Entry requirements, skills and interests (anaesthetics)

This page provides useful information about the entry requirements needed for this specialty up to and including foundation training. It also includes information on the skills and interests you will need.

Entry requirements

Prior to starting your specialty training you need to have completed a medical degree followed by the two-year foundation programme and then two or three years of core training. If you have already made a decision to pursue a career in anaesthetics, try to get experience in the specialty or related areas such as intensive care medicine.

To find information about getting into medical school, visit our applying to medicine pages.

To find information about the Foundation Programme, visit our applying for foundation training page.

Skills and interests

The skills and interests you will need include:

  • making quick decisions
  • working under pressure
  • attention to detail
  • effective communication with patients and their families
  • working in a team
  • good manual dexterity
  • self-motivation and self-reliance
  • techniques are always developing and changing and a commitment to lifelong learning is particularly important
  • an interest in physiology, pharmacology and physics
  • an interest in all kinds of surgery for all ages and pathologies (diseases) as well as in perioperative care
  • an interest in quality improvement, audit and research
  • an interest in teaching

If you're applying for a role either directly in the NHS or in an organisation that provides NHS services you'll be asked to show how you think the NHS values apply in your everyday work. The same will be true if you're applying for a university course funded by the NHS.

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