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Speciality: Anaesthetics

Programme Description
GMC Reference: SES/378

Training in Anaesthetics in Scotland is provided within four separate Deaneries and Schools of Anaesthetics: North of Scotland, East of Scotland, South-East of Scotland and West of Scotland.

Each School of Anaesthetics delivers a complete training programme based on the curriculum produced by the Royal College of Anaesthetists. This describes the learning outcomes, assessment strategy, and learning methods for an indicative 7-year programme of broad based training in Basic, Intermediate, Higher and Advanced Level Anaesthetics.

The knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the Initial Assessment of Competency, the Certificates of Basic and Intermediate Levels of Training and for specific sub-specialties are detailed in The CCT in Anaesthetics Parts II – IV and can be obtained for the Royal College of Anaesthetists web site (

The curriculum spans the period after foundation training up to the award of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT)in Anaesthetics. Anaesthetics is a stand-alone CCT, but can also be combined with a CCT in ICM.

Entry to the training programme would normally be directly from Foundation Year 2 to Core Training level  1 (CT1). An alternative route into Anaesthesia is to complete a two-year Acute Care Common Stem training programme, leading to entry at CT2. Those with previous experience in Anaesthesia may be placed at an appropriate level above CT1, subject to availability of posts.


Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

South East Scotland has had a highly regarded, structured basic specialty training programme in anaesthesia for more than ten years

Basic level training is based at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, but provides a balance of experience divided into blocks of three or six months; typical training rotations spend twelve months in Edinburgh hospitals and twelve months in two of the district hospitals outside the city. All rotations include three months training in ICM.

Historically, around 85% of entrants have successfully completed basic level training and progressed to intermediate training posts. All key units of clinical experience required for intermediate training are available and all higher level training may be completed within the region.

Most advanced training modules are available including Intensive Care, Pain Medicine and Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia. Out of Programme Research (OOPR) time is encouraged for the suitable candidate and Out of Programme Training (OOPT) may be available following deanery, RCoA and GMC approval.

Within the region, enthusiastic consultants provide the training, including well-regarded examination preparation courses for trainees at all levels. Clinical attachments on the training programmes may be to any of the hospitals in the region (Stirling for years 1&2 only), all hospitals are located within 40 miles of Edinburgh, by road.


Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, 50 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh, EH16 4SF, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, St Johns Hospital, Livingston, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, Borders General Hospital, Melrose, Stirling Royal Infirmary, Stirling

South East of Scotland – placements in Edinburgh hospitals, Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline, Livingston, Melrose and Stirling:
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh
Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy
Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline
St John’s Hospital, Livingston
Borders General Hospital, Melrose
Stirling Royal Infirmary, Stirling

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office South-East of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Mr Alastair Murray
Specialty or Sub-specialty Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of GMC recent approval January 2022
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 2 Central Quay 89 Hydepark Street Glasgow G3 8BW
Tel: 0141 2231415
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Jeremy Morton
Address: Department of Anaesthetics Western General Hospital Crewe Road South Edinburgh EH4 2XU
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