Barts and the London School of Anaesthesia (North East Thames) offers trainees unrivalled clinical experience through placements covering a large area of North East London, from Shoreditch to Essex.

Trainees at The Royal London Hospital work within a world-leading major trauma service, which is also the home of London's Air Ambulance. At St Bartholomew's Hospital a new cardiothoracic centre will be amongst the largest in Europe. The anaesthesia experienced by trainees at Barts and the London School of Anaesthesia is both unique and challenging, providing excellent preparation for a career in anaesthesia.


We also offer world-class experience in specialist eye surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital, a supra-regional burns service at Broomfield in Essex, and specialist paediatric surgery at the Barts Health Children’s Centre and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. This is in addition to a full complement of surgical specialties, intensive care, chronic pain and a diverse range of district general hospital placements in North East London and Essex.


There are numerous opportunities for world-leading research in areas such as pain, perioperative medicine and trauma.

CT 1 - CT 2 (Basic)


Core Training involves 2 years of closely supervised anaesthetic training, during which trainees are expected to complete their basic competencies in anaesthesia, obstetrics and intensive care medicine, adhering to the basic level requirements of the RCoA. During this time, trainees are encouraged to undertake their examinations in order to gain their Primary FRCA qualifications.

ST 3 - 4 (Intermediate) / ST 5 - ST 7 (Higher & Advanced)


Whilst a specialist trainee from years 3 to 4, trainees are expected to complete their immediate competencies adhering to the intermediate and higher level requirements of the RCoA, and pass the FRCA written and structured oral examinations. Following post FRCA qualification, they can commence year 5 with view to completing higher and advanced modules within anaesthesia.

Sub-specialty Training


BLSA offers a variety of different sub-specialities within training. These include 3 to 12 month attachments at Great Ormond Street, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and Moorfields Eye Hospital. It also offers specialist modules in bariatric anaesthesia, pain, burns and plastics, high risk obstetrics and trauma.

Out of Programme Training


Trainees can arrange 'out of programme training' in a variety of different fields including academia, education and their own clinical interests. Trainees are encouraged to work abroad and experience different institutions and healthcare services.