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Speciality: Anaesthetics

Programme Description
GMC Reference: EOS/380

The East of Scotland School of Anaesthesia in Tayside provides a comprehensive 7-year Anaesthesia training programme based on the Royal College of Anaesthetists 2010 curriculum. This provides training in Anaesthesia, Pain Management and Intensive Care Medicine. Overall satisfaction with the programme has been consistently high in GMC trainee surveys.

The experience gained by trainees on the East of Scotland programme is extensive and varied. The significant majority of the training programme is located in Ninewells Hospital and Medical School in Dundee, one of the biggest teaching hospitals in the UK. Rotational experience in a District General Hospital setting is provided in Perth Royal Infirmary (during CT 1 & 2 and ST 3 & 4) and can be arranged in Raigmore Hospital, Inverness (during ST 5-7). A range of day case experience is provided at Stracathro Regional Treatment Centre. There is further information on the Core Anaesthesia (CT 1 & 2) elsewhere on this web site.

Virtually all required units of training are available within the Tayside School of Anaesthetics though specific required training in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and some higher Paediatric training is provided by arranged rotation outwith the region.

Tayside has excellent local Primary and Final FRCA exam preparation courses. Trainees are supported to attend the RCOA Scottish exam preparation courses hosted in Perth. Ninewells has the co-located Medical School and excellent facilities including a simulation centre and surgical skills centre. An extensive range of national life support and locally run courses help to complement training. Trainees are also encouraged to attend courses at the easily-accessed Scottish Clinical Simulation Centre in Forth Valley which help develop essential non-technical skills. Study leave and funding is managed to help support trainees to access courses appropriate to their stage of training.

Development of subspecialty interest is expected within the 2010 curriculum and the School has a wide range of clinical and non-clinical options. Tayside has an international reputation in Regional Anaesthesia and provides specific opportunity for advanced training in this area as well as Intensive Care (Dual CCT programme) and Pain Medicine, with possible rotation to Edinburgh to gain any competencies or training not available in Tayside.

Tayside also offers an Airway Fellowship for a maximum 6 months with likely minimum period of 3 months in Ninewells Hospital, and a 6-month Obstetric Anaesthesia Fellowship. Advanced training in perioperative medicine is being developed.

Specific development of sub-specialty interest by way of out-of-programme experience is supported and is arranged within the final three years of training (prospective approval by the Postgraduate Dean, GMC and the RCOA is required for all options).

Dundee is a university city with the Medical School being consistently highly rated by students. The Ninewells site hosts the Medical School and has a recently constructed Clinical Research Centre. The Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (IAA) has active research programmes in Anaesthesia and pain mechanisms and in Regional Anaesthesia including the use of ultrasound. NHS Tayside is known for its Quality Improvement ethos.

Supported by Professor Tim Hales, Professor Graeme McLeod and an enthusiastic group of consultants, this combination provides excellent opportunities for trainees to develop their non-clinical skills in research, audit, teaching and use of the Quality Improvement approach. All hospitals on the rotation have a significant commitment to medical student teaching and the IAA offers Teaching Fellowship, SCREDS Lecturer, MD and PhD opportunities.

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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 and sporting venues, world-renowned facilities for golf in and around St Andrews. Dundee also hosts its own Victoria and Albert Museum.

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:

Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Clydebank, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Perth Royal Infirmary, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, 50 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh, EH16 4SF, Stracathro Hospital, Angus

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

Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Clydebank, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Perth Royal Infirmary,  Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, Stracathro Hospital, Angus


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 September 2017
Associated Royal College - Faculty
Royal College of Anaesthetists (web site)
Curriculum and Associated Assessment System
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Kathleen Forsyth
Address: NHS Education for Scotland 3rd Floor, 2 Central Quay, 89 Hydepark Street GLASGOW G3 8BW
Tel: 0141 223 1415
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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