This page lists regional anaesthesia fellowship opportunities available in the UK and abroad.
Please click on the locations below for more details of the fellowship offered.
A comprehensive list of North American fellowships may also be obtained on the ASRA website as well as a selected few below.
- South East
- South West
- East of England
- East Midlands
- North West
- North East
University College Hospital
1 year - 1 post
We offer a 1 year, highly competitive regional anaesthesia fellowship. It is suitable for higher trainees looking for increasing their number and variety of nerve blocks. We do primarily upper and lower limb orthopaedics, breast surgery and thoracics. We do a full range of nerve blocks including continuous nerve blocks, and have a block room that runs mornings Mon-Fri. Fellows will be expected to take part in ongoing research, as well as setup and gain funding for their own trials.
Jobs are advertised summertime on NHS Jobs, where a full job description will be made available.
Please note that applicants from outside the EEA (i.e would require sponsorship for a Tier 2 visa) cannot be accomodated unless no suitable candidates can be found. This is to comply with UK employment law. If you are enquiring about applying for this fellowship in such circumstances, please be aware of this, and that we rarely are unable to fill this post from within the UK/EAA.
We currently have posts filled until August 2021, applications for that period will be advertised Summer 2020.
Royal Free Hospital
No info currently
Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital
6 months - 2 posts
St Georges Hospital and South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre
In rotation and Open competition
6 months - 2 posts
We offer a 12 months RA fellowship. RNOH is a tertiary referral centre performing orthopaedic surgery in a suite of 10 operating theatres.
Elective work will be almost entirely on regional anaesthetic heavy lists with very occasional service lists. The post-holder will also be on call with 1:8 (a EWTD compliant shift system)
There are wide opportunities for clinical research and quality improvements projects, audits and case reports presentations which will be encouraged. Fellows will be expected to teach on the RNOH USGRA course and the sonoclub.
Jobs will be advertised on NHS Jobs, where a full job description will be made available.
Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford
6 months - 3 posts
Frimley Park NHS Trust
Frimley Park NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest acute Trusts in the South East which is renowned for its excellent clinical care and friendly atmosphere. The Frimley Park site anaesthetic department has 46 consultant anaesthetists. Frimley Park Hospital has one of the largest trauma and orthopaedic departments in South East England. There are 27 orthopaedic consultants with over 40 elective lists per week.
This Fellowship is aimed at senior trainees who are in possession of the FRCA (or equivalent) or CCT holders seeking specialised training in regional anaesthesia. The Fellowship can be adapted to support the Fellow in developing specific interests. The post is for 6-12 months commencing August 2018. The post offers the level and breadth of experience necessary for gaining approval for training, but this would need to be applied for prospectively by the successful candidate, if so desired.
Candidates will be allocated to dedicated regional lists during daytime and participate in the on-call rota working in either obstetrics, intensive care or theatres. Once they are competent they will have the opportunity to run regional block lists independently.
This fellowship has run successfully for the past 5 years. In addition to teaching clinical regional anaesthesia we create opportunities for motivated individuals to enhance their professional development.
Previous achievements include
oral and poster presentation at ESRA annual congress, RAUK, National Patient Safety Congresspublication of EDRA part 1 revision bookteach as a member of faculty at international, national and local coursestrip to Canada to learn WALANT technique development of a local rectus sheath catheter service
Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
3 months - 2 posts
Cheltenham General Hospital
Derriford Hospital, Plymouth
In rotation / External - Open competition (UK applicants only)
6 months – 1 year
We offer a full range of opportunities for upper and lower limb regional anaesthesia.
There is an awake hand service and a strong culture of peripheral nerve catheter useage.
Applicants will be encouraged to participate in clincial research projects and participate in the SOWRA regional anaestheisa course as faculty.
Requirements for external applicants:
- No local candidates for period in question
- ST 6 or above with outcome 1 at ARCP
- Own Deanery funding or local funding available*
- External applicants must either be in a current UK training scheme or post CCT and on the UK Specialist Register
This fellowship can be combined with other clinical areas e.g neuro, airway, management, obs etc.
Fellows are expected to particpate in the general on call rota.
*Local departmental funding for fellowship positions may be available please enquire
Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn
1 year - 1 post
Details: "Based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn, this is a year long fellowship, available only to trainees in the region (run as in-programme).
