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Anaesthetic Fellowships

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Regional Anaesthesia

Clinical curriculum

Part of the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre building behind cherry tree in bloomThe Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (NOC) is a busy tertiary care centre specialising in major orthopaedic surgery of the upper and lower limb, hand surgery and spine surgery.

Regional anaesthesia is provided under the supervision of experienced regional anaesthetists.

Fellows will gain experience in a variety of regional anaesthesia techniques including:

  • common approaches to brachial plexus blocks
  • blocks for foot and ankle surgery
  • blocks for total joint replacement surgery
  • blocks for sport-related surgical procedures.

Fellows can also participate in the Acute Pain Service rotation at the different sites and non-regional anaesthesia cases during the training year.

The Acute Pain Service manages many patients each year including some referrals with challenging chronic and cancer pain.

Outside of the theatre suite, Fellows also provide clinical anaesthesia care for a range of inpatient and ambulatory adult surgical cases including:

  • orthopaedics
  • general surgery
  • cancer surgery
  • transplant surgery
  • urology.

Fellows are actively involved in the pre-operative assessment and counselling of patients undergoing planned regional anaesthetic procedures.

On-call duties

Fellows will participate in general emergency on-call duties.

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Regional Anaesthesia Fellows at the NOC are expected to actively participate in academic, research and educational activities.

Over the course of the year, up to 20 percent of working days may be allocated as academic time for this purpose.

Examples of academic activities that Fellows are involved in include the design of new research projects, conduct of ongoing clinical research, data analysis and writing of scientific papers.

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Fellows are encouraged to attend and present in regular departmental morbidity and mortality meetings.

Fellows are expected to participate in these rounds to gain experience in presentation and teaching. Fellows are also expected to take an active role in resident education in regional anaesthesia.

There are opportunities for assisting as faculty at regional anaesthesia workshops organised by the Regional Anaesthesia Group at Oxford University Hospitals.

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Contact us

Dr Svetlana Galitzine

Head of Regional Anaesthesia Fellowship Programme


Last reviewed:16 January 2024