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What to expect working as a Anaesthetist in the NHS

  • June 17, 2020

Working as an Anaesthetist in the NHS gives you the opportunity to secure jobs offering competitive salaries, career progression, access to specialty training, CESR and CCT. As an international recruitment company, BDI Resourcing recommend that aspiring Anaesthesiologists, wanting to work in the NHS, take the EDAIC or FRCA route to their GMC Registration.

What should I know? Can I specialise?

Anaesthesia Doctors are required in various medical disciplines, whether it be for perioperative care, pain management, life support or resuscitation problems. Considering this, Anaesthetists are needed in both inpatient and outpatient departments across all wards of a Hospital. As a specialism on the whole Anaesthesia is most closely linked with Intensive Care and Critical Care medicine however the table below aims to highlight the various stems of Anaesthetist work in which a Doctor can choose to have a specific interest in.

Intensive Care

Anaesthetists working in Intensive Care Units will look after critically ill patients suffering from a wide range of serious illnesses or life-threatening infections. They will also look after patients who have had major surgery or after major trauma.

Paediatric Anaesthesia

Anaesthetists may specialise in the care of children from birth to 16-18 years.

Obstetric Anaesthesia

Anaesthetists are likely to spend time working on the labour ward providing pain relief and Anaesthetics for Childbirth. Here they will also assess and care for women with complex medical problems that occur during pregnancy

Pain Specialists

These Anaesthetists care for patients suffering long term pain in order to improve their quality of life.


Specialised Anaesthetic techniques are often required in more modern brain surgeries in order to keep the brain in good condition whilst the operation is being carried out.

Cardiac Anaesthesia

Anaesthetists are often required to work alongside Perfusion teams during open heart surgery to keep the patient Anaesthetised and keep blood pumping to all parts of the patients body. Here, Anaesthetists will also look after the patient in the cardiac intensive care unit, supporting the heart with specialised drugs and/or equipment.

Emergency Care and Resuscitation

Anaesthetists work closely with the Emergency Medicine department as part of a ‘Trauma Team’. The team ensures that the right care reaches patients quickly. In some circumstances these Anaesthetists will be required to travel by helicopter or road to the scene of major accidents to help with life saving care.

Where will I be working?

Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the work, as an Anaesthetist in the NHS you can expect to spend time working in theatres, ICU, general wards, emergency wards and specialty wards, depending on the specific interests of your role. You will be working alongside a variety of other medical staffing including specialist doctors and nurses from a wide variety of specialisms including Surgery, Emergency and Medicine.

Relocating to the UK

If you are an international Anesthesiologist who would like to relocate to the UK , email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you in securing an NHS post and on your relocation journey to the UK.

Are you a member of our Facebook group? When you join IMG Advisor, you join a community of doctors all looking to relocate to the UK and join the NHS. We post a series of blogs and vlogs to the group each day. We will also be on hand to answer all of your relocation queries.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel! We have over 60 videos covering everything you need to know about relocating to the UK and joining the NHS.

Listen to BDI Resourcing on the go with IMG Advisor the Podcast! You can listen to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Buzzsprout. We have a number of episodes with tips and advice on relocating to the UK and the routes you can take to achieve this.

Finally, we have just launched our new Instagram, so if you are a member, feel free to follow us to view our posts and IGTV: @bdiresourcing


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