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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...

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...

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