The School of Anaesthesia at Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education aims to offer high quality training in Anaesthesia in a popular and picturesque part of the country. The hospitals offering training are based in Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton, Torbay and Truro.

Higher Specialty Training - Role Description

The training programme is competency based over a five year programme, after which a CCT (Certificate of Completion of Training) is awarded, subject to satisfactory progress and assessments. It is divided into 2 principal sections:

Intermediate Specialist Training (ST 3/4)

Anaesthesia has now “uncoupled” from run through training. Trainees are required to submit a competitive application to continue further CCT training. Once appointed, more senior training is provided. Trainees will rotate to Derriford Hospital and receive modular training in various sub-specialities, including cardiac and neuroanaesthesia. A further three month block of intensive care will be undertaken. The final FRCA examination needs to be passed during this period.

Advanced Specialist Training (ST 5/6/7)

Additional clinical responsibilities are taken on, which include the supervision of more junior colleagues. The development of an area of special interest is encouraged, and advanced training modules exist in many specialist areas, including Intensive Care Medicine. The development of teaching, audit, research and management skills are all important during this time. Subject to the necessary approval, there is an opportunity to work outside the programme for up to a year, either in the UK or abroad, although the final 6 months of training must be undertaken in the UK.

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Peninsula Advanced Training Modules

For information relating to regional fellowships, please see the relevant job descriptions below;

Trainees should be aware that these fellowships are not OOP but in program higher training fellowships.


Regional Anaesthesia at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

Vascular Fellowship in Anaesthesia

Major Head and Neck Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

Fellow in Anaesthesia for robot-assisted surgery

Obstetric Anaesthesia Fellowship at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital


Bariatric Fellowship at Musgrove Park Hospital

Vascular Fellowship at Musgrove Park Hosptial

Regional Anaaesthetic Fellowship at Musgrove Park Hospital


Day Surgery Fellowship at Torbay Hospital

Regional Anaesthetic Fellowship at Torbay Hospital

Perioperative Medicine Fellowship at Torbay Hospital


Obstetric Anaesthesia Fellowship at Royal Cornwall Hospital

Vascular Anaesthesia Fellowship at Royal Cornwall Hospital

Perioperative Medicine Fellowship at Royal Cornwall Hospital

Fellowship in Regional Anaesthesia at Royal Cornwall Hospital


Advanced Airway Fellowship at Derriford Hospital

Neurocritical care fellowship at Derriford Hospital

Obstetric Anaesthesia Fellowship at Derriford Hospital

Regional Anaesthesia Fellowship at Derriford Hospital