Southend University Hospital

Southend University Hospital is a large DGH situated in Essex. It is easily accessible by rail from London Liverpool Street or London Fenchurch Street. Driving from London takes approximately 50 minutes.


The Anaesthetic Department is well staffed, friendly and approachable. Modules can be discussed with the college tutor and appropriate placements can be easily arranged. Sign-off for modules is easily obtainable for the majority of specialties.


The hospital has 16 theatres, allowing for a wealth of experience to be gained in both elective and emergency work for the trainees. Pre-operative assessment clinic are held regularly and experience in CPEX can be gained.


The ICU is a 10-bedded unit with a nurse-led Outreach service. Daily cover is provided by one or two Consultant Intensivists, with 1 Registrar and 1 Core trainee. The department participates in multi-centre research projects and involvement is actively encouraged. The Chronic Pain Service, run by three consultants and dedicated clinical nurse specialists offers both conservative and interventional management.

College Tutor Details



Rota Details for Trainees


Number of trainees on rota


  • 5 ST3-7

  • 7 CT1-2 (East Anglia)


On-call commitments (Theatre / ICU / maternity etc)


  • Theatre / ICU / maternity




  • 1B


Modules Available for Anaesthetic Training


  • Pain, Airway, Vascular, Paediatrics, ICM, General and Obstetrics

  • Complex Orthopaedic cases and Colorectal, Urology & Gynaecology cancer


Special Training Opportunities / Fellowships


  • Pre-op assessment - with CPET training opportunities

  • Vascular - One of the regional centres for vascular work in the region

  • We are currently planning in setting up a perioperative fellowship with integrated pre-op assessment facilities


Local Education Opportunities


  • Weekly Departmental teaching

  • Weekly Journal club

  • Currently setting up a simulation suite for local training purposes at the education centre

  • Primary FRCA - 2 MCQ days, 2 Viva days and 1 OSCE day before every exam (a month before) i.e. we have 6 days MCQ/6 days Viva and 3 OSCE days per year

  • Specialty Curriculum teaching - In addition to the regular teaching days (half a day every week) we also hold 2 extra half days per month of curriculum/module based teaching - Eg. Airway, regional, ICU, pain etc.


Research / Audit / Academic Opportunities


  • ITU - participation in multicentre research projects. Dr Higgins is in charge of the Essex and Hertfordshire research network (CLRN)

  • Our local centre for academic training is the Postgraduate Medical Institute (Anglia Ruskin University) Chelmsford.

  • Audit opportunities available


Contact details for further information


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