Acute Care Common Stem

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Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS) is a three-year core training programme enabling foundation programme trainees to embark into a career in emergency medicine (EM), anaesthetics, intensive care medicine (ICM) and acute medicine (AM). Trainees will exit the ACCS programme in EM, AM or anaesthetics. The KSS programme ensures that trainees completing the programme have the skills and experience to distinguish and manage the sick patient.

Trainees undertake attachments in acute medicine (AM), emergency medicine (EM), anaesthesia and intensive care medicine (ICM). ACCS forms an element of the curricula for the higher specialty training programme CCT programmes in AM, anaesthesia, EM and ICM training. It is the only route for entry into EM training for trainees exiting the foundation programme.

The three main training exit themes linked to the ACCS programme are managed by the respective schools and therefore the trainees are overseen by the specialty training committees (STCs).  The ACCS STC meetings are chaired by Dr Nandita Parmar.

For further information please click on the specialty hyperlinks below:

  • Anaesthesia (ACCS) committee is chaired by Dr Peter Anderson at the School of Anaesthesia STC. The training programme director (TPD)is Dr Rob Hill and for ICM TPD it is Dr Deb Pandit (from October 2016)
  • Acute Medicine (ACCS) is managed by Dr Nikhil Patel (Chair) at the School of Medicine Core Medical Training STC and the TPD is Dr Neel Sharma
  • Emergency Medicine (ACCS) is chaired by Dr Nandita Parmar at the School of Emergency Medicine STC. The TPD is Dr Ashike Choudhury and the PHEM TPD is Dr Anthony Hudson.

Each of the above committees includes the ACCS consultant leads at each training site and also incorporates academic, educational and trainee representation.  The committee is administered by the specialty workforce team.

Each hospital trust which delivers training in ACCS specialties has a local faculty group led by the ACCS trust lead, responsible for local planning and support of ACCS trainees and this feeds into the overarching local academic board at the trust level, bringing together HEE and royal colleges with jointly appointed heads and a support structure.

Many of our trainees stay on to undertake one of our excellent higher speciality training programmes and then stay to live and work in the region.

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