ISA Novice Course

We have set our course up to help steward Imperial novice trainees through their first few months of their anaesthetic career, providing them with the basic knowledge and skills to survive the high stress environment of anaesthetics.


Novice Course


See also

Primary Viva Course
Primary OSCE Course
Final Viva Course
Final Written Course
I3 (ICU) Course

Imperial Novice Course Logo

The Imperial Novice Course was established in 2010. We have consistently tried to improve and keep our content relevant to the developing needs of our novices. Our faculty have always enjoyed being able to support the growth of our novices and we are proud to say that we have been recognised as the gold standard novice course previously. 

Our traditional course format, up until now, has been 4 days of lectures and workshop-based small group teaching, and one day of simulation. Our face-to-face course has consistently received excellent feedback.

Unfortunately, due to the social distancing rules currently in place because of Covid19, we cannot deliver our traditional course. We have transformed our course into a digital format ( We fully recognise that novices, starting this August, will have drastically reduced training opportunities as elective surgery is likely to continue to run at a reduced level. With this in mind, the digital content has been devised to ease you into the specialty well-known for its complicated knowledge, drugs, equipment, and skills. The purpose of the course is to support you to achieve the Initial Assessment of Competency which must be obtained within your first 3-6 months of anaesthesia training.

This course will not only provide you with the very basic knowledge you need to achieve your Initial Assessment of Competency but also a taste of things you should be considering during your everyday practice. We know and understand that to begin with it’s also about survival (both novices and patients! We were novices once too!). Video podcasts have been produced on key areas of anaesthetic practice which are likely to be completely new to you. You will be expected to be familiar with these basics within weeks of starting your training but being able to refer back, reflect and refresh on them as you progress will be of real benefit.

In recognition of the steep learning curve you are facing, the Imperial School of Anaesthesia, has made the novice course a mandatory requirement for all core anaesthesia trainees, all ACCS trainees and all ICM trainees with a rotation in Anaesthesia – you will have been sent login details.

The course will be composed of 3 components: online content, interactive remote sessions and a simulation day. The online content is presented as video podcasts and written content. This material has been carefully constructed into easy to digest chunks. The podcasts have been recorded by consultants and trainees from the Imperial School of Anaesthesia hospitals network and we would like to thank all those that have contributed to this material. To supplement the online content, we will be running interactive remote sessions where we will hold small group case-based discussions and a panel session to answer questions.

The planned dates for these interactive sessions are as follows:

  • Wednesday 12th August 2020
  • Thursday 20th August 2020
  • Wednesday 26th August 2020
  • Thursday 3rd September 2020

Please feel free to contact us at anytime at with any issues or concerns and we will do our best to help promptly.

Good luck! We hope to meet many of you in the coming weeks and months.

Imperial School of Anaesthesia Novice Course

Directors 2020   

Dr Sadie Syed – Consultant Anaesthetist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Dr Rakhee Nathwani – Consultant Anaesthetist, West Hertfordshire NHS trust

Dr Rajinder Chaggar – Consultant Anaesthetist, London North West Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Patrick Ward – Consultant Anaesthetist, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust

Dr Ivan Dillon – Associate Specialist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Dr Rajan Saini – Locum Consultant in Anaesthesia and Cardiac Intensive Care, Great Ormond Street Hospital

Dr Sanooj Soni – Clinical Lecturer, Imperial College London

Dr Sneh Shah – Senior Specialty Trainee, Imperial School of Anaesthesia

Dr George Bailey – Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

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