Dr Gudrun Kunst
Anaesthesia and perioperative medicine is a priority area for the GMC and NIHR. At King’s Health Partners we provide excellent clinical training at acute care common stem (ACCS) and ST level and our academic research in Anaesthetics and Perioperative Medicine is very active. At King’s College Hospital, academic Anaesthesia is embedded in a strong collaborative group, the ACET (Anaesthesia, Critical Care Emergency Medicine and Trauma) research team. The CRN funded ACET team runs a large number of perioperative portfolio trials, providing a state-of-the-art infrastructure for clinical research studies. In addition we conduct local perioperative proof-of-concept studies.
All ACFs will undertake clinical training at the intermediate or advanced level (ST3+) within the clinical anaesthetic training program in South London. They will rotate through South London hospitals and 25% of their time will be for academic research work at King’s College Hospital. The clinical academic training program will be modular, and will include neuro-, cardiothoracic-, trauma and general anaesthesia, according to the intermediate or higher level training curriculum. Apart from having large clinical neurosciences, cardiovascular, liver, women’s and children’s centres, King’s College Hospital is also a trauma centre, offering rotations into trauma and difficult airway related anaesthesia, all of which provide anaesthetic training within the intermediate or advanced level (ST3+).
The research focus will consider special interests of the candidate and include perioperative medicine and anaesthesia. Currently we are developing research studies within the following themes: perioperative organ protection, clinical outcome studies, assessment of postoperative organ functions, quality improvement and postoperative outcomes, and perioperative medicine for the elderly.
The academic training program will be developed with the clinical and research supervisors depending on interests of the ACF and necessary training modules. Translational research studies will have special priority. The anaesthetic research group at King’s College Hospital has been conducting numerous portfolio studies, and we also develop our own studies. Our research team has been expanding exponentially over the last 5 years, resulting in many high profile corporate authorships of the anaesthetic and perioperative research group as named members of clinical study groups in world-class journals.