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Speciality: Acute Care Common Stem - Emergency Medicine (ACCS-EM)

Programme Description
GMC Reference: NOS383

The ACCS-EM programme is the only route into Emergency Medicine training. Successful applicants are offered the choice of ACCS (3 years) or run through EM training (6 years).


Year 1: 6 months Acute Medicine, 6 months Emergency Medicine

Year 2: 6 months Intensive Care, 6 mnoths Anaesthetics

Year 3: 1 year Emergency Medicine, including 6 months of Paediatric EM.

Years 4-6: Emergency Medicine (Higher specialist training – HST)


Year 1 posts are in Raigmore Hospital, Inverness and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Years 2 and 3 are in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital (same site).


There is protected teaching time in all posts, with 6 ACCS study days a year. From year 3 onwards trainees are given protected non-clinical time for audit, research,management activities etc. There is a protected teaching programme for trainees in Years 3-6 (one day a month).


During HST, in order to broaden their experience, trainees are expected to complete 4 months of training in another Emergency Department. This would normally be in Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.


Also during HST, Emergency Medicine trainees can apply, via national recruitment programmes, for dual Intensive Care Medicine Training or sub-speciality raining in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine. The training programme also has a recognized training post for 1 year sub- speciality training in Paediatric Emergency Medicine. This is based at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital.

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 ).

The Emergency Departments have well established links with the University. Patients are recruited for both local and national research projects. As well as contributing to national audits (RCEM, Scottish Trauma Audit Group, Stroke, Neck of Femur fractures) there is a programme of ‘rolling’ local audit projects. Trainees are strongly encouraged to be involved in a wide range of undergraduate and post graduate teaching and management activities.

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 January 2022
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: Training Programme Director ACCS, department of Emergency Medicine, Aberdeen royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZN
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