Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Regional Anaesthesia MED5557

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course covers the topic of regional anaesthesia, beginning with anatomy, the common techniques, local anaesthetics and adjuncts and finally the applications of regional anaesthesia. The course will enable the candidate to critically appraise the literature around regional anaesthesia including evaluating its use to manage complex multi-comorbid patients and optimise outcomes.


A variety of teaching methods will be scheduled over 6 weeks including recorded lectures, online live tutorials, webinars, and online interactive cases

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





1. Written assignment - 1000 words approx (70%)

2. Oral presentation (30%)

Course Aims

The course aims to equip the students with state-of-the-art knowledge related to the anatomy, the common techniques, local anaesthetics and adjuncts used in the practice of regional anaesthesia. The course will enable students to gain an in depth knowledge and appraise the published literature in a variety of aspects of regional anaesthesia. They will be encouraged to critically think about strategies to facilitate the use of regional anaesthesia in their own professional setting.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1. Apply critical analysis and synthesis of evidence related to regional anaesthesia and how these lead to improvements in patient outcomes

2. Critically evaluate the published literature, consolidate and extend knowledge in relation to the role of regional anaesthesia for complex co-morbid patients

3. Independently formulate plans to advance the management of regional anaesthesia in their local professional setting

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.