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CQC - Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2014/15

17 Dec 2015

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recently published its sixth annual report into the use of the Mental Health Act, which highlights that greater attention needs to be given to supporting people who are subject to the Act. This includes how they are involved in their care,...

Standards for Non-Specialist Emergency Surgical Care of Children

10 Dec 2015

This guidance, produced by the Children’s Surgical Forum (CSF) – which is comprised of surgeons, anaesthetists, other medical specialists and lay representatives – combines a large number of standards and guidelines provided by key stakeholders involved in surgical care of...

Sixth Annual POPs Education Event, March 2016

08 Dec 2015

POPs (Preoperative Assessment and Optimisation of the Older Surgical Patients) 9-10 March 2016, Wellcome Collection, London The British Geriatric Society will be running the sixth annual POPs education event in March 2016. Structured over two days, attendees can come to hear...

Joint Position Statement on Emergency Airway Management

01 Dec 2015

Building on the report of the 4th National Audit Project of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Difficult Airway Society on major airway complications (2011), which made several recommendations, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and the Royal College of...

NCEPOD’s ‘Just Say Sepsis’ report published today

24 Nov 2015

The College commends NCEPOD’s detailed and important study, Just Say Sepsis, a review of the process of care received by patients with the condition. The study to ‘identify and explore the avoidable and remediable factors in the process of care for patients with known or...

The Antibiotic Guardian Campaign

18 Nov 2015

The campaign, in association with European Antibiotic Awareness Day and the World Health Organisation’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week, is aimed at improving knowledge and behaviour regarding antibiotic prescribing. The campaign urges everyone in the UK, the public and medical...

NAP5 Accidental Awareness wins overall prize at Irish Healthcare...

11 Nov 2015

We are delighted to announce that the 5th National Audit Project (NAP5) on Accidental Awareness During General Anaesthesia won the overall prize at the Irish Healthcare Awards 2015. NAP5 was awarded first place in the category Best Hospital Project as well as An Duais Mhór, the...

Law Commission - Consultation on Mental Capacity and Deprivation of...

06 Nov 2015

Although many of the outlined proposals are sound, and there is agreement that the current system of DOLs is often unworkable in some healthcare settings, the RCoA questions whether the current legal arrangements around DOLs need to be completely replaced with the proposed ‘...

Department of Health - Independent Patient Safety Investigation...

06 Nov 2015

The Royal College of Anaesthetists welcomes the introduction of IPSIS; however in our response we have expressed concern that both the Expert Advisory Group and the IPSIS investigation teams will not have adequate representation from clinicians; we strongly believe that...

Launch of NAP6: Perioperative Anaphylaxis

05 Nov 2015

The RCoA is pleased to announce that the Sixth National Audit Project (NAP6) has launched as of 5 November 2015.  NAP6 will run for one year and will examine Perioperative Anaphylaxis. Perioperative Anaphylaxis is rare, however it can be life-threatening and lead to serious...

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