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Joint Statement from Medical Royal Colleges in Northern Ireland

25 Aug 2017

Medical Royal Colleges in Northern Ireland, representing various medical professionals across the region, have come together to call for urgent action on health and social care reform. The delay in health transformation is having a huge impact on patients. Following recent...

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Response to GIRFT General Surgery report

04 Aug 2017

In response to the release of the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) General Surgery Report, Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) said: “The RCoA fully supports the ambitions for a more efficient and more effective NHS which underpins the...

Response to recent news reports regarding fentanyl

02 Aug 2017

The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and The Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) are concerned with misinformation included in recent news reports regarding the drug fentanyl. The recreational use of fentanyl, often mixed with other illicit drugs, is a serious concern and we...

GIRFT project leads announced

24 Jul 2017

RCoA Perioperative Medicine Leads Dr Chris Snowden and Dr Mike Swart have been announced as the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) Clinical Leads for Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine. GIRFT is a clinician-led programme aimed at improving patient care by reducing...

Support expressed for wider public and health work

11 Jul 2017

In a letter to all NHS hospitals, the Department of Health, NHS England, the General Medical Council, and the devolved nations’ health bodies have reiterated their support for allowing clinicians to undertake national work for the wider benefit of the public and health services...

NICE Perioperative Care Guideline recruitment

30 Jun 2017

The National Guideline Centre (NGC) has been commissioned by NICE to develop a guideline on Perioperative care.  NICE is currently recruiting a Chair for this Guideline committee. Details on how to apply can be found here. The closing date for applications is Monday 10 July...

Perioperative Medicine highlighted in Anaesthesia

19 Jun 2017

The increasing quality of perioperative medicine delivery in the UK has been highlighted in an article in the latest edition of Anaesthesia. The article, written by the College’s National Leads in Perioperative Medicine Dr Chris Snowden and Dr Mike Swart, along with the College’...

Patient Safety Update published

15 May 2017

The Patient Safety Update outlining cases reported from October to December 2016 is now available on the  SALG website for download. Topics highlighted in this patient safety update include: Medication errors At risk airways – planning ahead Pre-op optimisation – dotting and...

NCEPOD study: case note reviewers required

10 May 2017

Case note reviewers are required for a new National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) study on the perioperative management of surgical patients with diabetes. The study is a retrospective review of patients admitted to hospital as an elective or...

Joint professional guidance on the use of general anaesthesia in...

18 Apr 2017

Executive summary Studies on immature animals have demonstrated that general anaesthetic agents can induce changes in the central nervous system. Some of these studies have also suggested longer-term effects on learning and memory tests.  To date the results from both...

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