The Royal College of Anaesthetists

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, and it ensures the quality of patient care through the maintenance of standards in anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine.



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Election to Council 2018: Meet the Candidates

20 October 2017: RCoA Council elections open RCoA Council elections opened today (20 October) for five consultant vacancies and one trainee vacancy....

Virtual 3D tour of RCoA and exam halls

A new 3D virtual tour of the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ building is live and available to view online. The latest in our series of interactive...

World Anaesthesia Day 2017: Global Anaesthesia event at the RCoA

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, addressed over 100 delegates at the Royal College of Anaesthetists on World Anaesthesia Day today, Monday 16...

Third Patient NELA Audit Report published

Improvements in the care of patients before, during and after emergency bowel surgeries have reduced patients’ average hospital stay from 19.2 days...

RCoA response to Government consultation into regulation of MAPS

Responding to the Secretary of State for Health’s announcement of the consultation into the regulation of medical associate professions, Dr Liam...


This year the RCoA will celebrate 25 years since gaining its Royal Charter. Click here for further information on all our planned activities.



The College is committed to developing a collaborative programme for the delivery of perioperative care across the UK. Watch our short film, read our vision document, and share your views.


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