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Training in the East of England gives the opportunity for both high standard postgraduate medical education whilst enjoying a fantastic quality of life in beautiful surroundings. You can experience the best of both worlds: country and city life.  East Anglia is one of the driest regions in the United Kingdom with many areas receiving less than 700mm of rainfall a year with Summer temperatures reaching 35 degrees C!



  • 45 minutes to Cambridge to London Kings Cross by train
  • 788509-ek_cit0846374_0_0_0_0_0_0.jpgHuge amount of history Including:
    • The Wren Library
    • The Sainsbury Laboratory in Cambridge University's Botanic Gardens (right)
    • Kings College Chapel
    • The Bridge of Sighs, St Johns College
    • Kettle’s Yard
    • The Cambridge Mosque - Europe's first Eco-Mosque
    • Punting down The Cam River




A real jewel in the crown of East Anglia. Norwich is less than an hour away from the coast and with a buzzy alternative night life including great restaurants, bars and affordable housing with great train links to London. Things to do include:

  • Visiting Norwich Market - the city of Stories
  • Huge amount of restaurants and barsnorwichlondonstreet_0.jpg
  • Sailing the Norfolk Broads
  • visiting the North Norfolk Coast
  • Visiting the Seals at Horsey Beach
  • You may even catch a glimpse of Delia at a Canaries match
  • Places to eat:
    • Shiki - Japanese food - Guardian food critic Jay Raynor says "The sushi is terrific, not just for East Anglia but for anywhere in Britain. "
    • Benedicts 
    • The Warwick Street Social
    • Wolf and Social
    • Hawthorn
    • Farmyard
    • Rooftop Terrace
    • Grosvenor Fish bar
    • The Workshop
    • Morston Hall - 1 * Michelin
    • Neptune inn




Home to some of the poshest beaches in England including seaside towns such as Southwold (where Latitude festival is held) and Aldeburgh (holiday town for wealthy investment bankers). Ipswich and Bury st Edmunds are the two major cities.

Bury St Edmunds

A town full of history and charm with an impressive Cathedral and Abbey gardens. A firm favorite with trainee's to live in due to its central location, good schools, fantastic restaurants and shops, twice weekly local produce market in town, family freindly town and a MASSIVE award winning CHRISTMAS MARKET. Closest train links into London is from Stowmarket and takes 1 hr 20 minutes. 

  • Restaurants:
    • Maison Bleue
    • Pea Porridge - Bib Gourmand 
    • The Leaping Hare - Bib Gourmand (and makes great beer and award winning stunning British sparkling wine)
    • Tuddenham Mill


An up and coming town with a lovely Marina. Very easy access to beautiful beaches on the coast not to mention a stones throw away from the very pretty town of Woodbridge. Rent is reasonable and Trains into London are reliable and regular from both Ipswich and Woodbridge. In fact there is a new fast train being introduced from Woodbridge and is set to be a very prominent London commuter village. 



One of largest counties in East Anglia with a host of famous faces emerging from its stunning countryside and seascape: - Helen Mirren, Alistair Cook, Jamie Oliver, Olly Murs, Russell Brand. Essex has the single longest coast of any county & the most islands (35). Convenient for travelling to London (35-55 mins) ​& Cambridge (45 mins-1 hour). Here are some local towns and some useful info about them:


Chelmsford - city as of June 2012, 1st radio broadcast (Marconi June 1920), good schools including grammar schools, plus ARU, good shopping in Bond St

Southend - longest pleasure pier in the world, sealife resort

Colchester - oldest recorded town, Roman capital, good zoo, University of Essex, Colchester Castle is largest Norman castle keep

Basildon - Watt Tyler country park, Hadleigh castle (ruin)

Brentwood - famous for TOWIE!! 





Advantages of Core/ACCS training in the East of England

Trainees will spend both anaesthesia years in one hospital.Two years in one institution allows trainees to develop close pastoral links with their trainers, reduces travelling time and prevents domestic moves at the stressful times of the Primary FRCA MCQ/SBA and SOE/OSCE examinations. All hospitals are recognised to provide the RCoA curriculum for CT1 and CT2 leading to the CCT in Anaesthesia, and all provide dedicated three month modules in ICM.. Excellent regional teaching is delivered within clusters of hospitals in order to reduce commuting.

For many years, our trainees have exceeded national exam pass rates at Primaryand moved on competitively to ST3-7 rotations.



Advantages of Higher specialist training in the East of England

Unlike many other schools, successful trainees are aware of the location of all five years of their training programme soon after appointment, which helps domestic planning. Later changes are possible, dependenting on available slots.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.

For example: Luton and Great Yarmouth would not be part of the same rotation.

During the final year, the programme is tailored to suit the consultant aspirations of the trainee. In general, it is spent in the Teaching Centres of Cambridge (majority), Chelmsford, Lister or Norwich. This year includes longer modules ( 6 or 12 months) of advanced training in targeted sub-specialties. All final year trainees also need to complete the advanced training domains of clinical practice, team working, leadership, innovation, management and education. For further details see East of England also funds a 1 year advanced paediatric anaesthesia fellowship at Great Ormond Street Hospital, for our trainees.

The world renowned centres in Cambridge and Papworth deliver neuro- and cardio thoracic anaesthesia training respectively, with the cardio-thoracic centre in Basildon delivering training in the south of the region. The Chief resident programme, run in conjunction with The Judge Business School Cambridge, gives senior trainees world class management training and opportunities to deliver QIPs. Many of our trainees have completed Post Graduate Certificates in Education, sponsored by the School. Trainees meet up at funded simulation courses and regular regional teaching delivered at a number of sites, complimenting departmental exam preparation and regional intensive exam courses.

In addition to well established academic clinical fellow and clinical lecturer programmes within the region, there is the opportunity for post FRCA trainees to spend a year within the University Department of Anaesthesia in Cambridge, developing research interests



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If a career in anaesthesia interests you, we would love to help you in the East of England. Taster days or weeks can be organised at any of our trusts by contacting the College Tutor. Please contact us at: ______________


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