

Dr Emily Lear
emilylear@doctors.org.uk
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, East Prescot Rd, Liverpool
L14 5AB

Assumed you are attending
please contact Janet Coulson - janet.coulson@mft.nhs.uk - if you cannot attend

The EASE Course - Emergencies in Anaesthesia - CT1

LIMITED TO 9 Trainees per course

See CALENDAR for dates

Dr Simon Mercer
simon.mercer2@nhs.net

Aintree Simulation Centre, Aintree University Hospital, Longmoor Lane, Aintree
L9 7AL

Janet Coulson
janet.coulson@mft.nhs.uk

Transfer Training Course - CT1

LIMITED TO 8 Trainees per course

See CALENDAR for dates

Dr Sarah Fadden

sjf1612@aol.com

Aintree Simulation Centre, Aintree University Hospital, Longmoor Lane, Aintree
L9 7AL
Janet Coulson
janet.coulson@mft.nhs.uk

The EASE Obstetrics Course - CT2

LIMITED TO 8 Trainees per course

See CALENDAR for dates

Dr Charlene Grassman
charlene.grassman@lwh.nhs.uk

Dr Simon Mercer
simon.mercer2@nhs.net

Aintree Simulation Centre, Aintree University Hospital, Longmoor Lane, Aintree
L9 7AL
Janet Coulson
janet.coulson@mft.nhs.uk

Mersey Introduction to Critical Care Course

See CALENDAR for dates

Dr Simon Rogers
simon.rogers@rlbuht.nhs.uk

Kent Lodge Education Centre, Broadgreen Hospital
L14 3LD

Dr Simon Rogers
simon.rogers@rlbuht.nhs.uk

Difficult Airway Course for Core Trainees

See CALENDAR for dates

Dr Robin Wingate

mrrobs@gmail.com

  Janet Coulson
janet.coulson@mft.nhs.uk

BASICS 2 - 2 Days

See CALENDAR for dates

Dr Mruga Diwan

mruganaik@hotmail.com

Dr Lee Poole
lee.poole@rlbuht.nhs.uk

Education Centre, Royal Liverpool University Hospital
L7 8XP
Janet Coulson
janet.coulson@mft.nhs.uk

Basic Obstetric Anaesthesia Course

See CALENDAR for dates

Dr Charlene Grassman
charlene.grassman@lwh.nhs.uk
Education Centre, Liverpool Women’s Hospital
L8 7SS
Janet Coulson
janet.coulson@mft.nhs.uk

Mersey School of Anaesthesia Primary FRCA MCQ Course - 5 days

Counts as 5 days of Private Study Leave

See CALENDAR for dates

Dr Dominic Cliff
Dr Iestyn Harrod
Dr Richard Dodwell
Dr David Mayhew
Education Centre, Whiston Hospital
L35 5DR
Mersey School of Anaesthesia
applications@msoa.org.uk

Mersey School of Anaesthesia Primary OSCE/VIVA Course - 5 days

Places are limited so advised to book early

See CALENDAR for dates

Dr Tushar Dixit

Dr Catherine Gerrard

Education Centre, Whiston Hospital
L35 5DR
Mersey School of Anaesthesia
applications@msoa.org.uk

Introduction to Regional Anaesthesia

LIMITED TO 40 trainees per course

See CALENDAR for dates

Dr Emer McCarron Education Centre, Arrowe Park Hospital, Upton, Wirral
CH49 5PE
Janet Coulson
janet.coulson@mft.nhs.uk

Pain Workshop - CT2

LIMITED TO 18 trainees per course

See CALENDAR for dates

Dr Rajiv.Malhotra
rajiv.malhotra@rlbuht.nhs.uk
Education Centre, Broadgreen Hospital
L14 3LD
Janet Coulson
janet.coulson@mft.nhs.uk

Perioperative Medicine Course - CT2

See CALENDAR for dates

Dr Liz Huddlestone
elizabeth.huddlestone@nhs.net
Education Centre, Arrowe Park Hospital, Upton, Wirral
CH49 5PE
Janet Coulson
janet.coulson@mft.nhs.uk

INTERMEDIATE Trainees Courses covered by Top-Sliced Funding of Study Leave 2019-20

UPDATED: 20 June 2019 – Blank dates for 2019-2020 will be updated in due course

See CALENDAR for latest dates

All these courses are already approved and DO NOT require permission from the Deanery to attend – you MUST STILL get permission from your hospital though.
Any other courses need the Deanery Form filling in and sent to STUDY.LEAVE@aintree.nhs.uk

If you wish to teach on any courses, then you must apply for study leave in the usual way and this will be granted at the discretion of the Associate Head of School (Dr Mercer).
You will be required to submit trainer and trainee feedback as well as writing a reflection for your e-portfolio.


