Education Calendar 

The education calendar can be used to view anaesthetic education events that are occurring in the deanery, and is available here. 

If you are planning an education event in the deanery, please add this to the calendar by completing the following short form with the date/time, location and any details that might be helpful (such as contact email address or short description): 

Please copy and paste the following link into your web-browser (the deanery website will not allow direct access to the form)       


Primary and Final FRCA Teaching

Primary and Final FRCA Teaching

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



This is a 2 day viva practice course for registrars about to sit the Final FRCA vivas. There will be basic science and clinical viva practice and formal vivas in the same format as the Final examination. There will also be short masterclasses on targeted subjects, potential pitfalls and viva technique. 

There will be a large consultant faculty acting as 'examiners'. The aim is to help our candidates become more comfortable in a viva setting and so pass first time! 

Course dates in June and December

For further information and to book a place, please see, The Daft Course


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 OSCE Training (SWOT)

The SWOT (South West OSCE Training) Course is a one day course held 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 an anatomy masterclass and an OSCE hints and tips lecture. 

It is run on consecutive days with the SWIPED (South West Intensive Primary Education Day) course, 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)

About the South West Intensive MCQ Course

Dates:              Courses run throughout the year prior to each MCQ sitting - please contact via email or see our website for upcoming dates

Address:          Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, Northwood Ln, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0EG, UK



Description:     This course has been designed by Doctors in Training for Doctors in Training

Cost:                Please see our website or contact us via email for up to date prices

Our venue is the beautiful Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre in Devon and the fee includes an amazing two course lunch and plenty of coffee.

The course consists of three days each focusing on one of the key areas of Physics, Pharmacology and Physiology. Each day consists of a mixture of lectures, exam condition MCQ sessions followed by a Q+A session for facilitated group learning. SBA sessions at the end of each day help familiarise candidates with the exam techniques required to tackle these tricky questions.

The course will provide you with three days of solid revision with no distractions, just you and your learning group.

There are only 12 places available to optimise your learning experience, so book your place now!

For further information please contact us via the email address above, or you can also follow the link above to see our website with more information on what to expect on the course, an example daily timetable, feedback from previous candidates, and information on the venue and where to stay.



PROPA: Peninsula Revision of Primary Anaesthetics

If you are planning to undertake the RCoA Primary FRCA SOE (viva), this course is for you! 

What is included?   

  • Full viva examinations tailored to the RCoA Primary viva examination. 
  • Examination is by experienced faculty from the Southwest. 
  • Masterclass tutorials on difficult topics. 
  • Small group interactive sessions on a range of topics.

The course is either held online (whilst RCoA conduct examinations online) or at the beautiful Buckfast Abbey face to face (

Dates: three times a year, in the weeks leading up to the SOE exam. Please email to confirm dates.

Price subject to confirmation: £200 at Buckfast. 

The delegate numbers are limited so please apply early. 

If you have any questions or are keen to attend, please contact:


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


Peninsula Anaesthesia Virtual Education Project (PAVE)

More information on PAVE is available here.