Devolved Nations Boards

Devolved Nations Boards

The Royal College of Anaesthetists, after consultation with the regional specialities, set up the RCoA Scottish, Northern Irish and Welsh Boards.

Devolved Board Elections

Self-nominations for election to the RCoA Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Boards of the Royal College of Anaesthetists has now closed.

What are the vacancies?

There are vacancies in each of the three boards, the details of each are as follows:

Scottish Board

  • Three consultant vacancies
  • One Trainee vacancy

Term of office to begin in February 2024. 

Welsh Board

  • Two vacancies from the Hywel Dda Health Board: Consultant, Staff Grade or Associate Specialist/ Specialist Grade
  • One SAS vacancy

Term of office to begin in March 2024. 

Northern Irish Board

  • Three Consultant vacancies
  • One SAS vacancy

Term of office to begin in April 2024. 

Who is eligible for these vacancies?

To stand for these positions candidates need to be a Member of the College and have their main address within the specific Devolved Nation. Consultant and SAS representatives on the Board are elected for a term of three years and are eligible for re-election to serve for one further term of three years. Trainee members of the Board are elected for a single term of up to three years. The elected Specialty Trainee will normally be expected to resign within one year of appointment as a consultant.

What are the benefits of joining the Boards?

The boards maintain a cohesive and consistent approach to all aspects of College core business across the UK, while acknowledging and ensuring active engagement with the increasingly divergent healthcare systems in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The main responsibilities for each board include:

  • To keep under review matters relating to training and the practice of anaesthesia 
  • Undertake discussions and consultation with government health departments in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland
  • Direct communication with the Chief Medical Officers, ministers and other officials
  • Chair to attend College Council meetings and to facilitate liaison between the speciality region and the College
  • Liaise with the College Chief Executive regarding the organisation of elections to the Board
  • Coordinate the process of RCoA nominations for any awards in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales on behalf of the RCoA President