Curricula and the rules governing training

2020 Curriculum

The College is currently working with its members to re-write the anaesthetic curriculum in line with new GMC standards that were published in May 2017.

The rules and regulations governing training are contained within the curriculum. These are approved by the GMC, who are the regulators of training. The current iteration of the curriculum was produced in 2010 and was last updated in August 2017. This Curriculum has been written in alignment with Standards for Curricula and Assessment Systems [GMC; 2010].

Each level of training is represented within the annex documents, and provide additional information on the requirements for compeltion of the training programme.

More information on the types of assessments required to progress can be found on Workplace Based Assessments.

2010 Curriculum

2010 Curriculum document

Annex A

CCT in Anaesthetics - Professionalism in Medical Practice (Annex A)

Annex B

CCT in Anaesthetics - Basic Level Training (Annex B)

Annex C

CCT in Anaesthetics - Intermediate Level Training (Annex C)

Annex D

CCT in Anaesthetics - Higher Level Training (Annex D)

Annex E

CCT in Anaesthetics - Advanced Level Training (Annex E)

Annex F

CCT in Anaesthetics - Intensive Care Medicine (Annex F)

Annex G

CCT in Anaesthetics - Teaching & Training, Academic & Research (inc audit) & Management for Anaes, CC & PM (Annex G)

For information on the ACCS curriculum:

CCT or CESR[CP]?

Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (Combined Programmes) (CESR[CP])?

Both certificates equally enable an anaesthetist to be listed on the specialist register and take up substantive consultant posts. Anaesthetists who complete the entirety of their training in the UK training programme, and complete all parts of the FRCA examinations, will be awarded a CCT once they finish the training programme. An anaesthetist undertaking units of training outside of the UK training programme eg commencing the UK programme at CT2 or ST3 having trained in another country, would be eligible for CESR[CP].

The GMC are usually notified if an anaesthetist is expected to be awarded a CESR[CP] by their Deanery within their first year of training, the College would normally be requested to support this.

Examinations other than the FRCA examinations cannot count towards either a CESR[CP] or a CCT.

Please note that CESR is distinctly different to CESR[CP].  For more information about CESR, please visit our CESR and Equivalence section.

Dual anaesthetic and ICM training

To find out more about the dual training, please visit the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine's webiste

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