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The Barts and The London School of Anaesthesia (BLSA), was established in 1996. It offers unrivalled training and experience in a wide variety of specialities as diverse as major trauma, neonates, colo-rectal surgery and eyes. The environment in which the School is placed is also very diverse - from the leafy market towns of Essex to the financial chic of the City and to Whitechapel in the East End.

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This includes approved intensive care medicine training, chronic pain (both in programme and in pain fellowship schemes), paediatrics and cardiothoracic anaesthesia.  There are opportunities within the scheme for research. 

We have in house teaching for the examinations and encourage attendance at the College courses and others around London. Our examination success in the last Final Fellowship is above the national average.

The Barts and The London Medical Simulation Centre is fully functional and all of our anaesthetic trainees are encouraged to attend one day per year. This model of training is becoming increasingly important. It enables the trainee to experience real life scenarios of uncommon critical incidents such as acute anaphylaxis, malignant hyperthermia, spontaneous pneumothorax etc. These incidents are not commonly experienced in everyday practice and this new exciting method of training is now available in the Barts and The London School of Anaesthesia.


Also with frequent access to other centres of excellence within London and encouragement to go abroad, we produce accredited consultants who have few problems in finding quality posts around the country.

The School of Anaesthesia is very focussed on the needs of each trainee in order to produce the anaesthetic specialists of the future. Every programme is individually tailored to create the relevant specialist training pathway. The trainers in this School are all highly motivated and skilled. We offer a well structured competency based training programme as directed by Royal College of Anaesthetists and Postgraduate Medical Education Training Board for each trainee to ultimately achieve the Certificate of Specialist Training.

We ensure trainees receive quality training by encouraging feedback. We undertake to provide regular assessments and appraisals and each trainee will have an annual Record of In-Training Assessment (RITA) with the Deanery.

We have a strong academic record and run training courses for each exam. Each hospital has regular meetings, journal clubs and morbidity and mortality meetings. Trainees are encouraged to take study leave and attend external meetings.

We offer super specialist pathways in paediatrics, cardiothoracic anaesthesia, chronic pain, research, neurosurgical anaesthesia, intensive care, plastics and burns and in the Simulation Centre. We have competitive training slots at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, Queen Charlottes Maternity unit, chronic pain at Barts and Whipps Cross, ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital and research.

We also offer exceptional “general” training and rotate to many Distrct General hospitals, some of which have specialist units themselves. Southend, Broomfield, Basildon, Oldchurch (neurosurgery), Whipps Cross (hyperbaric medicine), Newham, and Homerton.