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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...

Confidentiality – doctors’ views sought

17 Dec 2014

Confidentiality continues to be one of the key issues on which doctors seek advice from the General Medical Council. So what do you think of their confidentiality guidance? The GMC wants to know what you think: how useful you find the current edition, and how you think it could...

Pregabalin and gabapentin: advice for prescribers on the risk of...

17 Dec 2014

PHE and NHS England have published an expert group’s advice for prescribers on the risk of misuse of pregabalin and gabapentin, and suggestions for a balanced and rational use of these medicines. The advice will be of use to local healthcare providers and clinicians. The...

Openness and honesty when things go wrong: the professional duty of...

15 Dec 2014

Joint General Medical Council (GMC) and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) public consultation  Comments were sought from both lay and clinical members on this consultation and overall our respondents felt that the guidance will be useful, especially by bringing consistency in...

Language Controls for Healthcare Professionals

11 Dec 2014

The Royal College of Anaesthetists welcomes the proposals by the Department of Health to amend UK legislation to enable regulators to apply language controls for healthcare workers from the EEA, similarly to the language controls recently introduced by the GMC for doctors from...

MBRRACE-UK Report highlights key areas for focus

10 Dec 2014

The RCoA acknowledges the findings of the confidential enquiry into maternal mortality and morbidity: Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care published by MBBRACE-UK. The report shows an overall fall in maternal deaths from 11 per 100,000 in 2006-08 to 10 per 100,000 in 2010-12,...

Survey: Children with Chronic Pain

10 Dec 2014

The British Pain Society’s Pain in Children Special Interest Group is carrying out a survey to explore current practices in relation to the treatment offered to children with chronic pain in the UK. Research would suggest that there are many more children with chronic pain than...

Joint RCoA Trainee Committee and GAT Statement on Shape of Training

08 Dec 2014

The RCoA Trainee Committee and AAGBI’s Group of Anaesthetists in Training (GAT) have been following the progress of implementation work after publication of the Shape of Training report. Please click here to read their Statement.

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