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Help test assessment tools

19 Mar 2012

There have been assessment procedures for investigating poorly performing doctors for the last 14 years. The Academic Centre for Medical Education at UCL is working with the GMC to currently review Fitness to Practice procedures and update the assessments used. To do this, we...

Health and Social Care Bill

14 Mar 2012

Council was asked to consider a motion for the College to publicly call for the withdrawal of the Health Bill. This had been submitted by two Fellows. The motion generated much debate today (13 March 2012). In particular, the Patient Liaison Group urged Council to remain engaged...

GMC Consultation on Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (...

07 Mar 2012

The following is the College's response to this consultation. What the review doesn't cover The review will only consider the issues listed in the broad themes that you can read in the Knowledge Bank. The review will not cover the English language proficiency of international...

Patient Safety Update

06 Mar 2012

The latest Patient Safety Update is now available to download. The SALG Patient Safety Updates contain important learning from incidents reported to the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS). The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and the Association of Anaesthetists...

Stop before the Op

23 Feb 2012

A new patient information leaflet explaining why it is especially helpful to give up smoking before an operation. Developed by the Anaesthetic department, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust   ...more

NEW guidelines: Local anaesthesia for ophthalmic surgery

22 Feb 2012

There have been major advances in every aspect of the management of the ophthalmic surgical patient. These include the shift to day care, increased focus on the patient, and the involvement of the entire ophthalmic team in all components of the process. In 2011 A working party...

The Good Pain Medicine Specialist

22 Feb 2012

The Faculty of Pain Medicine has produced a guidance document on standards for Revalidation of specialists in pain medicine.

Notes from Number 10 meeting, 20 February 2012

22 Feb 2012

Following the approval of Council I attended the meeting at Number 10 yesterday in order to ensure that this College’s concerns regarding the NHS Health and Social Care Bill continue to be heard at the highest levels. Mr Cameron and Mr Lansley were adamant that they were not...

RCoA responses to GMC consultations on revalidation and CPD

14 Feb 2012

The RCoA has recently issued responses to two GMC consultations regarding Revalidation and Continuing Professional Development These responses will remain available on the Updates in Revalidation and CPD page, together with any previous RCoA consultation responses on...

Top tips for using the eForm

14 Feb 2012

The anaesthetic eForm is a tool for reporting patient safety incidents and near misses that occur in the anaesthetic pathway. It provides an enhanced dataset for anaesthesia and a rapid mechanism for learning via the Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group (SALG). All reports received by...