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Get involved with GPAS development

18 May 2016

The College is rolling out the new process by which we develop the chapters for the Guidelines for the Provision of Anaesthetic Services (GPAS) document so that they fulfil the standard criteria for accreditation by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)....

CEACCP Collections now available online

12 May 2016

CEACCP articles are now available in a ‘collection’ format, categorised by specialty and subcategories. This excellent resource will be of great benefit to trainees, fellows and members wishing to enhance their CPD in particular areas. BJA Education (formerly CEACCP)...

Smoking and surgery

05 May 2016

The RCoA has contributed to a joint briefing providing health professionals and commissioners with clear advice and examples of good practice in relation to smoking and surgery. This briefing has been produced in partnership with, health charity Action on Smoking and Health, the...

Planning the introduction and training for Physicians’ Assistants (...

22 Apr 2016

Physicians’ assistants in anaesthesia are a group of healthcare professionals that have grown steadily in number since they were first introduced in 2003. Recently there has been increasing interest in training and recruiting PA(A)s as one means of meeting the ever growing...

Agreed scope of practice for PA(A)s

18 Apr 2016

       The RCoA and AAGBI, in collaboration with the Association of Physicians’ Assistants (Anaesthesia), have drawn up an agreed scope of practice for PA(A)s. The document replaces the previous RCoA position statement of 2011, and signifies that both the College and AAGBI have...

New Clinical Trials Network

14 Apr 2016

The National Institute for Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) has announced the launch of the UK Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network (CTN) at the inaugural National Institute for Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) Annual Scientific Meeting. A new initiative to help clinicians...

GMC guidance on cosmetic procedures

13 Apr 2016

The GMC has published new guidance for doctors carrying out cosmetic procedures. The RCoA has worked with the GMC to highlight the importance of providing clear, accurate information to patients about anaesthesia and sedation, as well as the risks associated with any proposed...

NICE update to preoperative guidelines

06 Apr 2016

NICE has issued an update to its guidelines on the use of routine preoperative tests for elective surgery. The RCoA, in collaboration with the Preoperative Association, was instrumental in the updating of this guidance, providing insight that reflects the essential role played...

Building capacity to care and capability to treat

18 Mar 2016

RCoA response to NHS Health Education England Consultation: Building capacity to care and capability to treat – a new team member for health and social care Health Education England (HEE) is proposing a new, enhanced care assistant role to support the nursing workforce. HEE...

Updated advice on the risk of diabetic ketoacidosis during...

16 Mar 2016

In agreement with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Janssen-Cilag Limited, AstraZeneca Limited and Boehringer Ingelheim Limited have announced updated advice regarding the risk of diabetic ketoacidosis during...

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