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Balance of SIAs in Stage 3 Training

12mths of SIA training time needs to be identified within the 2021 curriculum.

  • It can be accommodated flexibly around Stage 3 (S3) training needs e.g. taken as 1 x 12m, 2 x 6m, 6m + 3m + 3m, or 3mthly rotations across ST6 and ST7.
  • When not undertaking a 12mth SIA, trainees should select at least one 3mth SIA that can be delivered at their S3 base. To allow equity of access, it is usual for two 3mths SIAs to be accommodated, the third being permitted if there is a vacancy. Trainees should not repeat the same SIA twice.
  • If a 6mth SIA reduces general anaesthetic exposure (e.g. Academic, ICM, EMRS or Paediatrics), the remaining advanced time should aim to consolidate senior adult anaesthetic on-call and junior supervision to successfully CCT in anaesthesia.
    We would therefore advise against combining any 2 of these SIAs for this reason.
  • Stage 3 training plans are coordinated by the College Tutors, in discussion with the Deputy Regional Advisers. Prospective approval is then required from the TPD.
  • It is recommended to give the TPD early notice (before completion of ST5) if you plan to undertake a 6 or 12mth SIA

12 Month SIAs

Open to trainees from other regions.
Paeds, Neuro, Cardiac, Pain.
Either August or February start dates.
Adverts January or August (NES, NHSGGC and SHOW websites) with interviews March or October.

6 Month SIAs

Academic: 12m block: 50% Academic / 50% Clinical, 2 trainees at any one time
August or February starts
Based at allocated ST6/7 hospital (GRI or QEUH) with full on call commitment
Competitive entry by written application

EMRS: OOPT prospective approval required from Deanery & RCoA
August and February starts, open to trainees from other regions.
Appointment by competitive interview
Enquiries to: EM Consultant: Steven Rainey

ICM: Prospective approval required from RCoA to form part of advanced general year.
Enquiries to: ICM RA: Radha Sundaram

AOAT: 2 trainees at any one time. Mixture of General and Obstetric on call
Staggered starts: Aug/Nov/Feb/May
Competitive entry by written application & interview
Enquiries to: Fiona Henderson

Paediatrics: Two 6m posts per year: August and February starts. On call at RHC
Competitive entry by written application & interview
Enquiries to: Paeds CT: Susan McIlveney

POM: 4 x 6 month blocks per year, one slot at GRI, one at QEUH, with August/February starts, 3mth rotations combined with general time can also be undertaken at Wishaw, Crosshouse and FV DGHs.
On call at base, Competitive entry by written application
Enquiries to: POM CS: Caroline Harper

Regional: 4 x 6 month blocks per year, one slot at GRI, one at QEUH, with August/February starts.
On call at base, Competitive entry by written application
Enquiries to:

3 Month SIAs
These blocks are coordinated by the College Tutors at QEUH and GRI. On call will occur at the trainee's ST6-7 base hospital. All are competitive entry by written application to the relevant Clinical Supervisor

Vascular at QEUH: Enquiries to: Vascular CS: Indran Raju

Head & Neck at QEUH: Enquiries to: Airway Lead: Craig Urquhart

Airway/MaxFax at INS: Enquiries to: Neuro CT: Nithin Roy

3mth DGH Rotation

With the exception of trainees undertaking 12mths of advanced training or those who are providing specialty on call (6mthly AOAT, Paeds, ICM, EMRS SIAs), quarterly DGH rotations to Lanarkshire, Ayrshire, RAH and Forth Valley hospitals will occur within Stage 3 training for trainees based at the QEUH and GRI sites.
The base CTs will liaise with the TPD to plan these rotations. Wherever possible trainee preference will be accommodated, however the final allocation will be at the discretion of the TPD.
It may be possible to complete an SIA concurrently within the DGH rotation e.g. Advanced Airway/MaxFax (MK) or POM (Lanarkshire, Ayrshire, FV), but approval for the SIA must be gained separately from the DGH allocation via the appropriate training contact.
Notes:

  • For trainees who spent Stage 2 at GRI/QEUH there may be an option for 2nd 3mth block or one 6mth block if this fits in with other training requirements
  • DGH rotations are available at all sites except IRH.
  • Up to six trainees can be on rotation in any one month (3 from QEUH and 3 from GRI)
  • Duty 2/Senior on call can be undertaken, between resident trainee(s) and consultants(s) rota