Our aim is to promote, support and advance patient safety, education and research. The Association of Anaesthetists (the Association) has more than 11,000 members, the majority of whom are consultants. The Association's constitution commits us to represent, support and advance the interests of our members, and we therefore commit a considerable proportion of our resources to supporting consultant practice. We publish a well-known series of safety and practice guidelines ("glossies") in order to assist consultants in the care of their patients and management of their working lives. We also offer comment and support on matters of direct importance to consultants such as contracts and working arrangements, independent practice, medicopolitical issues and the welfare of doctors.

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Independent Practice

Find information and resources, advice and guidance for those consultants involved in about Independent Practice.

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Anaesthetics Sub-Committee

The Anaesthetic Sub-Committee of the CC (BMA) is an important link between the Association of Anaesthetists and the BMA's Central Consultants.

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Guidelines for consultants

Working arrangements for consultant anaesthetistsWorking Arrangements for UK Consultant Anaesthetists.
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Other titles include:

•    Workload for Consultant Anaesthetists in Ireland (2010)
•    The Anaesthesia Team 3 (2010) 
•    Clinical Management in Anaesthesia (2010) 
•    Good practice - A guide for departments of anaesthesia, critical care and pain management (2006)

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