External resources

External resources

Please click on the links below which will expand to show you information from external sources which are not produced by the College.

We think you may find them helpful and do our best to ensure these websites are interesting and of good quality by reviewing them with the Patient Information Group. However, we cannot take any direct responsibility for their content and they are not endorsed by the College.

Age Anaesthesia Association
The Association promotes evidence based, high quality perioperative care for all elderly surgical patients.

Association for Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Critical Care (ACTACC)
Promotes the highest standard of management and care for patients suffering from cardiothoracic disorders, and in particular those undergoing cardiac or thoracic surgery.

Association of Dental Anaesthesia (ADA)
The Association aims to further the art and science of anaesthesia and sedation for dentistry and to provide a forum for discussion..

Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (APAGBI)
The aims of the Association are to promote high standards in the specialty through education and research and they advise other professional bodies on anaesthesia for children.

British Ophthalmic Anaesthesia Society (BOAS)
An organisation of anaesthetists, ophthalmologists and other clinicians committed to sharing education and information which will enable them to provide the highest level of anaesthetic management during ophthalmic surgery.

Difficult Airway Society (DAS)
Information about what the airway is and what anaesthetists need to do to help your breathing during an operation.

For expectant parents, midwives and healthcare professionals.

Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care Society (NACCS)
The Society promotes the advancement of education for the public benefit in the science of neuroanaesthesia and neurocritical care.

Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association (OAA)
Promotes the highest standards of anaesthetic practice in the care of mother and baby.

Resuscitation Council (UK)
The Council promotes high-quality, scientific, resuscitation guidelines that are applicable to everybody, and to contribute to saving life through education, training, research and collaboration. 

Regional Anaesthesia (UK)
RA-UK is the UK division of the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia. Please see their website for an information video for patients on nerve blocks. 

Society for Obesity and Bariatric Anaesthesia (SOBA)
Information about the risks of surgery if you are overweight or obese and what you can do to reduce these risks before an operation.

Vascular Anaesthesia Society of Great Britain and Ireland (VASGBI)
Provides a forum to promote communication and understanding among anaesthetists who care for patients undergoing vascular surgery.

Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM)

The Faculty of Pain Medicine has produced patient information leaflets on medications and interventions commonly used to treat persistent pain. The leaflets were created with the help of multi-professionals as well as patient representatives and are intended to be handed out to patients when they are prescribed these medications/undertake procedures. The leaflets can be used within a variety of clinical settings including Pain Management Services, GP practice, community pharmacies and physiotherapy clinics.

Leaflets are reviewed every three years and further information is available from contact@fpm.ac.uk

Faculty of Intensive Care (FICM)
The Faculty of Intensive Care has produced patient information, including videos, on the patient journey through intensive care. 

British Pain Society
The British Pain Society has produced information for adult patients and their carers: 'Understanding and managing pain after surgery.'

Intensive Care Society (ICS)
Useful information for patients and relatives about being on intensive care, what will happen, what support you will get and how as a relative you can help.

Blood Transfusion Information for Patients
The Patient Information section of the National Blood Transfusion Service.

Care Quality Commission (CQC)
An independent regulator of all health and social care services in England.

Dr Foster
The UK's leading provider of comparative information on health and social care services.

Healthtalk Online
Reliable health information from patients, for patients.

NHS Choices
Provides an excellent introduction into the work of anaesthetists within the NHS.  An outline of the different types of anaesthetics, the complications involved and what happens to a patient after surgery.

Patient Opinion
Founded in 2005 and is now the UK's leading independent non-profit feedback platform for health services.

Patient UK
Provides information (written in association with the RCoA) for a non-medical audience.

Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS Eng)
Information regarding different types of surgery and your recovery after an operation.

The King's Fund
How does the NHS in England work? An alternative guide. This animation is a whistle-stop tour of how the NHS works in 2017 and how it is changing.