25-26 November 2021 Derriford Hospital, Plymouth

Full registration: £280rsz book online3 SW Peninsula deanery trainees: £140 15% discount for RA-UK members 10% discount for bookings received before 1/10/21

Limited to 24 to preserve scanning ratios - register early


2 Day regional anaesthesia course

  • Learn the skills to implement ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia in your practice  
  • Upper and lower limb peripheral blocks
  • Abdomen/Neuraxial/Paravertebral/PECS
  • Hands on scanning on live models
  • Needling practice on phantoms
  • Low US machine contention ratio max 4 delegates/machine
  • Suitable for all grades
  • Experienced friendly local faculty
  • Limited to 24 to preserve scanning ratios.
  • COVID 19 measures - social distancing measures will be applied where possible, groups will rotate together, face masks will be worn, and models will be lateral flow tested. 
  • This has previously been an "RA-UK Approved Course" and we will be applying for approval once again.
  • CPD points will be applied for 

Registration includes lunch, refreshements and a free copy of the RA-UK book "A Pocket Guide to Ultrasound Guided Regional Anaesthesia".

About the Course

The South West regional anaesthesia course is a well established course with experienced faculty.

This course is aimed at anaesthetists of all grades who wish to expand their knowledge of regional anaesthesia.

The teaching will be delivered using a mixture of formal lectures covering key core topics and plenty of hands on scanning practice (max ratio 4 delegates/ ultrasound machine), together with live demonstrations of relevant sonoanatomy . There will be plenty of opportunities to practice needling on ultrasound phantoms (gel and porcine) with one to one guidance from the faculty.

Over the 2 days we will attempt to cover all the major upper and lower limb peripheral nerve blocks, as well as abdominal and basic neuroaxial blocks. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the 7 "Plan A blocks" . 

We will focus exclusively on ultrasound guided techniques as this is now mainstream practice.

We will also cover relevant anatomy and pharmacolgy ,equipment, conduct of anaesthesia, and complications.


Draft Programme Day 1

Day 1

08:30-09:00 Registration/coffee

09:00-09:05 Welcome

9.05- 09:30 Lecture: USS principles/pitfalls/knobology (1A03, 2G02)

09:30- 10.00 Workshop - Machine Set up/optimization/in and out of plane needling/phantoms (1A03, 2G02)

10:00-10:45  Rotating workshop session 1

10:45-11:10 Tea/coffee

11:10-11:55 Rotating workshop session 2

11:55-12:40 Rotating workshop session 3

12:40-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:15 Rotating workshop session 4

14:15-15:00 Rotating workshop session 5

15:00-15:45 Rotating workshop session 6

15:45- 16:10 Tea/coffee

16:10 -16:55 Workshop - Upper limb free scan

16:55- 17:30 Lecture - Procedure Specific RA Upper limb:Evidenced based techniques for common surgical procedures. (1D02, 2G01)

17:30 Day 1 Feedback & Close

Rotating workshop session 1-6 (2G03, 3A09)
Above the clavicle-Interscalene(A)
Around the Clavicle-Supraclavicular/Infraclavicular
Below the clavicle - Axillary(A) 
Distal peripheral nerves
Abdomen (TAP/Rectus(A)/Ilioinguinal)
(A) - Plan A Block


Draft Programme Day 2

Day 2

09:15 Day 2 welcome and overview

09:25-10:00 Lecture -Procedure Specific RA  Lower limb. Evidenced based techniques for common surgical procedures. (1D02, 2G01)

10:00-10:45 Rotating workshop session 1

10:45-11:10 Tea/coffee

11:10-11:55 Rotating workshop session 2

11:55-12:40 Rotating workshop session 3

12:40-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:15 Rotating workshop session 4

14:15-15:00 Rotating workshop session 5

15:00-15:45 Rotating workshop session 6

15:45-16:10 Tea/coffee

16:10-16:55 Workshop - General free scan (2G02,2G03, 3A09)

16:55-17:15 Expert Panel question and answer session

17:15 Day 2 Feedback and Close

Rotating workshops 1-6: (2G02,2G03, 3A09)

Femoral(A)/LCFN/Fascia Iliaca/PENG
Adductor canal(A)/IPACK
Chest trauma: Serratus Plane(A) /Erector Spinae(A)
Clinical Scenarios
(A) - Plan A Block



The course is being held at the Postgraduate centre at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Derriford Road

The Postgraduate centre is located to the rear of the hospital near to the Terrence Lewis Building & Freedom Unit (near to the Bircham valley and pond sign on the parking map).

Free public wifi access is available at the venue.


By Car: From the A38 take the A386 Tavistock road North - the hospital is well signposted.

Car Parking

You may download a map of the available carparks here: https://www.plymouthhospitals.nhs.uk/download.cfm?doc=docm93jijm4n2946.pdf&ver=3708

The Multi Story Car Park & Car Park F are nearest public car parks to the Postgraduate Centre (which can be seen located on the bottom of the map)..

Current public parking charges are:  Over 6hrs £12 

Pay and display: Some of the car parks are pay and display and require you to purchase a ticket from the machine located in the car park at the time that you park. 

Pay on exit: We also have pay on exit car parks which you access through a barrier, collecting a token as you enter the car park. If you use a pay on exit car park you will pay for your parking at the end of your visit. There are machines to pay for your parking in the car parks and also in the main entrance to the hospital on level 6. Parking can also be paid for through downloading the Indigo parking app.

Park and Ride   
There is a public park and ride site located north of Derriford Hospital at the George junction (opposite the George Pub/Hotel). Parking is FREE, although you will need to purchase a ticket to travel on the bus.


The nearest hotels are the Future Inn, Plymouth and Plymouth Derriford Travelodge. Both are within walking distance of the venue.