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

Programme Description
GMC Reference: WOS/401

ACCS is a 3 year training programme that normally follows Foundation Year 2.  It is the only core training programme for trainees wishing to enter higher specialty training in Emergency Medicine and is an alternative core training programme for trainees wishing to enter higher specialty training in General Internal Medicine (GIM), Acute Internal Medicine (AIM) or Anaesthesia.  The first two years are spent rotating through Emergency Medicine (EM), General Internal Medicine, Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine (ICM).  The third year is spent providing training that will ensure the trainee meets the minimum requirements for entry into higher specialty training in their parent specialty (EM, GIM/AIM, Anaesthesia and also ICM).

The components of training in ACCS are:

  • 1 year emergency medicine + general internal medicine: acute (usually 6 months each)
  • 1 year anaesthesia + intensive care (minimum of 3 months in each)
  • 1 further year designed to match the second core medical training Year and to include exposer to acute medicine which can be in the form of acute medical receiving while attached to a medicine specialty base


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

University Hospital Ayr, University Hospital Crosshouse, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Forth Valley Royal Hospital - FVRH, Gartnavel General, Glasgow, Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Greenock, University Hospital Monklands, Airdrie, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley , The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow , New Victoria Hospital, Glasgow, Western Infirmary, Glasgow, University Hospital Wishaw

Ayr Hospital (Ayr), Crosshouse Hospital (Kilmarnock), Glasgow Royal Infirmary (Glasgow), Inverclyde Royal Hospital (Greenock), Monklands Hospital (Greenock), Royal Alexandra Hospital (Paisley), Southern General Hospital (Glasgow), Forth Valley Royal Hospital (Larbert), Victoria Infirmary (Glasgow), Western Infirmary/Gartnavel General (Glasgow), Wishaw General Hospital (Wishaw). 

Contacts and Useful Links
Deanery sponsoring programme West of Scotland
Postgraduate Dean Professor Alastair McLellan
Responsible Associate - GP Director Dr Stephen Glen
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/postgraduate/acute_internal_medicine.asp
Deanery Administrative Contacts Name: Zoe Whitehill - Training Programme Administrator
Address: Training Programme Administrator, NHS Education for Scotland, Third Floor, 2 Central Quay, 89 Hydepark Street, Glasgow, G3 8BW
Tel: 0141 223 1489
Email: Zoe.Whitehill@nes.scot.nhs.uk
Programme Director Name: Dr Christine Aiken
Email: c.aiken@nhs.net
Address: Glasgow Royal Infirmary
Quality of Training GMC Trainee Survey Information (2015)

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