Membership FAQs

Membership FAQs

Frequently asked questions about membership and the answers.

If you are in a registered training post please refer to the Training information pages.

If you are in any post other than a registered training post and would like to apply to join the College please click on to the following link and complete the online form. Alternatively, please telephone the Membership Engagement team on 020 7092 1700 (Monday to Friday 08.30 to 17.00).

To view a full list of College membership categories, please click here.

Please use the e-mail address that is registered with the College to gain access to the journals online, if there is a problem then please email us on membership@rcoa.ac.uk.

To get full access you can create your online profile by visiting either http://bjanaesthesia.org or http://bjaed.org.

If you have questions about creating your new Elsevier online access, or need help to do so, please telephone the Elsevier Customer Support on:

Europe Telephone: +44 (0) 1865-843434 / +44 (0) 1865-843177 (opening hours 8:00am to 5:00pm)
US and Canada Telephone: 800-654-2452
emeasocieties@elsevier.com

If you are moving overseas and you are a fellow, associate fellow or member of the College, you will be able to qualify for a lower subscription rate when you provide the College's membership team with your overseas address as your main mailing address. To see the difference between UK and overseas subscription rates please click here.

To change your address when you are about to move, or have just moved overseas please email the Membership Engagement team on membership@rcoa.ac.uk

Please note that if you have provided your new overseas main mailing address within three months of paying your full UK subscription, the College will automatically give you a refund of the difference between the UK and overseas subscription rates.

If you are about to retire, or have just retired, from full-time practice, you are welcome to join our Senior Fellows and Members Club (SFMC). Please click here for more information.

Once you have read the information please email the membership team on membership@rcoa.ac.uk confirming that you have retired from full-time practice and stating whether you would like:

  1. the subscription which includes the Bulletin, BJA and BJA Education, or
  2. the subscription which includes the College Bulletin only.

When you join the SFMC and you also belong to the Faculty of Pain Medicine you will get their subscription free. If you are also a member of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine you can apply for their SFMC as well.

When you email the membership team they will check whether you are entitled to a refund and the amount of any refund. The amount of any refund will be based on when you paid your last College subscription and whether or not you are joining the SFMC.

If you need to change your postal address or email address on the College records, there are a number of ways to let us know:

  • email us on membership@rcoa.ac.uk
  • telephone the Membership Engagement team on 020 7092 1700 from 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday
  • write to us at the Royal College of Anaesthetists, Churchill House, 35 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4SG

In July 2019 the College launched a less than full time (LTFT) membership rate, valid for 12 months, to better support the wide variety of contracts and working patterns that fellows and members have.

Doctors in the membership categories of fellow, associate fellow, associate member, anaesthetist in training and member, who are also working fewer than eight programmed activities (including wider professional activities) per week or less than 0.80 whole time equivalent are eligible for this discount.

An application for LTFT has to be received by the membership team before or within 3 months of your subscription fees collection to receive the discounted rate of 25%. If an application is received within 6 months of your subscription fee collection, you will receive a discount rate of 18%. If your application is after 6 months of your subscription fee being collected then the application will be put towards your next renewal subscription. Please email membership@rcoa.ac.uk for more details or to request a self-declaration form.

We now offer our medical student and foundation years doctor membership categories access to TOTUM cards. If you are a medical student or foundation years doctor, to apply for an TOTUM card email the membership team on membership@rcoa.ac.uk to request a unique application link.

We have just launched the TOTUM PRO card for adult learners. As a trainee, doctors in training in postgraduate medical workplace based education studying for a professional, not academic, qualification you can now purchase a TOTUM PRO card. To do this please get in touch with membership@rcoa.ac.uk.

You may wish to obtain a receipt for the purposes of reclaiming tax. To obtain a receipt for your subscription payments, please email us at membership@rcoa.ac.uk or phone us on 020 7092 1700 and let us know which years you require a receipt for. We can provide receipts up to seven years. Receipts are sent by email unless you request them by post.

Please note that receipts are not available to download from the website at the moment, but this is something we are looking to you being able to do in the near future. For more information, please see the government website.

If you are soon to go on maternity leave or are already on maternity leave you may opt to put your subscription into ‘abeyance’. You will not pay any subscription fee during this time, but you will continue to receive your full membership benefits. All we need from you is a completed self-declaration form informing us of the dates of your maternity leave. To request a self-declaration form please email the membership team on membership@rcoa.ac.uk or call us on 020 7092 1700, 08.30 to 17.00 Monday to Friday.

If you are starting core training, you will need to register with the College. Please complete a core training registration form which can be downloaded here.

When you start ST3 you will need to re-register with the College. This is to confirm that you are in an ST3 post having passed all the requirements at CT1 and CT2, and to enable the Training Department to calculate your CCT date. In order to do so, please complete a specialty registrar registration form which can be found here. The completed forms can be posted to the College or emailed to training@rcoa.ac.uk.

If you have any queries, please contact the training team on 020 7092 1554 or training@rcoa.ac.uk.

If you have changed your name, you do not need to supply the College with any documentation. As long as your name has been changed on the GMC Register we can change your record immediately.

If you are working overseas and you are unable to change your name on the GMC Register because you do not currently have an active GMC Registration, please send us a copy of your marriage certificate including a certified English translation if the marriage certificate is in a foreign language.

Please email us on membership@rcoa.ac.uk or telephone the membership team on 020 7092 1700 to advise us of your change of name.

Fellows and members of the College can request a reference letter by emailing us at membership@rcoa.ac.uk or telephoning the membership team on 020 7092 1700.

We will issue a letter addressed ‘To whom it may concern’ which states your name, confirmation of your fellowship or membership of the College and the date on which fellowship or membership was awarded. Provided that a subscription is being paid, we will also add that the fellow or member is ‘in good standing with the College’. This service is free of charge to those with membership.

The College receives verification requests from various agencies employed to check credentials, such as the Fellowship awards and dates. If we receive a request concerning your record, we will contact you by email to check that we have your permission to divulge information to the relevant organisation before proceeding with the request. Verifications for fellows and members who are currently subscribing to the College are provided this service free of charge.

For non-subscribers, there is a charge payable for each verification request received. The College will send the ex-fellow or ex-member a link to the secure payment service WorldPay, in order to collect the fee. The current charge to non-subscribers for the verification service is £40 +VAT per request.

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