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RCoA Trainee Committee response to publication of Cost of Training

01 Nov 2017

Choosing a specialty in which to undertake postgraduate training is a critical juncture in the lives of all doctors. We welcome the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ efforts to quantify the cost of training. This is, of course, subject to wide individual variation. We hope the...

Third Patient NELA Audit Report published

13 Oct 2017

Improvements in the care of patients before, during and after emergency bowel surgeries have reduced patients’ average hospital stay from 19.2 days in 2013 to 16.6 days in 2016, saving the NHS an estimated £30 million annually. According to a joint national report published...

RCoA response to Government consultation into regulation of MAPS

12 Oct 2017

Responding to the Secretary of State for Health’s announcement of the consultation into the regulation of medical associate professions, Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), said: “We welcome the Government’s intention to introduce statutory...

Joint Statement from Medical Royal Colleges in Northern Ireland

25 Aug 2017

Medical Royal Colleges in Northern Ireland, representing various medical professionals across the region, have come together to call for urgent action on health and social care reform. The delay in health transformation is having a huge impact on patients. Following recent...


Response to GIRFT General Surgery report

04 Aug 2017

In response to the release of the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) General Surgery Report, Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) said: “The RCoA fully supports the ambitions for a more efficient and more effective NHS which underpins the...

Response to recent news reports regarding fentanyl

02 Aug 2017

The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and The Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) are concerned with misinformation included in recent news reports regarding the drug fentanyl. The recreational use of fentanyl, often mixed with other illicit drugs, is a serious concern and we...

GIRFT project leads announced

24 Jul 2017

RCoA Perioperative Medicine Leads Dr Chris Snowden and Dr Mike Swart have been announced as the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) Clinical Leads for Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine. GIRFT is a clinician-led programme aimed at improving patient care by reducing...

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...

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’...