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

Programme Description
GMC Reference: NOS387

ACCS provides an excellent general background for training in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine. The programme offers 3 years of core training, consisting of 2 general years and 1 specialist year. During the general training all trainees rotate through 4 blocks of six months in each of acute medicine, emergency medicine, anaesthetics and intensive care medicine. The first year comprises general and emergency medicine, with anaesthetics and intensive care in the second year. The 3rd year is spent entirely in the base specialty selected at application, in this case anaesthetics. During CT1, some trainees are located in Aberdeen and others in Raigmore Hospital in inverness. CT2 and CT3 are normally spent in Aberdeen.
Trainees will therefore spend 18 months in anaesthesia and 6 months in ICM, AM and EM.

During CT3 trainees would be anticipated that trainees pass the primary FRCA examination and achieve the competencies in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine required for ST3 application. The non anaesthetic components of the programme would count towards training in intensive care medicine for those who choose to complete dual specialty training.
As the programme is based in only two centres with CT2 and CT3 in Aberdeen, trainees can be based on a single site for most, if not all of their core training. This allows the development of links with the anaesthetics department form an early stage in training. All of the Aberdeen hospitals are within the ARI site or 2 miles of ARI.

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

Aberdeen is an excellent location to live as well as to train. The University of Aberdeen Medical School is based on the ARI campus as is the Institute of Medical Sciences which is a university research facility. The Suttie Centre for Teaching and Learning in Healthcare is a large on site recently built facility managed jointly by the University and NHS Grampian ( The Suttie Centre ).

A large variety of teaching and training events take place there, including clinical skills teaching, simulation and many courses. The anaesthetics department has a quality improvement committee which oversees a variety of projects in which trainees are encouraged to participate.

The city of Aberdeen is a coastal city located between the rivers Dee and Don with access to magnificent coastal and rural scenery including Royal Deeside. There are many cultural, sporting and recreation activities available within and around the city.

Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary – including subspecialty training in The Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, Woodend Hospital, The Royal Cornhill Hospital

Raigmore Hospital in Inverness (emergency medicine and acute medicine)

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office North of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Alan Denison
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP)
Specialty or Sub-specialty Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of GMC recent approval October 2021
Associated Royal College - Faculty
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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 Gareth Patton
Address: Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZN
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