Clinical Fellow in Anaesthetics, Critical Care and Mountain Medicine

Posted by Jeremy Windsor on Jun 05, 2018

Congratulations to Drs Abigail Forsyth and Tom Yeoman who have been appointed Clinical Fellows in Anaesthetics, Critical Care and Mountain Medicine at Chesterfield Royal Hospital!

Many thanks to everyone who has been in touch about the post. It is clearly popular - over 100 of you got in touch! I have included details about the post below. Adverts will go out early in 2019 for the next appointments.

These posts carry the same responsibilities that any junior doctor has when taking on a 2 year post in anaesthetics and critical care. You will operate on a 1 in 8 rota with time spent in operating theatres and Critical Care (we have 15 level 2 and 3 beds). We are a reasonably busy District General Hospital and serve a population of over 400,000 in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire.

These posts do not have a training number.

If you have anaesthetic experience you will go onto either a critical care or obstetric anaesthetics rota. If you’re new to the speciality you will undergo 3 months supernumerary training before going onto the general anaesthetic rota where you’ll be overseen closely by senior colleagues. The mountain medicine component will involve completing the Diploma in Mountain Medicine (RCS Edinburgh) or other similar Diploma course over the two year appointment. This is not to be underestimated and will take a considerable amount of work in your own time! Those who have partially completed the Diploma will still be able to apply and receive study leave and course fees for the remainder of their outstanding course.

Appointments will not be made unless the applicant has been accepted on the DMM or similar Diploma course.

During the 2 year post applicants will be encouraged to undertake teaching an research in the field of mountain medicine. This will vary depending upon the skills and enthusiasm of the appointee! we are happy to discuss any research opportunities prior to appointment.

A key part of teaching will be organising courses and events in the Peak District.I would therefore urge applicants to attend the “Surviving the Death Zone” Day and Advanced Mountain Medicine Course (details on the British Mountain Medicine Society website) in order to see what we do! Why not come along to one of these events (or both!)?

For those who wish to pursue a career in anaesthetics and critical care, it will be possible to count part  of the two year post towards training. I would therefore advise all those who have completed foundation training (or equivalent) to consider this post. In particular, I would encourage those who have been considering the DMM and a potential career in anaesthetics, emergency or acute medicine to apply. Those with anaesthetic experience will be the most competitive but this shouldn’t rule out those new to the speciality! Those new to anaesthetics will start in early November or May. Those with experience can start at any time! The first DMM residential module is in December. Overseas doctors will need to ensure that they are able to practise in a registered capacity and have completed the equivalent of foundation training.

This post will best suit the climber, mountain biker, fell runner or road cyclist who wants to live and play in the Peak District, is keen to get the DMM and most importantly, wants to develop experience and skills in anaesthetics and critical care!

I’m hopeful that these posts will be available for many more years to come!

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