Higher anaesthetic training is usually two years in duration, one year of which must be done in general duties; a minimum of 9 of the 14 general duties units must be completed, including the three mandatory units ( airway, management of cardiac arrest and perioperative medicine). As well as completing all essential higher units of training, you can choose to do one or more of the optional units.

Advanced anaesthetic training is one year in duration, the learning is focussed on building expertise in your chosen areas of clinical practice and greater exposure to the professional competences such as leadership, team working, teaching and management.

Higher and advanced training can be delivered flexibly. Although generally undertaken as ST7, advanced training can be done in ST6 if that facilitates access to specialist training.  This needs to be supported by your School.

Up to four months before your expected completion date you should complete a Notification of Completion of Training form on the LLp.

Trainees should meet the TPD to discuss suitable programmes and placements depending on the interests of the trainee and availability of training slots.
By its very nature higher level training is more flexible than intermediate training and should allow the trainee to develop their portfolio and prepare for a consultant post.

Requirements for module sign off are the same as for intermediate modules 

Out of Programme time (OOP)

Time may be taken out of programme for training (OOPT), research (OOPR),experience (OOPE) or career break (OOPC). This is normally done in ST6; trainees are required to be back in a UK training post for their last 6 months of training. Details of the application process can be found on the school website on the trainee information and paperwork page.

Non clinical training

Research – a one year research post at Heartlands Hospital forms part of the rotation and is appointed to via interview. This is usually undertaken in ST5 or above.
Management – trainees are required to attend post fellowship study days at Stafford. Towards the end of trainees attendance at a management course (usually at Keele or Warwick University) is encouraged. 

Intensive Care Medicine training

Advanced level training is offered on a regional basis and posts advertised on NHS jobs. 

Further details can be obtained from the TPD for ICM training   Dr Asif Arshad    wmicmtpd@gmail.com