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Speciality: Core Anaesthetics

Programme Description
GMC Reference: NOS/SRT/866

The North of Scotland School provides training in two centres - Aberdeen and Inverness. Both have most surgical specialties on a single site giving a stable platform from which novice trainees can become established in their new career. Basic training will be completed in either one of the centres over 2 years. Specialty training also occurs at both sites with most of the ST3’s commencing training in Inverness and returning to Aberdeen for ST4 -ST7. Both centres have facilities to provide basic level training in obstetrics and 3 months training in intensive care medicine as required for core anaesthetics training.


Aberdeen Royal Infirmary provides a very broad experience of anaesthesia for all the surgical specialties with the exception of Transplant and Paediatric Cardiac Surgery and the 16 bed ICU, one of the largest in Scotland, allows the opportunity to train in ICM to advanced level. The Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and the Aberdeen Maternity Hospital provide the opportunity for paediatric and maternity anaesthesia training from Core onwards.


Raigmore has approximately 400 beds and also offers most surgical specialties with the exception of neurosurgery and cardiothoracic surgery.

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

Core training is delivered over 2 years. Trainees follow the 2010 curriculum from The Royal College of Anaesthetists. They are supervised until completion of The Initial Test of Competence at around 3 months. They then join the day rota, and train in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine, with basic obstetric training taking place in CT2.


As well as offering local teaching The North of Scotland School participates in the national Primary and Final FRCA examination preparation courses. In addition the recently opened Suttie Centre on the Aberdeen site offers local trainees a state of the art facility for Clinical Skills teaching including simulation. The Centre for Health Sciences on the Raigmore site provides comprehensive facilities form postgraduate medical education. Both centres have extensive library facilities.


Both centres are involved in the teaching of medical students as part of their commitment to the University of Aberdeen.


Research is actively encouraged by Professor Nigel Webster in the Academic department based in The Institute for Medical Science on the Aberdeen campus and by other colleagues in the Clinical department. There is an opportunity in CT2 to apply for an academic secondment for 4 months to The University of Aberdeen.


Aberdeen is situated on the North Sea coast enjoying the sunniest and one of the driest climates in the UK. The city is large enough to have a city “"feeI”" and buzz but small enough to allow access to the close-by countryside within minutes. The city has excellent amenities, transport links with other major cites in the UK and the closeness of Royal Deeside, the Grampian mountains (summer and winter) make Aberdeen a perfect rural / urban mix.


Inverness sits at the estuary of the River Ness on Scotland’s Moray Firth coastline. It is the capital of the Highlands of Scotland and has excellent facilities for culture, sport and recreation. A major attraction of the city is its proximity to the mystical Loch Ness and the rugged mountains of the Scottish Highlands. Many people looking for a good life –– work balance choose this urban / rural setting.

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, Royal Aberdeen Childrens Hospital, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen, Woodend Hospital, Aberdeen, Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, Aberdeen

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office North of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Ronald MacVicar
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Dr Joy Miller
Specialty or Sub-specialty Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of GMC recent approval June 2020
Associated Royal College - Faculty
Royal College of Anaesthetists (web site)
Curriculum and Associated Assessment System
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Alan Summers
Address: NHS Education, 2 Central Quay, 89 Hydepark St, Glasgow G3 8BW
Tel: 0141 223 1424
Email: alan.summers@nes.scot.nhs.uk
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Alastair McDiarmid
Address: Consultant Anaesthetist Department of Anaesthetics Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Aberdeen AB25 2ZN tel: 01224 553144
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Email: amcdiarmid@nhs.net
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