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Speciality: Core Anaesthetics

Programme Description
GMC Reference: SES/SRT/512

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


Each School of Anaesthesia delivers a complete training programme based on the curriculum produced by the Royal College of Anaesthetists (2010). 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 (this requires competitive application into a dual training post after core training).


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

Basic level training is carried out in following hospitals

  • Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
  • Western General Hospital,  Edinburgh
  • St John’s Hospital,  Livingston
  • Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy
  • Borders General Hospital, Melrose
  • Forth Valley Hospital, Larbert

Training is usually divided into blocks of three or six months split between the Edinburgh hospitals and the surrounding hospitals, all hospitals are located within 40 miles of Edinburgh, by road.  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.

Within the region, enthusiastic consultants provide the training, including well-regarded examination preparation courses for trainees at all levels. Further information on being an anaesthetist in the South East can be found at SESSAonline.


Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

Forth Valley Royal Hospital - FVRH, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, St Johns Hospital, Livingston, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, Borders General Hospital, Melrose

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: Alan Summers
Address: NHS Education For Scotland, 89 Hydepark St, Glasgow G3 8BW
Tel: 0141 223 1424
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Linzi Peacock
Address: Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, 51 Little France Crescent, Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh, EH16 4SA.
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