Considering a Career in Anaesthesia

'Anaesthetists really enjoy their jobs.

And anaesthetics really is fun.

It offers a chance to make people better.'


Anaesthetists work in the Operating Theatre, Intensive Care, Obstetric Unit and in Pain Management.
The steps from Medical School through to completion of Training
You can enter Anaesthesia either directly from Foundation or after spending time in a complementary specialty
The Training Programme and the Curriculum
Trainees in Anaesthesia are appointed through a national process.
What are the different Grades of Anaesthetist that work in Hospitals?
Operating Department Practioners (ODPs) and Physicians' Assistant (Anaesthesia) (PA(A)s)
Information for Medical Students who are considering careers in Anaesthesia
This brochure is for students who may have already considered a career in anaesthesia.

A career in Anaesthesia can also lead to one of the following areas of sub-specialty interest.


The RCoA regularly hold informal sessions for Foundation Year Two trainees who are considering a career in anaesthesia.  For further information, please contact the Events Department via

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