COVID-19 campaign

Published: 09/02/2021

COVID-19 campaign

Our campaign focused on supporting our members and advocating for impactful change during COVID-19

What are we doing?

To support our members and advocate for impactful change during the challenging months ahead, the Policy & Public Affairs Team here at the College wanted to let you that know that we will be doing five things over the next six months (from December 2020 to May 2021):

Firstly, we will continue raising the profile of the work our members have done and continue to do to fight the virus. We will do this in a variety of ways, including by publishing an infographic to show clearly and simply the contribution anaesthetists have made to the frontline and hosting the College's flagship event in February on the theme of 'COVID-One year on.

Secondly, we will be giving a voice to our members through a busy programme of parliamentary activity. On this point, we were delighted to have joined (and to have contributed to the development of) an exclusive roundtable hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Health Group (APHG) to discuss surgical innovations during COVID. You can read the briefing from the event here!

Thirdly, we will lead the way in learning the lessons from COVID as it relates to our specialty and ensuring that they aren’t forgotten amidst so many competing priorities for the NHS, public health, and social care.

  • Update - a huge 'thank you' to all of our members who took our Winter COVID Snap poll - you can read about some of the main findings here.  This snap poll data shows the new leadership roles that anaesthetists have taken on during the pandemic, but also points to some worrying trends for the long-term retention of our workforce. 

Fourthly, and related to the point above, we will place COVID learning at the heart of our UK-wide policy influencing campaigns. We’ve recently begun work on two manifestos for the upcoming Scottish and Welsh elections in May 2021 with this commitment at the fore. Our manifestos will be published in March.

  • Update - we're delighted to announce that today (4 March) we've published our Welsh and Scottish election manifestos. You can view them here. 

Finally, we’re going to be actively supporting the work of other teams across the College and the Faculties of Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Management. Their work has been, and continues to be, an engine and inspiration for much of our public affairs work and we’ll be amplifying their messages across Westminster, Holyrood, Stormont, and the Senedd.

Get involved

We can’t do any of this without the active participation and help of our members working across the UK. There will be lots of ways to get involved – anything from writing a blog, to taking a survey, to tweeting in support, or writing to elected officials or prospective parliamentary candidates.

We’ll be posting the latest opportunities on this page, so be sure to check back regularly. Alternatively, if you are interested in being more involved please email advocacy@rcoa.ac.uk.  Thank you so much and we look forward to hearing from you!

Tell us your COVID-19 story!

As part of its COVID-19 campaign, the RCoA Policy and Public Affairs Team is keen to hear from members about their experiences during the pandemic to highlight the important role that anaesthetists have played in fighting this devastating disease.

Whether you were or are currently redeployed to ICU to look after COVID-19 patients or whether you have taken part in research and development during the pandemic, we would love to hear from you with your experience.

If you would like your story to be published, please email a short paragraph (no more than 100 words) to advocacy@rcoa.ac.uk about what you did during the pandemic and why it makes you proud, stating your full name and the hospital where you work.