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British researcher receives prestigious scientific award for ground...

11 Sep 2018

Dr John Glen, the British researcher who discovered and developed propofol - the world’s most widely used anaesthetic agent - has been awarded the prestigious Lasker~Debakey Clinical Medical Research Award. Propofol’s quick onset of action, in conjunction with patients’ rapid...

Final FRCA SOE exam changes

10 Sep 2018

Example questions now available A number of amendments to the Final FRCA Structured Oral Examination (SOE) will be introduced from December 2018. A full list of changes to be introduced are set out on the exam changes page. Furthermore, the Final examiners have released a full...

Snapshot study reveals record high in operations cancelled on day...

07 Sep 2018

Research led by the Health Services Research Centre at the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the University College London Surgical Outcomes Research Centre today reveals one in seven operations in UK hospitals are cancelled on the day of surgery. Published in the British...

NAP7 topic has been selected: perioperative cardiac arrest

03 Sep 2018

The RCoA is pleased to announce that the topic of the Seventh National Audit Project (NAP7) will be perioperative cardiac arrest. A panel comprised of senior clinicians from the RCoA, the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA), Health Services Research Centre (HSRC),...

RCoA responds to 'Welcomed and Valued' GMC consultation

28 Aug 2018

The Royal College of Anaesthetists has responded to the General Medical Council’s (GMC) ‘Welcomed and valued’ consultation. The GMC oversees all stages of medical education and requires organisations to support disabled medical students and doctors through their training. They...

Enhanced Maternal Care Guidelines 2018

15 Aug 2018

The care of the critically ill woman in childbirth; enhanced maternal care 2018 has been published today.  The study summarises recommendations relevant to the care of pregnant or recently pregnant, acutely or chronically unwell women, who require acute hospital maternity and...

RCoA responds to Court of Appeal decision in the case of Dr Bawa-...

13 Aug 2018

In response to the Court of Appeal’s judgment in the Bawa-Garba case, Dr Liam Brennan, President of The Royal College of Anaesthetists said: “I welcome the General Medical Council’s acceptance of the Court of Appeal’s judgment in this case. “However, today’s verdict does not...

FPM Trainee Survey 2018

03 Aug 2018

The FPM Trainee survey for Higher and Advanced Pain Medicine trainees is now open. The survey is part of the quality management strategy for the Faculty and will use your feedback to help inform change and we will act upon any issues raised. You should have received an email...

Constructed Response Questions (CRQ) Pilot Exam

03 Aug 2018

In preparation for the move away from Short Answer Questions (SAQ) to Constructed Response Questions (CRQ) from September 2019, the Final board of examiners conducted pilot CRQ exams during Finals revision courses in January and July 2018. The purpose of these pilot examinations...

RCoA responds to report on the Draft Health Service Safety...

02 Aug 2018

Responding to the report from the Joint Committee on the Draft Health Service Safety Investigations Bill, Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, said: “We welcome this report and are particularly pleased that the Committee has endorsed the ‘safe space...

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