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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.

Entry to this program is via Scottish National Recruitment hosted via ANRO and the West Midland’s Deanery. Applicants will enter at ST4 level having successfully completed stage 1 training, and will then complete 4yrs of anaesthetic training, following Stages 2 and 3 of the 2021 RCOA curriculum.

The majority of trainees will spend Stage 2 in a DGH centre and rotate into either the QEUH or GRI sites for Stage 3. The TPD will seek starting location preferences following national recruitment, however due to the size of the school these placements cannot always be guaranteed. For those trainees who complete Stage 2 in a city site, 6mths of DGH time will be offered in Stage 3 to balance the training experience. Subspeciality training in cardiac-, neuro- and paediatric-anaesthesia will generally occur in ST5.

A number of Specialist Interest Areas are available for advanced training in ST6/7. These include 12mths in Pain Medicine, Paediatrics, Neurosurgery and Cardiothoracics (with ICM delivered within Dual training), 6 months opportunities exist in Paediatrics, Obstetrics, ICM, Retrieval Medicine and Perioperative Medicine, and 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 the Anaesthetic curriculum. 


The Academic Department of the University of Glasgow has a SCREDS Lecturer and four 12 months Research Fellow posts which can be extended by 12 months to allow the completion of a MD. Formal research is usually undertaken in program via an OOPR application after completing ST5, or before ST4 begins. Two 12 months Academic rotations, can be undertaken in Stage 3 by trainees with an interest in education. 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. There is a regional teaching (WoSART) with a varied program that supplements local CPD, M&M, journal club teaching in each department.


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 support to take a year out-of-programme to develop a research interest, take part in a subspecialty post out with the region or work in a centre abroad in the latter stages of the training program,




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 Adam Hill
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 Jonathan McGhie
Address: Queen Elizabeth University Hospital,1345 Govan Road,Glasgow,G51 4TF
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