Special Interest Area in Anaesthesia for Vascular Surgery


This post will suit trainees wishing to undertake a 6 month Specialist Interest Area module in Anaesthesia for Vascular Surgery, building upon knowledge and skills acquired in level 1 and 2 training


By the end of the module, the advanced vascular trainee will be expected to deliver anaesthetic services at consultant level, working independently with distant consultant oversight. You will develop a full range of anaesthetic skills, to include pre-operative assessment that can involve accreditation in CPET, shared decision making, anaesthetic representation at the weekly MDT, awake regional anaesthesia, management of major blood loss, management of high risk patients. You will be expected to take on a teaching and supervisory role for trainees on level 1 and 2 vascular modules.


You will work directly with 10 consultant anaesthetists with regular commitment to vascular surgery. You will also work closely with 6 full time consultant surgeons, 2 of which are military, with a dedicated vascular theatre delivering 5 full days operating per week. Some of these sessions are delivered in interventional radiology supported by 5 Consultant Interventional Radiologists. The service delivers the full range of vascular procedures including open and EVAR aneurysm repairs, carotid surgery and peripheral arterial reconstruction. Having a dedicated theatre allows an excellent culture of teamwork and it is anticipated an advanced trainee would become integral to the running of that team.


As a large university teaching hospital there will be ample opportunity to become involved in research. You would be fully expected and supported to engage in quality improvement activity aligned with local and national priorities in vascular surgery including those recent in NICE, GIRFT and NCEPOD publications. Any work undertaken should be of such a standard as to be suitable for publication or presentation at local, national or international specialist meetings. To support you in these ambitions you will have dedicated non-clinical sessions during your working week.


The program has been developed to ensure you meet all learning outcomes highlighted in the RCOA curriculum for Vascular SIA by the end of your placement


For further information please contact Dr Matthew Ward, Anaesthetic Lead for Vascular Surgery: