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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’...

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...

Case Reviewers Required - Acute Heart Failure Study

07 Apr 2017

NCEPOD are recruiting a multi-disciplinary group of healthcare professionals with a working interest in Acute Heart Failure. Case Reviewers will be asked to attend meetings during which they will assess case note extracts and questionnaires and provide expert opinion on the care...

RCoA response to long-term sustainability of the NHS

04 Apr 2017

Responding to the House of Lords Select Committee Report “The Long-term Sustainability of the NHS and Adult Social Care”, Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, said: “As anaesthetists, we have a clear duty to put our patients front and centre in...

RCoA response to NHS England’s Next Steps on the NHS Five Year...

30 Mar 2017

Responding to the publication of NHS England’s Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View, Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) said: “NHS England’s Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View is a timely reminder of the remarkable efforts...

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