Due to COVID restrictions these workshops are open to staff working at UHP only.

Plan A blocks

A recent editorial by Turbitt et al in Anaesthesia highlighted the inconsistencies in education and training of anaesthetists to perform basic level regional blocks, and hypothesised that the explosion of new techniques facilitated by ultrasound had compounded the problem by intimidating the normal practitioner.

They drafted a list of seven Plan A blocks that cover the key areas of surgery/acute pain, and suggested that every anaesthetist should be proficient in these, leaving the expert RA practitioner to help provide blocks for more complex circumstances. 

The Plan A Blocks are as follows

Shoulder - Interscalene Block

Elbow/Hand - Axillary Block

Hip - Femoral Nerve Block

Knee -  Femoral Triangle/Adductor Canal

Foot and ankle - Popliteal Sciatic

Chest - Erector Spinae

Abdomen - Rectus Sheath

This 3 hour workshop will offer offer hands on scanning practice and although aimed at the novice will also offer tips and tricks for the more experienced practitioner. 

Sessions (max 4 per group)

Date Time
Thurs 26th Nov 2020  9:30 -12:30
Thurs 26th Nov 2020 13:30 -16:30
Fri 27th Nov 2020 9:30 -12:30
Fri 27th Nov 2020 13:30 -16:30

Chest Wall Blocks

This 1.5 hr workshop will cover the techniques required to provide both single shot and continuous analgesia for chest wall trauma.

It will focus on 2 techniques:

- Erector Spinae Plane Block 

- Serratus Plane Block

Catheter insertion technique and the chest scoring system and analgesic bundle will also be discussed. 

Sessions (max 4 per group) 

Date Time
Thurs 26th Nov 2020  9:30-11:00
Fri 27th Nov 2020 9:30-11:00
Fri 27th Nov 2020 13:30-15:00

Lower Limb Arthroplasty Blocks

This 1.5 hour workshop aims to provide the theory and hands on scanning practice for many of the newer blocks used in lower limb arthroplasty or hip fracture surgery.

The content of this session relects the motor sparing blocks recommended in the UHP arthrosplasty guidelines.

Blocks covered will be:

Hip fracture - Lateral Cutaneous Nerve and Supra Inguinal Fascia Iliaca Block

Knee Arthroplasty - Femoral Triangle/Adductor Canal block, isolated Tibial Nerve Block, Popliteal Plexus block, iPACK block

Sessions (max 4 per group) 

Date Time
Thurs 26th Nov 2020  11:00 -12:30
Thurs 26th Nov 2020 15:00-16:30
Fri 27th Nov 2020 11:00 -12:30
Fri 27th Nov 2020 15:00-16:30



book online3All events require registration through the SOWRA online booking system.

Theses events are free of charge.

Places are limited to 4 per group due to COVID restrictions - please only register if you intend to attend.

Although the only way guaranteed to time off is study leave, the department will try and facilitate attendance for those trainees currently in lists - please liase with the office prior to booking. 

If you have study leave already booked for the cancelled SOWRA course please consider how you might best rationalise this to ensure the attendance of the event for as many others as possible.

All sessions must be booked online via our online booking system. 

You may book more than one session - please note each session must be independently booked. Plan A blocks (3hrs) cannot be combined with other workshops in the same half day session.

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