Welcome to the South West Regional Anaesthesia Group


The South West Regional Anaesthesia Group is a charity registered by the Charity Commission for England and Wales (Charity number: 1142538) and exists to:

  • Advance the standards of regional anaesthesia and pain management.
  • Encourage awareness of regional anaesthesia and pain management amongst the general public.
  • Provide a forum for regional anaesthetic enthusiasts within the south west region to meet and network
  • Provide training and educational updates in regional anaesthesia and pain management techniques.
  • Promoting research in all areas of regional anaesthetic practice.

South West Regional Anaesthesia Course

Every year (usually in November) SOWRA runs the popular South West Regional Anaesthesia Course.  

The next course will be held on 21-22 November 2024 in Plymouth.

12 CPD points have been awarded by the Royal College of Aanesthetists and the course is recognised by ESRA for 11 Ultrasound hands-on points + 0.5 other points for the European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia (EDRA). 

SOWRA Travel Bursaries

SOWRA invites trainees within the peninsula deanery to apply for funds up to £600 to fund a venture to further develop training or experience in the field of regional anaesthesia.

Up to 2 bursaries will be awarded in each calendar year. All applications must be made prospectively. Further details available here.

SOWRA Research Grants

Applications are now invited for research grants up to the value of £1000 to support clinical research projects related to regional anaesthesia.

More information available here.

The SOWRA Board of Trustees

The current SOWRA board of trustees are:

Chairman: Dr Matt Oldman (Plymouth)
Secretary: Dr Ross Vanstone (Plymouth)
Treasurer: Dr Kim Chishti (Plymouth)
Trustee Dr Andy McEwen (Torbay)
Trustee Dr Roger Langford (Truro)
Trustee Dr Iain Christie (Plymouth)


The SOWRA Annual Meeting 2010