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Safety Notice: Air embolism following CVC port being left open

09 Aug 2016

NHS Improvement have been alerted via the coroner’s court to an incident where a patient died following a clamp on a central venous catheter port being briefly left open, resulting in air embolisation and cerebral infarction. The coroner was particularly concerned that: nursing...

Applications to join Q are now open

08 Aug 2016

Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK. It is being led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS Improvement. Q’s mission is to foster continuous and sustainable improvement in health and care. To achieve this, they are...

National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia publishes review of...

05 Aug 2016

We are delighted to announce that the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) Comprehensive Review 2014-15 is now available in both hard copy and electronic format. The Comprehensive Review celebrates the successes of the NIAA and its related projects over the past two...

RCoA links low anaesthesia and intensive care medicine specialty...

05 Aug 2016

In response to the publication of recruitment data for specialty training positions by Health Education England (HEE), Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), said:  “While the publication of HEE’s recruitment data shows that overall fill rates...

Election to the Board of the Faculty of Pain Medicine 2016

05 Aug 2016

Notice is hereby given that the election to one vacancy on the Board of the Faculty of Pain Medicine will be held on 3 October 2016.   Board Vacancies There is one vacancy. The names of the eligible Fellows/Associate Fellows who have given notice that they intend to stand as...

Acute Pain Trainee Survey - Deadline Today

03 Aug 2016

This is a reminder that the acute pain trainee survey closes at midnight today so please ensure you participate in this survey before it closes.   If you are an anaesthetic and/or pain medicine trainee then the RCoA and Faculty of Pain Medicine would like to hear about your...

Book now: FFPMRCA Exam Tutorials Friday 9th September

26 Jul 2016

Bookings are open for the FFPMRCA Exam Tutorials taking place on Friday 9th September 2016.   Topics will include: Anatomy Relevant to Pain Medicine Interventions Addiction, Dependence, Tolerance & Pharmacology of Opioids Pharmacology VIVA practice Further details including...

Age and the Anaesthetist: RCoA response

26 Jul 2016

Urgent action needed if an ageing healthcare workforce is to supply the healthcare needs of an ageing population   The single biggest challenge facing the NHS is to respond to the vastly increased demands of an ageing patient population and workforce, says an editorial...

RCoA response to GMC on attainment in medical education and training

21 Jul 2016

In response to the annual data and new research published today by the General Medical Council on doctors’ progression through medical education and training, Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), said: “The College’s anaesthetic training...

RCoA response to spending review

19 Jul 2016

In response to the publication of the Health Committee’s report, Impact of the Spending Review on health and social care, Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) said: “Along with workforce issues and spiralling service pressures, the...

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