Specialty Curriculum and Associated Assessment System

Doctors wishing to undertake training in the specialty of Anaesthetics must complete 2 years of core specialty training by following either the Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS) programme or Anaesthetics Basic Level Training. From ST3 onwards training is specific to Anaethetics but the training to CCT requires the completion of both core and higher approved training.

The approved documentation for Anaesthetics incorporates all levels of specialty training from ST1 to ST7.

The most recent curricula documents below were approved in 2010 with amendments made in 2014.

Approved Specialty Curriculum (pdf)

Associated Assessment System (pdf)

Annex A - Professionalism in medical practice (pdf)

Annex B - Basic Level Training (pdf)

Annex C - Intermediate Level Training (pdf)

Annex D - Higher Level Training (pdf)

Annex E - Advanced Level Training (pdf)

Annex F - Intensive Care Medicine (pdf)

Annex G - Teaching and training (pdf)


Anaesthetics sub-specialty: Pre-hospital emergency medicine

Pre-hospital emergency medicine is the sub-specialty of four specialties: Emergency medicine, Anaesthetics, Intensive care medicine and Acute internal medicine. Click the link below to access the complete sub-specialty curriculum and associated assessment system.

Pre-hospital emergency medicine Curriculum and Assessment blueprint (pdf)


Older approved curricula

Specialty Curriculum and Associated Assessment System 2010

ST 1 & 2

ST3 - ST7

Anaesthetics Basic Level Training (Appendix B) 2010 (pdf)

Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS)

Higher Specialty Training Curriculum for Anaesthetics 2010 (pdf)

Associated Assessment Blueprint for Anaesthetics Training: Basic to Higher (pdf)

Specialty Curriculum and Associated Assessment System 2007


To view the anaesthetics curriculum which exists in four parts, please click on the links below.

Associated Assessment System

The GMC has approved the curriculum and associated assessment system for the specialty of Anaesthetics.  The documentation received from the Royal College of Anaesthetists makes reference throughout to Anaesthesia which is not the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) specialty title. The United Kingdom agreed CCT specialty in accordance with the Medical Act is Anaesthetics.  The GMC awaits the receipt from the College of the amended documentation reflecting the approved title.
Click on the link below to view the relevant document.

Acute Care Common Stem

The ACCS curriculum element, below, has also been approved as a possible element of the Anaesthetics curriculum. Trainees who successfully complete ACCS training may join the above curriculum at an appropriate level.