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Speciality: Acute Care Common Stem - Anaesthetics (ACCS-Anaesthetics)

Programme Description
GMC Reference: EOS/388

Acute Care Common Stem Anaesthesia (ACCS Anaesthesia) training in the East Region of Scotland Deanery is a three-year programme where trainees gain experience and competencies in all four acute care specialties: Emergency Medicine, Acute Internal Medicine, Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine. The annual GMC trainee survey shows high overall satisfaction and the programme has had several “green flags”.  ACCS training in Perth has previously received a letter of commendation for consistently receiving green flags for 3 years.

Training in the first two years of the ACCS programme is common to all specialties. In the East Region of Scotland Deanery trainees rotate between 12 months of Anaesthetics including ITU and 6 months each of Emergency Medicine and Acute Internal Medicine. Experience is gained mainly in Ninewells Hospital and Perth Royal Infirmary in a number of different units to maximize the trainees’ exposure to different resource-based services and clinicians.

ACCS Anaesthesia trainees often complete their Acute and Emergency Medicine elements in Year 1. Years 2 and 3 are then spent in Anaesthetics, still with an ACCS overview to training, but in a programme broadly equivalent to Core Anaesthesia training. Some day time Anaesthetic training may be delivered in Stracathro Regional Treatment Centre.

Training within the East Region of the Scotland Deanery is trainee-focused with attention to individual trainee needs and aspirations. Ninewells is a University Teaching Hospital with opportunities to become involved in research, audit, teaching and quality improvement work.

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

The East Region of Scotland Deanery is set in Tayside, a beautiful area to live and work within. It has varied geography and offers diverse interests for individuals and families. There is thriving city life in the University town of Dundee and in Perth and easy access to beautiful countryside for sport and leisure in Angus, Perthshire and North Fife. The area has unique and innovative theatres, museums such as the V&A, sporting venues and world-renowned facilities for golf in and around St Andrews.

House prices are competitive and the quality of life in Tayside is excellent with very good road and rail networks to the other areas of Scotland.

Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

Forth Valley Royal Hospital - FVRH, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Perth Royal Infirmary, Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, Stracathro Hospital, Angus, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy

This programme involves placements in some or all of these Health Boards and hospitals:

Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Perth Royal Infirmary, Perth

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office West of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Adam Hill
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Dr Russell Duncan
Specialty or Sub-specialty Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of GMC recent approval April 2014
Associated Royal College - Faculty
Royal College of Anaesthetists (web site)
Curriculum and Associated Assessment System
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Mrs Margaret McDove
Address: NHS Education for Scotland GLASGOW G3 8BW
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Cameron Weir
Address: Dr Cameron Weir Consultant Anaesthetic Dept Level 6 Ninewells Hospital Dundee DD1 9SY
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