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RCoA consultation response on long-term sustainability of the NHS

27 Sep 2016

The RCoA has welcomed the opportunity to respond to the House of Lords select committee inquiry on the long-term sustainability of the NHS, which aims to explore what the future of the NHS will look like. Within this response, the College highlights the need for increased NHS...

Managing the Difficult Airway

22 Aug 2016

The NAP4 report published by the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and the Difficult Airway Society (DAS) included more than 160 recommendations to make airway management during anaesthesia, in intensive care and in emergency departments safer.  It is hoped that many...

Safety Notice: Air embolism following CVC port being left open

09 Aug 2016

NHS Improvement have been alerted via the coroner’s court to an incident where a patient died following a clamp on a central venous catheter port being briefly left open, resulting in air embolisation and cerebral infarction. The coroner was particularly concerned that: nursing...

National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia publishes review of...

05 Aug 2016

We are delighted to announce that the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) Comprehensive Review 2014-15 is now available in both hard copy and electronic format. The Comprehensive Review celebrates the successes of the NIAA and its related projects over the past two...

CQC NHS Patient Survey Programme Consultation

18 Jul 2016

Lay Committee members of the Royal College of Anaesthetists have responded to the consultation by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on its NHS Patient Survey Programme. The full response can be found here.    

RCoA statement on recruitment into anaesthesia study

13 Jul 2016

We welcome the study highlighted in BMJ Careers, and originally published in the Postgraduate Medical Journal, focusing on recruitment into the anaesthetics specialty. The Royal College of Anaesthetists agrees that many of the elements important to today's anaesthetics trainees...

National report shows inconsistent care for high-risk emergency...

05 Jul 2016

The RCoA's Second Patient Report of the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) analyses the care received by more than 20,000 emergency bowel surgery patients treated in NHS hospitals in England and Wales between December 2014 and November 2015. The report offers a series...

Access to drugs stored in anaesthetic rooms

20 Jun 2016

The RCoA and Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI)  recognise that secure drug storage makes an important contribution to patient safety, and the safety of the public, but patient safety must always be the priority. The RCoA and AAGBI support a system...

RCoA Census Report launch

12 Jun 2016

The RCoA has today published its Medical Workforce Census Report 2015, providing the most comprehensive data on all aspects of the UK anaesthesia workforce across the United Kingdom. While there have been welcome increases in the numbers of consultant and SAS doctors since the...

The 3rd Annual HiSLAC Point Prevalence Survey

03 Jun 2016

The High-intensity Specialist Led Acute Care project launches the third annual survey of all hospital specialists in England this month. Please look out for the email notification from your local project leads. The survey only takes two minutes to complete and helps inform the...

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