Royal College of Anaesthetists

Anaesthesia is the largest single hospital specialty in the NHS. The RCoA 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 RCoA Council 2020: Nominations open

Nominations for election to the Council of the Royal College of Anaesthetists are now open. Council comprises 24 seats, made up of: 20 consultant...

RCoA demonstrates its commitment to the global health priority of patient safety on World Patient Safety Day 2019

The Royal College of Anaesthetists is committed to improving patients’ safety, wellbeing and outcomes through the maintenance and advancement of...

Second PQIP Annual Report published

The Royal College of Anaesthetists is very pleased to support the Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme’s (PQIP) second annual report.  PQIP is...

Survey reveals extent and impact of fatigue on hospital consultants as politicians and healthcare bodies back national campaign

Politicians, healthcare bodies and Medical Royal Colleges from across the UK are backing the national Fight Fatigue Campaign to help raise awareness...

Open letter to PM calling for health to be at heart of Brexit negotiations

Dear Prime Minister, We are writing to ask you to put patient safety and protecting the nation’s health at the heart of Brexit negotiations by...



Our Fitter Better Sooner resources will provide you with the information you need to become fitter and better prepared for your operation. 

Download the leaflets and view the animation here.


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