Royal College of Anaesthetists

Royal College of Anaesthetists

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  • Health and well being / research and care

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National - Britain


The Royal College of Anaesthetists is the professional body responsible for the specialty throughout the UK

We are the third largest medical royal college in the UK by membership. With a combined membership of more than 24,000 Fellows and Members, we ensure the quality of patient care by safeguarding standards in the three specialties of anaesthesia, intensive care and pain medicine.


Our key areas of work include:

  • recruiting, training and examining anaesthetists to the most exacting standards
  • supporting our fellows and members throughout their careers, irrelevant of age and location
  • setting high standards of clinical care to ensure the constant improvement of patient care and safety
  • working collaboratively, through the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia's Health Services Research Centre to advance, fund and promote research activity
  • acting as the voice of the specialty on behalf of our membership while promoting the sharing of knowledge and best practice
  • working closely with government on crucial policies and with key stakeholders across the UK and overseas to ensure that anaesthesia and anaesthetists continue to play a central role in shaping and delivering the healthcare agenda.

The College is the home of the Faculty of Pain Medicine.

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