Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

You can keep using this website for information about St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals but for our other sites and to find out more about the new trust please visit www.uhsussex.nhs.uk.


Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS)

The full ACCS programme runs for three years. The first two years of the programme will be provided by the same Trust. The third year of the programme will be communicated to you during CT2 year.

  • CT1: Emergency Medicine(EM) and Acute Medicine(AM) (6 months each).
  • CT2: Anaesthesia/ICM 6 months of each for EM and AM exit trainees, 9 months anaesthesia/3 months ICM for Anaesthesia exit trainees.

ACCS trainees come within the remit of their exit specialty Local Faculty Group and their educational supervisor will be from their exit specialty.

The Programme Leads are:
Dr Mark Witcomb (mark.witcomb@wsht.nhs.uk) for Emergency Medicine 
Dr Rob Hill (rob.hill@wsht.nhs.uk) for Anaesthetics and ICM 
Dr Neil Hedger (neil.hedger@wsht.nhs.uk) for Acute Medicine 

The aim of ACCS training is to produce for the NHS multi-competent junior doctors able to recognise and manage the sick patient, who can define the nature of the specialist intervention required and who have the complementary specialty training required for the programmes in emergency medicine, GIM (A) and ICM.

Objectives Within the overall aim, each specialty has a specific objective for ACCS training:

  • Anaesthesia To produce a cohort of trainees with more widely based experience than is available solely within the anaesthesia CCT programme and to allow those who want to obtain a joint CCT in anaesthesia and ICM to obtain the complementary specialties in a pre-planned and structured manner
  • Emergency Medicine To provide training that delivers the first two years of the CCT in Emergency Medicine in a pre-planned and structured manner.
  • GIM (Acute) To provide training which delivers the Level I competences for the CCT in GIM (Acute) in a pre-planned and structured manner.
  • Intensive Care Medicine (ICM) To allow trainees who want to obtain a joint CCT in ICM to obtain the competences of the complementary specialties in a pre-planned and structured manner.

For more information on the specialties covered under ACCS please click on the links below:

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