Education and Training

Judith Nolan
Dr Judith Nolan
Chair of Education Committee

Bristol Children's Hospital, Upper Maudlin St, Bristol BS2 8BJ

I have been a Consultant Anaesthetist at Bristol Children’s Hospital since 2000.
For more than 15 years I led the Bristol Paediatric Anaesthesia training programme, and I ran regional and national ‘MEPA-style’ Simulation courses for ODPs and theatre staff.
For the last 4 years I have been an FRCA examiner and a member of APAGBI Council.

If you would like to contribute a hot topic or suggest ideas in any other way, do please contact me.

Catalina Stendall

I am a Consultant Anaesthetist at Birmingham Women's and Children's Hospital. 
My main interests are Neuro and Craniofacial Anaesthesia. 
I am the department lead for sustainability. I have a particular interest in Education and simulation, and I am part of the Faculty for MEPA courses for trainees and consultants in the region.

Michelle Le Cheminant

I am a Consultant Anaesthetist based at the Medical Specialist Group in Guernsey, Channel Islands. We provide a mix of paediatric and adult anaesthetic services, and I am currently our department’s paediatric and safeguarding lead. I am also Vice Chair of the department and postgraduate education lead for the hospital. One of my key interests is education and training in low and middle income countries and I regularly volunteer overseas with the eye care charity Orbis International.

Natalie Quinn

I am a consultant in paediatric anaesthesia based at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. My interests in education and global health have allowed me to support a variety of platforms within the UK and internationally, to include delivery of SAFE, MEPA and ALS courses, across postgraduate and undergraduate arenas. I look forward to continuing this education and training work with the APA. 

Jo Norman
Welcome to the APA education and training pages.

On behalf of the Education and Training Committee, welcome to the APA education and training pages on our exciting new website. We have been working hard to bring you resources on these pages that reflect the reality of the current working life of a paediatric anaesthetist; quickly accessible, quality resources. 

You will see that the site is divided into a number of different sections to help you navigate quickly and easily among the varied resources. This should help you find what you need and maybe encourage you to look at something new!

These sections either signpost to resources that we have developed ourselves or  highlight those available already. They are regularly updated and reviewed to save you time. 

If you know of further educational resources that may be of interest to members please do let us know.  If links are broken or don’t work then please email the Webmaster so that we can rectify things as soon as possible. If there are new sections you think we might add then please email or tweet us.


Paediatric Life Support course funding >>> expand to read more

To all trainee members of the APA interested in attending APLS or EPALS courses

The APAGBI has some good news for trainee members requiring funding for APLS and EPALS courses.

By virtue of being unable to have an ASM in the last year, the APA have some funds available for worthwhile causes.

We are very aware that many trainees have been struggling with funding for APLS and EPLS courses so we are offering a contribution of £150 for any trainee attending such a course.

The conditions of the offer are simple and stated below:

  • Available to existing trainee members of the APA only
  • Application for funding must be before the course is taken
  • £150 can be reclaimed from the APA on proof of course completion
  • Applies to 1 course per trainee only (not an annual allowance)

Links to the relevant courses can be found below:



For details of how to claim, please email:

This is a great opportunity that is currently available until the end of 2022 and will then be reviewed.

Best wishes

Judith Nolan
Chair of the APAGBI Education and Training Committee

These are some of the highlights of the sections:

Paediatric Anaesthesia Tutorial Series
A free educational tutorial series running monthly from July 2021 covering a variety of paediatric anaesthesia topics.

APA Hot Topics:
We post regular Hot Topics for members to engage with. This is your chance to get involved, join the debate and stimulate learned discussion in your department on current issues in paediatric anaesthesia. We will be posting a new Hot Topic every month so check the website regularly to have your say. All Hot Topic summaries are now additionally reviewed by the Education and Training Committee prior to publication on our website.  

International Journal Watch
A quarterly summary of articles in key journals has been a member favourite since 2016. International Journal Watch is an exciting  collaboration with our SPANZA colleagues down under which will increase our exposure to publications from around the world. 

Educational Resources 
Resources identifying CPD opportunities mapped to the RcOA curriculum.



apa podcasts




Access our APA podcasts of interviews with speakers from past Annual Scientific Meetings.

podcast apa




Access the newly recorded podcasts by the Education Editors for the journal Pediatric Anesthesia, highlighting new papers each month.

Trainee Section: This section is full of useful information and resources for those developing their skills in paediatric anaesthesia. Among them are how to organise a fellowship, how to undertake research and how to apply for grants. 

eResources: Anything electronic from helping with your day to day working life to continuing your professional development. This includes links to popular podcasts, video lectures and apps. The fantastic trainee handbook has been updated and is available to download.  

Useful Info: 

Educational apps

Distraction apps

Society for Pediatric Anesthesia have an excellent educational section, and their "Question of the week" features on their front page.

Safeguarding: A summary of our current guidance.

Honorary contracts: Download our certificate of fitness for honorary practice here.

I hope you enjoy our new pages on our website. We will continue to develop them in conjunction with the needs of all our members. If there are any more resources you would like to see or content you would find useful, please let us know and we will see what we can do.