Training and education

Our department offers first class opportunities in training and education to support your career in anaesthetics.


The major subspecialties, including cardiac, thoracic, neurosurgery, paediatrics, vascular and hepatobiliary are consultant delivered allowing ample opportunity for in theatre teaching. In addition there is a named consultant who provides supervision and support for all trainees who are running solo lists in other specialties.

ACCS doctors who have their own college tutor (Dr Haemes) have a well established training programme, initially concentrating on advanced airway skills and building up confidence and experience with more routine cases, allowing them to be confident enough to contribute to the on call team.

The training programme director (Dr Hill) works hard to accommodate individual trainees’ interests during their time in Southampton.

ST3/4 doctors have the opportunity for subspecialty training in neurosurgery, cardiac, thoracic, paediatrics and ICM. There are additional opportunities in general surgery, vascular, orthopaedics and trauma, ENT and maxillofacial surgery.

ST6/7 doctors can opt for higher training in

  • Cardiac/thoracic (12 months)
  • Neuroanaesthesia (6 months plus 3 months NICU)
  • Obstetrics (3 months)
  • Paediatric anaesthesia (3 to 6 months with the option of PICU)
  • Intensive care medicine (dual CCT training centre, 6 months, opportunities in PICU and NICU)


In addition to a monthly trust wide education half day there are regular structured FRCA tutorials, covering the syllabuses of the primary and final FRCA. Additionally there are weekly consultant led ICM teaching

The primary FRCA course is part of the Wessex primary course. The basic sciences course (Dr Peck) is based in Southampton, with the complimentary clinical course in Salisbury (Dr Onslow)

The final FRCA revision course (Dr Sparkes) has expert lecturers from across the region. It attracts candidates from across the country and consistently achieves over 75% pass rates.