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Individual Placement Description
Placement Anaesthetics
Year F1
Region South-East
Hospital(s) Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
Main Duties of Placement

Anaesthetics is mainly theatre sessions supervised by consultants or trainees. spending the first month in the emergency theatre gaining an understanding of how anaesthetics works and getting exposure to lots of cases. After this you will do a mixture of pain team ward rounds, pre-op assessment clinics and outpatient theatre session. 

The ICU day is structured with hand-over, followed by review of patients, ward round and then ward jobs.  

Out of hours work will be in the medical assessment unit, attending post take ward rounds, seeing patients as required, learning about acute medicine and helping to gain the competencies required for acute care. These shifts are extended days/ weekend days. 

Typical Work Pattern

Anaesthetics: 8-6 (four days per week) 

ICU: 8.30-6.30 (four days per week) 

Medicine: 1200-2130 week days (tbc) 0900-2130 Sat/Sun 

Learning Opportunities

Anaesthetics: weekly meeting, impromptu teaching by consultants and trainees. 

ICU: daily ward-based teaching, weekly trainee teaching, journal club, departmental meetings.  

MAU: consultant led ward rounds, exposure to deteriorating patients, close working MDT environment, teaching medical students. 


Hospital-wide: FY1 teaching 1 hour per week. 

Departmental: impromptu teaching; FY1 can also attend trainee teaching 1hour per week. 

MAU meetings every Friday morning. 

Grand round: 1 h every Wednesday lunchtime. 

Unique Selling Points

This is a different FY1 post to those on medical/surgical wards. The emphasis is on learning and development. By always working directly with seniors there are regular opportunities for teaching and development of clinical skills and new procedures. 

It is important to note that this description is a typical example of your placement and may be subject to change.

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