School of Anaesthetics

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As Head of the HEE, KSS School of Anaesthetics, I would like to welcome you to the school web pages. The school has been training anaesthetists in Kent, Surrey and Sussex since 2008, initially managing core training programmes and more recently higher specialty trainees. We have training posts in all acute hospitals across the region as well as providing specialist teaching hospital experience in Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals and teaching hospitals, and specialist centres in London.

We provide education and training for more than 200 trainees in acute care common stem (ACCS), core, and higher anaesthetic training and take great pride in our knowledgeable and capable network of college tutors and educational supervisors. Trainees rotate through the programme within individual counties and we are able to provide a multitude of specialist training opportunities covering all areas of anaesthetic practice.

The school provides novice courses for all those starting their training in anaesthesia, consisting of both lectures and practical sessions. We have an active simulation faculty and are proud to offer a comprehensive portfolio of simulation training with modules for ever year from CT1 to ST7. We also offer a range of other regional training days in areas such as the use of ultrasound, interview skills and an introduction to obstetric anaesthesia as well as specialist study days for those sitting the final FRCA exam. Every department has an active local teaching programme which is tailored to the FRCA exam.

We encourage trainees to broaden their clinical and professional skills throughout their training programme and offer other opportunities to achieve this, including an education fellowship post working with the Royal College of Anaesthetists and encouragement for trainees to participate in the MSc in Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at Brighton & Sussex Medical School.

We are particularly proud of the support that we offer for all trainees, including those who wish to work less than full time. We have a trainee support lead in the school, Dr Claire Mearns, and try to ensure that all our trainees receive support and encouragement throughout their training. Also we are appreciative of the important role that our junior doctors play in providing services to patients throughout the region.                                                   

I became Head of School in 2016, having previously been the HEE, KSS ICM Training Programme Director for Intensive Care Medicine since 2009. I was appointed as training programme director within twelve months of completing my own training, which means that I started with strong views that the needs of the trainees must take priority – a view which I still hold today. My driving philosophy is to produce doctors who are ready to work as Anaesthetic and ICM consultants immediately they complete their training, equipped with the knowledge, technical skills and interpersonal abilities to allow them to flourish as consultants.

I work closely with the training programme directors and college tutors to try to provide the very best possible training within the region. We also work closely with our network of trainee representatives and try to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions. It is the aim of the school to ensure that all our trainees are thoroughly prepared to embark on a consultant career. Please follow the links below for further specific information about the school. 

Dr Peter Anderson
Consultant Intensivist, Head of the HEE, KSS School of Anaesthetics and ICM STC
Based at BSUH NHS Trust

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