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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...

College Tutors Meeting 2017

20 Jun 2017

Our 2017 College Tutors Meeting has concluded for another year. With around 300 delegates in attendance, highlights included a keynote lecture from Dr Colin Melville, Director of Education and Standards, GMC. There were also presentations from Dr JP Lomas, RCoA Council member on...

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’...

Summer Symposium 2017 wraps up

15 Jun 2017

Our 2017 Summer Symposium has just drawn to a close. More than 100 delegates joined us at The Waterfront in Belfast for two days of informative updates and practical workshops. Highlights included a keynote lecture from Dr Cliff Mann on how to thrive during these challenging...

25th Anniversary Essay Prizes

14 Jun 2017

As part of the RCoA’s 25th Anniversary celebrations, three essay competitions have been held looking towards the future of the specialty. Medical students and Foundation Year doctors were invited to submit an essay in response to the title: ‘What will anaesthesia look like in...

SAS Anaesthetists – Securing Our Workforce report released

13 Jun 2017

The SAS Anaesthetists – Securing Our Workforce report on the outcomes of the RCoA’s 2016 SAS survey is now available after being released today at the College’s annual Summer Symposium meeting. The RCoA surveyed the 2,047 UK SAS anaesthetists identified within its 2015 Medical...

RCoA President and Vice-President Elections

30 May 2017

Following the completion of the 2017-2018 RCoA elections for President and Vice Presidents, we are pleased to announce Dr Liam Brennan (Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) has been re-elected College President for a third year. Professor Ravi Mahajan (Nottingham...

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...


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