Core Training (CT1 and CT2 years)

Trainees will spend both years in one hospital. 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. CCT Guides are available in full from the RCoA website

We have not developed rotations at during Core Training after consultation with our trainees. 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. For many years, our trainees have exceeded national exam pass rates at Primary and Final FRCA, and moved on competitively to ST3-7 rotations.




 CT1 and CT2 training takes place in the following hospitals (College tutors contact details are available on the contact list)

Hospital Address
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Basildon, Essex
Bedford Hospital Bedford, Bedfordshire
Broomfield Hospital Chelmsford, Essex
East Suffolk and North Essex Colchester, Ipswich & surrounding areas
James Paget University Hospital Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Lister Hospital Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Luton and Dunstable Hospital Luton, Bedfordshire
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Norwich, Norfolk
Peterborough District Hospital Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
The Princess Alexandra Hospital Harlow, Essex
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn, Norfolk
Southend University Hospital Southend, Essex
Watford General Hospital Watford, Hertfordshire
West Suffolk Hospital Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Details about the ARCP process are available here.

Core Training Workbook

The East of England School of Anaesthesia has based the workbook on ‘Annex B’ with a purpose to:

i. act as a guide to assist Core Trainees and their Trainers to explain the learning outcomes to be obtained for each unit of training (UoT)

ii. summarise the levels for progression during the 2 year core training programme

iii. suggest which workplace based assessments (WPBAs) may be completed to demonstrate the required competencies

iv. serve as a visual aid of progress by signing / da ng completed WPBAs

The workbook should be used alongside e-portolio. Although the GMC requires only one DOPS, one A-CEX and one CbD to be completed for a Unit of Training to be signed off, the East of England School of Anaesthesia strongly recommends that more WPBAs should be completed in order to demonstrate suffcient competency.

The workbook available to load at the tom of this page.

Regional teaching


Each hospital will provide weekly protected teaching time and each region also has a monthly teaching program. This monthly program is designed to allow you to meet other trainees in your area and help you pass the primary FRCA. Details will be available from your College Tutor and on this website.

Simulation courses

There are many simulation courses run in the region and nationally. We run some courses which are compulsory during the Core training years as follows;

Novice course consisting of 3 lecture days and 1 simulation day during the first few months of your training

Critical incident day during CT1

Obstetric simulation day during CT2

You will be booked onto these by the school administrator and sent details in advance.

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