KEY DATES for Final FRCA

Final FRCA Written Primary FRCA OSCE/SOE
10 March 2020 Week beginning 22 June 2020

Courses for Intermediate Trainees

Course Course Lead Venue Booking Information

MAFIT 1 - Tuesday

It is expected that ALL ST3 trainees attend MAFIT 1

You are to inform Janet Coulson if you are unable to attend

Dr Mruga Diwan
mruganaik@hotmail.com

Dr Tushar Dixit
tushar.dixit@sthk.nhs.uk

Various locations Janet Coulson
janet.coulson@mft.nhs.uk

MAFIT 2 - Monday mornings

Preparation for Written FINAL FRCA Paper

Dr Nick Airey
nicholas.airey@gmail.com

Education Centre, Whiston Hospital
L35 5DR

Kirstie Gray
kirstie.gray@sthk.nhs.uk

MAFIT 3 - Thursday mornings

Preparation for the FINAL FRCA SOE

Dr Oscar Fredy
oscar.fredy@rlbuht.nhs.uk

Dr Jonas Appiah-Ankam
janw38455@blueyonder.co.uk

12th floor, Royal Liverpool University Hospital
L7 8XP

Dr Oscar Fredy
oscar.fredy@rlbuht.nhs.uk

The EASE Paeds Course - Emergencies in Anaesthesia

ST4 have priority

LIMITED TO 10 Trainees per course

Dr Joe Hobson
hobsonjm@gmail.com

Aintree Simulation Centre, Aintree University Hospital, Longmoor Lane, Aintree
L9 7AL

Janet Coulson
janet.coulson@mft.nhs.uk

The ADAM Course

Booked for ST4 Trainees

Dr Peter Groom
peter.groom@aintree.nhs.uk

Aintree University Hospital, Longmoor Lane, Aintree
L9 7AL
Janet Coulson
janet.coulson@mft.nhs.uk

The EASE Trauma Course

ST4 to have priority

LIMITED to 10 Trainees per course

Dr Simon Mercer
simon.mercer2@nhs.net

Aintree Simulation Centre, Aintree University Hospital, Longmoor Lane, Aintree
L9 7AL
Janet Coulson
janet.coulson@mft.nhs.uk

Mersey School of Anaesthesia FINAL FRCA MCQ Course - 5 days

Counts as 5 days of private study leave

Dr Nina Jain

Dr Woei Lin Yap

See MSA Website for details and dates - HERE

Mersey School of Anaesthesia
applications@msoa.org.uk

Mersey School of Anaesthesia ‘The Booker Course’

Places are limited so advised to book early

Dr Simon Ridler (Chester)

Dr Lawrence Wilson (Chester)

Dr Beth Perritt (Chester)

Dr Richard Dodwell (Chester)

See MSA Website for details and dates - HERE  Mersey School of Anaesthesia
applications@msoa.org.uk

Perioperative Medicine Course

Dr Liz Huddlestone
elizabeth.huddlestone@nhs.net
Education Centre, Arrowe Park Hospital, Upton, Wirral
CH49 5PE
Janet Coulson
janet.coulson@mft.nhs.uk

Sedation Course

Dr Seema Charters
seema.charters@me.com

Education Centre, Warrington Hospital, Lovely Lane, Warrington
WA5 1QG

whh.postgrad.office@nhs.net

Regional Anaesthesia for Intermediate Training (RAFIT) Course

Dr Tushr Dixit
tushar.dixit@sthk.nhs.uk

Dr Tom Miller
thomas.miller@nhs.net

Education Centre, Whiston Hospital
L35 5DR
Janet Coulson
janet.coulson@mft.nhs.uk

Post Fellowship Meeting

This meeting is for those trainees who have passed the Final FRCA and is funded by top-slicing the study leave budget (£100 per trainee)

See CALENDAR for latest dates

For further details please contact:
Juliette Fletcher -  juliette_clare@yahoo.co.uk
Jennifer English - jen2311@doctors.org.uk