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Speciality: Anaesthetics

Programme Description
GMC Reference: WOS/377

The West of Scotland programme in Anaesthesia is one of the largest in the UK and receives consistently high levels of satisfaction in the national trainee surveys. It provides training across teaching & district hospitals, complemented by tertiary specialist units at the Royal Hospital for Children, Institute for Neurological Sciences and Golden Jubilee National Hospital. Trainees move base hospital between Core, Intermediate, ST5 and ST6/7 levels, to benefit from the comprehensive range of clinical opportunities which fulfil the Anaesthetic curriculum in its entirety. 


Trainees are asked to express a preference for base hospital for their Core training. In considering the interests of all trainees, not all requests can be granted but our track record is good in accommodating preferences where possible. 


All Intermediate level trainees will have placements in Paediatrics, Cardiothoracics and Neurosurgery as well as dedicated attachments in ICM, Pain Medicine and Obstetrics. The programme follows the principles of spiral learning with further placements in these subspecialties at Higher level training. 


A number of 12 months Advanced training posts are available in Pain Medicine, Paediatrics, Neurosurgery and Cardiothoracics (with ICM delivered within Dual training). 6 months Advanced opportunities exist in Paediatrics, Obstetrics, ICM, Retrieval Medicine and Perioperative Medicine, with 3 month opportunities also available in Maxillofacial, Head & Neck, Vascular and Regional Anaesthesia. All advanced opportunities are subject to competitive application. 


Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

Research, Audit & Quality Improvement, Teaching and Management activities are encouraged in all departments to fulfil Annex G of the Anaesthetic curriculum.  


The Academic Department of the University of Glasgow has a SCREDS Lecturer and four 12 months Research Fellow posts which may extend by 12 months to allow the completion of a MD. Two 12 months Academic rotations, undertaken in higher training by trainees with an interest in education, allow the individuals to take advantage of the considerable opportunities to teach medical students. These posts are appointed by competitive entry.  


Attendance at the Scottish Primary and Final 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. 


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. 

There is an option to take a year out-of-programme to develop a research interest, take part in a subspecialty post outwith the region or work in a centre abroad. 



Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

University Hospital Ayr, University Hospital Crosshouse, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, Forth Valley Royal Hospital - FVRH, 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 Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow, The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow , University Hospital Wishaw, Institute of Neurological Sciences, Glasgow

Glasgow Royal Infirmary (Glasgow), Queen Elizabeth University 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), Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary (Dumfries), 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 Cieran McKiernan
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: Kathleen Forsyth
Address: NHS Education for Scotland, 3rd Floor, 2 Central Quay, 89 Hydepark Street, Glasgow G3 8BW
Tel: 0141 223 1415
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Jonathon McGhie
Address: Queen Elizabeth University Hospital,1345 Govan Road,Glasgow,G51 4TF
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