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Essential Anaesthetic Transition Programme

All operating department practitioners recruited by Yeovil International Recruitment will take part in a dedicated transition programme to support candidates when they arrive into UK practice.


Essential Anaesthetic Training Programme

Our Essential Anaesthetics Training Programme is delivered over five days. The course aim is support international anaesthetic ODPs and Nurses to transition into UK practice. It provides a structured framework to standardise anaesthetic practices, processes and emergency guidelines.

The course is to ensure anaesthetic practitioners from overseas are safe to assist an anaesthetist and give appropriate supportive assistance as required in an emergency.

The course is accredited by the Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP).

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Course outline

Day 1

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Discuss legal and professional issues within the perioperative environment.
  • Enable effective communication within clinical practice.
  • Discuss human factors and ergonomics in healthcare.
  • Discuss how to deliver an effective presentation.

Day 2

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate safe pharmacological practice (theory workbook to complete).
  • Standardised anaesthetic machine and equipment checking.
  • Assist in the management of planned and unexpected difficult airways.

Day 3

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate safe practice of the obstetric patient, during elective and emergency procedures.
  • Demonstrate appropriate action when managing a difficult airway.
  • Demonstrate the standardised ABCDE approach to dealing with anaesthetic emergencies.
  • Discuss the management of anaesthetic emergencies.

Day 4 

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the management of anaesthetic emergencies.
  • Demonstrate the importance of human factor in the management of anaesthetic emergencies.

Day 5

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate appropriate action during an anaesthetic emergency
  • Give an effective presentation.
  • Complete a multi choice question assessment (MCQ) on aspects of the course.
  • Identify own learning needs and course reflection.

Please note programme may not run as listed above.

Attendees prerequisites

Anaesthetic Practitioners registered with HCPC or NMC with academic IELTS English Test of overall 7 or OET in Nursing (B in all except C+ in writing).

Nurses must hold an appropriate BSc or Diploma in Anaesthetic Practice.

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CPD hours

This course can be taken by any ODP in the UK who would like to use as evidence for their continued professional development and provide evidence for your registration. You will be given an AfPP accredidited certificate showing you have met the standards of the course.

The course counts as 37 hours CPD hours.

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Frequently asked questions

As an international candidate will I need to pay for this course?
No this course will be provided as part of your recruitment practise. We believe this is an important part of settling in to UK practise.
How many CPD hours will this be?
This will count as 37 CPD hours
What happens if I do not meet the minimum requirements of the course?
Delegates who do not meet the minimum requirements to pass the course will either be asked to repeat the course, or if there are serious concerns regarding practice, will be referred back to their employer for review with recommendations.
Will there be a test?
There is ongoing assessment throughout the course to ensure that practitioners are meeting the standards required to safely practice in the UK.

Delegates will complete an MCQ with a pass mark of 75%.
Is there any reading I should do before doing the course?
We recommend you read the following before attending your training:

The Association of Anaesthetists (2022) Quick Reference Handbook (QRH), The Association of Anaesthetists.

Available at: https://anaesthetists.org/Home/Resources-publications/Safety-alerts/Anaesthesia-emergencies/Quick-Reference-Handbook (Accessed: December 14, 2022).