Training Workbooks, Certificates and Other Documents


Tips for Core and ACCS Anaesthetic Trainees


Primary and Final FRCA Teaching

For details of Primary and Final FRCA teaching dates, please see our events page.


Exam Dates, Fees, Applications and Guidance

Information relating to Exam Dates, fees and applications can be found here

For guidance on passing the final FRCA can be found here

General Exam preparation guide can be found here

Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS)

Information relating to ACCS, can be found here



South West Intensive Primary Examination Day (SWIPED)

For many people the viva sections of the FRCA examinations are a daunting prospect. Thorough preparation and plenty of practice are invaluable in helping you to successful examination results.

SWIPED (South West Intensive Primary Examination Day) is a one day primary FRCA viva preparation course which has been running since May 2010. It offers intensive viva practice to help you practice your viva technique. All examiners are either consultants or senior post-fellowship registrars. The venue is normally Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre.

The course is run three times per year, approximately ten days before each examination sitting so that you are at the peak of your knowledge and can benefit most from the intensive practice. You will have three full vivas with a mixture of Mastermind (rapid fire questions) and Masterclass tutorials covering some of the more difficult areas of the syllabus. For further information including course dates, how to apply for a place and course fees please see the course website which is continually updated The course leads for the SWIPED course are; Dr Claire Blandford, Dr Tony Matthews, Dr Thersa Hinde, Dr Tom Bradley, Dr David Snow and Dr Cathryn Matthews.  Course dates can be found at our events calendar. 


South West OSCE Training (SWOT)

The SWOT (South West OSCE Training ) Course is a one day course held at Buckfast Abbey three times a year.

It is timed to run a few weeks before each sitting of the Primary FRCA OSCE exam, providing an excellent final preparation facility for the Primary Exam itself.

The day typically includes two full run throughs of a 16 station Primary OSCE, performed under examination conditions to simulate as far as possible the real Primary Examination. It also provides masterclasses on relevant OSCE topics such as anatomy, radiology, clinical physics and simulation training.

It is run on consecutive days with the SWIPED (South West Intensive Primary Education Day), which is directed at the Viva component of the Primary Exam.

We would ask all candidates to present themselves in appropriate examination attire.

For more information please see or email


South West Intensive MCQ Course (SWIM)

The SWIM course is a three day course held at Buckfast Abbey three times a year.

Each day focuses on one of the key areas of Physics, Pharmacology and Physiology. We deliver a mixture of lectures and exam condition MCQ papers followed by a Q&A session for facilitated group learning. Interactive SBA sessions at the end of each day help familiarise candidates with the exam techniques required to tackle these tricky questions. 

The course is run roughly six weeks before the exam to identify gaps in your knowledge and get you practising high volumes of MCQ's. 

The course leads for the SWIM course are; Dr Katie Flower, Dr Victoria Ormerod, Dr Jessica Muchmore, Dr Rebecca Dyer, Dr Andrew Weir and Dr Ben Whittaker. 

For more information please see or email


South West Anaesthesia Research Matrix (SWARM)

SWARM is an established successful anaesthetic and intensive care trainee-led audit and research collaborative which is based in the South West of England. We were the first anaesthetic trainee network and have recruited into a number of studies. 

It aims:

1. To establish a regional network of anaesthetic and ICM trainees who conduct multi-centre research and audit with a high potential for making an impact.

2. To allow trainees to continue their involvement in research and audit projects as they migrate around the region.

3. To provide training in research for the educational benefit of SWARM members.

4. To attract national funding for research and audit work.

Further information on joining SWARM,can be found here