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Professor Alastair Spence celebration meeting, October 2016

03 Oct 2016

Professor Alastair Spence was Professor of Anaesthesia in Glasgow (1978–1984) and Edinburgh (1984–1998), and President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists from 1991–1994. Alastair died in late 2015, and the Edinburgh University Department of Anaesthesia, Critical Care, and...

Safeguarding children in theatre – a new resource for anaesthetists

29 Sep 2016

All healthcare professionals have a responsibility to ensure the safety of children under their care and to act if they have any safeguarding (child protection) concerns. Safeguarding children is a complex area of practice and one that those who work outside of paediatrics find...

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...

RCoA President elected vice-chair of AoMRC Council

21 Sep 2016

Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, has been elected vice-chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Council. Having served the RCoA in various capacities before his election to RCoA Council in 2010, Dr Brennan chaired the Examinations, Training...

Anaesthetists and surgeons reach agreement on front of neck...

19 Sep 2016

A new research paper1, jointly published today by the British Journal of Anaesthesia and Clinical Otolaryngology, recommends the scalpel-bougie cricothyroidotomy technique2 as the most efficient and reliable method of obtaining emergency front of neck access to the trachea in a...

Seasonal flu vaccination 2016/17

13 Sep 2016

The Chief Medical Officer has written to Dame Sue Bailey, Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, to encourage Members and Fellows to get vaccinated against influenza.   Preliminary data from Public Health England on flu vaccine in the most recent season (2015-16)...

Joint trainee doctor welfare statement

06 Sep 2016

The Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland have issued a joint welfare statement in support of doctors in training.     This is without doubt a challenging and difficult time for...

Joint statement on the Junior Doctors' series of 5 day strikes

02 Sep 2016

Responding to the announcement by the BMA of a series of five days of strike action by junior doctors commencing on 12 September the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) and the Faculty of Intensive Care...

RCoA and The Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists sign MoU

31 Aug 2016

The RCoA has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists to enhance the development of standards for anaesthesia in Hong Kong. A framework is being developed to include collaborative work in education, training, assessment,...

RCoA/NIHR CRN Joint Awards

25 Aug 2016

The RCoA is pleased to announce the launch of a joint award in conjunction with the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN). The Awards are designed to recognise NHS clinicians (consultants and trainees) who are making outstanding contributions to clinical research, particularly...

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