NovPod, a beginner’s guide to anaesthetics, Episode 13: Breaking down the IAC with Joe Lipton

The initial assessment of competencies (IAC) is an important milestone for all anaesthetists, and in this episode we are joined by special guest Dr Joe Lipton who explains what the IAC actually is and what the curriculum means for you as a novice trainee.

The Novpod: a beginner's guide to anaesthetics is created, edited, and co-hosted by Dr Eoin Dore and Dr Duncan Kemp. We are two anaesthetic registrars on a mission to help our new anaesthetic colleagues get to know some of the new concepts you will come across in your novice period, hopefully helping to take away any anxiety around starting your time in anaesthetics.

The NovPod is presented by Anaesthesia on Air, in association with the Royal College of Anaesthesia.

Please note that all opinions expressed in the podcast are those of the individuals appearing on the podcast and do not necessarily reflect the views of the RCoA.


Published September 2023

Eoin Dore - co-Creator, Editor and Producer

Eoin graduated from UCL in 2014 and after completing foundation training in London began ACCS anaesthetics training in Birmingham, before starting his registrar training in Thames Valley in 2021. Now starting his ST5 year, he’s taken on a new role as Chief Registrar at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Duncan Kemp - Co-Creator and Producer

Duncan graduated from UCL in 2014. He trained in Northwest London and is currently an anaesthetic registrar in North Central London.

Joseph Lipton

Joe Lipton is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in London.  

He helped design the assessment strategy for the 2021 Anaesthesia curriculum, leading on devising Entrustable Professional Activities for the Initial Assessment of Competence. Joe is currently the lead for Assessment in the Anaesthetic Curriculum Development and Assurance Group at the College.