Who we are


The aim of the Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group (SALG) is to highlight potential or existing patient safety issues which fall within the anaesthesia care pathway. Part of the remit of SALG is to encourage incident reporting for the purpose of learning. The core membership of SALG includes members from the RCoA, AAGBI and NHS England. You can view the SALG Terms of Reference here.

Name Representing
Professor J Pandit (Joint Chair) Royal College of Anaesthetists
Dr P Young (Joint Chair) Association of Anaesthetists
Dr N McGuire Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
Dr W Donaldson NHS Northern Ireland
Mr B Patel Royal College of Anaesthetists Lay Committee
Dr C Bailey Association of Anaesthetists
Mr P Phillips NHS Wales
Ms J Russell  NHS Improvement
Dr H Johannsson Royal College of Anaesthetists
Ms D Sykes NHS Clinical Risk Manager
Dr D Varveris NHS Scotland
Dr A Seaton Trainee member (Royal College of Anaesthetists)
Dr K Hodgson Trainee member (Association of Anaesthetists)

A wider group of advisory members represent specialist societies and are called upon to provide an expert opinion on specific issues.  The advisory group members represent:


Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists (ACTA)

Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (APAGBI)

Association of Physicians’ Assistant (Anaesthesia) [APA(A)]

Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Difficult Airway Society (DAS)

Neuro Anaesthesia and Critical Care Society of Great Britain and Ireland (NACCSGBI)

Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM)

UK Clinical Pharmacy Association

Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI)

Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP)

College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP)