COVID-19 Latest Guidance

Royal College of Anaesthetists working in collaboration with the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, the Intensive Care Society and the Association of Anaesthetists has produced a COVID-19 guidance hub providing the anaesthetic and intensive care community with up to date clinical information, guidance and resources needed to manage COVID-19. 

Visit the following links:

 RCoA / ICM Covid-19 guidance hub 

Royal College of Nurses COVID-19 guidance

NHS COVID-19 guidance

Health Education England COVID-19 guidance


Covid-19 Update

Study Days will be cancelled until further notice. As soon as we have new dates we will announce them on our website. The Preoperative Annual Association Conference will now be held on 15th November 2021. Please be advised that we are unable to process requests for guidelines during this period.

We would like to thank all our members for their continued support at this difficult time.
Stay safe everyone.

From the President on behalf of all the Council.

Foundation Courses for Preoperative Assessment Nurses launched for 2020

3 Day Foundation Course: 1st, 2nd & 3rd April 2020 Liverpool (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

2 Day Advanced Course: 4th & 5th May 2020 Chichester (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

3 Day Foundation Course: 12th, 13th, & 14th October 2020 Chichester (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

The Foundation course is aimed at providing the core skills required to enable the POA assessor to complete the tasks required in the clinic. This course is suitable for all inter professionals working in the field of POA, independent or NHS sectors and will cover the core skills required to be effective assessor.

The Advanced course is suitable for nurses who have attended the Foundation course and / or are band 6 level or above with a minimum of 2 years experience.

Topics include reference to the prime national guidance; the concept of Prehabilitation; obesity; obstructive sleep apnoea; cardiac and respiratory conditions; airway assessment; chest auscultation; understanding haematology and biochemistry results; identification of normal and abnormal ECG; medication requirements in the Preoperative patient and identifying the high risk patient requiring referral to anaesthetist.

Register your place here