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Joint initiative launched to address the impact of fatigue on...

13 Dec 2017

Following the tragic death of an anaesthetic trainee who fell asleep while driving home after a hospital night shift, the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI), and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (...

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges issues guidance on winter...

08 Dec 2017

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has today issued guidance to clinicians and hospital managers on coping with the additional pressures on the healthcare system caused by winter. The guidance provides practical examples of how to deal with the expected increase in admissions...

Winter Pressures: Guidance for anaesthetists asked to work outside...

01 Dec 2017

During last winter some anaesthetists in training were asked to work outside of their usual scope of practice due to unprecedented demands on clinical services. We communicated our concerns to Health Education England and issued the guidance below. As winter approaches again,...

RCoA supports Choosing Wisely campaign

24 Oct 2016

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, supported by the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), has today launched the Choosing Wisely campaign across the UK. Choosing Wisely is aimed at encouraging patients and doctors to discuss the risks and benefits of available treatments...

CQC NHS Patient Survey Programme Consultation

18 Jul 2016

Lay Committee members of the Royal College of Anaesthetists have responded to the consultation by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on its NHS Patient Survey Programme. The full response can be found here.    

Anaesthesia Explained 2015

14 Nov 2015

The updated patient information leaflet Anaesthesia Explained is now available to view and download. This leaflet is for adults who are expecting to have an anaesthetic.  It offers some information about anaesthesia and suggests how and where you can find out more. The College...

The Facts about A&E

24 Jun 2015

The RCoA recognises the important work undertaken by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) in highlighting significant factors relating to emergency departments in England. Produced ahead of the winter of 2015/2016, the RCEM has produced a fact sheet summarising...

Consultant Outcomes Data

21 Nov 2014

The RCoA supports NHS England’s commitment to providing patients with more public information about their care.  The individual results of around 5,000 consultant surgeons have been published on the MyNHS website (NHS Choices).  Greater transparency in the NHS, informed, honest...

Patient information leaflet series 2014

12 Sep 2014

A series of guides to help patients prepare for an anaesthetic developed jointly by the College and Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) have now been updated. They give general guidance and discuss specific aspects of care. The College is grateful...

The 5th National Audit Project (NAP5) - Accidental Awareness During...

10 Sep 2014

Accidental awareness is one of the most feared complications of general anaesthesia for both patients and anaesthetists. Patients spontaneously report this failure of general anaesthesia in approximately 1 in every 19,000 cases, according to the NAP5 report published today....

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