Membership Categories

This page summarises the categories of membership available. Full details can be found in the Regulations. Further details and application forms can also be obtained from the Membership Supervisor via 020 7092 1700 or subs@rcoa.ac.uk. Please include your postal address in your email.



Categories of Fellowship

Fellows by Examination
Medical practitioners who have successfully passed the final examination of the RCoA.

  • Entitled to use the post nominals FRCA
  • May vote to elect College Council members
  • May stand for College Council
  • Will receive the three journals: BJA, College Bulletin and BJA Education with access to its online CPD material
  • Are able to access the College's CPD system and diary
  • Are able to access the College's e-Learning Programme whilst working in the NHS and at a reduced rate if working overseas.

Honorary Fellows
Individuals who are distinguished lay persons or medical practitioners of international repute, who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of anaesthesia, critical care or pain management.

  • Entitled to use the post nominals FRCA
  • Will receive the College Bulletin

Fellows by Election
Medical practitioners who have been elected as Fellows by the College Council on account of distinguished work.

  • Entitled to use the post nominals FRCA
  • May vote to elect College Council members
  • May stand for College Council
  • Will receive the three journals: BJA, College Bulletin and BJA Education with access to its online CPD material
  • Are able to access the College's CPD system and diary
  • Are able to access the College's e-Learning Programme whilst working in the NHS and at a reduced rate if working overseas.

Fellows ad Eundem
Medical practitioners practising anaesthesia in the UK in a substantive consultant post, who have been elected as Fellows by College Council for furthering the interests of the College.

  • Entitled to use the post nominals FRCA.
  • May vote to elect College Council members.
  • May stand for College Council
  • Will receive the three journals: BJA, College Bulletin and BJA Education with access to its online CPD material.
  • Are able to access the College's CPD system and diary
  • Are able to access the College's e-Learning Programme whilst working in the NHS and at a reduced rate if working overseas.

Associate Fellows
Medical practitioners on the GMC Specialist Register who hold a substantive consultant post at time of application.

  • May vote to elect College Council members.
  • Will receive the three journals: BJA, College Bulletin and BJA Education with access to its online CPD material.
  • Are able to access the College's CPD system and diary
  • Are able to access the College's e-Learning Programme whilst working in the NHS and at a reduced rate if working overseas.

Senior Fellows Club
Medical practitioners who have come to the end of a career in substantive employment.

  • Are able to access the College's CPD system (available if required for clinical practice)
  • Are able to access the College's e-Learning Programme whilst working in the NHS and at a reduced rate if working overseas.

Further details can be found here.

Categories of Membership

Members
Registered medical practitioners, no longer in training, who have:

  • Passed the RCoA Primary examination (or an examination that Council considers sufficient for the purpose), and
  • Have completed 12 months training in the UK.

Members:

  • Are entitled to use the post nominals MRCA
  • May vote to elect SAS College Council members
  • May stand for College Council
  • Will receive the three journals: BJA, College Bulletin and BJA Education with access to its online CPD material
  • Are able to access the College's CPD system and diary
  • Are able to access the College's e-Learning Programme whilst working in the NHS and at a reduced rate if working overseas.

Associate Members
Registered medical practitioners, no longer in training but, who are employed in the UK in a substantive non-consultant career grade post at the time of application, and who have completed two years of CPD (or equivalent time in a recognised training post).

Associate Members:

  • May vote to elect SAS College Council members
  • Will receive the three journals: BJA, College Bulletin and BJA Education with access to its online CPD material
  • Are able to access the College's CPD system and diary
  • Are able to access the College's e-Learning Programme whilst working in the NHS and at a reduced rate if working overseas.

Other categories

The Voluntary Register
Registered medical practitioners and foundation year doctors, who are practising anaesthesia, critical care or pain medicine in the UK at the time of application, but who are not eligible for any of the above categories.

  • Are able to access the College's CPD system and diary
  • Are able to access the College's e-Learning Programme whilst working in the NHS and at a reduced rate if working overseas.
  • Will receive the three journals: BJA, College Bulletin and BJA Education with access to its online CPD material

Affiliates
Veterinary surgeons and non-medically trained professionals such as Physicians' Assistants and scientists.

  • Will receive the three journals: BJA, BJA Education  and College Bulletin

Physicians' Assistants – are able to access the College's CPD system and diary

Veterinary Science – a veterinary surgeon, registered in the UK, who has completed postgraduate training in veterinary anaesthesia, in the UK, for a minimum of one year in a post(s) approved by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and who has obtained one of the following qualifications:
  • The Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia of the RCVS.
  • The Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia of the RCVS.
  • Any other postgraduate qualifications in veterinary anaesthesia approved by the RCVS and the RCoA for the purpose of admission to Affiliate membership of the RCoA.

Clinical Practice – a non-medically qualified person who has completed a UK nationally validated course of clinically related study in the field(s) of anaesthesia and/or critical care and/or pain management approved by Council that can be deemed to be equivalent in standard to a postgraduate qualification or a higher degree.

Clinical Science – a non-medically qualified person within the UK who has a higher degree (or who can demonstrate achievement to that level) and is working in a non-clinical post related to anaesthesia, critical care or pain management.

Full details of membership criteria for the above categories are contained in the Regulations.

Doctors in Training
All doctors in training are required to be registered with the College.

  • Are able to access the College's e-Learning Programme whilst working in the NHS and at a reduced rate if working overseas.
  • Will receive the three journals: BJA, College Bulletin and BJA Education

Further details are available here.  Please also see information on the Trainee e-Portfolio.

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