The DART course

DART is a one day airway course in which you learn the skills to apply the Difficult Airway Society guidelines (DAS). DART has been ratified and endorsed by the Difficult Airway Society.

Since its inception by trainees in Bristol, the DART course has been delivered in multiple sites around the UK and even in Australia. The content is updated from course to course in response to feedback from attendees and to reflect changes in best practice.

We aim to provide training for healthcare professionals involved with airway management, taught through small group, hands on workshops. Delegates have previously included anaesthetists in all stages of training, ED staff, ODPs, anaesthetic nurses and ITU nurses. If you would like more information about the course, please email us at

We have updated the website with some airway guidance for managing COVID-19 patients

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we changed our normal DART course format, and ran a Primary FRCA DART course on the 2nd October 2020, aimed at novice anaesthetists, clinical fellows and those taking the Primary FRCA in the Severn Deanery. The course was run remotely from Bristol to five base hospitals to allow for the deanery guidance on face to face teaching and COVID. The feedback from the day was very good, and it is likely that we will continue to run the course like this in the near future. 

Our next course is on the 15th October 2021. This is a primary FRCA study day course in the Bristol Royal Infirmary. Places can be booked through the school website –

Due to social distancing, course numbers will be held at 20 and are likely to fill quickly. We are hoping to run another course early in the new year.

If the course is oversubscribed trainees doing their Anaesthesia module will be prioritised.

If you are a trainer, our philosophy is to provide you materials and support the delivery of DART in your centre. Contact for further information

Feedback from previous attendees:

“Well organised course, with friendly knowledgeable faculty” (June 2017)

“Very well organised and impressive timing for so many candidates!”

“Excellent organisation and fantastic lunch!” (October 2019)

Great course – friendly faculty who were very approachable and no question seemed silly! (October 2019)

Overall Course rating 6.58 out of 7.00 (October 2019)

“I would recommend the course to other colleagues” 6.66 out of 7 (October 2019)


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