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Request for Commissioning Examples

09 Nov 2015

The Faculty of Pain Medicine is looking in to the possibility of producing a document on engaging with commissioners based on reality, rather than concepts, and including personal experiences. The aim of the document would be to share lessons and experiences. To this end, we...

Update on the junior doctor contract

06 Nov 2015

The RCoA acknowledges this week’s publication of the details of the proposed new contract for doctors in training.  As a college we are not part of the contract negotiations but as the largest single secondary care specialty we believe it is essential that the contribution...

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...

Bookings now open for FFPMRCA Exam Tutorials, March 2016

05 Nov 2015

FFPMRCA Exam Tutorial bookings are now open for Friday, 18 March 2016. Topics include: Examination overview Psychology of Pain & Psychological Interventions CRPS Neurobiology of Pain Management of Headaches Management of Cancer Pain VIVA practice To secure your space,...

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...

Shape of Training

05 Nov 2015

In June 2015 the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges asked Colleges to undertake a mapping exercise of their specialty curricula to the principles outlined in the Shape of Training review.  Colleges were requested to consider a number of aspects in their responses such as: future...

'Hooked on Painkillers' - FPM response

03 Nov 2015

Last night the BBC aired a Panorama episode titled ‘Hooked on Painkillers’. This programme tracked the treatment and personal experiences of patients who were taking large daily doses of opioids as treatment for their Chronic Pain.  Dr Roger Knaggs and Dr Cathy Stannard, who...

ACTA study published in Anaesthesia

29 Oct 2015

A new study by the Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists (ACTA) has been published today in the journal Anaesthesia. The research, examining data from more than 110,000 cardiac operations between 2002 and 2012, demonstrates UK anaesthetic care for cardiac patients is...

NICE Fellows and Scholars Programme 2016

28 Oct 2015

NICE are now seeking applications for their 2016 intake of Fellows and Scholars.  The Fellows and Scholars Programme aims to foster a growing network of individuals linked to NICE who will help to improve quality of care and public health practice in their local areas. ...

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