Endorsed resources

The RCoA offers collaboration on guidance and resources through its Consultation and Endorsement Group, which is made up of clinicians and RCoA staff. For further information and to get in touch click here

The RCoA and devolved nations Boards provide endorsement of material for a duration of five years or until the review date published in the material, whichever is the longer period. We reserve the right to withdraw our representative or decline to endorse a publication. 

Resources currently endorsed by the RCoA

Publishing Organisation Title of Guideline Date of endorsement
Association of Anaesthetists Anaesthesia Team Guideline 2018
Association of Anaesthetists Safe provision of anaesthetic services in
magnetic resonance units' guidelines
Association of Anaesthetists Concise practice guidance on the prevention &
 management of accidental awareness during GA (NAP5)
Association of Anaesthetists Quick Reference Handbook 2018
Association of Anaesthetists Anaesthesia and peri-operative care for
Jehovah’s Witnesses and patients who refuse blood
Association of Anaesthetists Cell salvage for peri‐operative blood conservation 2018 2018
Association of Anaesthetists Safe transfer of the brain-injured patient: trauma and stroke 2018
Association of Anaesthetists Peri-operative care for people with dementia 2019
Association of Anaesthetists Checklist for draw-over anaesthetic equipment 2019
Association of Anaesthetists Management of glucocorticoids during the peri-operative period for patients with adrenal insufficiency 2020

Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (et al)

Joint professional guidance on the use of general anaesthesia in young children

British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Set-up of penicillin allergy de-labelling services by non-allergists working in a hospital setting

British Society of Gastroenterology Deep sedation and anaesthesia in complex
gastrointestinal endoscopy - joint position statement
British Thoracic Society/Intensive Care Society Guideline for the Ventilatory Management of Acute Hypercapnic Respiratory Failure in Adults 2017
Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine Enhanced Care: Guidance on Service Development in the Hospital Setting 2020
Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine/Intensive Care Society Guidelines for the Provision of Intensive Care Services 2019
Faculty of Pain Medicine Best practice in the management of epidural analgesia in the hospital setting 2020
Lancet Countdown Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change: Policy brief for the UK 2020
Professional Records Standards Body Core information standard 2019
Professional Records Standards Body Digital Medication Information Assurance  2019
Public Health England Seasonal influenza - Guidance for critical care units  2019
Royal College of Nursing (et al) Safeguarding Children and Young People: Roles and Competencies for Healthcare Staff 2019
Royal College of Nursing (et al) Adult and Older People Safeguarding Competencies Framework consultation 2018
Royal College of Ophthalmologists/BOAS Patient safety alert – gas in the vitrectomised eye 2018
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Facing the Future: Standards for Children in Emergency Care Settings 2018
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Supporting LGBTQ+ children and young people 2020
Royal College of Surgeons Higher Risk General Surgery 2018
Royal Pharmaceutical Society Safe and Secure Handling of Medicines 


Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 

National guidance for the restoration and recovery of elective surgery in children

Royal College of Radiologists  Improving Paediatric Interventional Radiology services in the UK 2022
Association of Anaesthetists Management of vagal nerve stimulator therapy 2022
University College London Transfer Medicine Massive Open Online Course  2022
Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) Day Case Tonsillectomy Pathway (Paediatrics) 2023
NHS England  Reference guide on early screening and optimisation 2023
Association of Anaesthetists  Handling Injectable Medications in Anaesthesia: Safety Recommendations 2023
Action on Smoking & Health  Smoke Free NHS Network 2023
#CallMe  #CallMe initiative 2023
Getting It Right First Time  (GIRFT) Expanding Day Case Surgery in Ear Nose and Throat Services 2023
Getting It Right First Time  (GIRFT)

Day Case Hysterectomy Guide
(need a FutureNHS account to access)


British Society of Gastroenterology

Guidelines on sedation in gastrointestinal endoscopy 2023
British Association of Perinatal Medicine Neonatal Airway safety Standard 2024
NHS England Guidance: Desflurane decommissioning and clinical use 2024
The SAS Collective #SASSixPrinciples 2024

Resources currently endorsed by the RCoA Scotland Board

Publishing Organisation Title of Guideline Date of endorsement
Scottish ECT Accreditation Network (SEAN)

Scottish Standards for Electroconvulsive Therapy

Public Health Scotland Scottish standards of care for hip fracture patients  2024


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