About the College

The Royal College of Anaesthetists is the professional body responsible for the specialty throughout the UK

We are the third largest Medical Royal College in the UK by membership. With a combined membership of 23,000 fellows and members, we ensure the quality of patient care by safeguarding standards in the three specialties of anaesthesia, intensive care and pain medicine.

Working with our 23,000 members, we remain committed to championing the diverse and critical work of anaesthetists, and the science that underpins our work.

Our key areas of work include:

  • recruiting, training and examining anaesthetists to the most exacting standards
  • supporting our fellows and members throughout their careers, irrelevant of age and location
  • setting high standards of clinical care to ensure the constant improvement of patient care and safety
  • working collaboratively, through the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia’s Health Services Research Centre to advance, fund and promote research activity
  • acting as the voice of the specialty on behalf of our membership while promoting the sharing of knowledge and best practice
  • working closely with government on crucial policies and with key stakeholders across the UK and overseas to ensure that anaesthesia and anaesthetists continue to play a central role in shaping and delivering the healthcare agenda.

The College is the home of the Faculty of Pain Medicine.

The College is proud to be one of the eight parent Colleges of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.

What we do

With our fellows’, members’ and patients’ interests integral to our work, our Strategic Plan 2018–2021 reflects our vision for the future of our College and our specialty. This strategy also defines the values that provide a solid, coherent and focused foundation upon which to build our shared future.

College Structure

Sixteen per cent of all hospital consultants are anaesthetists and over two-thirds of hospital in-patients will see an anaesthetist