Repatriation

 

The East of England School of Anaesthesia is located in a large region but as a school we prioritize arranging rotations to prevent unreasonable commuting distances.  Unlike in many other schools, successful trainees are aware of the location of all five years soon after appointment, which helps domestic planning. Later changes may be possible with mutual agreement at the annual ARCP meetings.

For information about applying for ST3 posts and how the ST program will be organised following repatriation, visit the intermediate training page anaesthesia_higher_training_st3_and_st4

The School is currently divided into North (old Anglia) and South (repatriated posts).

The North represents the ‘Old Anglia region’ which includes Addenbrooke’s and Norwich as the two teaching centres, and the following District General Hospitals:

Bedford, Luton & Dunstable, Peterborough, James Paget (Great Yarmouth), West Suffolk (Bury St Edmunds), The Queen Elizabeth (Kings Lynn) and Ipswich.

Prior to repatriation the 5-year rotation in the North started in Cambridge or Norwich for two years (ST3 and 4). This period included three months Cardiac Anaesthesia at Papworth Hospital. All trainees also completed three months of Neuroanaesthesia at Addenbrookes. The ST5 and 6 years of Higher Training took place in in DGHs with each placement lasting one year and the ST7 Advanced year spent at the opposing teaching centre. Sample rotations are in the table below:

 

ST3

Cambridge

Norwich

ST4

Cambridge

Norwich

ST5

DGH 1

DGH 1

ST6

DGH2

DGH 2

ST7

Norwich

Cambridge

 

 

Repatriation

 

The Repatriation project, commencing February 2017, will see the gradual return of ST posts to the East of England. These posts are currently aligned with the London Schools of Anaesthesia. 55 Anaesthesia ST posts will return to the East of England over a 5-year period at a rate of 11 posts per year. The posts are based at the following hospitals: Chelmsford, Colchester, Basildon, Southend, Princess Alexandra (Harlow), and Lister (Stevenage). Watford is still under discussion. The table below shows the order in which posts will be returned:

Year

Hospital Posts

2017

Chelmsford

Colchester

Lister

2018

Chelmsford

Lister

Harlow

2019

Lister

Harlow

Southend

2020

Lister

Chelmsford

Southend

Basildon

2021

Basildon

Watford

 

It is envisaged that Chelmsford and Lister will become major hubs, so mirroring the training experience currently provided by Norwich.  Trainees based in the South will have their training centred around one of these sites and the nearby DGHs in order to minimise commuting distances. Intermediate/Higher Neuroanaesthesia will continue to be delivered at Addenbrooke’s, Cambridge. Cardiac Anaesthesia training will be delivered at Papworth, and possibly at the Essex Cardiothoracic Unit in Basildon. The majority of trainees will also spend their Advanced year, consolidating their training and gaining subspecialty skills at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. Normally this would be delivered in the ST7 year.

For further information about repatriation in general, please see the main HEEoE page

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