Programme Information Profile 2008 by lifemate


									                                 Specialty: ACCS Emergency Medicine
                                                     PMETB: NOS/SRT/383
                                                     NES:   NoS/D1/C2A/1

Deanery sponsoring programme:                    North of Scotland
Postgraduate Dean:                               Professor Gillian Needham
Responsible Associate Dean/GP Director:          Mr John Hiscox
Programme Type -
   Deanery-based or National:                    Deanery
   Specialty or Sub-specialty:                   Specialty
Date of PMETB recent approval:                   2008
Associated Royal College / Faculty               Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Web address                            


Associated Assessment System           

Date programme information last updated          November 2009

PMETB Recognised Programme Locations and Environments
This programme involves placements in some or all of these Health Boards and hospitals:
North and North-East Scotland – placements in Aberdeen hospitals and Inverness
NHS Grampian
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen
Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, Aberdeen
NHS Highland
Raigmore Hospital, Inverness

Programme Director                               Mr John Hiscox
Contact           Mr John Hiscox                 Tel:01224 552685/553301
                  Emergency Medicine
                  Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
                  Foresterhill Road
                  AB25 2ZN                       Email:

Programme Description

Why choose this programme

The North of Scotland Emergency Medicine Training Programme offers trainees a full exposure to all aspects of
Emergency Medicine. Although located primarily at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Royal Aberdeen Children’s
Hospital most trainees will generally rotate through to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness for a period of 1 year, most
commonly within the core training programme.

With a population approximately 250,000 Aberdeen stands between the Rivers Dee and Don. The historic old city has
                                 Specialty: ACCS Emergency Medicine
                                                       PMETB: NOS/SRT/383
                                                       NES:   NoS/D1/C2A/1

many buildings of architectural interest and the use of the sparkling local granite has earned Aberdeen the name of
the Silver City. As well as being an international centre for the oil industry, Aberdeen retains its old charm and
character making it an attractive place to live, with a good quality of life. There are good national and international
transport links by air, rail, road and sea and a wide choice of housing in the city and in rural villages within easy
commuting distance to the hospital.
Education facilities are excellent, with two girls’ and one co-educational independent school, as well as an
international school.
Amenities are first class, with restaurants, night clubs, theatres, music hall, exhibition centre, art galleries, museums
and sporting facilities. The city is close to some of Scotland’s best countryside with easy access for hill-walking,
mountaineering, skiing, fishing and golf.

Inverness stands on the River Ness and has a population of nearly 70,000. It was granted city status in 2000. It is an
attractive city with a mild climate and offers access to the highlands, Loch Ness and the West Coast. There are good
transport links by road, rail and air to all parts of Scotland and the UK.
Additional information:
University of Aberdeen:
NHS Grampian:
NHS Highland:
Aberdeen City:

Specialty Information

The Emergency Department at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary is staffed by 10 Consultants with 4 being recognised
nominated Paediatric trainers delivering training within Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital. The combined Aberdeen
Royal Infirmary/Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital Emergency Department treats approximately 80,000 patients per
year and the Region has the unenviable reputation as having the most recorded road traffic accidents within
Scotland. In addition patients are treated remotely from the Department through Telemedicine links to Community
Hospitals scattered throughout Grampian. Aberdeen Royal Infirmary is one of two hospitals in the United Kingdom
providing medical advice to off-shore shipping within UK waters and regularly treats patients arriving from off-shore oil
installations by helicopter. The Department at Aberdeen has an 18 bed observation unit which is the hospitals
preferred location for the management of deliberate self-harm, minor injuries and soft tissue infections.

There is daily clinical teaching tailored to the FCEM curriculum. In addition, there is regular teaching for the senior
trainees tailored to passing the FCEM and preparation for life as a consultant. Within the next few years a new
Emergency Care Centre will be built replacing the Emergency Department providing co-location with the Regions out
of hours General Practitioner Service.

Rotation to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness allows trainees access to District General Hospital experience and in
addition a further venue for undertaking Acute Medicine or Anaesthetic Training.

Our graduating trainees have a low incidence of failure at the final College of Emergency Medicine exam and to date
all trainees have been placed in Consultant positions within 3 months of their CCT date.

How to apply
                           Specialty: ACCS Emergency Medicine
                                                 PMETB: NOS/SRT/383
                                                 NES:   NoS/D1/C2A/1

Deanery Administrative Contacts
Name                                      Dianne Morrison
Address                                   NHS Education, Forest Grove House, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZP
Tel                                       01224 558914
Quality of Training

PMETB Trainee Survey Information (2009)   Link

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