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Regional Advisers anaesthesia (RAAs) are senior College representatives. Their role involves all aspects of College work; clinical quality and standards, communications, lifelong learning.

Contact Details

Regional Advisor, Royal Victoria Infirmary – Dr Kathryn Bell

Job Description

  1. Communications: To represent the views of the College in all relevant matters within their School and region.
  1. Training & Lifelong Learning: To work with, and advise all stakeholders in training and education within the School and region, and lead in quality management of training.
  1. Clinical quality : to maintain good standards of anaesthetic clinical practice


RAAs should attend the national RAA’s meeting held annually, usually in November at RCoA London. Lead RAAs arrange the programme with input from all RAAs as offered.

5 CPD points are given; content of the meeting should satisfy aspects of educational appraisal. Expenses for travel to London will be met for one representative, usually the RAA. (If RAA is unable to attend, the DRAA may claim expenses).

RAAs should try to attend annual RCoA College Tutors meeting, in June. The educational programme with nationally renowned speakers, offers CPD points. RAAs have a breakout session, and meet other trainers socially. Attendance and expenses should be claimed from Trusts as Study Leave.

The RCoA also holds regional forums for RAAs, TPDs and HoSs. Members of the RCoA training team, and a Council member travel to regions and RAAs from surrounding regions are invited.  Expenses for local activities supporting training should be met by Trusts or the Deanery.

RAAs also encouraged to attend meetings with other stakeholders such as the Clinical Directors’ network.



Regional Advisor in Pain Management (RAPM)

Regional Advisor, james Cook Univeristy Hospital:   Dr Ashish Gulve

The RAPM is the link between the Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) and  the Northern Region, and is responsible for the oversight of the  curricular  elements related to pain medicine. These may lead to a CCT in anaesthesia (basic/intermediate) or advanced pain training (higher/advanced). In essence my job is to advise the School of Anaesthesia on all aspects of the acute and chronic pain curriculum rather than organise its delivery.

There are a number of elements to the RAPM’s day to day role, I work closely with the School Executive and my colleagues to help ensure high quality training in pain medicine. I also work with the Training Programme Directors to co-ordinate the trainees rotations through the various pain medicine modules.

Those interested in Pain Medicine, should make an appointment to see me, I can arrange registration with the FPM for higher and advanced training, and am pleased to offer careers advice and potentially facilitate access to advanced pain training.

I’m happy to receive feedback on any of the pain modules (basic/intermediate/higher/advanced) if you feel that there’s room for improvement or if there are any specific concerns.

Those trainees that pursue advanced pain training, have regular meetings with the RAPM, and I work with the FPM and ARCP committee to ensure appropriate progression.  I encourage advanced trainees to sit the FFPMRCA, and am happy to discuss the examination if you wish to so.

For those colleagues who are post CCT and wish to retain in Pain Medicine I’m the first point of call and can help you navigate a training pathway.

Finally I’m happy to approve CPD credits for the RCoA if you are organising a regional pain meeting.