Training in anaesthetics is highly structured and competency based.
There are two routes into Anaesthetics: either via Core Training (CT - 3 years) or Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS - 4 years) with anaesthesia as your parent speciality. For information about ACCS training please click here
During the first 3 years of anaesthetic training, known as core training, trainees gain a thorough grounding in anaesthesia and intensive care, acquiring the "Stage 1" competencies and the primary FRCA exam before progressing to the next stage of training.
During the next 2 years, known as Stage 2, 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 2 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.