Great Ormond Street Hospital
Working at Great Ormond Street Hospital is an incredible opportunity to gain higher and advanced paediatric anaesthetic training in a complex group of patients. Posts are available for 6 and 12 months within programme, or fellowship (12 month) posts which are out of programme and open application. The 12 -month posts include a 3 month rotation to either PICU or CICU. Trainees are selected through a formal interview process conducted jointly between the School and GOSH.
Within anaesthetic training, registrars rotate through subspecialties such as cardiac, plastics, ENT, and general surgery. The registrars are from all schools within London, as well as national and international trainees. All trainees are post FRCA, and as such the focus is on education within the post, and expanding extra-curricular interests in audit, research and academia.
Initially trainees are allocated to lists with a consultant, but as you gain competence and confidence there are lots of opportunities for independent practice. Towards the end of a rotation you should expect to be working solo for around 50% of lists, with support always available if needed. As a result, you will become confident in anaesthetising for a wide range of children with complex pathologies; a useful skill regardless of your career aims. All the consultants are supportive and approachable, and happy to teach as well as let trainees ‘run the list’.
There is a generous allowance for study leave, and a lot of courses available in house through PGME which should definitely be taken advantage of. There is a strong focus on teaching, and all trainees are expected to attend teaching sessions, and present at least once at educational meetings. Overall you can get a lot out of this job if you are willing to work hard and take opportunities.
College Tutor Details
Rota details for trainees
Number of trainees on rota
22 (over 2 rotas)
On call for theatre only, single long days and nights during week
Modules Available for Anaesthetic Training
Subspecialist modules in cardiac, neurosurgery, plastics, ENT, and general paediatric surgery. 3 months in either PICU or CICU also forms part of 1 year posts.
Special Training Opportunities / Fellowships
Fellowships available include: cardiac (18 months; 6 months CICU plus 12 months cardiac anaesthesia), education/SIM fellow, and 1 year fellowships of exclusively anaesthesia.
GOSH is the largest paediatric facility in the UK, and as a result has a unique surgical caseload including heart and lung transplantation, epilepsy surgery, and cerebral embolization for vein of galen malformation.
Local Education Opportunities
There is departmental teaching for registrars twice a month for 2 hours with a rolling curriculum of paediatric subspecialties.
There is also a weekly morning meeting, including a monthly M+M, and a quarterly audit meeting.
There is an information research club, which is held every 2-3 months, and a yearly trainee prize evening.
Research / Audit / Academic Opportunities
There are many opportunities for research and audit. There are several ongoing projects and lots of ideas for quality improvement and audit. Educational supervisors are heavily involved in structuring and guiding your experience and GOSH, and most consultants have lots of ideas for projects when you start.
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