2021 Curriculum learning syllabus: stage 3 special interest areas

Published: 25/02/2021

Anaesthesia for Vascular Surgery

  • Group 2: 3 to 6 months

Learning outcomes

  • Provides safe perioperative anaesthetic care for a wide variety of complex vascular cases independently
  • Is capable of leading the delivery of care in this area of anaesthetic practice, to the benefit of both patients and the organisation

Key capabilities 


Capable of providing advanced cardiovascular risk assessment relating to vascular surgery


Manages the perioperative care of elective and emergency open AAA repair


Manages the perioperative care of complex endovascular repair of aortic aneurysms including thoracic aneurysms where experience is available


Manages the perioperative care for patients requiring carotid endarterectomy under general and regional anaesthesia


Provides perioperative care for patients requiring vascular access procedures for renal dialysis


Appreciates the complexities in organising regional vascular services

Examples of evidence

Experience and logbook:
  • pre-operative assessment clinics including evaluation of cardiovascular risk
  • broad experience of elective and emergency vascular surgery including carotid arterial procedures, aortic surgery, aorto-iliac occlusive disease procedures.
Supervised Learning Events (SLEs) can be used to demonstrate:
  • perioperative care of high risk patient undergoing vascular surgery
  • involvement of multi-disciplinary team in shared decision making for high risk surgery
  • regional anaesthesia for vascular procedures including techniques for carotid endarterectomy.
  • management of major haemorrhage during emergency vascular surgery including blood conservation techniques.
  • ability to use specific techniques during anaesthesia to minimise effect of surgery such as spinal cord protection and maintenance of renal function
  • intra-operative monitoring techniques for vascular procedures including cardiovascular and neurophysiological monitoring
  • management of complications relating to carotid surgery
  • assessment and management of patients with ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Personal Activities and Personal Reflections may include:
  • national and international meetings related to vascular anaesthesia
  • presentation at relevant meeting eg abstract or free paper
  • development of guidelines and policies
  • leadership of QI projects related to vascular anaesthesia
  • leadership training.
Other evidence:
  • satisfactory MSF.

Suggested supervision level

  • 4 - should be able to manage independently with no supervisor involvement (although should inform consultant supervisor as appropriate to local protocols).

Cross links with other domains and capabilities

  • all generic professional domains of learning
  • Perioperative Medicine and Health Promotion
  • General Anaesthesia
  • Resuscitation and Transfer
  • Pain
  • Intensive Care