Medical Workforce Census 2020

The 2020 census report is a rich source of workforce data, highlighting where workforce pressures across the UK already exist. 

Anaesthesia will remain at the centre of our response to COVID-19, so we need to invest in the workforce, keeping these highly skilled doctors fit, healthy and ready to deal with further surges. Ensuring that there are enough anaesthetists is a key part of that strategy.

Anaesthesia is the largest single hospital specialty in the NHS. The Royal College of Anaesthetists is the professional body responsible for the specialty throughout the UK.

Working with our members, we ensure the quality of patient care through the maintenance of standards in anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine.