Broomfield - Burns & Plastics Fellowship


One Year Burns / Plastics Fellowship at Broomfield Hospital


This is a one year Fellowship in a large district general hospital, with on calls based in a tertiary burns intensive care unit. Regular lists are based in the major referral centre for plastic surgery. This provides an opportunity to gain experience of managing major burns and skin trauma, but also provides a diverse range of skills applicable to a wide variety of posts. 


Skills include:


  • Theatre and ICU management of burns and major skin loss

  • Paediatric anaesthesia, plus some experience of PICU

  • Includes cleft palate surgery

  • Regional anaesthesia, especially upper limb

  • Major head and neck anaesthesia

  • Management of the difficult airway

  • Sedation

  • Anaesthesia for free flaps

  • Day surgery


Intensive Care Duties


On call registrar (1:8 rota) based in 6 bedded ITU/HDU unit. Consultant presence in ITU and theatre during the day, with offsite cover from home overnight.  In addition, the burns ICU fellows are expected to respond to paediatric arrest calls when possible (also attended by anaesthetists from general theatres department).  The majority of cases are adult burns, however we do accept paediatric patients over 6 months of age, who are frequently ventilated on the unit. The fellow will manage any burns admissions, usually under direct consultant supervision. In addition, there is opportunity to undertake the routine burns list in theatre should the ITU workload allow.


General Duties


Regular lists include plastics trauma, reconstructive work including free flap surgery, and general plastic surgery lists. In addition there are combined plastic / maxfax lists which include major head and neck cancer surgery, and regular cleft palate reconstruction lists which allows experience of anaesthetising children over 3 months age.


Audit / Research / Teaching


There is regular provision of a dedicated research day in order to work on any audit, research or teaching work.  The burns fellowship is well established, and there are often projects underway which can be contributed to by an incoming fellow.  In addition, you are actively encouraged to set up new audit and research projects. You are expected to regularly present at the weekly Burns teaching, and Broomfield provides copious teaching opportunities both with local courses such as the BEAT (Broomfield Endoscopic Airway Teaching) course, plus numerous courses based at Anglia Ruskin University. 


This fellowship offers an opportunity to work in an exceptionally supportive and dynamic department. It provides a unique opportunity to experience the unusual speciality of burns management. In addition it promotes an extremely diverse range of opportunities as detailed above, and is recommended to any “general” anaesthetist who wishes to further develop their skills.


For further details please contact Dr Agnes Watson