Regional Anaesthesia (Part time) (PGDip)
Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia have developed the 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).
The heart of the course will be the e-learning hub – a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) within which all the learning and forum discussions will take place. The VLE will provide a repository for all students’ training needs, from access to directed reading, to feedback from course tutors. It will allow students great flexibility to progress in a goal-directed way when they themselves have the time to study. Problem-based learning scenarios will encourage students to identify learning objectives through researching the literature, ensuring that theory and practice are soundly evidence-based on strong scientific principles. Students will receive adequate mentoring support, both online and locally, from the time of enrolment until they complete their research project.
Quality assurance given by UEA, RA-UK and ultimately the Royal College of Anaesthetists.