What benefits do I receive through membership of the College?

Support in your personal and professional development

The College is committed to supporting you to continuously enhance your personal and professional development, and further your career. We have a range of ways we support our fellows and members, including:

  • academic publications: enhance your personal and professional development with free access to the British Journal of Anaesthesia (BJA). With an impact factor of 6.238 the BJA is the highest ranking journal in the field of anaesthesia in the world. Fellows and members also receive free access to BJA Education, and its online CPD material
  • SAS and Specialty doctor support: SAS doctors can email the dedicated email for SAS members at sas@rcoa.ac.uk for support and guidance, and can attend relevant and SAS-focused events (www.rcoa.ac.uk/sas)
  • Revalidation and Continuing Professional Development (CPD): access to our CPD Online Diary and CPD web app (for non-trainees) to easily reflect and report on your CPD – even on the go Speak to our dedicated helpdesk for guidance and supporting information
  • access to one of the UK’s largest medical e-learning resources: have access to e-Learning Anaesthesia (e-LA) – one of medicine’s largest interactive online learning resources
  • global partnerships: the RCoA is committed to forging and nurturing relationships with doctors and institutions from other countries. The global partnerships department also provides advice to international graduates who wish to work or train in the UK through the Medical Training Initiative (MTI) scheme
  • webcasts: chose when and where to learn with RCoA webcasts – recorded lectures with corresponding lecture slides, from selected RCoA events. Did you know there are over 120 webcasts available on demand, and you can log webcasts towards your CPD credits
  • support: receive advice and support from regional advisors anaesthesia and College tutors, who represent the views of the College in relevant matters within your region
  • Lifelong Learning Platform: access to our web-based portfolio, allowing anaesthetists to record and view progress against the curriculum as well as log cases. Also access to our dedicated helpdesk and guidance on supporting information.

Staying up to date with news

There are ever-changing developments within the specialty and healthcare. With your membership of the College, we support you through:

  • educational events: be the first to know about educational events. These are constantly updated and enhanced to help you develop your knowledge and skills
  • College publications: receive the bi-monthly Bulletin to keep you up-to-date with the latest must-know College developments and news, and The Gas for all anaesthetists in training highlighting important training issues
  • President’s e-newsletter: receive a monthly email update from your President highlighting the latest news from your College and our specialty
  • Devolved nations’ e-newsletters: from the work of our Boards in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, through to meeting decision makers in the devolved administrations, we keep our fellows and members working in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales up to date with regular e-newsletters
  • RCoA website: access to the RCoA website – this is an extensive valuable resource with a constantly growing library of latest College news, developments in anaesthesia and a large bank of useful information about the specialty.

Standards, guidance and patient safety

We are here to help you be the best practitioner you can be, to help you work in the best environment and deliver excellent patient safety. Guidelines and standards are essential to establish and maintain good anaesthesia clinical practice and high quality service. We regularly review our standards and guidelines to reflect the changing UK healthcare environment. We aim for the professional standards represented to be current and applicable to all UK public and independent healthcare environments so they may provide clear and concise direction.

We provide you:

  • ACSA updates: access quality improvement materials and resources from your College’s Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation (ACSA) scheme to enhance the service of your anaesthetic department. Extra note: ACSA enables NHS and independent sector organisations quality improvement through peer review – our fellows and members receive all of our ACSA promotional material and updates sharing best practice to deliver excellent patient safety
  • patient information: access up-to-date and comprehensive patient information resources to inform patients and discuss risk in preoperative assessment
  • guidelines (GPAS): use the College’s high quality Guidelines for the Provision of Anaesthetic Services (GPAS) to support the delivery of high standards and quality across the specialty
  • information on perioperative medicine: the College is the leading champion of perioperative medicine (POM). Our fellows and members are the first to hear about POM news, and have the opportunity to become a POM local lead for their hospital. For more information please visit the perioperative medicine website.

Developing our workforce

Active participation on workforce issues is a vital part of our work in ensuring safe, high-quality patient care and training environments. We support you through:

  • being the voice of the specialty: your views shape how we represent and champion our specialty to influence policy makers and elected representatives in the UK and devolved governments
  • supporting recruitment and retention: supporting active recruitment and retention across the workforce, working a wide range of stakeholders
  • surveys: gathering timely, accurate data via regular workforce censuses, research and surveys on the current state of UK anaesthesia workforce.


We understand the transformative potential outcomes of high quality research and so the College works collaboratively through the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia’s (NIAA) Health Services Research Centre (HSRC) to advance and promote research activity. We do this by raising awareness of our specialities’ challenges, enhancing the quality of planned projects and funding research activities. The College is also part of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).

We support our fellows and members through:

  • the opportunity to engage with research: get involved in RCoA-led or endorsed research projects and quality improvement initiatives. Be the first to know about inspiring research opportunities
  • NELA support: a dedicated helpdesk and support for NELA (The National Emergency Laparotomy Audit) research. Did you know that the NELA report data has been used to enhance patient care saving approximately 300 patients each year during 2015–2017.

Recognition and representation

We believe it is crucial for our fellows and members to have a voice and be heard. We act on behalf of the profession, representing the specialty, as well as involving our fellows and members in our work.

As part of your membership, you are entitled to:

  • Council representation: vote, apply and stand for important roles on College Council**
  • post nominals: have the right to use post-nominals of FRCA (for fellows) or MRCA (for members)
  • Membership verification for FRCA/MRCA free of charge:
    • confirmation of anaesthetist in training post free of charge
    • title certificate: receive a certificate as per title of membership category

Involvement and shaping College work

The College thrives because of our strong membership and is proud to be the professional home of a combined 23,000 fellows and members. The College is committed to ensuring we always have the most current and pressing matters of the speciality at the heart of everything we do.  To make sure we do this, we want to involve you in our work, shaping future strategy and volunteering for the many roles available within the College. There are a variety of ways to have your say or get involved, including:

For a full list of ways to get involved, have your say and contribute, please see our membership pages on the website.

Support for anaesthetists in training

The College is responsible for nearly 5,000 anaesthetists in training every year. We oversee the extensive training programme to become an anaesthetist, administering the primary and final exams in the UK. As part of this, the College supports all anaesthetists in training with:

  • advice and assistance on all examination related matters
  • access to FRCA examination guidance interviews
  • access to FRCA examination resources for candidates
  • advice and guidance for training and a future career (anaesthesia, critical care or pain medicine) from our training team
  • receive qualified and experienced guidance and advice from Bernard Johnson advisors (flexible training advisor, global partnerships advisor and academic advisor). For support regarding training contact the training department.

Other benefits

Did you know as a fellow or member you are also entitled to:

  • use of the College’s Fellows and Members Room at the College for when you need peace and quiet to study or just to relax (with free wifi and refreshments)
  • a 5% discount on room and venue hire at the College
  • use of the prayer room at the College
  • membership to the Faculty of Pain Medicine: specialist medical practitioners in the management of pain in the UK can apply for membership to the Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM).

Membership reductions

  • If you are a fellow, associate fellow or member who is not UK based, you are entitled to a reduced overseas rate.
  • The College offers a 50% discount to RCoA events for the Senior Fellows and Members Club and a 25% discount for anaesthetists in training. Please see the website for the full list of membership categories and subscriptions.

Professional subscriptions are generally accepted by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as being an allowable expense. The College recommends that you ensure that where tax relief is applicable it is obtained. 


**Dependent on membershp category.