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GASAgain (Giving Anaesthesia Safely Again) Course – The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA)

July 5, 2016 @ 8:30 AM - 4:45 PM


Returning to work after a career break or going back to work after an extended period away from work i.e. maternity leave can prove to be quite a challenge. Whatever the reason, the period of time absent from work causes a feeling of reduced confidence and lack of certainty about your ability to perform a particular job when you return to work.

This course is structured to provide the strategies for managing a return to work. Not only will there be simulation scenarios to refresh your skills, but there will also be series of short relevant lectures to update you with the latest in the world of anaesthesia.

The course has limited spaces to provide individual attention. They will individualise the scenarios to cater to the grade of the anaesthetist. They will provide you with a course booklet prior to the course (via email) with the important algorithms, articles, references.

What to expect from this course?

  • Revision of algorithms: Resus (adult and paediatric), DAS
  • Real-time physiology with medium/high fidelity
  • Chance to practice non-technical skills: communication, teamwork
  • Insight into error: understanding your limitation e.g. fatigue, anxiety on return to work
  • Confidence building: this is the main aim of the course
  • Debriefing session: to bring out the knowledge and for experimental and reflective learning

All the above is done in a non-threatening environment without real patients and hence, unable to cause any harm.

Who can benefit?

To obtain maximum benefit from this simulation day, all participants would be expected to have:

  • Completed 1 year FTE in anaesthetics
  • Should have an employer with whom they are planning their return to work

A simulation day is only one aspect of a RTW package and compliments Keep In Touch (KIT) days in a theatre with senior colleagues. KIT days should provide the basics of “how to give an anaesthetic”.

The simulation day is about providing essential updates i.e. resuscitation, WHO checks, plus the opportunity to manage common and unusual emergency scenarios.

This is not a pass / fail course.


The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA)
+44 020 7092 1500


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Royal Bournemouth Hospital
Castle Lane East
Bournemouth, England BH7 7DW United Kingdom
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