Anaesthesia: Core Training - Role Description 




To obtain a UK CCT in anaesthetics a trainee has to follow a training programme with an indicative duration of seven years. The aim of this programme leading to the award of a CCT in anaesthesia is to produce high quality anaesthetists with a broad range of skills that will enable them to practise as consultant anaesthetists in the United Kingdom. 

The core training (basic level training) will normally comprise of 21 months anaesthesia and 3 months ICM. 


By the end of basic level training trainees should be able to: 


undertake the anaesthetic care of most routine cases; 

assist in the anaesthetic care for more complex surgery; 

provide anaesthetic care for routine obstetric practice; 

organise, with the surgical team, an emergency list; identify potential problems and seek appropriate help; 

understand the principles underlying the care of patients in Intensive Care and High Dependency Units; 

understand the principles of pain management; participate in audit; and pass an examination of knowledge and certain skills. 

Upon successful completion trainees will be eligible to apply for ST3 training post in Anaesthesia. 


Trusts Offering these Programmes: 


Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust 

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust 

NHS Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

North Bristol NHS Trust 

Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 

Weston Area Health NHS Trust 

East Somerset NHS Trust 


Trainees can expect to rotate to any Trust on the programme but may spend two years in one particular hospital. The length of time may vary and will be dependent on training needs. 


Clinical duties throughout the rotations 


There will be minor variations in different posts in different hospitals but this list is aimed at covering the majority of duties: 

  1. Be trained in all aspects of anaesthetic work. Within 3 months of starting, trainees are usually expected to take part in the on call rota and to undertake anaesthetic responsibilities with more distant supervision. 

  1. Work as part of the multidisciplinary perioperative anaesthetic team, including operating theatre personnel, the intensive care unit, maternity unit and acute pain team. 

  1. Attend and participate in theatre lists and ward work as timetabled 

  1. Take part in rostered on calls as required 

  1. Study for higher examinations and maintain continued professional development. 

  1. Attend organised educational and multidisciplinary sessions. 

  1. Undertake audit at various times throughout the rotations. 

  1. Complete competency based training assessments as required locally and by the Royal College of Anaesthetists. 

  1. Teach medical students, Foundation programme doctors and theatre staff as directed. 

  1. Co-operate with members of the HR department when monitoring hours of work and other HR issues. 

  1. Attend induction in each hospital or new department 

  1. Comply with all local policies including dress code, annual and study leave 


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General Information 


This document forms part of the job description for Specialist Trainees working in the Severn Postgraduate Medical Education area. 

The Terms and Conditions of Employment (including those related to leave and sick pay) are in accordance with the nationally agreed Terms and Conditions of Service of Hospital Medical and Dental Staff (England and Wales) and General Whitley Council Conditions of Service currently in force and as amended from time to time. 

Appointments are superannuable unless you opt out of the scheme or are ineligible to join, and your remuneration will be subject to declaration of superannuable contributions in accordance with the National Health Services Superannuation Scheme. 


Hours of Work 


Your duty hours will be between 40 and 56 hours per week (part-time staff pro rata) depending upon the pattern of work offered by the employer, which should be in accordance with paragraph 20 of the national terms and conditions of service for hospital medical and dental staff and doctors in public health medicine and the community service (England and Wales), “the Terms and Conditions”, as amended from time to time. This may (or may not) include work in evenings, at night and weekends. 


Salary scale 


You should be paid monthly at the rates set out in the national terms and conditions of service for hospital medical and dental staff and doctors in public health medicine and the community health service (England and Wales), “the Terms and Conditions”, as amended from time to time. The payscales are reviewed annually. Please click here to view current rates of pay. Part-time posts will be paid pro-rata. 


Pay supplement 


Depending upon the working pattern and hours of duty you are contracted to undertake by the employer you should be paid a monthly additional pay supplement at the rates set out in paragraph 22 of the "Terms and Conditions". Please click here to view the current payscales. The pay supplement is not reckonable for NHS pension purposes. The pay supplement will be determined by the employer and subject to monitoring. 


Study Leave 


The employer is expected to offer study leave in accordance with paragraphs 250 – 254 of the TCS. Local policy and procedure will be explained at induction. 


Assessment of Training 


Training appointments are subject to regular local and annual assessment confirming satisfactory progress through the programme.