The Mersey School of Anaesthesia (MSA) is a Registered Charity which runs FRCA Exam Preparation Courses for Trainee Anaesthetists, and serves a variety of other Charitable aims.

We offer a Variety of Courses aimed at those starting their careers in Anaesthesia, and preparing for both the Primary and Final parts of the Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (FRCA).
These courses are generally open to all Anaesthetists Nationally/Internationally, although a few are run specifically for Mersey Trainees.

Please read about us and our Courses HERE before considering application.

If you wish to apply for one of our Courses please visit the ‘Courses’ Page.

In addition this website offers a portal for information for Trainee Anaesthetists within the Mersey Deanery School of Anaesthesia (MDSA) 


MSA Covid-19 Update – July 2020

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MSA Covid-19 Update – June 2020

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MSA Covid-19 Update – March 2020

Following notice from the RCOA with regards to postponing Exams until Autumn, we have cancelled the following Courses:

  • Primary OSCE Weekend April 2020
  • Primary Viva Weekend April 2020
  • Final Viva Revision May 2020
  • Primary OSCE/Orals May 2020
  • Final Viva Weekend June 2020

All Applications have been provisionally suspended until June 2020.

All those currently on Application Lists for the above Courses, we shall contact you with further information as to the current state of play.

We shall continue to post on the website and social media platforms to keep Trainees informed as much as we feasibly can, but please appreciate that everyone is in a state of the unknown.

Whilst everything shuts down around us, we will be thinking of everyone who continue to work so amazingly hard to keep our Healthcare System functioning. We will still be on the end of our emails and we ask that you please do not hesitate to reach out…even if you’re in need of a friendly chat!

Take care everyone,

Kirstie & the MSA Team x



*MSA Notice Re: COVID-19*

You will all be aware of the rapidly changing situation concerning COVID-19.

The MSA Executive will be having meetings as to how to proceed with regards to the Courses.

This is a dynamic situation that will need be under regular review. We will ensure that any decisions that are made follow national guidance as it becomes available, and we recognise that Anaesthetic staff are likely to be under a great deal of pressure and strain over the coming weeks.

Currently, RCOA Examinations are due to take place as planned, and we would advise all Trainees to review the RCOA’s Guidance on COVID-19 in relation to Examinations and keep themselves up-to-date with information as it becomes available: https://www.rcoa.ac.uk/examinations-covid-19

We will keep candidates updated as plans are formalised, but due to the nature of the situation, all plans are subject to change at short notice.

Thank you all for your support during what is undoubtedly going to be a challenging time for everyone.

Mersey School of Anaesthesia