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RCoA calls for joined up care for high risk surgical patients

23 Jan 2015

Today, the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) shared its vision for the future of perioperative healthcare provision across the UK.  Speaking at a stakeholder event, President of the RCoA Dr J-P van Besouw said: “With more than ten million patients undergoing surgery each...

The Facing Africa Anaesthetic Fellowship

23 Jan 2015

The Facing Africa Anaesthetic Fellowship is a venture between the Royal College of Anaesthetists and Facing Africa, a UK-based charity. We are seeking suitable UK trainees to apply for this Fellowship, providing funds for travel and accommodation. The Fellow will join the team...

College response to the Triennial Reviews of NICE and MHRA

13 Jan 2015

The Royal College of Anaesthetists has offered comment to the Triennial Reviews of NICE and MHRA. The College response has indicated that the organisations overall fulfils its functions adequately, however some areas for improvements have been suggested: NICE should show more...

Guidelines for the Provision of Anaesthetic Services (GPAS) 2015

08 Jan 2015

Guidelines for the Provision of Anaesthetic Services (GPAS) 2015 is now available, and each chapter has been revised during the autumn of 2014 to reflect changes in national recommendations. This document is for guidance only. It is not intended to replace the clinical...

Queen's New Year Honours List 2015

05 Jan 2015

The RCoA and FPM are delighted to see that Dr Beverly Collett has been recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours List 2015. Dr Collett received an OBE for her services to pain management. Additionally, Colonel Peter Mahoney (OBE) has been appointed as the Queen's Honorary...

NHS England Patient Safety Alert: Risk of death and serious harm...

19 Dec 2014

NHS England have issued an alert warning of the risk of serious patient harm resulting from delays in recognising and treating ingestion of button batteries. Ingestion of button batteries can cause serious harm and death. Severe tissue damage results from a build-up of sodium...

National tariff payment system 2015/2016

19 Dec 2014

The College's response to this consultation is as follows: Pain Management Services Multi-disciplinary Team Clinics – It is not unusual to have MDT clinics in pain clinics currently and there seems to be a single fee whether it is a single or multi-professional service.  This...

MCAI ceasing to be recognised as an exempting exam from 1 April 2015

19 Dec 2014

With effect from 1 April 2015 the Membership examination of the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland (MCAI) will cease to be recognised as an exempting examination as part eligibility towards the Final RCoA FRCA Examination. The CAI Membership examination is the only part 1/...

Social Media Policy

19 Dec 2014

The College has produced a new Social Media Policy, to offer members, employees and the public, clear guidelines on how to use social media responsibly, protect confidentiality and maintain online behaviour that is professional.  The guidelines are an extension of that produced...

Improving complaint handling across the NHS and social care

18 Dec 2014

The RCoA has consulted with clinical and lay members of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. Overall our respondents, our lay members in particular, welcome the report and agree that the document is well written and easy to understand, and should be a useful tool for services...

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