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Core Training

Last updated: 14 January 2013

Core Training (CT1 and CT2 years)

Entry into Anaesthesia training can be via two routes:

  • Direct entry to CT1 and CT2
  • Via ACCS

East of England ACCS Committee have decided that from 2009 ACCS applicants will be appointed to the three year training programme, but that trainees will not choose the speciality of their 3rd year until mid way or so through their second year. We believe that trainees ought to have experienced a reasonable amount of time in a specialty before committing to it, rather than deciding before the ACCS programme commences. It is possible that a competitive process may be necessary but efforts will be made to accommodate preferences. The ACCS route into Anaesthesia  is particularly advised for those interested in a career involving Intensive Care Medicine. For details of ACCS rotations see ACCS section.

CT1 and CT2 training takes place in the following hospitals :

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals  Basildon, Essex
Bedford Hospital Bedford, Bedfordshire
Broomfield Hospital Chelmsford, Essex
Colchester General Hospital Colchester, Essex
Ipswich Hospital Suffolk
James Paget University Hospital Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Lister Hospital Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Luton and Dunstable Hospital Luton, Bedfordshire
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Norwich, Norfolk
Peterborough District Hospital Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
The Princess Alexandra Hospital  Harlow, Essex
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn, Norfolk
Southend University Hospital  Southend, Essex
Watford General Hospital  Watford, Hertfordshire
West Suffolk Hospital Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Trainees will spend both years in one of the above hospitals. All hospitals are recognised to provide the RCoA curriculum for CT1 and CT2 leading to the CCT in Anaesthesia, and all provide dedicated three month modules in ICM. CCT Guides are available in full from the RCoA website

We have not developed rotations at CT1/2 after consultation with our trainees. Two years in one institution allows trainees to develop close pastoral links with their trainers, reduces travelling time and prevents domestic moves at the stressful times of the Primary FRCA MCQ and oral examinations. For many years, our trainees have exceeded national exam pass rates at Primary and Final FRCA, and moved on competitively to StR rotations.

Each hospital provides protected teaching time, and the School organises a rotational regional Primary FRCA Course. In addition training is available in the Addenbrookes Simulator Suite.

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