Primary FRCA Online Revision Course

The Primary FRCA Online Revision Course was originally designed to help candidates taking their examinations during the COVID pandemic.  Due to popular demand the course will continue to run online.  

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Key details

Date: 1 December to 18 June 2023 09:00 - 17.00

Location: Online, N/A

Availability: Places available

Clinical content lead(s): Dr Ed Hammond and Dr Steve Boumphrey

This course is aimed at those studying for the Primary FRCA examination and will cover key areas that have proved difficult for past examination candidates. All trainees are welcome to attend.

The course will consist of:

  • An introduction to the course by Dr Ed Hammond
  • Video lectures broken down into bite sized topics
  • Powerpoint presentations from all lectures covered on the course
  • SBA sessions with Dr Hammond and Dr Boumphrey
  • MCQ exams with answers and notes available on e-LA access to other material on e-LA including reading lists
  • The Yammer chatroom offers the opportunity to send in questions to lecturers and receive feedback.  It also allows an informal platform for candidates to have a point of contact with each other.
  • Access to all lectures and learning materials available up to the Primary MCQ examinations in February  and June 2023
  • Primary FRCA Revision Guide available at a reduced rate when attending this course.

Comments from previous participants:

"SBA sessions particularly helpful for the exam. I enjoyed the calculation questions."

"Videos are excellent. Really fab resource that I have recommended to others"

"Worked so well as an online course - brilliant to watch the videos in your own time and ask questions to the speakers as and when you think of them"




Video lectures

Topic Lecturer
Cardiovascular Physiology Dr Ian Shaw, Sheffield
Respiratory Physiology Dr Steve Boumphrey, Plymouth
Renal Physiology Dr Katharine Gregory, Birmingham
Acid Base Physiology Dr Liz Bright, West Suffolk
Neurophysiology Dr Eli Carter, London
Pharmacokinetics Dr Tom Lawson, Plymouth
Pharmacodynamics Dr Tom Lawson, Plymouth
Measurement and Monitoring Dr Ed Hammond, Exeter
Physics Dr Rob Price, Exeter
Equipment and Breathing Systems Dr Andrey Varvinskiy, Torbay
Electrical Safety Dr Andrew Sansome, Southampton   
Statistics Dr Steve Boumphrey, Plymouth
Maths Dr Jason Walker, Bangor
SBA Sessions Dr Ed Hammond and Dr Steve Boumphrey


Members: £65.00

Non-members: £80.00

As a delegate on this course you can purchase the Guide to the FRCA examination: The Primary (Fourth Edition) at a reduced price. Prices include packaging and posting:

  • UK | £25 (RRP £30)
  • Europe | £30 (RRP £35)
  • Rest of World | £35 (RRP £40)



Dr Ed Hammond
Clinical Lead

Dr Ed Hammond MRCP FRCA is a consultant anaesthetist based in Exeter with a particular interest in medical education and IT who developed the RCoA Electronic Anaesthetic Logbook and QBase series of MCQ books/software to help candidates prepare for the FRCA Exam. He has been the clinical lead for e-Learning Anaesthesia since 2007 developing it into an award winning resource for anaesthetists in training and consultant CPD.

In 2010, after a 3 year hiatus without a course to support trainees preparing for the Primary FRCA, he co-founded this new Primary FRCA revision course, incorporating lectures and exam practice and linked to e-LA, focusing on the parts of the curriculum where it was recognised that trainees often struggled with. He is also the author of the software used to mark the exams on the course and along with Steve Boumphrey will be throughout the course if candidates wish to discuss any issues or concerns they have about the course or exam.

Dr Steve Boumphrey
Clinical Lead

Dr Steve Boumphrey has been a Consultant anaesthetist in Plymouth since 2005 with areas of interest including difficult airway management, thoracic anaesthesia, anaesthesia for pheochromocytoma and perioperative medicine.

He has been a College Tutor, Foundation Programme Director and is now Guardian of Safe Working. He was an editor for e-Learning Anaesthesia editing and writing exam preparation sessions and in 2010 he co-founded the new Primary FRCA Masterclass at the RCoA and along with Ed Hammond will be available throughout the course if candidates wish to discuss any issues or concerns they have about the course or exam.