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Election to Council 2018: Nominations

20 Jul 2017

Nominations for election to Council are now open. There are five consultant vacancies and one trainee vacancy. Full details can be found below: www.rcoa.ac.uk/election2018    

Trainee salary issues: joint statement and survey

25 Sep 2017

The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI), through its Group of Anaesthetists in Training (GAT) Committee, has been made aware of multiple issues surrounding pay following the latest job changeover in August...

Anaesthesia 2018: The International Meeting of the RCoA

11 Sep 2017

As part of the College’s emerging education strategy and after listening to input from our fellows and members, the College looks forward to hosting in May, our first annual two-day international conference: Anaesthesia 2018. Taking place between 22 and 23 May 2018 at the...

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...


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...

Passing of J-P van Besouw

19 Jul 2017

It is with great sadness that the Royal College of Anaesthetists announces that our immediate past President, J-P van Besouw has died after a long illness. Our thoughts are with his wife and family at this difficult time.

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...

Response to the Queen’s Speech

21 Jun 2017

Responding to today’s Queen’s Speech, Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, said:  “We are pleased to see a draft Patient Safety Bill included in today’s Queen’s Speech. “Improving the safety and quality of care being provided to patients must be a...


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