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Speciality: Intensive Care Medicine

Programme Description
GMC Reference: NOS/371

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with a bed complement of 1043 beds is the main teaching hospital of the Grampian Area. It is situated on a large open site to the north-west of the city centre. The University Medical School, the Aberdeen Maternity Hospital (174 beds) and the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital (109 beds) and the National Hyperbaric Centre are also located on this site. The general ICU in Aberdeen is a sixteen-bedded mixed medical and surgical unit with over 800 admissions per year. The unit is recognised to deliver training to core, intermediate and advanced level. All clinical specialties except solid organ transplantation are carried out on the Aberdeen site.

The University Department of Anaesthetics and Intensive Care has clinical and laboratory research interests which include aspects of inflammation and sepsis as well as Health Services Research.

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is part of the Directorate of Anaesthetics, ICU and Hyperbaric Medicine and provides services for patients of Grampian, Orkney, Shetland and some patients from the Highland Region. The current senior medical establishment of the ICU is five NHS Consultants in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care and two Honorary Consultants in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care.

There are four training programmes in Scotland providing geographically clustered placements to minimise trainee relocation whilst providing a comprehensive training package for all trainees.

The advanced training programme is of one year duration. Trainees may apply for recruitment at ST3 and ST4 dependent on qualification, experience and available posts. Trainees take up the post such that the intensive care training finishes within the final year of their base specialty training. The programme offers training in complimentary specialties of medicine or anaesthetics if required and will exceptionally provide intermediate training if necessary. If these are required then the post duration and date to achieve CCT will be lengthened. A comprehensive range of subspecialty services are provided in Aberdeen and this program can support trainees who wish to gain expertise in a range of areas such as ultrasound, echo cardiography, laboratory work etc.

There is also the possibility of visiting units out of Aberdeen to gain further specialized experience. In the past, post-holders have completed short attachments to the liver transplant unit in Edinburgh, the national burns unit in Glasgow, regional paediatric intensive care units in Glasgow and Edinburgh and the neurosurgical intensive care unit in Cambridge.

A high quality of life is afforded with the city of Aberdeen offering a wide range of cultural and leisure activities. The surrounding countryside offers many recreational opportunities (climbing, walking, golf, skiing, surfing, sailing to name but a few), which are within easy reach of the main urban centres. In studies some of the highest quality-of-living indexes in the UK are found in the North East of Scotland.

North East Scotland has a continuing buoyant economy based on extended economic impact from the oil industry - maturing into an economy based on world renowned engineering expertise. For others working in the area, this means a high quality of life and especially good air links from Aberdeen Airport.

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with a bed complement of 1043 beds is the main teaching hospital of the Grampian Area.

It is situated on a large open site to the north-west of the city centre. The University Medical School, the Aberdeen Maternity Hospital (174 beds) and the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital (109 beds) and the National Hyperbaric Centre are also located on this site. The general ICU in Aberdeen is a sixteen-bedded mixed medical and surgical unit with over 800 admissions per year. The unit is recognised to deliver training to core, intermediate and advanced level. All clinical specialties except solid organ transplantation are carried out on the Aberdeen site.

The University Department of Anaesthetics and Intensive Care has clinical and laboratory research interests which include aspects of inflammation and sepsis as well as Health Services Research.

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is part of the Directorate of Anaesthetics, ICU and Hyperbaric Medicine and provides services for patients of Grampian, Orkney, Shetland and some patients from the Highland Region. The current senior medical establishment of the ICU is five NHS Consultants in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care and two Honorary Consultants in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care.

There are four training programmes in Scotland providing geographically clustered placements to minimise trainee relocation whilst providing a comprehensive training package for all trainees.

The advanced training programme is of one year duration. Trainees may apply for recruitment at ST3 and ST4 dependent on qualification, experience and available posts. Trainees take up the post such that the intensive care training finishes within the final year of their base specialty training. The programme offers training in complimentary specialties of medicine or anaesthetics if required and will exceptionally provide intermediate training if necessary. If these are required then the post duration and date to achieve CCT will be lengthened. A comprehensive range of subspecialty services are provided in Aberdeen and this program can support trainees who wish to gain expertise in a range of areas such as ultrasound, echo cardiography, laboratory work etc.

There is also the possibility of visiting units out of Aberdeen to gain further specialized experience. In the past, post-holders have completed short attachments to the liver transplant unit in Edinburgh, the national burns unit in Glasgow, regional paediatric intensive care units in Glasgow and Edinburgh and the neurosurgical intensive care unit in Cambridge.

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

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Gilbert Bain Hospital, Lerwick, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, Royal Aberdeen Childrens Hospital, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen, Western Isles Hospital, Stornoway, Woodend Hospital, Aberdeen

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital
Aberdeen Maternity Hospital
Royal Cornhill Hospital
Woodend Hospital
Raigmore Hospital, Inverness
Western Isles Hospital, Isle of Lewis
Gilbert Bain Hospital, Shetland

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 August 2010
Associated Royal College - Faculty
Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (web site)
Curriculum and Associated Assessment System http://www.gmc-uk.org/education/postgraduate/intensive_care_medicine.asp
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Alan Summers- Training Programme Administrator
Address: NHS Education, 2 Central Quay, 89 Hydepark Street, Glasgow, G3 8BW
Tel: 0141 223 1424
Email: alan.summers@nes.scot.nhs.uk
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Stephen Friar
Address: Dr Stephen Friar Intensive Care Medicine IMS Aberdeen AB25 2ZN
Tel:
Email: stephen.friar@nhs.net
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