The Royal College of Anaesthetists

Anaesthesia is the largest single hospital specialty in the NHS. The Royal College of Anaesthetists is the professional body responsible for the specialty throughout the UK, and it ensures the quality of patient care through the maintenance of standards in anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine.



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Election to Council 2017: Meet the Candidates

You can learn about the candidates for the College’s council election by clicking on their names below. All candidates were asked to submit a...

BMJ Awards 2017: Anaesthesia Team of the Year

Once again, the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) is sponsoring the Anaesthesia Team of the Year category in the 2017 BMJ Awards. Entries are now...

SAS workforce survey

The Royal College of Anaesthetists has launched a survey of specialty and associate specialist (SAS) doctors to develop our understanding of...

BJA October issue delayed

Please note that due to a production delay, the dispatch of the October issue of the British Journal of Anaesthesia (BJA) has been delayed. UK...

World Anaesthesia Day - share your passion for anaesthesia

On World Anaesthesia Day - this Sunday 16 October - the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) is encouraging all anaesthetists to celebrate and share...


In 2017 the RCoA will celebrate 25 years since gaining its Royal Charter. Click here for further information on all our planned activities.



The College is committed to developing a collaborative programme for the delivery of perioperative care across the UK. Watch our short film, read our vision document, and share your views.


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