Anaesthesia: Core Training - Role Description



To obtain a UK CCT in anaesthetics a trainee has to follow a training programme with an indicative duration of seven years. The aim of this programme leading to the award of a CCT in anaesthesia is to produce high quality anaesthetists with a broad range of skills that will enable them to practise as consultant anaesthetists in the United Kingdom.

The core training (basic level training) will normally comprise of 30 months anaesthesia and 6 months ICM.

By the end of basic level training Doctors in Training should be able to:

undertake the anaesthetic care of most routine cases;

assist in the anaesthetic care for more complex surgery;

provide anaesthetic care for routine obstetric practice;

organise, with the surgical team, an emergency list; identify potential problems and seek appropriate help;

understand the principles underlying the care of patients in Intensive Care and High Dependency Units;

understand the principles of pain management; participate in audit; and pass an examination of knowledge and certain skills.

Upon successful completion trainees will be eligible to apply for ST3 training post in Anaesthesia.

Trusts Offering these Programmes:

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust

Doctors in Training can expect to rotate to any Trust on the programme but may spend two years in one particular hospital and one year in a different hospital. The length of time may vary and will be dependent on training needs.

Clinical duties throughout the rotations

There will be minor variations in different posts in different hospitals but this list is aimed at covering the majority of duties:

  1. Be trained in all aspects of anaesthetic work. Within 3 months of starting, trainees are usually expected to take part in the on call rota and to undertake anaesthetic responsibilities with more distant supervision.
  2. Work as part of the multidisciplinary perioperative anaesthetic team, including operating theatre personnel, the intensive care unit, maternity unit and acute pain team.
  3. Attend and participate in theatre lists and ward work as timetabled
  4. Take part in rostered on calls as required
  5. Study for higher examinations and maintain continued professional development.
  6. Attend organised educational and multidisciplinary sessions.
  7. Undertake audit at various times throughout the rotations.
  8. Complete competency based training assessments as required locally and by the Royal College of Anaesthetists.
  9. Teach medical students, Foundation programme doctors and theatre staff as directed.
  10. Co-operate with members of the HR department when monitoring hours of work and other HR issues.
  11. Attend induction in each hospital or new department
  12. Comply with all local policies including dress code, annual and study leave

Related Sites:

The Royal College of Anaesthetists

General Information

This document forms part of the job description for Specialist Doctors in Training working in the Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education area.

The Terms and Conditions of Employment (including those related to leave and sick pay) are in accordance with the nationally agreed Terms and Conditions of Service of Hospital Medical and Dental Staff (England and Wales) and General Whitley Council Conditions of Service currently in force and as amended from time to time.

Appointments are superannuable unless you opt out of the scheme or are ineligible to join, and your remuneration will be subject to declaration of superannuable contributions in accordance with the National Health Services Superannuation Scheme.

Hours of Work

Your duty hours will be between 40 and 56 hours per week (part-time staff pro rata) depending upon the pattern of work offered by the employer, which should be in accordance with paragraph 20 of the national terms and conditions of service for hospital medical and dental staff and doctors in public health medicine and the community service (England and Wales), “the Terms and Conditions, as amended from time to time. This may (or may not) include work in evenings, at night and weekends.

Salary scale

You should be paid monthly at the rates set out in the national terms and conditions of service for hospital medical and dental staff and doctors in public health medicine and the community health service (England and Wales), “the Terms and Conditions”, as amended from time to time. The payscales are reviewed annually. Please click here to view current rates of pay. Part-time posts will be paid pro-rata.

Pay supplement

Depending upon the working pattern and hours of duty you are contracted to undertake by the employer you should be paid a monthly additional pay supplement at the rates set out in paragraph 22 of the "Terms and Conditions". Please click here to view the current payscales. The pay supplement is not reckonable for NHS pension purposes. The pay supplement will be determined by the employer and subject to monitoring.

Study Leave

The employer is expected to offer study leave in accordance with paragraphs 250 – 254 of the TCS. Local policy and procedure will be explained at induction.

Assessment of Training

Training appointments are subject to regular local and annual assessment confirming satisfactory progress through the programme. The requirements of the assessments will be detailed in the “Gold Guide

Disclosure of Criminal Background

This position is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. This means that you must declare all criminal convictions, including those that you would otherwise be considered “spent”.

Where the appointment involves substantial access to children and/or vulnerable adults, the appointment is subject to a police check. The Criminal Records Bureau will be asked to verify that you have no convictions and cautions or pending prosecutions, convictions, cautions and bind-over orders. This will include local police force records in addition to checks with the Police National Computer and the government departments lists held by the Department of Health for Education and Employment, where appropriate.

Police checks will only be requested for candidates recommended for appointment and will be carried out by the employing Trust.

Medical Clearance

Offers of employment to the rotation will be subject to satisfactory medical clearance including Hepatitis B status.

Medical checks will only be requested for candidates recommended for appointment and will be carried out by the employing Trust.

Relocation Expenses

The employer will have a local policy for relocation expenses based on paragraphs 314 – 315 of the TCS and national guidance at You are advised to check eligibility and confirm any entitlement with the employer before incurring any expenditure. The current Relocation Expenses guidelines can be accessed via the policies section of this website.

Less Than Full Time Working

Less than full time working is available for doctors in the training grades for whom full-time training is not practical for “well-founded individual reasons”. Doctors in Training wishing to take up the option of less than full time training will need to have successfully obtained a post in the relevant specialty and grade in open competition. However, they will be expected to approach the Deanery prior to applying for posts to confirm that they are eligible for funding for less than full time working.

A copy of the “Less Than Full Time Working” policy can be obtained from the following link ( Doctors wishing to work on a less than full time basis should be aware that they will be expected to “slot share” with another less than full time trainee.