Anaesthetic & Intensive Care Medicine Training in Northern Ireland
The Northern Ireland School of Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine is responsible for the educational development of trainees in Anaesthesia, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Medicine within Northern Ireland and follow the RCoA curriculum.
Northern Ireland has a rich heritage in medical innovation and anaesthesia, being the birth place of the portable defibrillator and Sir Ivan Magill.
Training in Northern Ireland
Training in anaesthesia is a 7 year programme, or 8 years for ACCS anaesthesia.
It is an uncoupled programme with recruitment at CT1 for stage 1 and ST4 stage 2 and stage 3
Trainees work across all 5 Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland.
Rotations ensure adequate clinical exposure and experience to ensure fulfilment of all key capabilities and Generic Professional Capabilities required at each stage of the RCoA curriculum.
Trainees are supported by an experienced and enthusiastic faculty of College Tutors, Educational Supervisors and Clinical Supervisors in every hospital and each stage of training.
Trainee Opportunities and Experiences
Trainees within Northern Ireland anaesthetic are expected to develop their clinical and professional ability throughout training and fulfil requirements of RCOA 2021 curriculum and complete FRCA exam. An excellent teaching programme for primary and final FRCA exam preparation is well established to aid exam success.
Simulation specialty specific courses are embedded in the education programme and mapped to the curriculum.
The school is supportive in the development of special interests, out of programme training, education, simulation, research and flexible training.
Educational opportunities for quality improvement, audit and teaching, presentations local, national and international are available and supported in each hospital. These opportunities allow trainee's to develop subspecialist interests and leadership in preparation for consultant roles.
Anaesthesia Training Hospitals in School of Anaesthesia
Two trainees are elected for a 2 year term to sit on School Board meetings with School of Anaesthesia Head of School, Deputy Head of School, TPD and College tutors.
These meetings are held 4 times per year. The Trainee reps are the voice for the trainee body. They maintain a continual line of communication between trainees and School of Anaesthesia.
The Northern Ireland Group of Anaesthetists ( NIGAT )
The NIGAT training group provides trainee representation within the School of Anaesthesia and RCOA Anaesthetist in training committee. Two trainees are elected for a 2 year term. The School appreciates the vital role trainees have in patient care within Northern Ireland. By providing a voice on the School Board, training can be responsive to the need of the trainees.
NIGAT also organises social events.
Mentoring for Success
Mentoring is such an important tool in helping trainees achieve their potential in training. Peer mentoring is a trainee led project, supported and facilitated by the Professional Support & Wellbeing department within NIMDTA.
In Anaesthesia, senior trainees have undergone training in mentoring. Every CT1 and CT2 at Stage 1 has a named mentor from a more senior anaesthetic colleague.
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