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New survey reports low rate of patient awareness during anaesthesia

15 Mar 2013

The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) today (12 March) publish initial findings from a major study which looked at how many patients experienced accidental awareness during general anaesthesia. The...

BBC Horizon: ‘How to avoid mistakes in surgery’?

15 Mar 2013

A BBC 2 Horizon programme will be screened on Thursday, 21 March at 9.00 pm about human factors in healthcare. The programme, presented by Dr Kevin Fong will look at how learning about the human in the system and the system itself can bring about enormous improvements in safety...

Health Protection Agency

CJD Incidents Panel to be dissolved March 2013

15 Mar 2013

From 1 April 2013 the responsibility for investigating, assessing and managing CJD incidents will be with local trusts, health boards and health protection teams in the same way as most other incidents that place patients at risk.  National guidance on CJD incident management...

Educational webinars on safer surgery

04 Mar 2013

In September 2012, Patient Safety First held ‘Safer Surgery Week.’ As part of the Safer Surgery Week a series of webinars took place, including one hosted by the RCoA President Dr JP van Besouw, promoting and discussing different aspects of the five steps to safer surgery. The...

Understanding Francis

01 Mar 2013

The Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management have published a brief document on the Francis report and its importance to trainees. Click here to view the College's comments on the Report on the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation.

Neuraxial and regional anaesthesia devices with non-Luer connectors

21 Feb 2013

Please see below for an updated statement from the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI), the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), the Obstetric Anaesthetists Association (OAA), Regional Anaesthesia UK (RA-UK), the Association of Paediatric ...

NHS Change Day - 13 March 2013

21 Feb 2013

NHS Change Day is taking place on 13 March 2013.  This will involve members of the NHS pledging to improve quality. The NHS is currently going through turbulent times.  However, regardless of the reforms and current financial pressures, it remains the case that much practice,...

Robert Francis QC - Report on the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation...

06 Feb 2013

THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF ANAESTHETISTS COMMENT The Royal College of Anaesthetists would like to offer sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who died as a result of the poor care the inquiry by Robert Francis QC has revealed. We look to a positive response from...

Health bodies back minimum unit pricing on alcohol but call for...

24 Jan 2013

The Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA)[1] will today (24 January 2013) submit its response[2] to the public consultation on the Government’s Alcohol Strategy for England and Wales.[3] The response expresses strong support for plans to introduce a minimum unit price (MUP) and a ban on...

Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration

17 Dec 2012

The Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration has published its review of compensation levels, incentives and the Clinical Excellence and Distinction Award schemes for NHS consultants. The College will issue a formal response when Council has considered the report's...

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