About Us

The Eastern region is a wide geographical area serviced by 18 acute hospital Trusts ranging from King's Lynn in Norfolk to Southend in Essex and includes the University teaching hospitals at Addenbrooke's, Cambridge (Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.  Health Education East of England covers a population of five million people in five counties.

There are currently 72 Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS) Rotations grouped into geographical areas to minimize traveling and make them attractive for trainees, see table below. They all consist of six month posts each in Emergency medicine, Acute medicine, Anaesthesia and Intensive care medicine. Nearly all of the rotations have posts based in one hospital but some rotations involve two nearby hospitals (Addenbrooke’s and the West Suffolk Hospitals).  Excellent training takes place in all four acute care specialties and the rotations are designed to deliver the competences prescribed in the curriculum. This training programme has undergone considerable expansion in the last few years and is expected to continue to do this for the next few years.

Health Education East of England ACCS trainees are offered two years core training in ACCS rotations, and a third year in their streamed specialty - Anaesthetics, Emergency Medicine or General Medicine. In nearly all the rotations, the first year CT1 will consist of Emergency and Acute Medicine and CT2 will be in Anaesthesia/ICU. The third year consists of further training in Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics and ICM or General (Acute) Medicine. Progression through the core training years is dependent on completion of competencies and satisfactory outcome of ARCP meetings.

Sector 1 ESSEX (Southend, Colchester, Chelmsford, Harlow and Basildon)
Sector 2 BEDS/HERTS (Luton, Bedford, Stevenage, Watford)
Sector 3 Cambridgeshire/Suffolk (Cambridge, Peterborough, Bury St Edmunds)
Sector 4 Norfolk/Suffolk (King’s Lynn, Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Ipswich)
  • For further details and if you have any enquiries please contact the ACCS Training Programme Director, Diane Williamson  and Head of School of Emergency Medicine, Dr Nam Tong
  • For enquiries about Acute Medicine please contact Dr Chantal Kong
  • For Anaesthetics please contact the Anaesthetics TPD, Dr Emily Simpson

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