Synopsis of Training

Training in anaesthetics is highly structured and competency based.

There are two routes into Anaesthetics: either via Core Anaesthetic Training (CAT) or Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS) with anaesthesia as your parent speciality. For information about ACCS training please click here

During the first 2 years of anaesthetic training, known as core training, trainees gain a thorough grounding in anaesthesia and intensive care, acquiring the core basic competencies and the primary FRCA exam before progressing to the next stage of training. Wales is the only Deanery in the UK to offer a GMC-approved CT3 year to all trainees appointed to a core-training programme in anaesthesia. During this CT3 year, there will be an opportunity to spend a 6-month placement in a complementary specialty e.g. general medicine, paediatrics, emergency medicine or intensive care medicine, and consolidate your anaesthetic knowledge and skills before progression to StR training years.

During the next 2 years, known as intermediate training, training follows a fixed curriculum encompassing experience in all the main sub-specialities such as paediatric anaesthesia, obstetric anaesthesia, neuroanaesthesia, cardiac anaesthesia, intensive care and chronic pain. During these 2 years trainees pass their final FRCA exam.

The final 3 years are more flexible allowing trainees to develop special interests, become involved in research or spend time abroad. Trainees also have the option of completing dual Certificates of Completion of training (CCT) in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine.