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Speciality: Core Anaesthetics

Programme Description
GMC Reference: WOS/526

Anaesthesia Core training is currently a 2-year programme leading to the award of a Core Level Training Certificate in Anaesthesia which permits application for and entry to Specialist Training in Anaesthesia.

There are currently 50 Core Anaesthesia posts in the West of Scotland (WoS) with approx. 25 trainees in each year. Between 20 and 25 posts tend to be available, for January recruitment for August appointment, each year via national recruitment. These posts are recruited as part of  Scottish Anaesthesia recruitment in Dundee 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; Invercylde 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 are based in a single LEP for the 2-year core training programme apart from the following exceptions:-

Trainees allocated to QEUH and GRI will spend 6/12 of CT2 in either IRH or D&GRI.

Trainees allocated to IRH and D&GRI will spend CT1 at that LEP and then rotate to either QEUH or GRI for CT2.

Trainees allocated to Ayrshire will usually spend 18/12 based at Crosshouse Hospital and 6/12 based at Ayr Hospital.

Candidates successful at the recruitment stage will be able to indicate the WoS as a preferred choice. Once all appointments have been made, successful candidates will be given the opportunity to preference their choice of LEP within the WoS. The likelihood of securing top preferences will be determined by a candidates’ overall ranking in the recruitment process.


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, 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 , University Hospital Wishaw

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 January 2022
Associated Royal College - Faculty
Royal College of Anaesthetists (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 Jonathan McGhie
Address: Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow
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