Category Archives: teaching

In-situ teaching, training & feedback

Pre-list briefing, explore current position of trainee(s) and what they would like to achieve (as objectively as possible) during the day, and achieve the following at post-list briefing:

  • Trainee to have:
    • Acquired new or developed/reflected on existing¬†knowledge
    • Learnt new , developed or reflected on existing technical skill
    • Learnt new, developed or reflected on new non-technical skill
  • Feedback from trainer to trainee – positive and negative (constructive)
  • Feedback from trainee to trainer – positive and negative (constructive)

(If more than one trainee, senior can teach the junior, which feedback on teaching content and methods from consultant +/- trainee)


  • Private room
  • Do the above!
  • Feedback on the process


I found this worked very well!



What does an excellent anaesthetist look like?

J. Larsson et al (BJA, 2013) say he/she is:

  • structured, responsible and has a focused way of approaching tasks
  • clear and informative, briefing the team about the action plan before induction
  • humble to the complexity of anaesthesia, admitting own fallibility
  • patient centred, having personal contact with the patient before induction
  • fluent in practical work without losing overview
  • calm and clear in critical situation, being able to change to a strong leading style


A.F. Smith et al (BJA, 2011) found the most highly ranked attributes were:

  • ‘strives for excellence’
  • innovative/original
  • good communicator
  • teacher
  • clinical skills