Guidelines for the Provision of Anaesthetic Services 2020 published

Published: 06/02/2020

The College is pleased to announce that the Guidelines for Provision of Anaesthetic Services 2020 (GPAS) have now been published. The chapters have been updated using our NICE accredited development process. NICE accreditation gives additional credibility to GPAS, providing independent assurance that the guidelines are robust and evidence based.

First published in 1994, GPAS is designed for anaesthetists with managerial responsibilities to set recommendations which inform how anaesthetic departments are run.  Not only does GPAS shape the standards used by the Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation (ACSA) scheme, but national regulators also recognise them.

Dr Jeremy Langton GPAS Editor said: “I am delighted that all GPAS chapters have now been reviewed in line with the NICE accredited process. Recognition by an external and nationally recognised body such as NICE increases the authority of GPAS and allows for a wider application of its guidelines – all of which work ultimately to help keep patients safe.”

The College is always looking for ways to continually improve GPAS. In line with the College strategy on perioperative medicine and the establishment of the Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC), in partnership with the Royal Colleges of Surgeons, GPs, Physicians and Nursing - GPAS work has begun on a new chapter for the perioperative care of elective and urgent care patients due for publication 2021.