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

Programme Description
GMC Reference: WOS/385

ACCS Anaesthesia training is a 4-year programme.

There are 32 ACCS Anaesthesia posts in the West of Scotland (WoS) with approx. 8 trainees in each year. These posts are recruited as part of  Scottish Anaesthesia recruitment which is currently administered by ANRO via the West Midlands Deanery.

There are 10 Local Education Providers (LEPs) which offer Core Anaesthesia training in the WoS :- Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH), Glasgow; Glasgow Royal Infirmary (GRI), Glasgow; Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH), Paisley; Inverclyde Royal Hospital (IRH), Greenock; University Hospital Monklands, Airdrie; University Hospital Hairmyres, East Kilbride; University Hospital Wishaw, Wishaw; Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert; University Hospital Crosshouse/University Hospital Ayr, Ayrshire; Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary (D&GRI), Dumfries.

Trainees will start their ACCS training in complementary specialities (Emergency and Internal Medicine, 6mths each) and then spend the next 3 years (ACCS2-4) in anaesthetic training following Stage 1 of the RCOA 2021 curriculum.

Trainees will start ACCS2 anaesthesia in either a city or DGH site, switching to the opposite location for the final ACCS4 year, with the following caveats:

Trainees allocated to QEUH may also rotate for 6/12 in ACCS3 to IRH.

Trainees allocated to Ayrshire will work between Crosshouse and Ayr Hospitals, coordinated by the local college tutor and DRA.

Trainees allocated to Lanarkshire will spend the majority of their time on their base site, but will require to rotate to Wishaw for maternity and paediatric experience.

Trainees who are based at sites without regular paediatric lists will be rotated to the Royal Hospital for Children for 1mth in ACCS3 or ACCS4 to complete S1 paediatric experience, this will be coordinated by the college tutor and the sub-speciality lead.


Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

Audit & Quality Improvement, and Teaching activities are encouraged in all departments to fulfil the Anaesthetic curriculum.  

The Academic Department of the University of Glasgow has Research Fellow posts which may extend by 12 months to allow the completion of a MD. Formal research is usually undertaken before starting ST training, or later in ST training by way of OOP application. Further information can be found on the school website (WOSSA).

Attendance at the Scottish Primary FRCA courses is encouraged, and the West of Scotland also provide successful examination preparation courses within the region. Study leave funding is available for these. There is a regional teaching program which augments local teaching on each site for CPD, journal club M&M and exam preparation.

Trainees have the opportunity to attend the Scottish Clinical Simulation Centre, at appropriate stages in the programme, to complement a wide variety of local courses

Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

University Hospital Ayr, University Hospital Crosshouse, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Forth Valley Royal Hospital - FVRH, Gartnavel General, Glasgow, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Clydebank, University Hospital Hairmyres, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Greenock, University Hospital Monklands, Airdrie, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley , The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow , Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, New Victoria Hospital, Glasgow, Western Infirmary, Glasgow, University Hospital Wishaw, Institute of Neurological Sciences, Glasgow

Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Western Infirmary/Gartnavel General Hospital (Glasgow), Southern General Hospital (Glasgow), Victoria Infirmary (Glasgow), Stobhill Hospital (Glasgow), Royal Alexandra Hospital (Paisley), Inverclyde Royal Hospital (Greenock), Hairmyres Hospital (East Kilbride), Monklands Hospital (Airdrie), Wishaw General Hospital (Wishaw), Ayr Hospital (Ayr), Crosshouse Hospital (Kilmarnock), Forth Valley Royal Hospital (Larbert), Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Glasgow), Institute of Neurological Sciences (Glasgow), Golden Jubilee National Hospital (Clydebank).

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office West of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Adam Hill
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Dr Stephen Glen
Specialty or Sub-specialty Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of GMC recent approval August 2010
Associated Royal College - Faculty
Royal College of Anaesthetists (web site)
Curriculum and Associated Assessment System
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Nicole Smith
Address: NHS Education for Scotland Glasgow, G3 8BW
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Jonathan McGhie
Address: Queen Elizabeth University Hospital,1345 Govan Road, Glasgow G51 4TF
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