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Anaesthesia covers general, local and regional anaesthesia, pain control and critical care. Anaesthesia is undertaken in a variety of healthcare settings.


The National Reporting and Learning Service (NRLS) is working on a series of initiatives aimed at helping the NHS improve safety for patients, including:


  • Working with the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) to develop specialty-specific reporting for anaesthesia. The summary evaluation report of the pilot of the anaesthesia e-form is available here.

  • A Safer Anaesthesia Liaison Group has been developed to take forward sharing of data and national learning for anaesthesia



Resources relating to anaesthesia are listed below.

See also