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Military Anaesthesia in contingencies: what skill sets are required and how will we prepare our trainees?
  1. Simon J Mercer1,
  2. C L Jones1,
  3. J Round2 and
  4. D Parkhouse3
  1. 1Department of Anaesthesia, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, UK
  2. 2Department of Anaesthetics, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK
  3. 3Department of Anaesthesia, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK
  1. Correspondence to Surg Cdr Simon J Mercer, Department of Anaesthetic, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool L9 7AL, UK; simonjmercer{at}


The Defence Medical Services are now in an established period of contingency operations. In 2008, the Royal College of Anaesthetists approved a Military Anaesthesia Higher Training Module which could be easily achieved by deploying to the field hospital in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, for two months under the supervision of a consultant anaesthetist. This opportunity no longer exists but the need to assure quality training and to demonstrate military skill sets is still essential. This article discusses the revised Military Higher Module and how it will be implemented in the future either during deployment or during times of peace.

  • Defence Anaesthesia
  • EDUCATION & TRAINING (see Medical Education & Training)
  • Contingency Operations
  • Revalidation
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  • Contributors This article is based on the revision of the Military Higher Module and a review of the delivery of training for Defence Anaesthesia. All the authors discussed the contents of the paper at a meeting on 26 August 2016. SJM had the idea for writing the paper and wrote the first draft which was revised by all the authors subsequently.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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