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East Kent offer excellent training opportunities on all three main sites in both Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine: Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, Kent & Canterbury Hospital and The William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.   We are one of the largest hospital trusts in England, serving a local population of around 759,000 people. 

“I hope you will enjoy your time in East Kent, in my opinion it provides superb training opportunities in a friendly environment, situated in the beautiful “Garden of England”, an excellent combination!”

Dr Ritoo Kapoor, Anaesthetics Faculty Lead / K&C College Tutor

Surgeon in theatre

Why train and learn in this specialty at East Kent?


There are excellent training opportunities in the following:

  •          Chronic Pain    
  •          Regional vascular centre       
  •          Regional anaesthesia – dedicated upper limb lists        
  •          High risk anaesthesia – consultant lead high-risk pre-assessment clinics              
  •           Advanced airway management - lists available at alternate sites, including major head & neck oncology        
  •           Major urology – Robot-assisted laparoscopic procedures

Key Factors 

Training for Core and Speciality Anaesthetists: with an active and engaged group of consultants, clinical and educational supervisors.  

Quality experience in a broad range of subspecialties including: Critical Care, Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Trauma & Orthopaedics, Regional Anaesthesia, General Surgery, Urology (including robotic surgery), Vascular, Maxillofacial & Dental, ENT, Ophthalmic, Pain Medicine, Radiology and Interventional radiology. 

Weekly protected teaching 

Weekly journal club 

Divisional audit days 

Excellent in-house simulation training 

Intensive Care 

At all main sites, you will be able to gain experience in various procedures including percutaneous tracheostomies, chest drain insertion, PICC line insertion etc with an active and engaged group of Consultants, Clinical and Educational Supervisors.  

There are opportunities to participate in Research and Audit projects with an emphasis on contributing to improvement in patient safety and management and the opportunity to present and publish nationally and internationally

The 2019 General Medical Council National Training Survey gave our anaesthetics department  8 green flags in clinical supervision; educational governance; local teaching; rota design for both foundation and higher specialty trainees; supportive environment and workload.

What our students and trainees say

“QEQM is a great place to train. The training environment is positive and nurturing.  The East Kent coast is beautiful and Thanet is a wonderful place to live and work.”

“We have had regular weekly teaching opportunities to present at as well as in theatre teaching”

“It's an excellent place to prepare and attend exams - educational supervisors and college tutor take particular interest in providing teaching and time for those preparing for exams. The Library has plenty examination materials for the FRCA.”

The mix of cases includes orthopaedics, general, gynaecology, ENT, day surgery, maternity and others. 

Dr Christina Schneider-Smith

Dr Tina Schneider-Smith

WHH College Tutor

Sarah Forrest

Sarah Forrest

Medical Education Administrator

Sharon Moses

Sharon Moses


Dr Ritoo Kapoor

 Dr Ritoo Kapoor

K&CH College Tutor

Jane Richens, Foundation Administrator

Jane Richens

Medical Education Administrator


Henry Thanuvan

Dr Henry Thanuvan

QEQM College Tutor

Sarah Mcgilley

Sarah McGilley

Medical Education Administrator

Natalie Clark



Q.  Do you offer Simulation courses?

A.  The Simulation Team offer various anaesthetic programmes running on behalf of HEKSS. 

Anaesthetics - East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (


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Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine:

Royal college of Anaesthetists