Since 2012, HEE,KSS has extended the anaesthetic training programme from Core to include Intermediate and Higher and now provides a complete programme in Anaesthesia, leading to accreditation in the specialty.
In KSS, trainees will have the opportunity to develop a broad base of specialty experience in friendly and supportive units within the region, together with the advantage of gaining access to world-class centres of expertise in London. This combination will provide excellent exposure in preparation for obtaining a substantive consultant post in either a District General Hospital (DGH) or a tertiary centre.
Where do trainees train?
– Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury – East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust
– William Harvey Hospital, Ashford – East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust
– Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mother Hospital, Margate – East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust
– Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford – Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
– Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford – Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
– East Surrey Hospital, Redhill – Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
-Conquest Hospital, St. Leonards-on-Sea – East Sussex Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
-Eastbourne District General Hospital, Eastbourne – East Sussex Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
– Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton – Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
– Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath – Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
– Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead – Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
– Worthing Hospital, Worthing – Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
– St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester – Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
To find out more about each training location, please visit the Local Education Provider webpage.
– Kings College Hospital, London. To find out more visit Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s website.
– Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London. To find out more visit Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust’s website.
– St George’s Hospital, London. To find out more visit St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust website.
We can negotiate access to other London hospitals based on individual training requirements.
Due to the large size of the region the anaesthetic rotation is divided into a North and South programme. The North rotation is split further into Kent and Surrey with the South rotation comprising of hospitals in Sussex.
In the North rotation trainees will spend a total of two years and six months in a DGH in Kent or Surrey and two years and six months in a teaching hospital in London. Trainees go to London (Guy’s, Kings, and St Thomas’s School of Medical Education known as GKT) for six months intermediate training in Cardiac, Paediatrics, and Neurosurgery.
An additional year is spent in London (GKT) at ST6 for higher spiral training, which includes a three month block in Intensive Care Medicine. Trainees will spend a year in Advanced Training Posts either in London or KSS. The programme will provide all the specialty-training requirements to obtain a CCT in Anaesthesia.
We also have a dedicated Training Programme Director for trainee support who can be contacted independently or via a referral from either your Educational Supervisor or College Tutor.
There is access to regional simulation and study days and you will also have access to post FRCA training days in London at ST6/7.
In conjunction with Brighton and Sussex Medical School there is the opportunity to gain an MSc in Anaesthesia. This is available for all HEE, KSS trainees.
Out of Programme Opportunities (OOP)
KSS support trainees in pursuing Out Of Programme (OOP) opportunities. In higher Anaesthetics you may apply for these after completion of ST5. Trainees are encouraged to plan these opportunities early and discuss plans with their educational supervisors and KSS Training Programme Director, as a minimum of six months’ notice is required for applications to KSS, to allow sufficient vacancy management within the programme. For further information visit the support portal.
Less Than Full Time
We understand that for various reasons trainees personal circumstances may require a reduction in hours, in order for them to achieve a suitable work/ life balance. Within KSS we have a dedicated Less Than Full Time (LTFT) team who can guide and support trainees in applying for LTFT training. For further information visit the support portal.