Whenever you start a new post you are going to need an induction to familiarise you with the training, the assessment, the supervision, your working environment, and the employment matters specific to your place of work. You will receive specific inductions locally for your local education provider (LEP- i.e. your employing Trust), and your department at each new hospital within your rotation. You should be informed directly about these from your employing Trust, but please liaise with your College Tutor to discuss your local Trust and departmental induction if needed. 

The subsequent information on this webpage will relate specifically to your Induction to the School of Anaesthesia, Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber (HEEYH).

You will be invited to a School induction at the start of core year 1, ACCS year 1 and 2 and ST3. ICM induction occurs separately once per year, usually in September.


Induction to your School

Prior to 2020, a pan-Yorkshire & The Humber School Induction was held in a central location open to all trainees new to the region or starting a new stage of training. The programme was adjusted each year in response to trainee feedback but the topics covered usually include the following:
  • Overview of the School including geography, introduction and explanation of role of ES, CS, TPD, HoS, and pastoral support
  • The ARCP and WBA system including the expectations for ARCP and how the Hub system works for ST trainees
  • Trainee run breakout sessions for individual trainee groups (e.g. ACCS year 1) covering top tips, portfolio advice and techniques for getting the best out of the training programme.
  • Breakout information session on Dual ICM training
  • Advice and tips for times of stress and difficulty
  • Opportunities in the region including leadership fellowships; audit network; teaching, discussion or AARMY, CAT and other local groups. 
  • The new ePortfolio - an introduction to the Lifelong Learning platform (LLp)
  • Exam preparation and tips including the Study Leave application process and courses recommended for each year
  • Introduction to trainee reps (TBC), Head of School (HoS) and other attending members of the training establishment.
Unfortunately, with the Corona Virus outbreak in 2020 the Induction was forced to move online. Whilst this has reduced some of the networking opportunities it has allowed better access for trainees unable to attend a whole day, reduced commuting and environmental impact, and helped generate a variety of e-content that can be accessed after the event. This webpage aims to host all the Induction content from previous years that may prove useful to prospective or existing trainees.
The resources available are:
  • Videos of core induction content, or training level specific advice which are presented in the table below
  • FAQs right at the bottom of this page in clickable blue boxes
  • Useful documents for competence attainment, ARCP preparation etc. that are all hosted on the USEFUL DOCUMENTS store HERE




Rotations and Hospitals

Explanation of the three “localities” within the School and the hospitals within them. Basically, a quick geographical review of the region and its training centres



Who’s who?

Explanation of roles and responsibilities of those in charge of your training. Terminology in training can be difficult. This presentation aims to describe the difference between an ES and a CS, a TPD from a College Tutor, and a Head of School from a Director of Postgraduate Medical Education. This also describes who you should go to for different aspects of your training.




ARCP process + outcome described by one of the former TPDs and RAs Dr Nimmi Soundararajan. This explains the ARCP possible outcomes and what to expect on the day



Preparing for your ARCP

A guide produced by Beth Smithson and Ruth Green on how to prepare for ARCP, full of top tips and recommendations. As preparation is best done throughout the year this is covered in detail at Induction but should also be rewatched throughout the year.



Study Leave, SPA, exams and OOPs

The basics of study leave (now called Curriculum Delivery), how to apply, trainee SPA time and Out of Programme Activity (OOP)




A guide to preparing for your Post Graduate Exams, produced by Rebecca Lathey. Full of advice and top tips for successful revision. And cake.



Module sign-offs

A guide about what are Units of Training (UoT or modules) and how to get them signed off prodcued by Yaruk Shifa, and featuring some of the best drone footage recrded in Yorkshire.



Lifelong Learning Platform- Tips and Tricks

An introduction to the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) portfolio called the Lifelong Learning Platform (LLP) and how to get the best from it. Prodcued by Sreyashi Sen



Trainee Responsibilities

A brief discussion about what your responsibilities are within the School and top tips for a smooth progression. Prodcued by Lorna McEwan and HEE website stalwart Rose Lefley.



Less than full time training

An myth-busting introduction to LTFT, who is eligible, and how to apply by someone who has been through it all themselves: Rachel Stansfield



HELP! Things are not going as planned

Help and support during times of difficulty during training. Common sources of stress and what to do when it all goes wrong. You are not alone!



Opportunities in the region

A whistle-stop, three part presentation touching on different training and non-training opportunities throughout the region, produced by Peter Szedlak, Rebecca Hawes and Andy Quin

West: 00:00

South: 03:53

East: 12:33



ACCS Anaesthesia Year One (EM and Acute Medicine year)

The first year of ACCS Anaesthesia contains a daunting amount of competencies. Dr Rose Lefley has created a video based upon her induction workshop which aims to help trainees achieve all their requirements for year 1 and includes top tips for using the new LLP.

ST3 guide

An Induction guide to ST training from someone who has recently been through it: Anna Watkin

RCoA registration


As soon as you secure a core training post please complete a core registration form and send it to the membership department. Once registered, a Lifelong Learning Platform (LLp) account will be created for you.  Registration with the College is a General Medical Council requirement.
Health Education England's Trainee Information System (TIS) will automatically generate your training number on the first day of your initial rotation; the College is aware of this process and will therefore accept applications without a training number.

core/ACCS registration form

ST Registration

On appointment to an ST3 post please complete a Specialty Registrar training registration form and send it to the membership department.  Registration with the College is a GMC requirement. Anaesthetic training is not a run through training programme, and as Anaesthetists receive an outcome 6 after they successfully complete core training, they must re-register, once they secure an ST3 post.
Health Education England's Trainee Information System (TIS) will automatically generate your training number on the first day of your initial rotation; the College is aware of this process and will therefore accept applications without a training number.

ST registration form

Please ensure you submit your completed registration form to the College, not HEE


Lifelong Learning Platform (LLp)

Click the link HERE to access LLp resources on the RCoA website

CT1 - Things to do in the first month of training
  • ensure uyou have registered with the College - this will activate a Lifelong Learning platform (ePortfolio) account

  • esnure you have returned your Form R (Part A) to HEE

  • Meet your Educational Supervisor and College Tutor, and sign a learning agreement

  • Get to grips with the curriculum and make a start on the 19 WPBAs you need to gain the initial assessment of competence (IAC)

  • Read the Curriculum
What should I do in my first few weeks as an ST Trainee?

Don’t forget to register for Intermediate Training with the College and to start getting your Intermediate Level Training Certificate filled in. If you haven’t been given a certificate at ST3 induction you can print one off from the College website. ST3 and 4 years make up intermediate training and comprise core and general modules as outlined in “Units of Training”. By the end of ST4 you should have completed all training modules and passed the Final FRCA exam. You will then receive your Intermediate Level Training Certificate signed off by the College Tutor and Training Programme Director. The College will then compute your anticipated CCT date.

Download a copy of the Curriculum

I am just starting as an ACCS Anaesthesia trainee. Which induction should I attend? EM or Anaesthesia?

Ideally you should attend the Anaesthesia Induction because it will provide all the detail regarding your first year AND provide insight into how to approach your entire early training to maximise your anaesthesia skills. However, if local rotas prevent this then attending the EM induction instead will be fine. You do not need to attend both.

I was a core trainee in Y&H, do I really need to come?

The Induction is for your benefit to ensure you have accurate, up-to-date information to help guide your training. The rotations at Higher level have a different structure and a different focus to the core training programmes, therefore attendance at induction is recommended.

I am an ICU trainee. What should I do?
There will be a separate ICM induction, usually in September, to induce you to the ICM programme.