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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.

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...

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...

UK Health Alliance response to Defra/DfT Air Quality Plan

15 Jun 2017

The RCoA is one of the founding members of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change. The College has input into and supports the Alliance’s response to the Defra/DfT consultation on its Air Quality Plan for tackling nitrogen dioxide emissions in the UK. Read the full response...

RCoA response to HM Treasury’s consultation on alcohol structures

14 Jun 2017

The RCoA has responded to the HM’s Treasury consultation on alcohol structures. Our response has been adapted from content prepared by the Alcohol Heath Alliance (AHA), of which the RCoA is a member.  The RCoA recognises the negative economic impact caused by alcohol-related...

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...


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