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Introduction to Anaesthetic Practice

It takes six months to complete the Introduction to Anaesthetic Practice module, during which trainees must pass an initial assessment of competence. Trainees must complete the following training units:

Structure of the Introduction to Anaesthetic Practice

Trainees must achieve all the minimum clinical learning outcomes for all training units and complete the IAC before they can continue with core training. It generally takes between three and six months to achieve.

Perioperative Assessment

Trainees should be able to

History Taking and Clinical Examination

Trainees should be able to


Trainees should know the basic investigations for preoperative patients, interpret the results and act on them.

Specific Anaesthetic Evaluation

Trainees should be able to


Trainees should be able to prescribe premedication if it’s indicated, particularly for patients considered high risk.

Postoperative Care and Care in the Recovery Room

Trainees should be able to

Perioperative Management of Emergency Patients

Trainees should be able to safely deliver postoperative care to adult ASA 1E and 2E patients in need of uncomplicated emergency surgery.

Conduct of Anaesthesia

Induction of General Anaesthesia

Trainees should be able to:

Intraoperative Care

Trainees should be able to

Control of Infection

Trainees should understand the need for processes for controlling infection and the types of infections that patients may contract. They should be able to understand and give patients appropriate treatments for infections, and understand the risks of infection and apply strategies to mitigate them. They should know the principles of antibiotic prophylaxis for surgical patients, and have good working practices in aseptic techniques.

Managing Cardiac Arrest in Children and Adults

Trainees need to thoroughly understand the pathophysiology of cardiac and respiratory arrest. They should have the necessary skills to resuscitate patients following the latest UK Resuscitation Council guidelines and understand ethical issues surrounding resuscitation.


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