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SAS IMT Bootcamp 1st - 3rd November 2021 Important Information

This inaugural boot camp is an opportunity for SAS doctors wishing to gain IMT competencies to attain some of those that are difficult to achieve in clinical practice.  The competencies may be required as evidence for CESR, for evidence to re-enter a training scheme or simply to upskill for an existing or new clinical role.  We will be bringing together SAS doctors and faculty from all regions of Scotland for three days of intensive education hosted at the Scottish Centre for Clinical Simulation and Human Factors (SCSChf) based at Forth Valley Royal Hospital (FVRH) in Larbert. 

The information provided here is important, please read it carefully.



Boot camp will run for three days from Monday 1st November to Wednesday 3rd November 2021.  Please ensure that your study leave is booked well in advance, and that your local rota co-ordinator is aware of your boot camp dates.  If you become unable to attend for any reason, please email SASdevelopment@nes.scot.nhs.uk as soon as possible, as we may be able to reallocate your place.

Approximately four weeks before the boot camp you will receive an email containing a link to the essential pre-course questionnaire from SCSChf.  Completion of the questionnaire confirms your place on boot camp, so please complete it as early as possible.  It should take less than ten minutes and you will not be able to attend boot camp unless it has been completed and submitted two weeks beforehand.  If you do not receive the email within a fortnight of your boot camp, please check your spam messages and then contact the SAS Programme Development team directly.



To take full advantage of the social opportunities and reduce travel fatigue, we would like to encourage all attendees to be residential in Larbert for the duration of the boot camp.  Travel and accommodation needs to be booked individually by attendees and will be reimbursed (please keep all receipts) as per the NES study leave travel, accommodation and subsistence rates.  You can also check this document for guidance to check which costs you are eligible to reclaim or email us with any queries at SASdevelopment@nes.scot.nhs.uk.  Please ensure that you clearly state the words ‘SAS IMT boot camp’ when making your study leave requests and expenses claims.

Please see this link for hotels near to Forth Valley Royal Hospital.  



The full timetable for the boot camp is available here. All attendees are required to be at SCSChf at FVRH by 8.30 am on the first day of the boot camp, Monday 1st November.

Directions to the Scottish Centre for Simulation Centre

Monday will run from 8.30 am until 6.00 pm and Tuesday and Wednesday will run from 8.30 am to 4.00 pm.  All attendees are required to be present for the full course and late attendees will be excluded to prevent interruption to the sessions.  Anyone living more than a short drive from Larbert may therefore wish to consider staying locally on Sunday night.  

You will not be seeing (real) patients during the boot camp so please feel free to dress casually.


Pre-course preparation

The boot camp will consist of three main strands: immersive simulation covering emergency presentations; workshops on a variety of challenging communication scenarios; and mastery learning of procedural skills.  The list of competencies we will aim to cover at boot camp, relative to the Alternative Certificate to Enter Group 1 Higher Physician Specialty Training 2022, is available here.

The following 7-minute video on non-technical skills has been produced by two of the faculty to allow you to get the best possible learning from the immersive simulation scenarios that you will experience at boot camp, so please take the time to watch it beforehand:

https://vimeo.com/571792572 (with thanks to Emma Phillips and Ailsa Hamilton)

 The procedural skills aspects of the course give attendees the opportunity to be signed off as ‘ready for directly supervised workplace practice’ in lumbar puncture, ascitic procedures, nasogastric tube insertion, pleural procedures and central venous access. 

The standard required for sign-off of these procedural competencies will only be reached if significant pre-course study is undertaken. This work is required even by attendees who already feel confident in these procedures, to ensure that a common standard is attained.  If faculty feel that an attendee has not engaged with the pre-course learning, or does not meet the required standard during boot camp, they will not be signed off as competent to proceed with supervised practice on patients and will have to find an alternative method of training to attain that particular IMT competency.

The required pre-course work is all hosted on the NHS Lothian Mastery Skills website found at https://www.med.scot.nhs.uk/simulation/the-mastery-programme and my thanks goes to James Tiernan and the Lothian team for facilitating open access to these high quality resources.

Essential pre-course preparation includes:

  • View the ‘Scrubbing and Gowning Up’ video (3.5 minutes) as many times as required to feel completely competent to perform this key step;
  • Read the lumbar puncture (LP) reading pack (approx. 1 hour);
  • View the LP exemplar video (20 minutes);
  • View the LP learner mastery session video (50 minutes);
  • Read the intercostal chest drain (ICD - guidewire) reading pack (approx. 1 hour);
  • View the ICD (guidewire) exemplar video (25 minutes);
  • View the ICD (guidewire) learner mastery session video (55 minutes);
  • Read the diagnostic ascitic aspiration reading pack (approx. 30 minutes);
  • View the diagnostic ascitic aspiration exemplar video (7 mins);
  • Read the abdominal paracentesis reading pack (approx. 30 minutes);
  • View the paracentesis exemplar video (12 mins);
  • View NG insertion video (3 mins) available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZvIw0SnYrE;
  • Read about confirmation of NG tube placement and potential complications at https://litfl.com/nasogastric-and-orogastric-tubes/;
  • Read the central venous catheter (CVC) insertion reading pack (approx. 1 hour);
  • View the CVC insertion exemplar video (20 minutes).

 As you can see, the total time required for this work is significant; for each of the four main procedural groups (lumbar puncture, pleural procedures, ascitic procedures and central venous access) there is approximately 2.5 hours of preparatory work. 

I hope this information is useful.  I am excited about the opportunities that boot camp presents and I am very much looking forward to meeting you all.  If you have questions about any aspect of the boot camp, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

I look forward to meeting you at the SAS boot camp for IMT competencies.

Vicky Tallentire

Associate Postgraduate Dean for IMT Simulation 




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