Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia have developed first higher degree qualification in Regional Anaesthesia in the UK with support from the major anaesthetic organisations, including the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) and Regional Anaesthesia United Kingdom (RA-UK).
It is clear that there is a substantial need for a higher qualification in regional anaesthesia to evidence the skills and knowledge of those trained in this subspecialty. Whilst regional anaesthesia is the biggest and most popular sub-speciality in anaesthesia a major obstacle for current trainees working toward CCT is a lack of time for high quality learning in this area. In response we have developed a part-time work-based study programme using e-learning and distance learning methods that offers students a high standard of teaching along with the flexibility they require, while also taking into account the requirements of the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) and Modernisation of Medical Careers (MMC).
Quality assurance given by UEA, RA-UK and ultimately the Royal College of Anaesthetists.