Higher anaesthesia training

QVH anaesthetists and associate specialists support our operating theatres, high dependency unit and burns unit.

The anaesthetics department has pioneered and developed special expertise in dealing with patients with abnormal airways due to facial deformity, techniques to lower blood pressure and reduce bleeding during delicate surgery, and the use of ultrasound for the placement of regional local anaesthetics for the upper and lower limb.

Clinical experience

The work involves exposure to all aspects of anaesthetic management of the specialties mentioned above. In particular, airway management involving fibre-optic intubation and trans-tracheal jet ventilation, brachial plexus blocks for hand surgery, TIVA/TCI, burns management and major reconstructive plastic surgery. The 2 modules covered are plastics / burns and maxillofacial / dental. There is also an opportunity to do additional modules in management and pre-operative assessment.


Protected teaching takes place every Monday between 10.00 and 12.00. The six month programme includes presentations by consultants and covers all aspects of clinical work carried out at QVH and also covers some aspects of hospital management. On alternate weeks prior to the teaching, there is an hour long session rotating between clinical governance and a business meeting. Every two months there is a joint hospital audit meeting and we host an annual QVH study day for the south coast trainees. There is also a monthly journal club which is led by trainees.

Research opportunities

There is a popular Year 5 Clinical Research Fellow post each year, commencing in August, which allows the trainee to become involved in all aspects of research, from developing new research proposals, literature searching, writing protocols, submitting ethics and grant applications, patient recruitment and submitting papers to journals. It also provides the trainee an opportunity to attend appropriate courses in research methodology. Other trainees may also have the opportunity to get involved with ongoing projects.

Grade: Higher Specialist Training – ST5 and above

Educational supervision

All trainees are allocated an educational supervisor who is closely involved with their development during their time at QVH.

All educational supervisors are QESP qualified. The college tutor supervises and leads educational supervision within the department.

Clinical Lead: Dr Tim Vorster