1.06 Useful resources [text]

Royal College of Anaesthetists

  • Established to look after the interests of the speciality and to go on improving education to both its professional members and patients alike
  • The RCOA website provides a whole host of training material and advice on training matters
  • The RCoA Novice guide can be accessed at: www.rcoa.ac.uk/training-careers/training-anaesthesia/novice-guide

Association of Anaesthetists (formerly ‘AAGBI’)

  • Excellent sections on Wellbeing and Support – we strongly recommend you visit this section on their website
  • The AAGBI have also published a useful guide for the first 2 years of anaesthetic training, ‘The Core Survival Guide’ which you can access at: anaesthetists.org/Home/Resources-publications/Guidelines/Core-survival-guide
  • While not compulsory, there are many benefits to this membership, including insuring you for inter-hospital transfers

e-LA (Anaesthesia)

  • Accessed via https://www.e-lfh.org.uk (free for registered users)
  • Comprehensive set of useful modules for all stages of anaesthesia training, particularly the novice period as well as exam preparation – we strongly recommend that you complete the modules in the ‘Introduction to Clinical Anaesthesia’ section

Anaesthetic Drug Cribsheet


Difficult Airway Society guidelines


Resuscitation Council UK guidelines


Wellbeing and Support

  • If you ever feel that you need help, there are always people you can turn to for help and support
  • NEVER feel that you are on your own
Who can help within your anaesthetic department?
  • Your Educational Supervisor
  • Your College Tutor
Who can help external to your anaesthetic department?

Useful Apps

AAGBI Guidelines

Freely available to AAGBI members

Paediatric Emergency Drugs

Produced by South Thames Retrieval Service and Evelina London

Drug calculations based on age and weight




Produced by North West London Critical Care Network

Useful information re: interhospital transfer

Wessex Trauma

Produced by University Hospital Southampton

Useful information related to trauma situations

Suggested further reading

How to Survive in Anaesthesia: A Guide for Trainees, 5th ed

Neville Robinson, George Hall, William Fawcett

Oxford Handbook of Anaesthesia, 4th ed

Keith Allman, Iain Wilson

Oxford Handbook of Critical Care, 3rd ed

Mervyn Singer, Andrew Webb

Drugs in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care , 5th ed

Edward Scarth, Susan Smith

Pharmacology for Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 4th ed

Tom Peck, S. Hill

Essentials of Equipment in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Perioperative Medicine, 5th ed

Baha Al-Shaikh, Simon Stacey

Basic Physics & Measurement in Anaesthesia, 5th ed

Paul D. Davis, Gavin N. C. Kenny

Anaesthesia and Intensive Care A-Z, 6th ed

Steve M. Yentis, Nicholas P. Hirsch

Fundamentals of Anaesthesia 4th ed

Ted Lin , Tim Smith, Colin Pinnock