Training in Anaesthetics in Scotland is provided within four separate Deaneries and Schools of Anaesthetics: North of Scotland, East of Scotland, South-East of Scotland and West of Scotland.
Each School of Anaesthetics delivers a complete training programme based on the curriculum produced by the Royal College of Anaesthetists. This describes the learning outcomes, assessment strategy, and learning methods for an indicative 7-year programme of broad based training in Basic, Intermediate, Higher and Advanced Level Anaesthetics.
The knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the Initial Assessment of Competency, the Certificates of Basic and Intermediate Levels of Training and for specific sub-specialties are detailed in The CCT in Anaesthetics Parts II – IV and can be obtained for the Royal College of Anaesthetists web site (www.rcoa.ac.uk).
The curriculum spans the period after foundation training up to the award of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT)in Anaesthetics. Anaesthetics is a stand-alone CCT, but can also be combined with a CCT in ICM.
Entry to the training programme would normally be directly from Foundation Year 2 to Core Training level 1 (CT1). An alternative route into Anaesthesia is to complete a two-year Acute Care Common Stem training programme, leading to entry at CT2. Those with previous experience in Anaesthesia may be placed at an appropriate level above CT1, subject to availability of posts.
South East Scotland has had a highly regarded, structured basic specialty training programme in anaesthesia for more than ten years
Basic level training is based at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, but provides a balance of experience divided into blocks of three or six months; typical training rotations spend twelve months in Edinburgh hospitals and twelve months in two of the district hospitals outside the city. All rotations include three months training in ICM.
Historically, around 85% of entrants have successfully completed basic level training and progressed to intermediate training posts. All key units of clinical experience required for intermediate training are available and all higher level training may be completed within the region.
Most advanced training modules are available including Intensive Care, Pain Medicine and Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia. Out of Programme Research (OOPR) time is encouraged for the suitable candidate and Out of Programme Training (OOPT) may be available following deanery, RCoA and GMC approval.
Within the region, enthusiastic consultants provide the training, including well-regarded examination preparation courses for trainees at all levels. Clinical attachments on the training programmes may be to any of the hospitals in the region (Stirling for years 1&2 only), all hospitals are located within 40 miles of Edinburgh, by road.
South East of Scotland – placements in Edinburgh hospitals, Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline, Livingston, Melrose and Stirling:
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh
Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy
Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline
St John’s Hospital, Livingston
Borders General Hospital, Melrose
Stirling Royal Infirmary, Stirling
|Deanery sponsoring programme||South-East of Scotland|
|Postgraduate Dean||Professor William Reid|
|Responsible Associate - GP Director||Mr Alastair Murray|
|Programme Type||Deanery based or National: Deanery
Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
|Date of GMC recent approval||June 2019|
|Associated Royal College - Faculty
Royal College of Anaesthetists (web site)
|Curriculum and Associated Assessment System||http://www.gmc-uk.org/education/postgraduate/anaesthetics.asp|
|Deanery Administrative Contacts||
Mr Stephen Gitsham
Address: South East Deanery, Westport 102, Westport, Edinburgh EH3 9DN
Tel: 0131 656 3497
Name: Dr Kirsteen Brown
Address: Department of Anaesthetics Western General Hospital Crewe Road South Edinburgh EH4 2XU
|Quality of Training|
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