ACCS Emergency Medicine Training

This is a truly exciting time to be enrolling into our training programme to become an Emergency Medicine Physician with our six year Emergency Medicine (EM) training programme, which aims to provide you with comprehensive exposure to all aspects of EM and currently offers excellent opportunities for Dual Accreditation in Intensive Care medicine, Paediatrics, Sports & Exercise Medicine, or even pre-hospital care.

Where do trainees train?

Since 2014, all Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) trainees appointed to ACCS with intention to progress in Emergency Medicine are offered either a run-through programme in Emergency Medicine (without the need to undergo further recruitment) or just a core programme. The configurations of both core and higher elements of the Emergency Medicine training programme are being changed to make the programmes more geographically coherent, more attractive and more family-friendly.


– William Harvey Hospital, Ashford – East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust

– Medway Maritime Hospital, Medway – Medway NHS Foundation Trust

– Maidstone Hospital, Maidstone – Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

– Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford – Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust


– Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey – Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

– Frimley Park Hospital, Frimley – Frimley Health NHS Foundation 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

– Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton – Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

– Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath – Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS 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.


Our ACCS rotations start in KSS, where ideally a trainee will be placed at the same hospital for the duration of the two years, so they can train in EM (six months) and Acute Medicine (six months) in year one, and then Anaesthetics (six months or nine months) followed by Intensive care (six months or three months) in year two. In year three, trainees will gain their trauma and paediatrics competencies.

Structured Training

In addition to trust-based teaching sessions, there are regular KSS-based regional training days which also include an abundance of simulation days to choose from.

Trainees are supervised by an Educational Supervisor and EM College Tutor who meet regularly with the Head of School, fellow tutors and trainee representatives to be updated on the latest developments in training. This ensures that high quality training is being provided and any issues are addressed, along with specific trainee needs.

The Specialty Training Committee (STC), along with the KSS team, very actively supports our trainees and consultants in the use of novel teaching and assessment methods, including curriculum-mapped Regional Training Days. Furthermore, the school ensures that the trainee voice is at the heart of all its activities and plans, with very active trainee representatives in STC meetings ensuring everything we do is for the benefit of our trainees.

Other Opportunities

There is also ample opportunity to get involved in research/quality improvement projects along the training pathway.

Out Of Programme (OOP) training is also encouraged after ST3, be it to join a team of expedition mountaineers to go trekking or to provide medical help locally or abroad. A number of our current trainees/staff have been fortunate enough to have delivered these activites.

We are committed to providing a high quality of training in many acute trusts across the KSS region, and we are also dedicated to improving recruitment to training posts by making the rotations more attractive  and coherent.