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Speciality: Core Anaesthetics

Programme Description
GMC Reference: WOS/526

Anaesthesia Core training is currently a 3-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 73 Core Anaesthesia posts in the West of Scotland (WoS) with approx. 24 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 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 core training programme in either a DGH or city site and spend the first two years there, with the final year (CT3) in the opposite centre. Time in ICM and maternity will be split between the centres to give a balanced exposure to city and DGH training opportunities, with the following caveats:-

Trainees allocated to QEUH will also rotate for 6/12 in CT2 to IRH.

Trainees allocated to GRI will rotate for 6/12 in CT2 to D&GRI

Trainees allocated to D&GRI in CT1 will return for a further 6mths in CT3 with the rest of their core training (18mths) in GRI.

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 to complete Stage 1 training.

Trainees who are based in sites without regular paediatric lists will be rotated to the Royal Hospital for Children for 1mth in CT2 or CT3 to complete S1 paediatric experience, this will be coordinated by the college tutor and the sub-speciality lead.

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.


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 a SCREDS Lecturer and four 12 months Research Fellow posts which may extend by 12 months to allow the completion of a MD. Formal research is usually undertaken between core and 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, 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 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 April 2023
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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