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Speciality: Core Anaesthetics

Programme Description
GMC Reference: EOS/499


The two year Core Anaesthetics training programme covers the Basic Training period. Trainees gain experience and competencies in Anaesthetics, Pain Management and Intensive Care Medicine (ICM) and satisfactory attainment of competencies leads to readiness for higher specialist training (ST3+) in Anaesthetics or counts towards higher specialist training in Intensive Care Medicine. Trainers are recognised as being very supportive and the annual GMC trainee survey shows very high overall satisfaction rates with the programme.

Trainees usually spend the first year working in Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, the main University Teaching Hospital with the co-located Medical School. After completing the initial assessment of competence (IAC) around 3 months, trainees join the on-call rota with very close supervision. Trainees progressively take more responsibility as further experience is gained in a wider and more varied range of practice but senior supervision is always available.

During this first year ICM competencies are also gained during a 3-month attachment. Year two involves 6 months each in Perth Royal Infirmary (PRI), a busy district general hospital and Ninewells. Obstetric Anaesthesia competencies are gained during this year in Ninewells. Trainees may also gain daytime experience in day case lists at Stracathro Regional Treatment Centre.

Training within the Deanery is trainee-focused with attention to individual trainee needs and aspirations. There is an excellent regional teaching programme and ample opportunities to attend a range of relevant local and other courses and meetings. Ninewells is a University Teaching Hospital with excellent 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, including the V&A, and sporting venues, 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:

Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Perth Royal Infirmary, Stracathro Hospital, Angus

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

Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Perth Royal Infirmary, 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: Alan Summers, Training Programme Administrator
Address: NHS Education for Scotland, 2 Central Quay, 89 Hydepark Street GLASGOW G3 8BW
Tel: 0141 223 1424
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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