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Speciality: Intensive Care Medicine

Programme Description
GMC Reference: SES/370

The South-East Scotland Training Programme in Intensive Care Medicine offers training leading to either the standalone or Dual CCT in Intensive Care Medicine.

The training programme is flexible and will be directed to the training needs and interests of the individual. The scheme offers wide clinical experience in all areas of AdultGeneral Intensive Care with opportunities to receive additional specialist training locally e.g. Paediatrics and Burns, or nationally, in a specific area of interest.

Training will be delivered in three Edinburgh intensive care units, the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Western General Hospital and Royal Hospital for Sick Children, as well as  Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy.  The Royal Infirmary, amongst other services, contains the major Trauma service for the area, the Regional Cardio-thoracic Unit, the Scottish Liver Transplant Unit and the Regional Renal, Hepatobiliary and Vascular Surgical Units. The Western General Hospital houses the Regional Centres for Neurosciences, Haematology, Oncology and Infectious Diseases. Trainees will experience different approaches to the way Critical Care is delivered whilst receiving a broad exposure to critical illness relating to multiple specialties. Towards the end of the training programme, trainees will rotate to the 9 bed Victoria Hospital ICU to consolidate their training and gain experience running an intensive care unit acting in the “consultant on call” role.

All hospitals are actively involved in research. Supported by the University Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, there are two Professors (Professor Tim Walsh and Professor Tim Andrews) with principal interests in ICM, who have a record of high quality academic output. Trainees will be expected to take advantage of the research and audit opportunities available.

There are active regional and local teaching programmes with the regional course focussed towards sitting the FFICM Final Examination. Trainees are also encouraged to acquire skills relevant to Intensive Care, in particular focused echocardiography, bronchoscopy and diagnostic and proceduralultrasound.

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

Living and working in the vibrant capital city of Scotland suits individuals of all tastes. There are excellent communication links with the rest of the UK. The city itself is renowned for its architecture and culture, culminating in the world famous Edinburgh festival in August. The Pentland Hills, coastal villages of Fife and Scottish ski resorts are only a short distance away for those with an interest in outdoor pursuits.

Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, 50 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh, EH16 4SF, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office South-East of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Adam Hill
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 August 2022
Associated Royal College - Faculty
Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (web site)
Curriculum and Associated Assessment System
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Alan Summers
Address: NHS Education for Scotland. 2 Central Quay, 89 Hydepark Street, Glasgow, G3 8BW
Tel: 0141 223 1424
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Neil Young
Address: Intensive Care Unit NHS Lothian Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh 51 Little France Crescent, Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh EH16 4SA ·
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