GPAS Chapter Development Project

GPAS Development Process
We are updating the process by which we develop the chapters for our guidelines so that they fulfil the standard criteria for accreditation by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). As part of this process, we are looking for anaesthetists to join as authors, members of the Chapter Development Groups (CDG) and peer reviewers.

Why are we doing this?
Accreditation by an external and nationally recognised body such as NICE will add to the credibility of the process and allow for a wider application of our guidelines. 

The RCoA’s new process for the development of the GPAS gained accreditation for the first time in recognition of the robustness and validity of this new approach.Three chapters were developed to pilot the new process in 2015, and were published in January 2016:

The diagram below illustrates the GPAS development process that is being undertaken.

The chapters currently undergoing the process are as follows:

For publication in January 2018:

  • Chapter 6: Day Surgery
  • Chapter 7: Anaesthesia in the non-theatre environment
  • Chapter 14: Neuroanaesthesia
  • Chapter 16: Trauma and orthopaedic anaesthesia
  • Chapter 18: Cardiac and Thoracic anaesthesia

For publication in January 2019:

  • Chapter 11: Pain management
  • Chapter 12: Head and neck surgery
  • Chapter 15: Vascular surgery

How do I get involved?
There are three ways to get involved in the GPAS development project:

Each chapter is written by at least two authors (most chapters have four). The authors conduct the literature review, draft the chapters and respond to consultation feedback, supported by a multidisciplinary chapter development group (see below). We are currently recruiting authors for the chapters due for publication in January 2019 - Head and neck surgery, and Vascular surgery. For more information about becoming an author, click here for the author job description.

To apply to become an author for the 2019 GPAS chapters, please send:

  • An updated CV
  • The name of your chapter preference
  • Any special interests in anaesthesia that you have.

to by Monday 17th July 2017.

Chapter Development Groups (CDG)
The CDG develops the GPAS chapter. Each CDG consists of the lead author, any co-authors, subject-matter experts, an NHS manager, the researcher who conducts the literature search, at least one lay member to represent the interests of patients, and an anaesthetist that undertakes general anaesthetic sessions and College staff. Non-author members of the CDG will be expected to comment on the draft of the chapter, and contribute to developing the recommendations based on the literature review undertaken.

We are currently recruiting CDG members for the chapters due for publication in January 2018. For more information on being a CDG member, click here for the CDG Member Job Description.

To apply to become a CDG member for one of the GPAS chapters, please send:

  • An updated CV.
  • A short statement of interest detailing any previous relevant experience.
  • Chapter preference.
  • Any special interests in anaesthesia.

to CDG members will be able to claim CPD points for their contribution.

Peer Review and Public Consultation
The aim of the peer review and public consultation process is to provide a fresh perspective on the recommendations drafted by the CDG.

Peer reviewers may consist of anaesthesia-related professional organisations, patient groups and academic teams. They will be chosen based on their experience and expertise in a particular area.
The public consultation is open to anyone who is interested in the content of the chapter, either individually or as an organisation.

If you are interested in becoming a peer reviewer, or wish to be contacted when the public consultation opens for any of the above chapters, please email the GPAS  co-ordinator at:

For more information
For further information, please contact the GPAS co-ordinator at:

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