Intermediate Training in Anaesthesia

Royal College of Anaesthetists Guide to Intermediate Training

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

Intermediate Training is spread over two years. At least six months of ST3/4 will be spent in modular sub-specialty training at University Hospital Southampton.

To progress to ST5+ trainees will need to complete all units of training and have passed the Final FRCA exam. At the end ST4 they will be awarded the Intermediate Level Training Certificate, which will confirm that appropriate progress has been made.

Intermediate Training – events for your diary

Anaesthetic Non-technical Skill Simulation Sessions

A simulator-based course run for ST3 trainees through the simulation centre at QAH in Portsmouth. Attendance at one of these courses is encouraged. Email Dr Matthew Williams via for more details.

Hospitals on the rotation

Trainees will rotate through a number of hospitals within Wessex during during  ST3/ST4.

College Registration

All trainees are required to re-register as ST3 trainees with the RCoA. Download an ST3 registration RCoA form.

Final Fellowship of Royal College of Anaesthetists (FRCA)

In order to progress to Higher Training in anaesthesia trainees need to have passed the Final FRCA examination. Preparation is vitally important and there are a number of resources available to trainees attempting the exam. Help is available on the RCoA guidance and resources for Final FRCA examination candidates area of their website.

Both the RCoA and Health Education England, Working across Wessex run revision courses during the year alongside practical OSCE/Viva days in the run-up to the exam,

Trainees will often not have completed all sub-specialty modules before sitting the Final FRCA. This is recognised by the RCoA and reflected in the expectations of the examiners. For trainees placed in a District General Hospital (DGH) for ST3 it is possible to arrange study days (in cardiac/neuro theatres) at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) to help with exam preparation. This should be discussed with the trainee’s departmental College Tutor.