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

Programme Description
GMC Reference: WOS/385

Training within the West of Scotland programme is divided into three sectors: East, South and West.

Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS) training rotates through 4 different disciplines over the first 3 years of Post Foundation training: 6 months in Emergency Medicine, 6 months in Acute Medicine, either 18 months in Anaesthetics and 6 months in Intensive Care Medicine or 21 months general Anaesthesia and 3 months Intensive Care Medicine. Following satisfactory completion of core training the trainee will be eligible to enter ST3 in Anaesthetics via competitive entry.

Core competencies to be achieved in each specialty are laid out in the respective specialty curriculum.

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

West of Scotland has a well established record for excellence in training for Anaesthetics, Intensive Care Medicine and Emergency Medicine. This region is recognised as having a key role in the development of the specialty of Acute Medicine. Close ties exist with the University of Glasgow, enabling trainees to develop a research portfolio as well as further teaching skills.

The first year of the ACCS programme is usually divided into 6 months of Acute Medicine and Emergency Medicine, and the second year 6 months of Anaesthetics followed by 6 months of Intensive Care Medicine. The third year will normally consist of 12 months of Anaesthetics. Years 2 and 3 are usually located in the same hospital which may or may not be the same as the hospital in which CT1 was completed. The hospitals currently involved in ACCS Anaesthetics training are: Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran and Forth Valley Hospitals.

The ACCS Anaesthetics programme allows trainees to achieve the competencies in the complementary specialties they will require (Acute Medicine & Emergency Medicine) if they wish to pursue a career in Intensive Care Medicine. This gives the trainee the opportunity to apply for a dual Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine specialty training post.  For further information about post ACCS training in Anaesthetics in the West of Scotland please visit the West of Scotland Anaesthetics Programme Descriptor.

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 Alastair McLellan
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: Mrs Maragret McDove
Address: NHS Education for Scotland Glasgow, G3 8BW
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Malcolm Smith
Address: Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
Quality of Training Quality Management

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