I took this pic nearly 7 years ago after a night of fresh snowfall when I was in Kashmir in the winter. I have not had a chance to be there in winter since. This place is known Gulmarg (Meadow of Flowers) for the way it looks in summers – maybe a summer picture soon. Gulmarg is situated in Kashmir and that’s where I am from. It is in Western Himalayas and a well-known tourist place. Quite good for trekking and horse riding in summers and skiing and snowboarding in winters. Presumably it has the world’s highest cable car at an altitude of nearly 13000 feet which helps with the winter sports
As for me. I was born in Kashmir, spent my childhood in Iran, did my medical education in Kashmir, worked for a couple of years in Saudi Arabia before moving to UK for anaesthetic training. I wanted to grow further in my career and I found that opportunity in UK . Initially I was not sure about moving to North East but having been here for 2 years now, I can say I really like it. People in general and colleagues in anaesthetics have been wonderful. I have really felt supported everywhere I have been. The training opportunities are also great in this region. Anaesthetics as such is a stressful specialty, but the support I have got here has definitely made my life easier.
Faisal I. Shiekh
Specialist Trainee, NSAICM
I have always been attracted to the northern region – for me it has everything – a city big enough to have everything you would want in terms of culture, entertainment and shopping whilst being small enough not to feel impersonal. A location which means with a short drive or cycle I can be from beautiful windswept beaches to rugged hills all in the same day. Transport links with a gateway to the world and fast services to the south should you ever want to visit a lesser part of the country.
The training I have received has been exemplary and I feel fully prepared to take up a consultant post as I reach the end of my training.
I have taken a somewhat unconventional route to CCT and have requested periods of time out of training to fulfil commitments and deployments with the Army Reserve – the school have been very supportive of this and accommodated my rotations around this.
I would recommend the North East of England as an excellent place to both live and work.
I first moved up to the North East for my undergraduate training and stayed up here for Foundation Training. I did my Core Anaesthetic Training in a different deanery but missed the North so much that I came straight back for my ST years! It is a great place to both live and train as an Anaesthetist. Newcastle and the surrounding area caters for many different lifestyles, whether you enjoy city living, long walks in the countryside or trips to the coast (despite the weather!). There is also a lot going on in the world of Arts/Culture around the region and the area is growing in this sense all the time.
My experience of training in the Northern School of Anaesthesia has only been positive. There are a wide range of training opportunities, both clinical and non-clinical. I have had the opportunity to develop my teaching skills and take part in lots of audit, quality improvement and management activities. There are also opportunities to take part in research projects if you would like to do so. I did my final exam up here and found the support from the School and my consultants during this time to be excellent (from formal teaching to exam practice, and flexibility in terms of taking study leave).
Although the area is geographically large, all of the hospitals in the region that I have worked in so far have excellent clinical opportunities and a positive attitude to training. There is also a well established system for providing accommodation to trainees who have been posted in a hospital further away from where they live.
There is a lot of support available to trainees, both on an informal or formal basis, within the School and the Northern Deanery alike. Educational Supervision has always been excellent, and the annual appraisal that is provided in addition to the ARCP process (something which was not a feature of my training in my previous deanery) has been excellent to help guide my career progression.
Dr Helen Doherty
I initially returned to the northeast because of its proximity to a choice of outdoor ‘playgrounds’; the Lakes, the Yorkshire Dales/moors and Scotland. However, since commencing Anaesthetic and ICM training I’m now really grateful I made the decision to train up here because of the great range of experience available and welcoming departments.’
Dr Emma Watson