North of Scotland

  • RAPM:  Dr Ravi Nagaraja
  • Posts available per year: 1
  • Advertising:  NHSG vacancies & BMJ website
  • Application & Interview process:  Formal application & interview process


One Advanced Pain Trainee is recruited per year; the post is advertised in the NHSG vacancies and the BMJ. Candidates are interviewed by a panel consisting of a university representative, the RA in Pain Medicine and the Anaesthetic TPD. They should have completed Higher Pain Training before beginning Advanced Pain Training.

The year long programme is protected for Pain Medicine with anaesthetic on calls only at weekends. In addition to Cancer, Acute and Chronic Pain services, the APT will spend a week in Rheumatology, Radiology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Spinal Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Medicine.

Candidates should demonstrate genuine interest in Pain Medicine by organising/participating audits and appearing in publications; they should have membership with Pain Medicine societies such as the BPS, NBPA etc and prove attendance at course and conferences relating to Pain Medicine.

The North of Scotland has recently reviewed its Advanced Pain Training centre; a summary of the opportunities and facilities available in this centre can be found below:

If you are interested in pursuing training in this region and would like to speak to a previous trainee then please contact the Faculty at