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Speciality: Acute Care Common Stem - Acute Medicine (ACCS-AM)

Programme Description
GMC Reference: NOS/403

ACCS Rotation in Scotland Deanery North is a three-year programme where trainees gain experience and competencies in all four acute care specialties: Emergency Medicine, Acute Medicine, Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine.

Trainees are appointed to one of the 3 base specialities and subject to satisfactory acquirement of competencies progress through their respective training programmes.
The ACCS programme in Scotland North comprises of 12 months of Anaesthetics including ITU and 12 months of Emergency Medicine and Acute Medicine. 3rd year is dedicated for individual speciality training.

Experience is gained in a number of different hospitals and units to maximize the trainees’ exposure to different resource-based services and clinicians.
ACCS-Acute Medicine Scotland North Deanery (Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Raigmore Hospital, Inverness)

The three-year ACCS (Acute Medicine) programme rotates between Acute Medicine (18 months) Anaesthetics/ITU (12 months) and Emergency Medicine (6 months). It is suitable for trainees who wish to pursue a career in Acute Medicine or another medical specialty where such experience would be desirable.

The acute medicine training will be undertaken in an Acute Medicine Unit and General Medical/Specialty Wards. Competencies will be gained in emergency medicine, general Anaesthestics and critical care.

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

The Scotland North Deanery involves Grampian and Highland, which is a beautiful area to live and work within. It has varied geography and offers diverse interests for individuals and families, from a thriving city life in Aberdeen to outdoor activities in the Highlands. It has excellent road, rail and air networks to the other areas of Scotland. The quality of life in the North of Scotland has easy access to beautiful countryside for sport and leisure as well as world-renowned facilities for golf.

Training within the Deanery is trainee focused with attention to individual trainee needs and aspirations. Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Raigmore Hospital are teaching hospitals with opportunities to become involved in research.

Where is the training delivered?
This programme involves placements in some or all of these Health Boards and hospitals:

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness

Contacts and Useful Links
Deanery sponsoring programme North of Scotland
Postgraduate Dean Professor Ronald MacVicar
Responsible Associate - GP Director Dr Joy Miller
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of GMC recent approval August 2010
Associated Royal College - Faculty
Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (web site)
Curriculum and Associated Assessment System http://www.gmc-uk.org/education/acute_internal_medicine.asp
Deanery Administrative Contacts Name: Allyson Still
Address: Allyson Still – Training Programme Administrator NES Forest Grove House Foresterhill Road Aberdeen AB25 2ZN
Tel: 01224 805128
Email: allyson.still@nes.scot.nhs.uk
Programme Director Name: Dr Gareth Patton
Email: garethpatton@nhs.net
Quality of Training GMC Survey Information 2013

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