We give training on most aspects of RA, including upper, lower and trunk blocks, low-dose spinals, Perineural catheters etc.
There are extensive extra clinical opportunities, including quality improvement projects, educational development, research projects and management training. There is also day-release to other local hospitals to expand exposure, knowledge and experience."
Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
1 year – 1 post
Nottingham University Hospital
Open Competition – In-Programme only
Contact:Please contact the Anaesthetic Department Secretary at Queen’s Medical Centre Nottingham for details
Details: 1 year In-Programme Regional Fellow [East Midlands School of Anaesthesia only; August, yearly] (plus option of 6 months Advanced Regional Module; East Midlands School of Anaesthesia only)
Running since 2006, the yearlong fellowship is available to post-FRCA trainees in the East Midlands School of Anaesthesia only (run as in-programme through the school)
It enables trainees do strengthen their interest in regional anaesthesia as well as giving them the valuable opportunity to undertake research, audit, teaching and service development.
- Theatre-based learning: upper limb, lower limb and trunk blocks, continuous perineural catheter techniques, US-assisted subarachnoid/extradural blocks, etc. We encourage cross-site practice to ensure a broad exposure to both planned and emergency regional anaesthesia caseload. Queens Medical Centre is a major trauma centre while City Hospital is a centre with a huge elective orthopaedic caseload. The NSEU shoulder/elbow unit is one of the largest in the country.
- Teaching: Fellows get to develop teaching skills throughout the year in post. The main aim is to concentrate on clinical teaching, especially in theatre and block area. The fellow assists in the running/development of our local and national (RA-UK) courses, as well as running block clubs, anatomy and exam tutorials.
- Research: We have strong links with the Academic Anaesthesia Department (University of Nottingham). This has resulted in multiple publications for all of the fellows who have proceeded through the programme. We encourage all of our fellows to present posters/papers at the RA-UK, ESRA and AAGBI meetings.
- Management/Service Development: The fellow is viewed as an important resource in assisting with our service development programme, though audit, protocol/practice review, etc. Previous fellows have all gained valuable management experience throughout their year with us. As we view audit as an essential part of modern anaesthesia practice, the fellow leads the regular review of our regional service to patients.
An advanced regional module (6 month) is also offered to interested trainees who are unable to commit to the year long fellowship.
Program Supervisors: Dr Nigel Bedforth (Consultant Anaesthetist and Lead Clinician) & Dr James French (Consultant Anaesthetist)"
Leeds General Infirmary
6 months – 2 posts
Countess of Chester Hospital
1 year - 1 post
Details: "Annual Fellowship in RA for ST4+, for one year, in Chester. It is advertised every March/April."
Darlington Memorial Hospital
6 months - 1 post
Details: "We have been running Regional Anaesthesia and Acute Pain fellowships since September 2010. It is a 6 month, competency based program applicable for Anaesthetic speciality trainees ST3-7 in the Northern Deanery. It is appointed on a competitive basis, and currently offered by the Northern School of Anaesthesia. There are plans to offer an additional Clinical fellow post for Speciality Doctors, Trainees and Post CCT candidates. A clinical trial unit is soon to be started based at the Darlington Memorial Hospital. We have a team of a Consultants, Surgeons, Pain team and Clinical staff who actively support regional pain relief techniques and will assist in research projects, audits and academic publications. It is the centre of excellence for Upper limb surgery, Foot and Ankle surgery, Upper GI & Breast surgery and has most specialities except cardiothoracic and Neuro surgery. We have set up facilities for ultrasound guided single injection block and Continuous catheter techniques, neuraxial scanning and have a followup registry system. We follow on the parallel working concept and the Regional fellow is supernumerary, except for night on-call duties.The hospital is going through an upgrade and expansion of its theatre facilities to 11 Theatres. It also runs 4 additional theatres at Bishop Auckland Hospital, catering to plastic surgery, daycase general surgery and lower limb arthroplasty. NESRA ( Northern England Society of Regional Anaesthesia) is based here and we have partnered with James Cook University Hospital and Durham University to run a cadaveric and ultrasound workshop annually."
Morriston Hospital, Singleton Hospital, Swansea
6 months - 1 post
Woodend Hospital and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
1 year - 1 post
QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia