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The Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics (NDA) at the Oxford University Hospitals is one of the largest and most academically productive anaesthesia departments in the UK. Professor Robert Macintosh was the first Nuffield Professor of Anaesthetics, and head of the NDA, which became the first independent department of anaesthesia in Europe.

The NDA has a wealth of Fellowship training opportunities to offer to recently-qualified anaesthetists. The department comprises almost 120 Consultant Anaesthetists and over 50 anaesthetic trainees. Many faculty members are world-renowned in their subspecialty field, and have secured peer reviewed funding and high impact publications. Many others are excellent teachers and mentors.

To be eligible for a clinical Fellowship, the applicant must have completed at least 5 years of anaesthesia training and practice, and completed all specialty certification exams in their country of origin before starting the Fellowship. Evidence of English proficiency is required if medical training did not occur in English. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate a keen interest in their chosen Fellowship area.

The NDA is responsible for the delivery of anaesthesia in 48 operating theatres  across 7 sites in Oxford and Banbury, which include The John Radcliffe Hospital, The West Wing, The Women’s Centre, The Churchill Hospital, The Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and The Horton Hospital. Anaesthetists also provide care in to four adult Intensive Therapy Units (John Radcliffe, Churchill, Neuro-Intensive Care, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care), Paediatric Intensive Care, and The Oxford Pain unit

Over the 80 years of its existence, the NDA has contributed extensively to the training of anaesthetists through courses for the Primary and Final FRCA, Clinical Measurement, Anaesthesia in Developing Countries, and Regional Anaesthesia.