Our Policy and External Affairs Work

Our policy development and external affairs activities are underpinned by the principles that the RCoA is constructive, collaborative and proactive, with a focus on achieving positive outcomes.

 

In 2016 the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) published its Strategic Plan (2016-21), in which the RCoA outlined the following aims:

By communicating the central role of anaesthesia in patient care, we will strengthen our position as the expert anaesthesia body, extend our influence and share our expertise.  We provide our specialty with a powerful and collective voice that influences the health sector. We will continue to increase our profile with governments, regulators, hospitals and the media. 

Consistent with this aim the RCoA undertakes policy development and external affairs activities to enable the College to take a position which is informed by a robust evidence-base, member engagement and findings emerging from the RCoA’s research initiatives.

Our policy development and external affairs activities are underpinned by the principles that the RCoA is constructive, collaborative and proactive, with a focus on achieving positive outcomes. These values support a solutions-focussed approach to policy and engagement.


RCoA Manifesto 
(Published 27 April 2017)

On 27 April 2017 the RCoA published its manifesto document which outlines the priorities we believe should be addressed by the next Government ahead of the general election on 8 June 2017.

In our response to the Prime Minister’s decision to call an election, the RCoA responded by stating that we have a chance for a ‘New Deal’ for the NHS, through which all parts of the health and social care system can be appropriately resourced, effectively integrated and sustainably delivered, in the best interests of patients.

Download the RCoA Manifesto

 

Briefing: Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs)
(Published 8 May 2017)

This briefing provides an overview of Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) which, prior to the publication of Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View, were referred to as Sustainability and Transformation Plans. The briefing outlines the College’s position on STPs, provides analysis of their development and role, and offers key recommendations to shape the implementation of STPs.

Download the Briefing on Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs)

 

Responses to consultations
The RCoA responds to consultations on a number of issues from a number of stakeholder organisations.  You can read the College’s responses to consultations on a range of issues.

 

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