Guidance and resources

The College is committed to setting the highest standards for anaesthesia services and patient care

We produce high quality guidance and resources to aid anaesthetists to meet these standards.

COVID-19 RESPONSE: New online hub for anaesthetists and intensivists

Working in collaboration, the Royal College of Anaesthetists, The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, the Intensive Care Society and the Association of Anaesthetists are urgently reviewing and revising clinical guidance to provide the UK intensive care and anaesthetic community with up-to-date clinical information, guidance and resources needed to better understand and manage COVID-19.

The College produces guidance as an aid to support good practice in anaesthesia and service provision. We use robust processes to develop our guidance, taking into account the latest research, to ensure that our recommendations are relevant  and credible.

We regularly review our guidance and all guidance on this website is current. For copies of previous versions or details of archived guidance, please email

Guidance and resources in development

We constantly review our suite of guidance and resources to ensure that it covers the full range of topics that matter to anaesthetists. The following guidance and resources are currently in development: guidelines for the provision of anaesthesia services for the perioperative care of elective and urgent patients; guidelines for the provision of anaesthesia services for the good department (title TBC).