• e-LA: e-Learning Anaesthesia
    • Underpins specialist training in anaesthesia, pain and critical care medicine
    • Encompasses over 1,000 learning sessions using high-quality, interactive content
    • Includes an extensive e-library of journal articles and self-assessment exercises
  • e-LA: e-Learning Anaesthesia

An e-learning resource for doctors in anaesthesia, pain and critical care medicine

e-Learning Anaesthesia (e-LA) supports specialty training in anaesthesia. It is also an invaluable educational resource for trainers and teaching staff, and it supports the professional development of specialists seeking to refresh their knowledge.

e-LA features:

  • over 1000 interactive and engaging e-learning sessions, with images, videos and animations

  • an extensive e-library of journal articles and self-assessment exercises

  • e-MCQ assessments that match the standard of the UK postgraduate anaesthesia examinations

This e-learning package, which has been written and peer-reviewed by leading clinical experts, has been developed by The Royal College of Anaesthesia and Health Education England.

e-LA can be used as a self-paced, self-directed training package or integrated with other methods, such as lectures and practical sessions.

With many thousands of users in the UK, this training programme has already won numerous international training awards. Accessible online, e-LA is now available for purchase by annual licence.

Course Content

The learning sessions are clustered into discrete modules. Six core clinical modules are underpinned by a basic sciences module that focuses on core clinical competencies. The self-contained modules can be purchased individually if required.

Take a look at the course overview below or download the full curriculum.

Course overview

Block 1: An Introduction to Clinical Anaesthesia

Block 2: Consolidating Basic Clinical Practice

Block 3: Introduction to Critical Care

Block 4: Obstetric, Paediatric and Geriatric Anaesthesia

Block 5: Pain Management and Regional Anaesthesia

Block 6: Exam Preparation

Block 7: Basic Sciences: Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology, Physics/Clinical Measurement and Equipment

Block 8: Obstetrics (Intermediate Level)

Block 9: Ophthalmic Anaesthesia


Below are some sample sessions from e-LA to test out.

Gases and Vapours

This session covers the physics of the gas laws for a novice trainee.

Invasive Monitoring

This session covers the physical principles of invasive blood pressure measurement at the level of the Primary FRCA.

Performing Spinal and Epidural Injections

This session covers the technical aspects of performing spinals and epidurals.

Diabetes Mellitus for the Anaesthetist

This session covers the pathophysiology of diabetes.


It is hard to imagine an initiative which will have a greater capacity to deliver education in anaesthesia, critical care and pain management, or to improve the quality and safety of patient care, than the NHS e-learning anaesthesia project.
Sir Peter Simpson, past President, The Royal College of Anaesthetists


Purchasing the full programme

Single-user access to the full e-LA e-learning programme for 12 months costs £600 (excluding VAT where applicable). You may also pay by monthly or quarterly subscription. 

Interested in purchasing selected modules only?

If you do not need access to the full programme, you can purchase selected modules covering specific areas of anaesthesia. Just click on the relevant links below. Further modules can be purchased at any time.

How to purchase

To purchase a licence, please click on the ‘Register’ button below.

Once you have submitted your details and your payment has been processed, your account details (user name and password) will be emailed to you within two to three working days.

All prices are for a single-user licence for 12 months. We can arrange for multiple or multi-year licences. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.


Prices for individual modules (excluding VAT where applicable):

Module 1 (Introduction to Anaesthesia) £100
Module 2 (Consolidating Basic Clinical Practice) £200
Module 3 (Introduction to Critical Care) £100
Module 4a and Module 8 (Obstetrics) £60
Module 4b (Paediatrics) £100
Module 4c (Anaesthesia in the Elderly) £60
Module 5a (Pain) £60
Module 5b (Regional Anaesthesia) £60
Module 6 (Exam Preparation) £60
Module 7a (Anatomy) £60
Module 7b (Physiology) £100
Module 7c (Pharmacology) £100
Module 7d (Physics) £100
Module 7e (Equipment) £60
Module 9 (Ophthalmic Anaesthesia) £40

Module Combinations (excluding VAT where applicable):

Anaesthesia Fundamentals (Modules 1, 2 and 7) £250
Full Programme £600