RCoA Blog

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Understanding the power and importance of Mercy Ships

by Dr Scott McNeill, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care

23 October 2019

Post completion of my training in anaesthesia and critical care, I had the privilege of working with the Mercy Ships organisation, with whom the College has a long-standing and well established partnership...


How the independent sector can benefit from engaging with Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation (ACSA)

by Simon Brooks, Theatre Lead (Anaesthesia), Benenden

24 September 2019

I had mixed emotions about being the hospital lead for ACSA including fear, anxiety and elation. I was keen to see buy-in from the Benenden organisation. The anaesthetists working in the hospital do so within a consortium; they work in partnership with...


How will we top the success of Anaesthesia 2019?

by Graham Blair, Associate Director of Education and Events, Royal College of Anaesthetists

7 August 2019

When creating Anaesthesia 2019, we hoped to put on an event that not only met learning needs but also provided a relaxed atmosphere for delegates to catch up with old friends as well as make new ones. It certainly lived up to the expectation and has paved the way for an even better conference in Manchester in 2020...


The workforce challenges facing anaesthesia

by Dr Hamish McLure, Consultant Anaesthetist, England Representative for the RCoA Workforce Strategy Committee, Chair, RCoA Clinical Directors’ National Executive Committee

17 July 2019

Anaesthesia demand is outgrowing the supply of anaesthetists. In 2015, the Centre for Workforce Intelligence’s (CfWI) in-depth review of anaesthesia and intensive care medicine (ICM) reported that the demand for anaesthesia and ICM services is...


The importance of relevant and accessible patient information

by Dr Hilary Swales, Patient Information Lead for the Royal College of Anaesthetists

3 July 2019

I’ve been lead for Patient Information at the College for over three years and Chair of The Patient Information Group during this time. I strongly believe that we all need to consider the growing importance of patient information, especially following the Montgomery ruling...


Introducing the Centre for Perioperative Care – how we can all get involved for patient benefit

by Dr Dave Selwyn, Director for the Centre of Perioperative Care 

26 June 2019

It has been a busy first month since my appointment as the inaugural Director of the Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC) hosted at the Royal College of Anaesthetists. Apart from ‘who are you?’ the two questions that I get asked the most by clinicians are...


SNAP! We’re looking for ideas that crackle and pop

by James Goodwin, Head of Research, Royal College of Anaesthetists

7 May 2019

The College, alongside the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) Health Services Research Centre (HSRC), has launched a topic search for the next Sprint National Anaesthesia (SNAP) project – SNAP3. Previous SNAP topics developed organically within the HSRC, so this is the first time that topic selection for a SNAP...


Developing SAS Doctors to maximise team potential

by Dr Kirstin May, RCoA SAS Member of Council and Associate Specialist Anaesthetist, Banbury

11 April 2019

I was recently invited to attend the Society for Education in Anaesthesia UK’s (SEA UK) annual scientific meeting in Edinburgh. My task was to run two small group workshops on educating Staff and Associate Specialist (SAS) doctors. As an SAS doctor since 2003 and an elected College Council member since 2015...


Sustainable practice – everybody’s business?

by Dr Lucy Williams, RCoA SAS Member of Council and Council Lead for Sustainability

21 March 2019

A couple of years ago, I volunteered to be the RCoA Council Lead for sustainability. We already had a President’s Advisor, Tom Pierce, who was extremely knowledgeable. It was something that I was interested in but I had little idea of how I could minimise the environmental impact of my clinical work...


Global Partnerships - from planting seeds to budding flowers

by Professor Ellen O'Sullivan, Consultant Anaesthetist and RCoA Global Partnerships Chair

20 February 2019

The Royal College of Anaesthetists launched its Global Partnerships Strategy in 2016 and upon my election to Council that same year, I was elected Global Partnerships Chair. So much has happened since then, it feels like the seeds we planted then are now beginning to bud....


The first ACSA reaccreditation, Homerton Hospital Department of Anaesthesia

by Dr Sara Bowman, Consultant Anaesthetist and ACSA lead

23 January 2019

As a relatively new consultant and recently back from maternity leave I was looking for a role I could really get my teeth into. My boss, and clinical lead of our anaesthetic department suggested that I become the Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation (ACSA) lead...


Will a seven day NHS be possible after Brexit?

by Tom Grinyer, Chief Executive, Royal College of Anaesthetists

20 December 2018

The extent to which the NHS relies on European nationals really hit home to me when my son was taken seriously ill and admitted to my local hospital. For a week he received excellent care and slowly got better but I will always remember the German doctor who discharged him a week after admission on a cold, wet December Sunday morning...


Lifelong Learning: improving the user experience

by Dr Toni Brunning, Consultant Anaesthetist and Lifelong Learning Lead

11 December 2018

I was part of the launch plans for the new Lifelong Learning platform and travelled up and down the UK to various events, showcasing the platform to several hundred users and generally feeling overwhelmed by the positivity towards the new system...


NELA: more than just another audit

by Dr Sarah Hare, National Clinical Lead, NELA

26 November 2018

November saw the publication of the fourth NELA report, presenting the outcomes and care processes of approximately 24,000 patients who underwent emergency laparotomy (bowel surgery) between December 2016 and November 2017...