Higher Training in Anaesthesia

Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCOA) Guide to Higher Training

RCoA guide to the Higher Training programme 
Higher Training Curriculum
Higher Training Useful Information

The Higher Training Programme is designed to be more flexible to allow more senior trainees to target their training towards their career aspirations.

One of the Higher years is spent in a DGH, during which time you will take on additional clinical responsibilities and supervision of more junior colleagues. Further experience will be gained in the anaesthetic sub-specialities at a senior level in UHS as part of the Spiral Learning process.

The organisation of modules is dependent on the senior trainees requirements and future career plans. Advanced training modules are offered in many specialist areas. If oversubscribed they are allocated competitively within the School. Up to one year of out-of-programme training (OOPT) is supported during the ST5-7 years.

Hospitals on the rotation

Trainees will rotate through a number of hospitals within Wessex during ST5-7 training. There are more details about the eight departments involved in the School of Anaesthesia and which units of training can be achieved in the Higher Training Hospital Sites document.

Post Fellowship of Royal College of Anaesthetists (FRCA) teaching

Post FRCA Teaching Days are run five times a year. They are designed to cover both the clinical and non-clinical teaching required by the RCoA curriculum. They are delivered by all departments within Wessex on a rotation system. The mornings consist of clinical and the afternoons of non-clinical lectures.

Although the Post FRCA programme is co-ordinated by a team of trainees, the organisation of each day is delivered by trainees within the relevant NHS trust. For more information email the trainee representative.