Welcome to the November 2021 course page!
23-24th November 2021 – fully remote course
Following the success of 2 fully remote DAFT courses and the RCoA committing to remote examinations for the foreseeable future, we have decided to keep the DAFT course fully remote for November 2021. This has not been an easy decision, indeed we’ve wrangled with it for some months as we hugely value the social element of the course for candidates and examiners alike. Needless to say, we very much hope to return to our venue, the lovely Buckfast Abbey in Devon, soon!
We continue to adapt the course to best suit the new remote era, with opportunities to speak to an examiner and previous candidates about the remote experience. We are excited to expand our medical and peri-operative content too in response to increasing prominence of these topics by the RCoA.
The platforms we use to run the course remotely are both Zoom and MS Teams in parallel. Zoom will be used for the course content delivery and exams, MS Teams as a media repository and administrative/help centre.
An application download is mandatory for Zoom and MS Teams is probably best run through its app also (though not mandatory). We would strongly recommend using a desktop/laptop computer rather than a tablet to ensure sufficient processor speed for a smooth videoconferencing experience. N.B. to add you to our MS Team an nhs.net email is required. Follow this link to learn more about getting one.
Along the same lines, please consider where you’ll ‘virtually’ attend DAFT to minimise disturbances and have sufficient bandwidth for seamless video calls. The former consideration is critical for the exam day as current information from the college suggests that interruptions will be reviewed in the same category as ‘cheating’.
Our timetable written bespoke for each course and is usually shared with candidates 2 weeks before the course date. Typically the days run between around 08.30hrs and 17.00hrs.
We plan to offer a tech support and testing evening in the week prior to the Course – prospective candidates will be contacted about this prior to the course.
For your information, the RCoA website has started to post some crucial updates regarding the IT considerations for the virtual exam. It is time well spent familiarising yourself with this.
Remote course fee: £125